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One world observatory tours, activities and tickets

Rise above the rest of New York during a One World Observatory trip!  With your One World Observatory tickets, you’ll rocket into the sky inside the super fast SkyPod elevator as you make your way to the observatory at the top of One World Trade.  Enjoy interactive exhibits about the building, the city, and the people of New York.  Then, peer down through the SkyPortal and see the lively streets below.  During your One World Observatory tour, you can look down on the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and much more!  And, if you want to plan a full New York sightseeing adventure, then you can combine your One World Observatory experience with a New York Hop-on, Hop-off Tour and get dropped off directly in front of the top New York attractions!  Or, pair your One World Observatory ticket with a Statue of Liberty tour and save a little dough on admission.  You can even pick up a New York Combo Tour that includes One World Observatory and a helicopter tour over New York!  It’s one of the most exciting things to do in New York if you’d appreciate a bird’s-eye-view of the city!


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Our tips for One World Observatory

  • Check the weather before scheduling your One World Observatory trip.High visibility makes all the difference.
  • The SkyPod elevator ride zips up to the top of One World Trade.At that altitude, you might want to bring some gum to help your ears pop.
  • At the top of One World Observatory, it’s just you and the sky!So, dress in dark clothes to avoid melting into the background during photo-ops!
  • Time-saving Tip – Short on time?  That’s O.K.!  You can save yourself a lot of time and frustration by purchasing your One World Observatory tickets online because you can bypass the queue for the ticket booth. 

Good to know

Best time to visit

If you want to avoid crowds, the best time to visit One World Observatory is between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., before the tourist busses arrive.  But, for the most spectacular views during your New York vacation, you’ll want to arrive before sunset.  However, you should know that this is the absolute busiest time of the day; so, arrive early to get a spot near the windows.  Weatherwise, the best time to visit One World Oservatory is any time that the skies are clear.  If there are low-lying clouds or any form of precipitation, you might want to consider rescheduling.  Your chances of experiencing a clear day vary very little in New York on a month-by-month basis.  However, you can increase your odds of fair weather by arriving during the summer and fall.  Winter brings sub-freezing temperatures and plenty of snow.  It might be nice to see the skyscrapers blanketed in snow, but poor visibility is more likely to hamper your One World Observatory trip.

Getting there

As the tallest building in the Americas, One World Trade is pretty easy to find.  But, getting there is another story altogether.  You’ll encounter a variety of ways to reach the observatory.  Most travellers will likely use the famed N.Y. subway.  If you choose this mode of transportation, you will need to take the A or C train to Chambers St., E train to One World Trade, the 2,3,4 or 5 train to Fulton St., the 1 train to Rector St., or the R or W train to Cortland St.  Those using the bus system should take the M20 bus towards South Ferry and alight at Vesey St./North End Ave. or the M55 bus towards South Ferry and alight at Broadway/Cortland St.  Taxis are another iconic, yet expensive option.  If you want the experience, try to avoid hailing a taxi during rush hour.  Planning ahead for the city’s infamous street traffic is what to do in New York.

Did you know?

Enrich your New York trip with these One World Observatory fun facts!

  • The architectural height of One World Trade is 1776 feet, a nod to the Declaration of Independence!
  • One World Trade represents the tallest building in the New World.  And, it’s the 6th tallest building on Earth.
  • Although the Port Authority promised to rebuild the Windows on the World restaurant and The Greatest Bar on Earth, it never happened.  Countless locals were furious!
  • The firm that designed One World Trade, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, also designed the Burj Khalifa and Willis Tower.

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