One World Observatory in New York, NY

One World Trade CenterNew York, NY 10007
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Overview

One World Observatory offers unparalleled views of New York City, along with interactive exhibits and experiences including the Global Welcome Center, Sky Pod Elevator, and See Forever Theater TM. Located at the top of One World Trade Center, this revolutionary attraction is bound to be the highlight of your New York City adventure. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to “See Forever!”

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Located at the top of One World Trade Center.
  • Parking is not available. Public transportation is highly recommended.
  • Three dining options are available on the 101st floor of the building.
  • An ideal attraction for guests of all ages.
  • Allow 45 minutes to 1-hour for your experience.

Description

from One World Observatory
THE WORLD SAW IT RISE.
THE WORLD SAW IT TAKE SHAPE.
WE NOW INVITE THE WORLD TO…
SEE FOREVER™.

THESE WORDS GO BEYOND THE VIEW.
THEY SPEAK TO THE PROMISE OF TODAY.
AND URGE US TO LOOK TOWARD THE HORIZON:
TO THE OPPORTUNITY, THE POSSIBILITY.

COME SEE THE EVER-CHANGING FACE OF A CITY,
A COUNTRY AND A WORLD.

COME START AT ONE,
ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY™

START WITH AN EXPERIENCE UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Positioned on top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the 1,776 foot tall One World Trade Center building, One World Observatory™ provides unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters.

GLOBAL WELCOME CENTER
Begin your journey at our ever-changing video wall, which welcomes you in ten languages and celebrates the homelands of our international visitors.

VOICES
Listen to the heartfelt true stories of the men and women who built One World Trade Center in an inspiring walk-through video montage.

SKY POD ELEVATOR
As you ride to the top, watch over 500 years of New York City evolution in under 60 seconds. This breathtaking ascension uses floor-to-ceiling LED technology to surround you with an immersive virtual time-lapse unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

SEE FOREVER THEATER™
Clear your mind and connect with the rhythms of the city. At the end of this audio-visual experience, get your first glimpse of the spectacular skyline.

MAIN OBSERVATORY
On the 100th floor, take your time exploring expansive, panoramic views in every direction. Discover Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and the surrounding waters from an entirely new perspective.

FL. 100
OBSERVATORY: SKY PORTAL
Take a break from looking out, and look down. Stand over this clear, 14-foot glass disc and see what’s happening on the city streets 100 stories below.

You should allow approximately 45 minutes to 1-hour to complete your visit.

Your ticket is good for the time and date printed on the ticket. Just arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your entry time to avoid any delays; no need to wait on line for entry to the building. Late arrivals will be accommodated based on capacity – you may be required to wait until the first possible open time slot. Tickets are non-refundable.

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lunaroxie
Detroit, Michigan
"Awesome"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
The tower is awesome however be advised if it's a cloudy day you may not see well. If it is zero visibility you don't get your money back you just get vouchers to use at another time . You will also try be sold Ipads for extra fluff... not sure it's worth it.. but if you are super interested in what ever building name is ..spend the 15 bucks.
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melissaj440
Birmingham, United Kingdom
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
I dont want to spoil the experience for anyone but my god this was amazing. We went on my birthday, the sun was shining and the sky clear. The views were out of this world. And the meaning behind it all makes it so much more meaningful. Completely blown away by this experience.
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Alun31
London, United Kingdom
"It's Very High!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
We pre-booked tickets in advance and got lucky with the weather as it was relatively clear when we went up, although it clouded up and started to rain at the end of our visit. Security was tight (metal detectors, x-ray machines etc) but also very efficient and they got us through really quickly. The tower is hugely high but the viewing areas are all inside. There is plenty of space in the observatory and at no point did it feel crowded. Views are excellent, although because you are a long way down Manhattan the primary mid-town areas are quite distant but it's the only place to get views out towards the Atlantic and Liberty Island. I would say not to bother with the iPads they try and get you to hire. We did get it thinking it would be really useful but it honestly doesn't add that much to the experience.
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Roody1001
Bristol, United Kingdom
"Amazing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
What a view! Once you've endured getting undressed for security again then you head into the most amazing lift experience whilst being shot to the top in about 30 seconds! Once there the views are simply spectacular and the bar is perfect place to sit and savor the experience.
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Carol K
Umag, Croatia
"Great view"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
First - elevator ride is good. The "story" until entrance is nice. The video is someting worth to see. It was the best part of the whole visit. In the Observatory was just a few people. It is good, but everything is bright and when is dark outside you will see lot of reflection. Also, there is no "terrace".
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Frequently Asked Questions about One World Observatory

Is parking available?
No. Use of public transportation is highly recommended to access lower Manhattan given the minimal availability of on-street parking.

How do timed tickets work? What are timed tickets?
Your ticket is good for the time and date printed on the ticket. Just arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your entry time, no need to wait in line for entry to the building. You must have a ticket to visit the Observatory. We encourage you to purchase tickets online in advance.

What happens if I arrive later than my entry time?
Late arrivals will be accommodated based on capacity – you may be required to wait until the first possible open time slot. We strongly encourage you to arrive earlier than your scheduled time to avoid any delays.

Is One World Observatory appropriate for kids?
Yes. The attraction is great for kids and guests of all ages.

Is One World Observatory accessible?
Yes, One World Observatory – including its exhibits and amenities – are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Are strollers allowed?
Yes. However, to access the elevators and escalators, you will be asked to remove your child and fold up your strollers.

Are pets allowed?
No. Only service animals are allowed.

Can I take pictures?
Yes. Guests are encouraged to take pictures.

Can I bring my tripod or professional camera equipment?
DSLR cameras and flash pieces are permitted. However, any other professional photographic equipment, video cameras, recording devices, tripods, lights, and other such equipment are not permitted within the Observatory or West Plaza without prior written approval from One World Observatory management.

Can I bring food or drinks inside?
No. Outside food and beverages are prohibited.

What are the hours of operation for One World Observatory?
The attraction is open from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm seven (7) days a week. The last ticket is sold at the box office at 7:15 pm. Hours of operation are subject to change at the discretion of One World Observatory.

How long does it take to visit the Observatory?
It is recommended that guests allow approximately 45 minutes to an hour to experience One World Observatory.

Are public restrooms available?
Yes.

Can I rent an audio tour?
Yes, OWO offers One World Explorer, an enhanced audio/visual experience in place of a traditional audio tour. One World Explorer is a unique view-enhancing, iPad application offering virtual helicopter tours of New York’s most iconic sights. The spectacular view seen from the Observatory is brought up-close in an interactive, sight and sound experience where users simply scan the skyline and choose the sights they wish to explore. Please inquire about this once at the attraction.

Is there a security checkpoint?
Yes. All guests must submit to a security screening prior to entering One World Observatory.

Is there a gift shop?
Yes, on level 100.

Is smoking allowed?
No. Smoking is prohibited throughout the attraction.