One World Observatory
One World Observatory
4.5
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10:00 - 19:00
Monday
10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 19:00
Thursday
10:00 - 19:00
Friday
10:00 - 19:00
Saturday
10:00 - 19:00
Sunday
10:00 - 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Chambers St • 4 min walk
  • Cortlandt St • 5 min walk
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  • Don D
    Charlotte, North Carolina363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New view of New York and harbour
    Grandkids loved seeing New York from the Observatory. Well worth it although not cheap but package on line saved us some money. The whole process very seamless. People very nice. Prices of food and water as high as the building
    Visited July 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Travelingfun1313
    Key West, Florida178 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Visit
    One World Observatory has great views and a short presentation before going to see the view. The only downside is it is very commercialized with the staff attempting to upsell you with different things the entire time. On the way up you ride up with a staff member which was nice, however on the way down you do not which was not good due to guest behavior. Overall I got some amazing photos and would recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • imrico
    413 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such great heights
    I love going high in the sky, Sears Tower, was the highest I've been until the One World. It's insane to think that the Burj in is still 1,000 feet taller than this monster. View was very nice of the city from up here. I recommend staying for the interactive show if you're up there! Very good information for any visitors!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Sue T
    Wickford, United Kingdom26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it for the views
    I was so looking forward to seeing Manhattan built up from grassland in the lift - each floor depicting each stage of development. That does happen but the lift does the 102 floors in 40+ seconds so you can’t take it all in . Try and video it to watch at your own pace .
    Hello, Thank you for your review and for choosing to visit One World Observatory! Our team strives to deliver an extraordinary experience to compliment the extraordinary views. We hope you visit us again! Kind Regards, Delfin Ortiz General Manager One World Observatory
    Written 15 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Graham B
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the price
    Greatly appreciated the visit. Show in the lift was a good start and then the video after exiting was a wow factor. Enjoyed the views all round. Not crowded and no wait. Had a$15 voucher but don't expect to get anything in the shop for that price because of taxes.
    Hello, 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 you loved your experience and are looking forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Delfin Ortiz General Manager One World Observatory
    Written 15 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Carol984010
    Uxbridge, Canada132 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You could see a lot
    We could see all around the area... the statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn and Manhatten Bridges, the East River, New Jersey ... You ft safe because there were barriers about a foot from the windows. BUT everything was glasses, so you couldn't get pictures without reflections - especially since you couldn’t reach to put your camera up to the glass. That was disappointing.
    Hello, Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience with us. I’m sure our future visitors will appreciate the pointers on making the most of their visit! Warm Regards, Delfin Ortiz General Manager One World Observatory
    Written 15 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Klaudia
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views and kind staff, namely Lois
    We loved our time at the One World Observatory - the views were breathtaking, especially watching the sunset felt surreal. However, what has made this experience so special and memorable was Lois, who went above and beyond to make this experience so special for us. The kindest soul we have ever met. She is the best employee and deserves all the recognition. She has made our day. Overall, I cannot recommend this place enough.
    Hello, We strive to provide the best experience possible to our guests, we’re happy to hear that goal was achieved! Thank you for sharing such positive comments about Lois, we will share your kind words. Thanks for coming in, we’re looking forward to seeing you again! Kind Regards, Delfin Ortiz General Manager
    Written 15 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Jenifer C
    Boston, Massachusetts120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view but take advantage of tourists
    You can't knock the view. You will have a 360-degree view of Manhattan and the surrounding area, and for that reason it's worth it. However, once you've paid and ridden up the elevator, you will be processed through another line where you will be told there is no information in the actual observatory to help you identify what you are looking at. The solution is to pay $15 for an unsanitary-looking iPad which will fill in information when you hold it up to the view. Shortly after you get into the observatory, you will be funneled through a space with a New York backdrop so that you can have your picture taken while standing in front of it. And then of course, you can buy the picture later. We found this annoying. We just wanted to see the view. I have been to other observatories where they had plenty of information about what you were seeing and didn't ask you to pay an additional fee for that information. And sure, if people want to have their photos taken, that's fine, but don't funnel everyone through that space.
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate you sharing your feedback. We’ll take your thoughts into consideration as we are consistently evolving our experience to ensure our visitors have the best time with us. Sincerely, Delfin Ortiz General Manager One World Observatory
    Written 20 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Del
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dining with a view experience
    The view is obviously a given but the food was a real surprise - THE best all round meal I’ve ever had ! The mussels in a saffron and chilli broth was outstanding. We had three steaks at our table all ordered to different levels of being done and all cooked to perfection, the condensed milk ice cream was very nice too. The price was good value when you consider it also included admission to the observatory before (day) and after the meal (night) and two drinks each. Our server Misha was fantastic. She gave us all the information on what was included in the experience and gave us details of all the food and sides. She was very attentive without being overly so.
    Hello, Thank you for visiting and for leaving a review. Our restaurant team works hard to deliver exceptional service and delicious food – we’ll be sure to share your positive comments about Misha! It’s great to hear we met your expectations. Until next time! Sincerely, Delfin Ortiz General Manager One World Observatory
    Written 20 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • LovemyAcura🌵
    16,675 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and a "must visit"
    Spent the day in this part of town and very impressed with the reverence and well planned tributes to 9/11, a very tragic day in our history. I just walked ins and bought a ticket with no line or hassle. The elevator ride to the top was extremely fast. Once there I chose to have lunch and was given a table by the window. Beautiful views and very thought provoking.
    Hello, It’s great to hear you enjoyed your time with us! Our views truly are spectacular, they never cease 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 20 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 September 2023
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Silyaunproblem
382 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
The view is Ok as you can get an unobstructed view of the statue of liberty. If you decide to dine at the restaurant just beware that your booking should coincide with the entrance ticket. We made the mistake to visit the observatory in the morning qith a VIP ticket to avoid queus and then left to wander around as we had a reservation at the restaurant for later at 17.00. When we returned at 17.00 they were asking us to pay an entrance ticket again!!
Written 5 January 2020
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Stacey C
Lincoln, UK33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We bought tickets in the venue as they weren’t included in the pass we purchased. It was approx $40 each for the basic package only. The lift had a digital visual display when going up and down but lasts all of 60 seconds because the lift is so quick. When you get to the top, there is a really cool display and then you go through to the 360 views which are stunning, we went at sunset/early evening which I would recommend for the scenery. Once you’ve walked around you can go to the bar/restaurant or leave. Long queue for the lift back down but moved quickly as they have 5 lifts. They probably need a slot only for those wanting to take 5million insta worthy pictures sprawled across the windows though.

