One World Observatory in New York, NY

One World Trade CenterNew York, NY 10007
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Elevate your NYC trip with a visit to One World Observatory atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center. Experience stunning panoramic views of New York City's skyline. From the thrilling elevator ride to the immersive exhibits and Sky Portal, this must-visit attraction offers an unforgettable journey.

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Good To Know

  • Located on the 100th, 101st, and 102nd floors of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Experience breathtaking panoramic views of New York City's skyline, including such landmarks as the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty.
  • Access the Observatory through the main entrance at the corner of West and Vesey Streets in Downtown Manhattan.
  • The use of public transportation is highly recommended.
  • Several dining options, from quick bites to fine-dining, are available on the 101st floor for ticketed guests.
  • Family friendly and suitable for guests of all ages. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free.
  • Allow about an hour to complete your visit.


from One World Observatory
Take in breathtaking views of the New York City skyline from One World Observatory — over 100 stories above the city streets! This three-level NYC observation deck is set atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center. Also known as Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center is 1,776 feet tall, matching the year the United States declared its independence.

The One World Trade Center observatory is located on the 100th, 101st, and 102nd floors encompassing over 125,000 square feet and filled with innovation and inspiration. See amazing 360-degree views for up to 45 miles in every direction.

Global Welcome Center and Horizon Grid
Your experience begins at the immersive Global Welcome Center, where you will be greeted in up to 10 languages. See your place of origin presented on the largest curved indoor LED video wall in the world which celebrates the different homelands of each and every visitor. Then, journey through the Horizon Grid's walk-through video montage featuring the inspiring stories of the men and women who built the One World Trade Center. The Horizon Grid's breathtaking presentation is powered by 145 screens.

Sky Pod Elevator
From there, ascend to the 102nd floor in 47 seconds in the Sky Pod Elevator while watching over 500 years of New York City evolution. This breathtaking ascension uses floor-to-ceiling LED technology to surround you with an immersive virtual time-lapse, unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

See Forever® Theater
Once you reach the top of the One World Trade Center, you will enter the See Forever Theater. This heart-pumping high-tech audiovisual experience is set to the rhythms of the city. At the end, get your first glimpse of the spectacular skyline.

Drink and Dine in the Sky
The Observatory's dining level on the 101st floor offers access to a variety of curated dining options, from quick bites to fine dining. Dining and cafe options are only available for guests who have tickets to the observatory.

Main Observatory
On the 100th floor, take your time exploring expansive, panoramic views in every direction. Discover Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and the surrounding waters from an entirely new perspective. Take in the views with the One World Explorer, the observatory's digital skyline iPad guide to the city (a featured benefit offered with the Combination and All-Inclusive admissions). When you move from window to window, the view on the screen moves with you.

Sky Portal
If you're brave enough, step out on to the Sky Portal, a clear 14-foot-wide circular glass disc, and see what’s happening on the city streets 100 stories below your feet.

One World Observatory is delighted to welcome visitors and guests back to the top of the tallest building in New York City and the Western Hemisphere.
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Frequently Asked Questions about One World Observatory

How long does it take to visit One World Observatory?

Allow approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete your One World Observatory visit.

Is parking available?

No. Use of public transportation is highly recommended to access lower Manhattan given the minimal availability of on-street parking.

How do timed tickets work? What are timed tickets?

Your ticket is good for the time and date printed on the ticket. Just arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your entry time, no need to wait in line for entry to the building.

What happens if I arrive later than my entry time?

Late arrivals will be accommodated based on capacity – you may be required to wait until the first possible open time slot. We strongly encourage you to arrive earlier than your scheduled time to avoid any delays.

Is One World Observatory appropriate for kids?

Yes. The attraction is kid friendly, and strollers are allowed for visitors entering with small children. The stunning city views and interactive exhibits are family-friendly and suitable for individuals of all ages. Please note that children (age or younger) are not to be left unattended.

Is One World Observatory accessible?

Yes, One World Observatory – including its exhibits and amenities – are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Are strollers allowed?

Yes. However, to access the elevators and escalators, you will be asked to remove your child and fold up your strollers.

Are pets allowed?

No. Only service animals and service animas in training are allowed.

Can I take pictures?

Yes, you may take as many personal photos or videos with hand-held devices as you would like.

Can I bring my tripod or professional camera equipment?

DSLR cameras and flash pieces are permitted. However, any other professional photographic equipment, video cameras, recording devices, tripods, lights, and other such equipment are not permitted within the Observatory or West Plaza without prior written approval from One World Observatory management.

Can I bring food or drinks inside?

Outside food and beverages are prohibited.

Are dining and concessions available at One World Observatory?

One World Observatory offers access to several dining options for ticketed guests, from casual fare to seated fine-dining at One Dine.

Are public restrooms available?

Public restrooms are available for guests of the Observatory on all three levels, as well as in the exit lobby on the first floor upon departing the elevators.

Is there a security checkpoint?

Yes. All guests must submit to a security screening prior to entering One World Observatory.

Is there a gift shop?

Yes, on level 100.

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is prohibited within the Observatory, including the outside West Plaza.