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One World Observatory in New York

One World Observatory tickets can be purchased, in advance, to visit the observation deck on the 102nd floor, in New York. The observation deck has three levels, each with a panoramic view of New York. In addition, you can visit the 100th and 101st floors of the One World Observatory.

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Visiting One World Observatory

There are two types of tickets for One World Observatory. If you are sure of what time you want to visit the observatory, choose the General Admission tickets, which are also the cheapest. If you are not sure about your planning or want to take the weather into account, you can buy the Flex Tickets. This all-inclusive ticket comes with skip-the-line access, the Digital Skyline Guide (see more below), and a $15 voucher for a drink or the gift shop. You can choose if you want to visit the observation deck in the morning or afternoon and you can show up at a time that is convenient for you.

Global Welcome Center

After going through security, you enter the Global Welcome Center. There you will see a large video screen greeting guests in 10 different languages. Furthermore, in a room called ‘Voices’, you are shown a video installation of 48 workers who helped to build One World. In the walkway, named ‘Foundations’, you will learn more about the building.

Sky Pods

You are now ready to take the lift up. These are called Sky Pods and can take 15 people per ride. Most noteworthy, the trip, all the way to the 102nd floor, only takes one minute! During the ride you can enjoy a fascinating time-lapse video, depicting how the skyline of New York has developed over the years.

See Forever Theatre

After arriving at the top, you go through to the See Forever Theatre to watch a 2-minute video about New York. Then the huge screen is raised up, and you are in for a real treat: the New York skyline! You stay inside the observatory for the whole time. Whereas, at the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock you can visit an observation deck which is outside.

Digital Skyline Guide

The Digital Skyline Guide is an iPad that will guide you through the city; the screen moves with you as you move from window to window. You can touch one of the labels shown on the iPad and you’ll digitally fly there by helicopter and hear fascinating stories about each site. This feature is also included in the Skip the Line Combination ticket, which is convenient if you don’t have a lot of time and want quick and easy access to the One World Observatory.

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100th Floor

On the 100th floor, you can find two interactive stations. Here, you can watch videos with the latest technology. You can sometimes even request specific images of New York. Furthermore, you’ll find Sky Portal; a circular disc which shows real-time videos of the New York streets, way below your feet. The gift shop is also located on this floor.

101st Floor

All of the dining options are located on the 101st floor. Whether you want a snack, a cocktail, or even a fancy dinner, there’s something for everyone here. However, do be prepared that it’s not cheap.

Eric’s Tip: “The elevator ride up to One World Observatory is fun. As the observation deck is located in Downtown Manhattan, you’ll have views over the harbour, the bridges and the Statue of Liberty. All this will be better visible during day time than when it’s dark. The observatory is completely indoors, making it the best observatory for people with fear of height.”

Day tour including One World Observatory Tickets

If you would like to see lots of sights in one day, this full-day tour gives you a comprehensive introduction to New York, touring around Midtown, the 9/11 Memorial and Financial District. You also get to see the Statue of Liberty from the water. The tour ends up at One World Observatory, with a pre-reserved ticket. Click here for more information and tickets.

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Practical Information

Either print your ticket or show it on your smartphone as a mobile ticket. Be present 15 minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket. All visitors have to go through a security check. You can only take a small bag with you and there are no lockers available.

  • Location: The main entrance is on West Street (corner of West and Vesey Streets)
  • Opening hours: from 10:00 to 19:00
    • The last admission 60 minutes before closing time
  • Children under 5 visit for free

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How much does it cost to visit One World Trade Center?

Tickets for One World Observatory start at £36 for adults. Skip the line by ordering online.

What is the best time to visit One World Observatory?

I would advise visiting One World Observatory during the day as you will be able to have great panoramic views of New York and New Jersey.

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