Worth a trip if you have the money, it’s not cheap and the price is certainly not reflective of the experience.
Written 21 February 2020
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Shan1
Glasgow, UK8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We booked VIP tickets, and were severely disappointed. Staff at this location were rude, and not very helpful, and the VIP ticket is definitely not worth the price, as there is nothing VIP about it. The cinema experience is horrible, who wants to stand and watch something that isn't very good, with no option to skip. And then the view was completely gone, due to the weather, we were not offered ticket refunds, or offered a time to come back when the views were visible. The staff just stood, not interacting with the customers, and not even making eye contact with anyone. one can of Pepsi cost $4.50, which is completely over priced. The shop is also completely overpriced, and the staff in the shop is just as bad, not talking and making no eye contact.
Overall I would recommend avoiding this attraction, especially avoid the VIP ticket !.
Written 23 February 2020
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Tracey F
32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We've been to the top of the rock and the empire state building on previous trips to NYC so wanted to go to the observatory to do the full set. It was the most horrendous experience for our young family. We got timed tickets for 4.30 and were there in plenty of time (from 4pm). We weren't allowed into the outside queue until 4.30, didn't get into the building to the next queue until nearly 5PM, then there was security to get through, then another queue to a presentation, then another queue for the lift, then another queue to get into the observatory.

So an hour after our timed ticket we finally got into the observatory. The view is nice enough. The view uptown is limited because of the angle - its not a 360° view. It was incredibly hot and overcrowded in there and a small bottle of water was $5. We had finished looking within 20minutes and decided to leave.

To leave, you've guessed it - another queue!! It took an hour in a queue to get on a lift to get out. It was nearly 7PM by the time we finally got out.

