One World Observatory

1 World Trade Center, New York City

4.5

One World Observatory is located on floors 100-102 of One World Trade Center, with its exhibits & restaurants in the Northwest corner of the World Trade Center site and is bordered by West Street to the West, Vesey Street to the North and Liberty Street to the South. It is a skyscraper which gives the iconic sights, surrounding waters and panoramic views of the skyline and beyond.Visitors explore three levels filled with innovation and inspiration. Immerse yourself in the bustling crossroads of the world at the “See Forever” Theater, City Pulse and the global ambassadors as they share stories of this amazing city. It’s a chance to step onto the expansive Sky Portal and take a walk high above the streets of New York and to start the visit with an experience unlike any other.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    09:00 - 21:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 21:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 21:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 21:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 21:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 21:00

  • Sun

    09:00 - 21:00

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Reviews

  • Ji Antique

    5
    - 03 September 2018 -

    Paid around $40 to get to the top where a beautiful skyline can be seen. Definitely worth it. In my opinion best time is sunset so you can see both day time and night time. You can buy alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks which is nice if you want to hangout with people or even a date. There’s even a restaurant/bar if you want to be super impressive lol

  • Jiu-Jitsu Sensei.

    4
    - 21 August 2018 -

    Pros: very clean, architecturally significant, beautiful views, manageable crowd sizes, great customer service, fast and enlightening elevator, interesting exhibits, cool gift shop, plenty of seating areas and fun activities. Cons: food is expensive, not very good, and there is little variety in the menu, although the restaurant has awesome views, and the cafe is conveniently located. Overall a great experience, whether you live in the New York Metropolitan Area or are a tourist from elsewhere. The One World Observatory is a fun and enlightening place to visit, not ridiculously expensive, and definitely very high up in the sky.

  • Shivam Patel

    5
    - 20 August 2018 -

    You'll certainly be impressed if you decide to go here. A close friend got us priority tickets and they'll save you quite a bit of time in line on the weekends. My favorite part was the elevator ride up. It moves at an impressive 25 mph and the walls are covered with displays. They present the city as a timeline and show the buildings appearing as the years go by. At the top, you watch a short clip that's projected onto the walls. As it finishes, the walls begin to rise and as your eyes adjust to the light, you can see the spectacular view of the city. We went a little before sunset, and it was absolutely incredible. There's also a restaurant/bar at the top with seating along the windows. There's no one rushing you so take your time and enjoy!

  • Aishling Hughes

    5
    - 31 July 2018 -

    I thoroughly enjoyed this experience! While I also love Top Of The Rock this has a bit more to it with the cinematic effects before and in the elevator before you get to the observation deck. It has a lot more effort put into it. And then once you get up there, in one of the areas somebody is giving a history about different areas of New York which is quite interesting (you don’t have to listen). However, it is all inside whereas Top Of The Rock and the Empire State Building you can walk outside. But that probably wouldn’t effect most people.

  • Christina Lister

    5
    - 26 July 2018 -

    Spectacular experience from the elevator up and all the way back down. The visuals are great leading you to the observation deck. They will try to get you to buy an ipad to help you see the names of the buildings you're looking at. Informational, but not necessary. Best time to go is just before sunset - beautiful pictures and you can see the skyline start to light up. Dinner at One World was incredible. Food, service, everything was top notch. I would definitely go back!

  • Mone T.

    4
    - 24 July 2018 -

    On the observation deck of the freedom tower you can sit by the window and enjoy some drinks and casual dining. Did I mention the freaking view from the widow is amazing. It's like sitting at the top of the world and looking down at creation while sipping a tasty beverage.

  • Matt Clarke

    5
    - 12 July 2018 -

    Amazing views of NYC from the observatory, a great tour around is offered or self guided. One of the better security screenings as it well layed out. The cafe has good food, reasonably priced.. nothing too fancy. there is also a finer restaurant

  • Layne Doyle

    5
    - 12 July 2018 -

    It’s worth the price, first and foremost. You get on the elevator of the tall (tallest) building and fly to the top. The view up there will take your breath away. Walking around the full glass windows/walls allows you a 360 degree view of the city and more. From the top you can see the fountains below as well. It’s truly a worthwhile experience and I recommend it over most well known attractions in the city.

  • Joel Bennett

    3
    - 21 June 2018 -

    We went for the view, because we had people with us who's never been to NYC. And yes, it's the tallest building in the U.S., or anywhere in this side of the planet, actually! On a nice day, the views are great. But the lines are long (really long, even after you get inside) and ultimately you're just going to look out through a few inches of glass and get a bird's eye view of the city ... with hundreds of your closest friends 😆 Also, the floor thing you might see in ads is just video screens that won't even fool your youngest kids...

  • Samantha Brazeau-Wilson

    5
    - 18 June 2018 -

    Of all the observatories to check out in New York City, this one is a must. You get an incredible 360 view of the city of Manhattan and a bit of Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey, too. A friend of mine is a World Elite Mastercard holder so we got to skip the line which got us up much quicker. I'm not aware if there is a "skip the line" upgrade that you can pay, but if there is I would recommend you take advantage of it because like many other tourist hot-spots in NYC, this one was very busy and had a very long line. The hype before you actually get to see outside is well worth it and is planned out very well. It's a truly breathtaking experience that I highly recommend you try.

  • Hede Hodo

    - 13 May 2018 -

    $50 for a picture.. Other than that it's flawless.

  • korwegianseoul

    - 23 April 2018 -

    Get the VIP for a few dollars more.m especially during sunset. You skip the crowds and have different elevators. The lines are huge!

  • Morten Authen

    - 17 April 2018 -

    Along with Rockefeller, this is a must when in NYC :)

  • Joshefo Jacques

    - 08 April 2018 -

    During the daylight is the best option to take photos of the city 'cos at night the reflection of flash at the glasses breaks the pic.

  • Matt

    - 06 April 2018 -

    How do you ruin the view from the top of One World Trade? Literally put a guy advertising pizza in front of the window. Heavily commercialized from start to finish.

  • Netto Rocha

    - 14 February 2018 -

    Impressiona! 😉

  • Jorge Castro

    - 28 January 2018 -

    Great view of Manhattan, New Jersey and Brooklyn. Worth it!

  • Dan Sohayda

    - 09 January 2018 -

    Amazing view & a must if you're visiting the city. We got anytime priority tickets but after the security check youre all dumped into same elevator line. If you're going for sunset leave a lot of time

  • Gilson K

    - 28 December 2017 -

    The organization is terrible!!! I spend couple hours and gave up to enter there! The book hours doesn't work!

  • heather dougherty

    - 26 December 2017 -

    Get yourself a fancy drink at the bar for views & photo opps with WAY LESS people

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