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One World Trade Center Observatory - Tickets

Rise above the rest of New York with your One World Trade Center Observatory!  Zoom up into the sky inside the superfast SkyPod elevator as you make your way to the observatory at the top of One World Trade Center.  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, Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and much more!  Combine your One World Observatory tickets with a New York Hop On Hop Off Tour and get dropped off directly in front of numerous other attractions!  Or, pair 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 New York 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. Do You Have Any Gum? 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.
  • 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 tickets online and bypass the queue for the ticket booth. 

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Best time to visit

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 New York 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 rains, 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.

Getting there

As the tallest building in America, One World Trade is pretty easy to find. But, getting there is another story altogether. Most travellers 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., 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. 

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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