NYC - The Official Guide

One World Observatory


There are a million things to experience in New York City and only one way to truly see them all. Start by ascending to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than 60 seconds; look toward the horizon and feel the City’s invincible spirit. Explore three levels filled with innovation and inspiration at One World Observatory, located in the top three floors of One World Trade Center. Tickets are currently available at

One World Trade Center, 117 West St.
Manhattan, NY 10007
  (212) 602-4000

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Historic Sites & Landmarks
Observation Decks
Gift & Souvenir Shops
Assistive Listening System
Wheelchair Accessible
WiFi Available
City Views
Kid Friendly
Meeting/Banquet Facilities
Senior/Student Discounts

What are the best times to visit? Anytime, though you’ll have more space to yourself early in the morning and later in the afternoon. Views of the City at sunset are breathtaking.

How long is a typical visit? As long as you like. Most visitors spend an hour or two taking in the views. Note: there are three restaurants on the 101st floor, one of which offers snacks and lighter fare.

What are priority tickets? These grant you VIP entry, allowing you to skip the general admission line. This typically means a few extra minutes of “alone” time in the observatory before the crowds rush in.

Does it take a while for the elevators to reach the observation deck? No—they’re express. Each of the building’s five Sky Pod elevators makes the trip in less than 60 seconds. They also display an animated time-lapse video that shows NYC’s development from the 16th century to today.


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