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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

Visiting One World Observatory, (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) is definitely worthwhile. Take the opportunity to enjoy the indescribable panoramic views of the city. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, who wouldn’t want to be on top of the world? Tickets start at £34 for adults and £25 for children over 6 years.

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.

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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: It’s always handy to order your tickets in advance; it saves you spending precious time in the queue. You can even buy One World Observatory tickets at short notice online. You receive an e-ticket which you don’t need to print. This way, you get maximum flexibility and bypass the long ticket queue, at the door.

Day tour including One World Observatory Tickets

If you would like to see lots of sights in one day, this full-day tour allows you to skip the queues, and gives you access the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, tours around the 9/11 Memorial and Financial District, and finally 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:
    • January 29th – May 4th: 09:00 to 21:00
    • May 5th – September 7th: 08:00 to 22:00
    • September 8th – December 17th: 09:00 to 21:00
    • December 18th – January 3rd 2021: 08:00 to 22:00
    • Adjusted opening hours on holidays
  • 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 £34 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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