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 - 19:00
Monday
11:00 - 19:00
Thursday
11:00 - 19:00
Friday
11:00 - 19:00
Saturday
11:00 - 19:00
Sunday
11:00 - 19:00
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 €36.16
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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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MailmanDave
Queens Vaillage, NY48 contributions
Great views of NYC and beyond. Go on a Sunny Day and stay for Sunset. Great Tour Ambassadors. Overpriced concessions.
I didn’t do Skip The Line, but during the pandemic, the lines were almost non-existent when we visited on a Sunday, 2 hrs before sunset. We bought regular admission tickets for $30 each on Groupon. The Tour Ambassador Captain, Emma, as well as Mike M and Philip made our visit better than it already was. The views in all directions were so clear the day we visited and we saw rain, rainbows, cruise ships, helicopters, ferries, skyscrapers, traffic and views of more than 40 miles. The Sky Pods go to the top in 47 seconds and you don’t even feel it except for some slight ear-popping. The inside of the elevator has a great visual show about the city growing up through time. I wouldn’t bother buying the extra iPad rental ($15) but I think that’s mainly because I’m familiar with most of the sites. The concessions are overpriced which isn’t unexpected for this type of attraction. I visited with 2 friends who had never been to NYC before and loved it.
Written 19 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JerseyJoe00
North Brunswick NJ43 contributions
On a clear day you can see forever!
Oct 2021
This is one of the four premier observatories in New York (the others being the Edge, Empire State Building and Top of the Rock). This site allows you a commanding view of the southern part of Manhattan Island. It also allows you to view parts of New Jersey and the entrance to New York Harbor. You get a clear view of the Verrazano Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

One shortcoming of this observatory is that it is fully enclosed. However, they keep the glass very clean. I took about 70 photos and didn't have any problems. One friend upon seeing my photos asked me if they were taken from a helicopter.

You can get a tablet that explains things as you move around. I found this to be annoying and don't recommend it. There are lectures given every so often on the lower floor of the observatory. You should definitely go to one of these. They are very informative.

If you are in New York, make this a stop on your itinerary.
Written 19 October 2021
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Sanford R
1 contribution
So worth it
Oct 2021
Amazing experience. The 360 view is great, but also the elevator video and food/drink at the top was awesome.
Written 18 October 2021
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Kevin W
Dublin, OH18 contributions
Great views
Oct 2021
There was no line when we went so the "skip the line" portion was not worthwhile, but it was still cheaper than buying tickets at the door. The experience of going up in the tower itself was great. The experience is well done and the views are spectacular.
Written 18 October 2021
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takoosh
New York City, NY9 contributions
WOW
Oct 2021
Luis Santana was great, and Emma was an expert guide. The NYC views were unforgettable. NYC buildings are the temple of world capitalism, that survive temporary and mediocre political leaders.
Written 16 October 2021
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Pismoexpert
Arroyo Grande, CA99 contributions
DONT MISS THIS!!
We have been to the top of Chrysler building and Empire State building and this experience far exceeded both of those. When you enter the elevator instead of being inside an enclosed space with not much to look at you get to see what the New York and Manhattan area look like Over the decades of people settling there it’s quite remarkable. Then when you get to the top you were taken into an area where you watch street scenes of Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs. I highly suggest when you are in this particular area that you soak it all In because The magic is just about to begin. We had one gentleman that was behind us who seem to be in a hurry to try to pass us but when he looked ahead he could tell that there was no way to go around because an employee had us all stopped to watch the Street Scenes. As soon as the street scenes stop the entire wall rolls up and you are greeted with the most magical and amazing vista of the New York and far off in the distance views it’s simply magical and brought tears to both my husband and I eyes
Written 14 October 2021
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Mark B
1 contribution
Would love to get credit back as it was a waste on money
Big waste of money. Not worth it. Went on Sunday afternoon as there was really no crowds and too have to spend additional money on top of admission charge not worth it
Written 13 October 2021
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nealp19078
Lincoln Park, NJ92 contributions
Awesome 360-degree views of the metro-NYC area!
Oct 2021
I have toured the OWO multiple times. I would not purchase a priority ticket since there is no priority line. The elevator ride is approximately 40-seconds as the LCD panels display the history of NYC. Therefore, if you prefer to take pictures/videos, use it as your ride ascends to the observatory.
I purchased the iPad one time & did not have an issue with it.
There was an excellent tour guide at the North Collage (no extra purchase)) for about 15-20 minutes- very informative.
I did enjoy the 360-degree views.

I did not purchase food inside; yet, I did goto the Gift Shop- if you purchase your ticket online- you may save money on gifts.

Opposed to the NBC Top of the Rock & The Empire State Building, the OWO is inside- perfect for colder/inclement weather.

NOTE: If you take the NYC-Metro (Subway) I took the A-train (blue), I departed Penn Station (34th St) to go Downtown & get off at the West 4th St & Washington Square exit. Next, I had to wait for the E-train (Blue) (not a long wait) to the World Trade Center stop.
Written 11 October 2021
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amyhernandez28
Melbourne, FL16 contributions
Loved it!
Beautiful views of the city. Informative presentation! My family loved the experience. The presenter, Mike was top notch.
Written 11 October 2021
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Happiness43371
1 contribution
Worth seeing once
Oct 2021
View was incredible. However, there was really no one explaining anything to us when we arrived. And we paid for i-pad rental, but the i-pad was clunky to carry around and not very user-friendly. We couldn't tell if all of the highlighted sights had information to review on each building, but it didn't seem that each one did. When we would attempt to "click" on a building highlighted, frequently no further information was displayed. Seemed like a big waste of the money to rent the i-pad. Was happy to visit it once, but had greater expectations and were a bit disappointed for the price.Still appreciated the historical significance of the construction of the building in general.
Written 11 October 2021
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One World Observatory is open:
  • Thu - Mon 11:00 - 19:00
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