With its easily recognizable spire, One World Trade Center is an icon of the New York City skyline. Opened in 2014, the silver mirrored skyscraper towers some 1,776 feet (541 meters) high, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Observation decks at One World Observatory afford incredible views.
One World Trade Center’s close proximity to Ground Zero, the Financial District, New York Stock Exchange, and 9/11 Memorial Museum makes it a perfect place to take in the views while on a tour of downtown sites.
One World Trade Center is open to visitors via One World Observatory, where a SkyPod elevator whisks visitors up 102 stories in 47 seconds to an observation deck and iPads offer an in-depth look at more than 40 New York City landmarks. Save time with a skip-the-line ticket, or combine your observatory visit with a luxurious cruise around Manhattan, hop-on hop-off city tour, or entry to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- One World Trade Center is a must-see for families and first-time visitors.
- Book your One World Observatory entrance ahead of time to avoid disappointment; millions of people visit annually.
- Give yourself 45 minutes to an hour to enjoy the interactive exhibits within the observatory.
- One World Observatory is wheelchair accessible, and strollers are allowed.
How to Get There
One World Trade Center is accessible via the PATH train, ferry, and 11 different subway lines. The closest subway stop is the Fulton Center, and the entrance is on West Street.
When to Get There
One of the main reasons to visit One World Trade Center is the observatory’s panoramic views of the Big Apple, so plan your visit for a day when the forecast is clear. Observatory tickets are for a particular date and time, and it’s a good idea to show up at least 15 minutes early.
Dare to Walk on the Sky Portal
Daring visitors can test their mettle with a walk across the Sky Portal. The 14-foot-wide (4-meter-wide) circular glass disc uses high definition footage of the New York City streets 100 floors below to make you feel like you’re walking on air.