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One World Observatory Tours and Activities

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Travelers looking to experience life—or, at least, New York City—on the top of the world need look no further than the One World Observatory. One World Trade Center features a high-speed elevator that shoots visitors straight to the 100th-floor observatory in just 47 seconds. On the ride up, impressive time-lapse technology showcases the city’s transformation from the 1500s to the present in immersive floor-to-ceiling screens. At the top, spectacular 360-degree views of New York City’s waterways, iconic skyline, and renowned landmarks stretch for miles.
 
The Basics
Travelers to the One World Observatory are welcomed to One World Trade Center with video displays telling the story of the building’s construction, then head up 1,268 feet (386 meters) via 15-person sky pods to the main observation deck and the city’s best views. Several installations allow visitors to zero in on various neighborhoods and check out real-time footage of streets far below. Standard timed-entry admission tickets are available, as are skip-the-line priority reserved tickets, priority anytime tickets, and flexible tickets that allow entry at any time on a specific day or anytime after 4pm for sunset. Guided 45-minute highlights tours are offered by reservation. New York City tours that include One World Observatory admission often couple the visit with trips to other top attractions such as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Statue of Liberty, or Ellis Island.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Standard day tickets are by timed entry. Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
  • It’s best to allot 45 minutes to an hour for the observatory tower.
  • The One World Observatory and its exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
  • There is no coat or bag check, and large backpacks and luggage are not permitted.
  • One Mix, the bar on the 101st floor, offers snacks with a view. Outside food is not allowed.
 
How to Get There
The One World Observatory is located inside One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. The entrance is via the West Plaza located alongside West Street, at the northwest corner of the World Trade Center site. The tower is easily accessed by taxi, and a number of subway stops—including Chambers Street (A or C train), World Trade Center (E), Rector Street (1), Fulton Street (2, 3, 4, or 5), and Cortland Street (R or W)—are within short walking distance. The M20 and M55 buses also stop near the building.
 
When to Get There
One World Observatory is open daily from 9am to 8pm much of the year, and until 10pm May through August. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing. Daytime visits afford sweeping panoramic views, while evening and nighttime visits showcase the city’s romantic twinkling lights. And after the sun goes down, so do the prices—nighttime tickets are half price. Prime time—also the priciest time to visit—is from sunset to twilight, when visitors get to experience a little bit of both.
 
Dining at the Top of the World
One Dine, the highest restaurant in the United States, is accessible only to One World Observatory ticket holders and requires advance reservations. The 101st-floor fine dining establishment serves a seasonal menu and offers craft beer, wine, and cocktails overlooking the main observation floor. For small plates and drinks, head to One Mix (no reservations required).
Address: 285 Fulton Street, New York City, New York 10006, USA
Hours: Nov 17 - Jan 7: 9am - 9pm, May 5 - Sept 4: 9am - 10pm. Last entry one hour before closing.
Admission: Adults $36
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Skip the Line: NYC One World Observatory Ticket

Skip the Line: NYC One World Observatory Ticket

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See New York City at your feet with admission to the One World Observatory, a 3-story destination on top of the western hemisphere’s tallest building. Ride to the 102nd floor and watch the virtual city skyline transform across centuries of history. Learn about the construction of the skyscraper, which has sweeping views across the city, enjoying New York from a whole new perspective. Or choose from two upgrade options with benefits like skip-the-line security entrance and flexible admission.
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NYC One World Observatory and 911 Memorial and Museum Admission

NYC One World Observatory and 911 Memorial and Museum Admission

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Save money with this combo admission ticket to two of New York City’s must-see attractions: One World Observatory and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Look out over Manhattan, Brooklyn, and beyond from the 100th floor observatory. Then explore the commemorative sites of the September 11 attacks at your own pace, including the reflecting pools.
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Skip the Line Private All Access 9/11 Ground Zero: Tour, Museum & Observatory

Skip the Line Private All Access 9/11 Ground Zero: Tour, Museum & Observatory

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Relive the heroism and tragedy of the September 11th attacks during this 1.5-hour private walking tour of Ground Zero with tickets to the 9/11 Museum. Get a first-hand account of the dramatic events of this fateful day in 2001 from a local New Yorker as you explore Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial on a walking tour. Then visit the 9/11 Museum with your included entrance ticket.
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All-Access 9/11: Ground Zero Tour, Memorial and Museum, One World Observatory

