One World Observatory, New York City

Observatory at New York’s One World Trade Center To Open

The new observatory at the very top of One World Trade Center in New York will open on 29th May, offering unparalleled panoramic views and three floors filled with innovation and inspiration.

Tickets will be available for purchase from Wednesday 8th April through

Positioned on top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere – on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the One World Trade Center building, One World Observatory will provide guests with unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters from above 1,250 feet.

A customised guest experience will complement the seemingly endless views and include exhibits and dining options, including a sit-down restaurant.

More than a view: pre-show, Sky Pods and the See Forever Theater

There is a pre-show programme called Voices, which tells the personal stories of the men and women who built One World Trade Center, and Foundations, which displays facts about the very bedrock on which the building stands.

Visitors will board one of five dedicated elevators, termed Sky Pods, to ascend to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds. Immersive, floor-to-ceiling LED technology in each cab invites guests to experience a virtual time-lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline from the 1600s to present day.

The Sky Pod elevators, among the fastest in the world, will bring passengers directly to the See Forever Theater on the 102nd floor for a two-minute video presentation that combines bird’s eye imagery, time-lapse shots with abstract textures and patterns to present the rhythm and pulse of New York City.

There are dining options up there too

One World Observatory will also offer three dining options on the 101st floor available to guests with Observatory tickets, including access to curated eateries from casual café fare to seated fine-dining.

Price of admission will vary. Guest admission for adults ages 13-64 will be $32. Guest admission for children ages 6-12 will be $26, and guest admissions for seniors ages 65+ will be $30. Guests 5 and under will be admitted at no charge but must have a ticket to enter. All tickets are timed admission and will be valid for a specific time and date. For best availability for summer 2015, you are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance.

The Observatory is open year round. Starting 29th May until 7th September operating hours will be 9am until midnight seven days a week with the last ticket sold at 11.15 p.m. Non-summer operating hours of One World Observatory are from 9am to 8pm seven days a week with the last ticket sold at 7.15 pm. Throughout the course of the year operating hours will be expanded during holiday periods such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Special group rates, for 20 or more, may also be available to travel professionals, corporate groups, organisations, schools and camps. You can submit an enquiry online at

The Observatory experience will also offer a variety of Priority and Flex ticket options, available for an additional charge.

One World Observatory is located at One World Trade Center, New York. The entrance to the Observatory is located on the West Plaza located alongside West Street at the north west corner of the World Trade Center site near the intersection of West and Vesey Streets.

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