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One World Observatory in New York

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.

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Visiting One World Observatory

There are two types of tickets for One World Observatory. If you are sure of what time you want to visit the observatory, choose the General Admission tickets, which are also the cheapest. If you are not sure about your planning or want to take the weather into account, you can buy the Flex Tickets. This all-inclusive ticket comes with skip-the-line access, the Digital Skyline Guide (see more below), and a $15 voucher for a drink or the gift shop. You can choose if you want to visit the observation deck in the morning or afternoon and you can show up at a time that is convenient for you.

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.

Sky Pods

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 that is outside.

Digital Skyline Guide

The Digital Skyline Guide is an iPad that will guide you through the city; the screen moves with you as you move from window to window. You can touch one of the labels shown on the iPad and you’ll digitally fly there by helicopter and hear fascinating stories about each site. This feature is also included in the Skip the Line Combination ticket, which is convenient if you don’t have a lot of time and want quick and easy access to the One World Observatory.

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100th floor

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.

101st 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.

Eric’s Tip: “The elevator ride up to One World Observatory is fun. As the observation deck is located in Downtown Manhattan, you’ll have views over the harbour, the bridges and the Statue of Liberty. All this will be better visible during day time than when it’s dark. The observatory is completely indoors, making it the best observatory for people with fear of height.”

Day tour including One World Observatory Tickets

If you would like to see lots of sights in one day, this full-day tour gives you a comprehensive introduction to New York, touring around Midtown, the 9/11 Memorial and Financial District. You also get to see the Statue of Liberty from the water. The tour ends up at the One World Observatory with a pre-reserved ticket. Click here more information and tickets.

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Practical Information

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: from 10:00 to 19:00
    • The last admission 60 minutes before closing time
  • Children under 5 visit for free

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How much does it cost to visit One World Trade Center?

Tickets for One World Observatory start at CA$61 for adults. Skip the line by ordering online.

What is the best time to visit One World Observatory?

I would advise visiting One World Observatory during the day as you will be able to have great panoramic views of New York and New Jersey.

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