All-Access 9/11: Ground Zero Tour, Memorial and Museum, One World Observatory

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In remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, take this guided tour of Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial. Walk through the space of the former World Trade Center in NYC, and get a deeper understanding of the events that took place on that day. Your ticket includes skip-the-line access to the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, as well as the One World Observatory for panoramic views of the city.
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  • 5 hours
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Full-Day New York

Full-Day New York "Must See" Small-Group Tour plus One World Observatory Ticket

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Take in all the highlights of New York City on this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind tour. Explore the Big Apple like a New Yorker, as you walk, ride the subway and take the Staten Island ferry. Visit Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, Grand Central Terminal, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more. Entrance to the One World Observatory is also included.
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  • 7 hours
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9/11 Memorial, Ground Zero Tour with Optional One World Observatory Ticket

9/11 Memorial, Ground Zero Tour with Optional One World Observatory Ticket

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Get a better understanding of the September 11 attacks on New York City on this guided walking tour. With a guide by your side, visit the National September 11 Memorial and Ground Zero, and hear stories about the event that changed a country and the world. See the impromptu memorials that sprang up in St Paul’s Chapel, and visit the incredible reflecting pools and Fireman’s Memorial. There’s also an optional upgrade to visit One World Observatory, where you can admire the NYC skyline.
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  • 3 hours
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with One World Observatory

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with One World Observatory

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Since the One World Observatory opened in 2015, it’s been the hottest ticket in town. Guarantee your visit with a prebooked ticket to the 101st floor of One World Trade Center. But that’s not all: This full-day excursion includes a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty, plus a visit to Ellis Island and the reflecting pools of the National September 11 Memorial.
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  • 8 hours
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New York Sightseeing Day Pass: 100+ Attractions including One World Observatory

New York Sightseeing Day Pass: 100+ Attractions including One World Observatory

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Visit more than 100 NYC attractions with the money-saving Sightseeing Pass, which allows you to customize your sightseeing itinerary. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, or 10-day pass to suit your schedule. Enjoy free entry to One World Observatory, Top of the Rock, Statue of Liberty, plus many more, and enjoy unlimited access to CitySightseeing hop-on hop-off buses for the duration of your pass. 
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One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour

One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour

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Many 9/11 tours bypass less-known landmarks and head only to the most popular, leaving you with only half of the story. This One World Observatory and World Trade Center tour gives you an immersive look at the monuments of September 11th, including St. Peter's Chapel, American Express 11 Tears Memorial, and the Fireman’s Memorial. Plus, finish your tour at One World Observatory, 102 stories above the city.
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  • 2 hours
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New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise and One World Observatory Admission

New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise and One World Observatory Admission

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Experience the best of New York City in one day by following a professional guide through Manhattan's top attractions on this 6-hour NYC 360 tour. Make stops at Central Park, Rockefeller Center, 9/11 Memorial and Flat Iron and Financial districts, among others. Travel in a luxury vehicle to all locations, and learn about the the history and stories of this incredible city from your guide as you walk around each sight. Cap off a day of sightseeing with skip-the-line entrance to One World Observatory (admission included), where you'll travel more than 100 stories in less than 60 seconds .
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  • 6 hours
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New York City Hop-on Hop-Off Tour including One World Observatory Admission

New York City Hop-on Hop-Off Tour including One World Observatory Admission

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Put the 'big' in the Big Apple by covering a huge swath of Manhattan on this 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour and then gain entry to the sky-high One World Observatory in lower Manhattan. Save your feet and leg muscles by riding comfortably on the double-decker bus, learning about the history of the city as you go, getting off when something strikes your interest. Then head to One World Observatory for a stunning view. Upgrade to a 48-hour 'all loops' ticket to see even more.
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World Trade Center 911 and Ground Zero Walking Tour

World Trade Center 911 and Ground Zero Walking Tour

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Learn about the incredible firefighters who rushed to Ground Zero during the 911 attacks and the people who survived the World Trade Center’s collapse on this emotionally moving walking tour through Lower Manhattan. Discover how WTC’s gleaming new skyscraper, Freedom Tower, was designed and built. Led by a local guide, proceeds from this tour go to the non-profit Fire Department of New York Foundation.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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