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One World Observatory | Manhattan, NY

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One World Observatory
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Everything you need to know about visiting One World Observatory (285 Fulton St, New York, 10007).

Not only does it have the trippiest elevator in the city, One World Observatory is also a fierce contender for best views in the city. Ride up to the 102nd floor surrounded by a VR-like film, then admire the 360-degree views at the top of the tower. Opened in 2015, the three-floor observation deck is a tourist attraction atop the offices below, but the sights truly are spectacular. Standing at 1,776 feet (see what they did there?), One World Trade Center is the tallest building in both New York City and the United States. Tickets are $34 for adults, $32 for seniors and $28 for children.

See the sights
Gawk at the entirety of Manhattan and the Empire State Building on one side and the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges on the other—and then Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty on the other. (There are 360-degree views, remember?) Sure, it’s a tourist attraction, but that doesn’t make the sights any less amazing, and you’ll want to spend hours playing eye spy with Times Square and Central Park. Head up first thing in the morning—it opens at 9am—to beat the afternoon rush, or be prepared to fights the crowds once sunset comes around. It stays open until 10pm, and yes, you should go back at night to get a completely different (but just as stunning) view.

Watch your feet
Make sure you hop onto the Sky Portal, a 14-foot glass circle that’s easy to miss on your first pass. But you should double back: The platform is covered with a projection of actual video footage of the street more than 1,000 feet below. You’ll feel like a giant as you stomp on that pesky cab that almost ran you over on the way in.

Work up an appetite
The Observatory has not one, not two, but three dining options. The most casual is One Café, serving coffee and sandwiches. Next is One Mix, a slightly less casual grill and bar. Finally, there’s One Dining, a swanky restaurant perfect for impressing guests as you watch the sun set over New Jersey.

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Address: One World Trade Center
285 Fulton St
New York
Price: $26–$90
Opening hours: 9am–8pm
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Really cool experience with videos, presentations and you can hire an interactive iPad to explain the sights you’re seeing.

Unbeatable views from the tower! You really have to go there and see New York from the top!


Amazing experience at One World Observatory, I would recommend this to anyone visiting the city. I went into this expecting it to just be another look out on top of a tall building, but it was much more spectacular than I expected. The 'show' at the start was a real surprise.

I experienced One World Observatory on a day that wasn't too busy (unusual) but also with a low view mileage due to fog. While we didn't get to see the 25 mile view that is typically visible, we still had a great time. I have done top of the rock, but preferred this. The whole experience is great, and more interactive. They give you a bit of a show, and history lesson. 


One World Observatory offers stunning panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. When you enter the welcome center, you are greeted by a changing video wall to welcome guests in ten different languages. Next on the first floor you can watch a video on the construction of the fabulous One World Trade Center. You then get into the super-fast sky pod elevator that whisks you to floor 102 in just under 60 seconds. On your journey, you are treated to floor to ceiling LED display of 500 years of New York City’s history. Now you are at the top of the world and ready to be amazed.

I LOVED visiting One World Observatory. If you have any friends from out of town coming to visit, book your tickets online ahead of time and skip the line (which is the best part of making the reservation IMO). Once you take the 60 second ride up, take your time to enjoy the 360 view. It's really beautiful and just a reminder that you are on top of the best city in the world.

The views are stunning and its a great way to experience the city if you are from out of town. The 60 second elevator ride is pretty cool giving you a quick look into the development of the city over the years. The lines book up fast so buy your tickets in advanced and get there early! Definitely a NYC landmark to check off the tourist list.

Views are stunning and unbeatable. Get there earlier in the morning. And enjoy the lightning fast elevator ride and cool slideshow. Crowds fill up fast

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