A visit to the One World Observatory (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) is definitely worth it, you will have an indescribable view of the city. It is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere. Who does not want to be ‘on top of the world’?
Visit the One World Observatory
With One World Observatory tickets you can visit the observation deck on the 102nd floor in New York. The observation deck has three floors, each with a 360 degree view of New York. You can also visit the 100th and 101st floors of the One World Observatory.
Tickets are available from $ 37 for adults and $ 30 for children.
Global Welcome Center
After you pass through the security, you enter the Global Welcome Center with a large video screen where visitors are greeted in ten different languages. In a space called Voices you will follow a video installation about the 48 construction workers who have built with the One World. In the hall called Foundations, you will learn more facts about the building.
You are now ready to take the elevator up. The lifts are called Sky Pods and can each take fifteen people. The journey to the 102nd floor only takes a minute. During the ride you will see a fascinating time-lapse video of the development of the New York skyline over the last years
See Forever Theater
After arriving at the top you will see a two-minute video about New York in the See Forever Theater. When the video is over, the screen goes up and you get the biggest reward … the New York skyline! You stay inside all the time. Do not forget that you can visit an observation deck outside the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock.
On the 100th floor you will find two interactive installations where you can watch videos with the latest technology. You might even request specific images from New York. On the same floor you will find Sky Portal, a round disk that shows real-time videos of the streets of New York below. The gift shop is also located on this floor.
On the 101st floor you will find all dining options. Whether you want a snack, cocktails or a fancy dinner, there is something for everyone. But be prepared that it is not cheap.
It is always smart to pre-order your tickets, this saves you time in the queue on the spot. You can order the One World Observatory tickets even shortly beforehand, because you will receive an e-ticket that does not need to be printed. This gives you maximum flexibility and you can still skip the long ticket line at the door!
Day tour including tickets for the One World Observatory
With this tour you will visit many sights in one day and skip the queues. You visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, do a tour along the 9/11 Memorial and by Financial District and you end up at the One World Observatory with a reserved ticket. Read more and buy these tickets here.
You must print your ticket or show it on your smartphone as a mobile ticket and be present fifteen minutes before the time stated on the ticket. All visitors go through a security check. You can only bring a small bag, there are no lockers
Location: The main entrance is on West Street (West corner and Vesey Street).
January 4 – April 30: 9 am to 9 pm
1 May – 4 September: 8.00 to 21.00
Custom opening hours on public holidays
Children under 5 may enter for free.