One World Observatory NYC

Tallest Building in the Western Hemisphere

One World Observatory, located on the 100-102 floors of the new World Trade Center, includes unparalleled panoramic views from atop the tallest building in the United States, educational movies, history and dining options.

This was the view from the 88th Floor of the World Trade Center taken in 2012. The Main Observatory is on the 100th Floor, the height of the original North Tower.

View from One World Trade Center
View from One World Trade Center, 88th Floor (May 2012)

The five Sky Pod Elevators will whisk you to the 102nd floor, 1250 feet above the ground, in under 60 seconds, while viewing a movie showing the growth of NYC and when you step off, there is a two-minute video presentation with an assortment of gorgeous city images.

The 100th Floor includes the Main Observatory, also known as the Discovery Level, where you will you will experience expansive, 360-degree views in all directions, taking in NYC’s iconic sights, surrounding waters and panoramic views of the city and beyond.

Also on the 100th Floor is City Pulse, allowing you to view HD videos featuring notable NYC landmarks and neighborhoods; as well as the Sky Portal, where you are invited to step onto a 14-foot wide circular disc that will deliver an unforgettable view, using real-time, high-definition footage of the streets below.

On the 101st Floor, One World Observatory™ offers their restaurant, ONE Dine, as well as the bar, ONE Mix, both only available to guests with Observatory tickets.

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One World Observatory – NYC Insider Tips

  • There is no access to the 100-102nd floors of the World Trade Center without a ticket purchase.
  • All major NYC Attractions Passes include One World Observatory
  • You can reserve your timed tickets at Skip the Line: One World Observatory Tickets or One World Observatory Tickets or
  • Consider a guided Downtown & One World Observatory Tour (below), if you are interested in a personal escort and stories or want to combine a visit with other downtown sightseeing options, such as Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, 9-11 Museum and more.
  • Tickets begin at $49, Senior $32, Youth (6-12) $28, 5 and Under Free.
  • For a short time, until 2009, this building was called "Freedom Tower," but since then has officially been known as 1 World Trade Center.

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About One World Observatory

One World Trade Center is now 1,362 feet, the height of the original WTC South Tower, with an illuminated antenna rising from the center of the building to the symbolic height of 1,776 feet, 1776 being the birth year of the United States of America. The new public outdoor observation deck, One World Observatory, is located on the 100th Floor, the height of the original North Tower.

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One World Observatory – The Experience

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Boutique Downtown Hotels put you right next to some of NYC's most popular attractions: The 9-11 Memorial and Museum, Statue of Liberty, One World Observatory, Wall Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, Charging Bull and every major subway station.

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  • Frederick Hotel - one of NYC's best lesser know hidden gems
  • Moxy NYC Downtown - 30 stories, local coffee program, arcade games, DJ and a basketball court
  • The Artezen Hotel - high-tech suites, yoga & fitness center + HIDE, a swanky, two-story sky lounge (photo)

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One World Observatory NYC More Info

  • Address: One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton Street New York, New York, 10007, Entrance on West Street at the corner of Vesey Street
  • Website:
  • Hours: Open 7 days per week, 10:00am – 7:00pm (last ticket sold earlier than closing). Their hours change seasonally, so please check in advance.
  • Regular Guest Admission tickets will be valid for a specific date and time and you must have an Observatory ticket in order to access all amenities and dining
  • Neighborhood Guide: Wall Street, Financial District


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Sightsee from the Sky

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory, Edge or Summit? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

Edge NYC Observation Deck

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) Highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)
  • Summit One Vanderbilt - (91-93 floors) Opens Oct 2021, all glass elevator, indoor and outdoor decks and glass terraces off the side of the building

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