One World Observatory

One World Observatory, New York City: Hours, Address, One World Observatory Reviews: 4.5/5

One World Observatory
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Lookouts • Observation Decks & Towers
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
There are a million things to experience in New York City, but there’s only one way to see them all at once. You can start by hopping a Sky Pod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. There, 102 stories up, find yourself face-to-face with New York’s iconic skyline. Maybe you’ve seen views of the city before, but never quite like this. Walk the three sprawling levels of the Observatory and discover surprises along the way. Drop into the café and grab a bite to eat. Step onto the Sky Portal and stroll high above the crowded streets. Take an interactive guided tour of the city with the help of our Skyline Concierges, available to answer any questions you might have about New York’s long and storied history. And don’t leave without stopping by the One Mix bar for a glass of celebratory prosecco and one last look toward the horizon. See for yourself why One World Observatory is truly An Experience Above.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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from A$59.27
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Chambers St • 4 min walk
  • Cortlandt St • 5 min walk
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LondonKiwi73
London, UK15 contributions
AMAZING! Just avoid the cattle-pen AKA as the cafe.
Nov. 2021
This is one of the best, if not the best attractions I have ever visited! The views leave you speechless - NYC from ground level is something else, but from above it is mind-blowing! You can really get your bearings from up here, as in a city with so many skyscrapers it can be easy to get lost. The iPad-like device I got with my ticket was great - the augmented reality highlights landmarks when you point the device in their direction, and some of them have videos that explain more detail of their histories. There are also talks every thirty minutes with a genuinely affable presenter, who provides insights into NYC and the five boroughs.

The $68.00 ticket lets you bypass the queues to get in and gives you a $15.00 credit towards food in the cafe, but unless you sit in the (pricy) restaurant proper you should avoid this and take a picnic with you. There is absolutely no-where to sit unless you want to pay a fortune in the restaurant proper.

I would also like to thank the kind young lady (of Indian / Sri Lankan heritage?) in the gift shop, who took me to the window to show me where the 9/11 memorial was located and answer questions about the design of the Oculus Centre (she explained that it represents a dove). I was much appreciated that she did so - in a country where superficiality generally reigns supreme, I felt a genuine connection with someone knowledgeable, who really wanted me to learn about the environment surrounding me :-)
Written 1 December 2021
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FruityTutti
Lancashire155 contributions
Views are spectacular but don’t buy anything from the cafe
Nov. 2021
Way too expensive. I saw a lady trying to buy three bottles of water and they wanted $36 plus for it. She ended up putting two back and I honestly don’t blame her.
Written 30 November 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experience! We value our visitors’ feedback as we consistently strive to deliver the best experience possible. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us! Sincerely, Delfin Ortiz General Manager One World Observatory
Written 1 December 2021
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eric y
11 contributions
Robust and good building able to weather any storms
Dec. 2020 • Solo
Beautiful structure robust nice elevator nice view and nice Technology to Guild viewers and detailed explanations of everything
Written 30 November 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experience! I’m sure readers will appreciate the tips. We’re happy to hear the guides complemented the views of NYC. Looking forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Delfin Ortiz General Manager One World Observatory
Written 1 December 2021
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Abbie S
1 contribution
Major Glare
Nov. 2021 • Couples
Thought it would be cool to go to the One World Observatory at night. Major regrets. The observation deck and gift shop lights are so bright can’t see anything out the window due to the glare
Written 29 November 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate you sharing your feedback. We strive to deliver the best experience possible and apologize that your experience did not meet your expectations. Sincerely, Delfin Ortiz General Manager One World Observatory
Written 1 December 2021
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NevskyNY
New York City, NY100 contributions
Fabulous Views of New York
Nov. 2021
I was there for a private event and the views are stunning. Great views of the Statue of Liberty, the Financial district and the New York metro area.
Written 26 November 2021
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It’s great to hear you enjoyed your time with us! Our event space is truly spectacular and never ceases to amaze us. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Delfin Ortiz General Manager One World Observatory
Written 1 December 2021
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David M
Gibraltar6 contributions
There are better skyscrapers to visit in NY....
Nov. 2021
I went to the Edge at Hudson Yards, the Empire State Building Observatory, and One World Observatory, over the course of 3 days. I've also been to the Top of the Rock before. Sorry to say, One World Observatory is the worst of the bunch. A few reasons for this are:

You go up to I think it was 102, and then immediately get shuttled down 1 floor into the dining hall, and then again to the main floor. It's a bit of a disappointment to start at the highest point, and go down, as opposed to the other way. But in practical terms, this obviously doesn't alter the view much.