Dreadful experience, they're obviously letting way too many people up at a time. We've never had experiences like this at the rock or empire state building and the views from these are much better. Would not return and would not recommend.
Written 3 January 2020
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Hi Tracey, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your honesty as it helps us improve our experience for future guests. If you'd like to share any further information regarding your visit, please email info@oneworldobservatory.com. Sincerely, Delfin
Written 6 January 2020
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340toof
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I got the priority because the past two days had no visibility and I expected crowds. That turned out not to be true and we went right through ahead of out ticket times. As someone else pointed out priority is like insurance. As we went through, priority bypasses holding area which on busy days would be filled with lines of people. In fact, because the building was designed with the observatory from from the beginning, there are a half dozen or so places to hold lots of people and keep them moving. You wait at the entrance for your time, normally, then go through and area where they take you picture, waiting for an elevator. The 47 second rise is so fast that you can hardly appreciate the elevator screens showing the development of the city throughout time. Once at the top, another holding area with a dramatic reveal, but all you want is to get to the level where you can walk around the 360 view. That part does not disappoint. I had my 11 year old and the experience got through her usual blase attitude and disagreement of being dragged somewhere on a Sunday morning. You can see Midtown, a glimpse of time square, all of the boroughs, all of the region. I could point out the geography, the places and buildings where we had been, where Burr shot Hamilton! he ipad option may be a helpful guide for many, but after about an hour I was testing my daughter's patience with what I, and most Americans know already. The elevator effect on the way down is creative, but made me a little nauseous tbh. If I had been by myself, I would have spent another hour, at least, staring at each direction.
Written 13 January 2020
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dimitrisazonov
New York City, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited on a Sunday and paid the extra $7.00 fee to skip the line at the time of buying tickets online. This fee was definitely worth it and the overall experience ended up being extremely smooth. 100% recommend.
Written 3 March 2020
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,731 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The ticket purchasing processing was pretty confusing. There were lines everywhere: some ticket holders; some waiting to enter; some had stuff on their smart phones. When we got in line, one staff was yelling out that only tickets for the 5 pm or later time slots are available. It was 1:25 pm at that time. We walked up to the automated kiosk to purchase tickets with credit card as we did not want to wait in the line to walk up to the ticket windows. Got 2 tickets for the 1:30 pm entry time slot.

With that we went over to the entry line and waited a bit more to clear through security. $40 pp without the priority stuff, waited about 30 minutes longer. The view up top is stunning. You can see for miles on the clear day we visited. The Skypod elevator ride was pretty fast. In no time we were there.

After you exit the elevator, you're lined up for a short film presentation, then in very dramatic fashion, the curtain raises to reveal the awesome view.

People often ask to compare: is it better than the Empire State Building experience? To us we enjoyed the Empire State Building experience overall. But since we've done that a couple of times, and this is new, it was good as well.
Written 4 January 2020
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Liv
Wales, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We had booked for a Sunday in December whilst visiting from the UK. When we got to the observatory we were told there was zero visibility and that we could change our date and time to any other time by just visiting guest services. They showed us a picture of how it looked at the top and decided that would be best. We changed to the following day as we were doing a Statue of Liberty that day. Changed the dates within minutes and no hassle.
However, we were visiting the 9/11 museum 3 hours after and after walking Brooklyn bridge and visiting the museum we decided we wanted to do the observatory as we didn’t really have time to change the schedule the following day.
This was absolutely zero hassle for them changing back to the original day and again, they warned us about the view and made sure we knew how it would be.
We got straight in and straight through security, had our own private screening of the pre show and our own private lift. When we got up to the top there were only a few other families.
We could also see a few things when the clouds passed but we expected the lack of view and it can’t be helped. We booked the ‘all inclusive’ ticket which included a $15 drinks or shop voucher and we paid $55 for that.
Had a fab time and got a drink each in the bar - which has 2 other people in. And was just incredible being up there and being able to see lights and a bit of the view whenever the clouds passed. All staff were lovely and enthusiastic.

So if you have run out of time and can only visit when there’s zero visibility, it’s really not that bad as you can occasionally see out but there is no crowds up there and the pre show, bar and lifts make you feel like a VIP!
Written 25 January 2020
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St. Lucia13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
At over $40 per person this is really overpriced. Then they try to upsell you with an iPad rental, which I’m glad I didn’t get. The coolest part was the elevator ride up in which a computer generated animation of the growth of Manhattan is projected on the walls if the elevator. The problem is the elevator is crowded so it’s not so easy to see. And it goes by so fast. Look for it on YouTube, it is really cool. The observatory itself was crowded so I didn’t feel like I could just linger at the window. And it’s all inside so if you fly regularly it’s not that different a view than what you get from in an airplane on approach or what you’ve seen on television since you’re glassed in and there’s limited viewing space because of the crowds. $15 or maybe $20 would be a better price. I got hundred times more out of my visit to liberty island and the metropolitan museum, in case you’re deciding on things to do.
Written 3 January 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your honesty about your experience. Our enclosed space allows for comfortable viewing 365 days of the year. We're glad you could take the time to visit us. Our crowds are a bit lighter at the beginnings of our days around 9am. We hope to see you again, Delfin
Written 6 January 2020
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Heston L
Wilmington, NC60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Went on Wednesday so no lines for Gen Admission, so “Priority/Masterpass VIP” line was worthless. Sketchy part is the $15 “drink or shop at our cafe, restaurant, bar or gift shop” voucher they give you with the all-inclusive has FINE PRINT that says for drinks (and gift store crap) AND all non-alcoholic drinks are conveniently priced at $6 so you can’t get $15 worth of drinks without going over AND you can’t combine vouchers or use any leftover $$ on your voucher (one use only). Basically forces you to spend more. Views are beautiful. Included iPad virtual tour is nice if you don’t know the city well.
Written 15 January 2020
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