One World Observatory Tickets

Housed in the rebuilt One World Trade Center, One World Observatory is more than a simple viewing platform: It’s a testament to American resilience and part of the programme to rebuild the complex. You’ll have the opportunity to scale one of the world’s most famous buildings and see amazing panoramas of NYC.

Opening hours

One World Observatory is open 365 days a year. Reduced hours apply on 4th July, 11th September, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Standard reserved admission costs $34, or $32 for seniors and $28 for 6-12 year olds. Under sixes go free.

10th February-30th April: 9:00am-9:00pm (last entry: 8:15pm)

1 May-4 September: 8:00am-9:00pm (last entry: 8:45pm)

5th September-31st December: 9:00am-9:00pm (last entry: 8:45pm)

How to get there

285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10006, USA

The World Trade Center is located in the core of Downtown Manhattan. Take the subway and you can alight at Cortland Street or Fulton Street. If taking the bus, take the M31 or M12, which stops outside. Public transport is definitely the easiest way to navigate the city, but you can park nearby at Brookfield Place if you’d like to use your own car..

FAQ

What is the observatory’s history?
On 11th September 2001, the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center were directly attacked and destroyed. The remaining towers of the complex partially or totally collapsed, and after five years of debate and planning, the rebuilding of the complex began. In 2014, One World Trade Center opened to the public, and the observatory opened the following year. The building is exactly 1,776 feet up, the same number as the year America declared independence.
What can I expect on a visit to One World Observatory?
You’ll get panoramic views 102 floors up, climbing the express elevator in just 47 seconds. One World Trade Center is one of New York’s most iconic buildings, and is also the second tallest in the Western Hemisphere after the CN Tower in Toronto. The See Forever Theater is a quick teaser before you see the view itself, and tour ambassadors are on hand if you have any questions about what you’re looking at.
What can I see from here?
The focal point of your visit will probably be the north side, where you can gaze upon the Empire State Building leading onto Midtown. Union Square is also visible from here. To the east is the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River. The South offers views of the mighty Financial District and the Statue of Liberty in the distance. To the west is the Hudson River, and out on the horizon is the state of New Jersey.
When is the best time to visit the observatory?
There’s really never a bad time to book your trip up the tower. In winter, seeing the city blanketed in snow from up high is a majestic experience. A warm, clear day will give you the best classic views. Opting to see it at sunset, you can take amazing photos of the skyline and also see New York start to twinkle as the lights come on.

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Booking your tickets
It’s a great idea to book your tickets in advance, as you’ll skip the queues and make the most of your time in New York City. You can choose the time of day that suits you best and then enjoy getting up to the 100th floor pronto. In a city that’s full of amazing things to do, it makes sense to spend as little time as possible waiting in the line.
Tiered ticketing
Priority Reserved admission will allow you to speed through security, and you can also get to the elevator loading area faster. Priority Anytime admission is ideal if you don’t want to be tied to a particular time slot or day. The VIP Tour is great for special occasions, and you’ll get your own guide and a souvenir gift. Sunset Flex tickets will let you arrive any time after 3pm.
Other attractionse
The Sky Portal is a heart-racing experience: It’s a glass disc which displays HD footage of the streets below. As well as the information provided through the tour ambassadors and One World Explorer iPad app, you can check out The Gallery and shop for something to remember your trip with. Bring a mug or T-shirt back to make your friends and family jealous.
Taking your time
Whichever option you choose, it will take you around an hour to fully appreciate the views and other attractions at One World Observatory. Of course, if you choose to stay for drinks or food, you can allow yourself longer, and there’s no time limit apart from the closing time. Photography is very much encouraged, and there’s a souvenir photo package available to remember your visit.

Places nearby

9/11 Memorial Plaza
While you’re on site, be sure to see the memorial and take a moment to reflect on the events that occured here. This beautiful monument honours the lives lost with bronze panels that name all 2,983 people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. The Survivor Tree here managed to withstand 9/11 and was replanted as part of the memorial.
9/11 Memorial Plaza

9/11 Memorial Plaza. Eo naya / Shutterstock.com

Federal Reserve Bank
Another stalwart of the financial core of Manhattan, a tour of the Federal Reserve Bank is a very different kind of museum experience. You’ll learn about the role of the Federal Reserve and tour the Gold Vault. You can assure your place by booking a tour up to 30 days in advance. Enter the museum through 44 Maiden Lane.
Federal Reserve Bank

Federal Reserve Bank

Castle Clinton
Castles aren’t something you’d expect to find in Lower Manhattan, but this one dating from the 19th century is another unique point of interest near to One World Observatory. It’s named after former Mayor and Governor Dewitt Clinton, not the president that probably first comes to mind. It’s an excellent place to get an insight into the history of the area over the past few centuries.
Castle Clinton

Castle Clinton. Kamira / Shutterstock.com