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One World Observatory

In the near future, May 29th to be exact, the One World Trade Center Observatory will be opening in lower Manhattan. An iconic building to New York City, the formally known “Freedom Tower” stands 104 Stories – a whopping 1776 feet high (this is no coincidence as this is the year that the United States declared its independence) above the streets of New York City.


Visitors to the One World Observatory will be able take in 360 degree views of New York and the surrounding areas from the 100-101-102 floors of One World Trade Center. This is the highest scenic viewing point in NYC.


Along with the stunning views are many add-ons included in your basic ticket price. Once entering, a 14 minute long video “Voices” interviewing the men and women that built One World Trade Center will play. This is then followed with a tour of the Foundations room that gives facts about the bedrock the building sits on.

When guests are ready, they will step into one of the 5 Sky Pod elevators and arrive on the 102nd floor 47 seconds later. The Sky Pods are decked out with floor to ceiling LED screens. On ascent, the screens display a virtual time lapse of the city’s skyline from the 1500’s to present time. When leaving the observatory, the elevator screens show the building’s exterior as you descend.

After arriving on the 102nd floor, visitors watch a 2-minute video on screen that then lifts to reveal the view. On the 101st floor, visitors have 3 dining options:

  • One Café – soups, sandwiches, and baked goods
  • One Mix – small plates inspired by NYC’s 5 boroughs
  • One Dine – fine dining restaurant

All diners are required to purchase observatory tickets.

Visitors have the option to purchase add-ons to their ticket as well as Priority and Flex Admission. Those prices can be seen here.

Basic ticket prices are as follows:

  • $32 Adults (ages 13 – 64)
  • $30 Seniors (65 +)
  • $26 Children (ages 6-12)
  • Children under 5 are free

Hours of Operation

Summer and Holiday Hours

  • May 29 – Sept 15: 9 AM – Midnight (last ticket sold at 11:15 PM)

Regular Hours

  • Sept 8 – May 5: 9 AM – 8 PM (last ticket sold at 7:15 PM)

TAKE THE TOUR from One World Observatory on Vimeo.

Visiting One World Observatory is on my list of must-do’s for the future. Having just gotten back from New York, I can say that I would go back in a heartbeat just to tour One World Trade Center.

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