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One World Observatory Tickets

Rise above the rest of New York with your One World Observatory Tickets! Zoom up into the sky inside the superfast SkyPod elevator as you make your way to the observatory at the top. Enjoy interactive exhibits about the building and the city. Then, peer down through the SkyPortal and see the lively streets below. Look down on the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and much more! Combine your tickets with a New York Hop On Hop Off Tour and get dropped off directly in front of numerous other attractions!
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Our tips for One World Observatory

  • Check the weather before scheduling your trip. High visibility makes all the difference.
  • Do You Have Any Gum? The SkyPod elevator ride zips up to the top. At that altitude, you might want to bring some gum to help your ears pop.
  • In the Clouds. At the top, 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? You can save yourself a lot of time by purchasing your One World Observatory NYC tickets online to bypass the queue for the ticket booth.
  • Buy a combo. Pair your One World Observatory Tour with a visit to the Statue of Liberty and save a little dough on admission. Or pick up a combo tour that includes a helicopter tour over the city!

Good to know

The architectural height of One World Trade is 1776 feet, a nod to the Declaration of Independence. It 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 it, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, also designed the Burj Khalifa and Willis Tower. Just after the welcome centre, you can witness a video installation named ‘Voices’ that goes for 14 minutes. Upon reaching the 102nd floor in one of the fastest elevators in the world, you will be shown a video titled “See Forever Theatre.”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to visit the One World Observatory?

    If you want to avoid crowds, the best time to visit is between 8 am and 10 am, before the tourist buses arrive. But for the most spectacular views during your vacation, you’ll want to arrive before sunset. As early mornings are also the busiest time, arrive early to get a spot near the windows. 

    Weather-wise, the best time to visit is any time that the skies are clear. If there are low-lying clouds or rain, you might want to reschedule. Summer and winter months both have their own charms. It might be nice to see the skyscrapers blanketed in snow, but poor visibility could be a dampener.

  • Q: How do I get there?

    As the tallest building in America, One World Trade is pretty easy to find. Most travelers will likely use the subway. If you choose this mode of transportation, you will need to take the A or C train to Chambers St., the 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.

  • Q: What are the opening hours of the One World Observatory?

    One World Observatory is open all 7 days a week from 8 am to 9 pm.

  • Q: What is the suggested duration for the One World Observatory tour?

    A typical tour of One World Observatory takes about 2 hours to complete.

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