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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.
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 be on top of the world? Tickets start at £26 for adults and £22 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.
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 whole time. Whereas, at the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock you can visit an observation deck which is outside.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- May 1st – September 4th: 08:00 to 21:00
- September 5th – December 31st: 09:00 to 21:00
- Adjusted opening hours on July 4th, September 11th and December 24th, 25th and 31st
- Children under 5 visit for free
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