The worst part about the view is that the upper part of the building sits at 45 degrees to the rest of New York! So at night, it's impossible to get a clear picture without reflections from the windows. And let's face it, that's why most people are there! No external areas, like all of the rest have, so you're stuck with it.

They have a really rubbish set of screens on the floor in one area, showing the street below. Again, compare this to other observatories (the glass floor at the Edge, the leaning glass one in Chicago, the glass slide in LA), and it seems childish to have even tried this.

Apart from that the intro part is quite cool, but then again not as interesting as the Empire State. The lift has a cool video, but the timelapse has been shown on the internet, so nothing surprising.

My recommendation would be, go to the Edge, Top of the Rock, or the Empire State (in that order), but also don't miss the 9/11 memorial museum, which indeed is much more interesting and hard hitting.

Next time I'll try the Summit!
Written 24 November 2021
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Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I’m sure our future visitors will appreciate the tips for planning their visit. We’ll take your thoughts into consideration as our experience is constantly evolving.
Written 1 December 2021
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Angel King
1 contribution
Awesome View
Nov. 2021 • Friends
Being able to overlook the city, was awesome! Also, the elevator slides showing the first World Trade Center building history cycle.
Written 23 November 2021
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Beverley B
5 contributions
The view was great, but far too commercialised
Nov. 2021 • Family
I have just got back from a 7 night city break and wanted to go to 9/11 and freedom tower, but there was something very wrong about the over commercialisation of the experience!
It starts with $15 to hire an iPad! Surely this should be part of the user experience?
$6 for a Red Bull was ridiculous but not as much as $100 for a Christmas bauble
Having done the Edge, Empire State and Rockerfella there was a noticeable lack of seating to enjoy the views and eat our $17 flatbread.
Would not recommend given what the Tower stands for
Written 20 November 2021
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Hi Beverley, Thank you for posting your review and we’re sorry to hear that your experience did not match your expectations. We set a high standard for ourselves and this will help us improve.
Written 22 November 2021
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bpageski
Atlanta, GA121 contributions
One World Observatory and Reastaurant - must do experience
Nov. 2021 • Couples
This is the second time we have done this site. The views are spectacular, especially near sunset and night. The elevator going dow has a bit of Disney ride theme to it, hang on to something. This is a must do experience in NYC.
Written 20 November 2021
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SabineBogeCro
Egham, UK237 contributions
One World Observatory - possibly the best view of the city and an absolute must.
Nov. 2021 • Solo
VIP Tour of the One World Observatory
Visiting NYC for work I took time out to get possibly the best view of the city! Due to time constraints and genuinely interested in a good commentary on the view and what to look out for I booked the VIP tour. It's a guided one hour visit (you can stay as long as you like afterwards) with fast track entry, priority lift and a guide giving you an excellent insight into the story of the Freedom Tower, the Observatory and the ever changing skyline around you.
(Digital guides (tablets) are available for non tour visitors.)

I've been up the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) in more recent years but had last been up on One World Trade Center when it was Windows on the World in the North Tower in 1997. The area around the WTC and the Skyline in especially Midtown has changed greatly since then and the view - in all directions - was spectacular.

I had visited the 9/11 Memorial museum earlier in the day which made it all a very moving and special experience.

On the day the Observatory wasn't very busy and there was no line to speak of going up. The USA had only opened to EU/UK tourists earlier that week (Covid restrictions) so the usual tourist crowds were probably not quite there yet.
Written 17 November 2021
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One World Observatory is open:
  • Thu - Mon 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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