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One World Observatory tickets can be purchased to visit the observation deck on the 102nd floor in New York. The observation deck has three levels, each with a 360-degree view of New York. In addition, you can visit the 100th and 101st floors of the One World Observatory.
- ✔️ face mask required
- ✔️ hand sanitizer available
- ✔️ limited capacity
- ✔️ reservation required
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 to be on top of the world?
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 follow a video installation of 48 workers who helped build One World. In the walkway called ‘Foundations’, you will learn more facts about the building.
You are now ready to take the elevator up. These are called Sky Pods and fit 15 people each and the trip to the 102nd floor only takes a minute. During the ride, you can enjoy a fascinating time-lapse video of how the skyline of New York has developed over the years.
See Forever Theatre
After arriving on top, you will watch a 2-minute video about New York in the See Forever Theatre. Once the video is over, the screen is lifted up and you are in for the real treat….the New York skyline! You stay inside the whole time. Don’t forget that at Empire State Building and Top of the Rock you can visit an observation deck which is outside.
On the 100th floor, you will find two interactive stations where you can watch videos with the latest technology. You might even be able to request specific images of New York. Furthermore, you will find Sky Portal, a circular disc that shows real-time videos of New York streets below. The gift shop is also located on this floor.
On the 101st floor, you will find all dining options, whether you want a snack or cocktails or a fancy dinner, there is something for everyone. Be prepared that it won’t be cheap though.
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 lines and takes you to Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, tours around 9/11 Memorial and Financial District and finally ends up in the One World Observatory with a pre-reserved ticket. Read here more information and book tickets.
You need to print out your ticket or show it on your smartphone as a mobile ticket and be present 15 minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket. All visitors will go through a security check. You can only take a small bag with you, there are no lockers.
- Location: Main entrance is on West Street (corner of West and Vesey Street)
- Opening hours:
- April 2021:
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 12:00 to 20:00
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 13:00 to 21:00
- June – September:
Thursday – Monday from 13:00 to 21:00
- October – December:
Thursday – Monday from 11:00 to 19:00
- Adjusted opening hours on holidays
- April 2021:
- Children under 5 visit for free
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