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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  • EssexBetty64
    Essex, United Kingdom614 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views.
    We bought our tickets before we left uk and paid extra for time 13.00-17.00 so we didn’t have to clock watch as we were due at Statue of Liberty first. Loved the views. Had coffee and cakes at the top would of been nice to sit down but it was standing at tables only. Apart from that we enjoyed our visit,
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Cherylcrane
    Mokena, Illinois5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mirror mirror on the wall — and everywhere else
    This was such a sensory experience. Mirrors on walls, pillars, floor ceiling, EVERYWHERE! People leaning against everything vertical and laughing. I took a dozen pictures of couples trying to take a “selfie” cause they were so enamored with the moment.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Wandering_Freee
    Northport, New York981 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Views
    We did the standard ticket. It was prefect. I bought it on Groupon for $33 you could select any date or time. The elevator ride up and down is really cool. It's about 45 seconds and gets you up 100 floors. The views are spectacular. There are options to have your photos taken if you want for a cost. There is a restaurant up on top and a gift shop. Only down side is the views are from inside and behind glass.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Brad T
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rude responds from staff member
    Great view of New York and all burrows, the only disappointment was when I asked a staff member if could stay and watch the introduction again. I was rudely told no and to exit the room straight away. Staff need some trains in interpersonal skills.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Anna85000
    Maidenhead, United Kingdom95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    We really enjoyed the experience. Very quick elevator, and great views from the top. It was very quick getting in - unlike other observatories there were hardly any queues to get in. There is glass all around (no outside area) hence reflections can be a problem for pictures, they advise to put phone cameras close to the glass. We wanted lunch and came across the cafe. So we grabbed food there but then realised there was a sit down restaurant next to the cafe, which we would have preferred. This is not clearly marked prior to entering the cafe area, which is a shame. We had a sandwich and then proceeded to go for drinks at the bar afterwards (it is not possible to bring food purchased at the cafe in the bar area !). Bar is a little expensive, but worth it given the great views ! Nice gift shop, with friendly staff. The main negative in our experience : one staff member was extremely rude after we got out of the elevator, telling us off for taking a picture and asking us to "move, move, photos can be taken on the next level" - if that is the case then it should be sign posted, as it is not necessarily obvious to people visiting for the first time. I don't think it is appropriate to shout at paying customers. My daughter was scared of this shouting !!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Don D
    Charlotte, North Carolina365 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, Florida179 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 Kingdom21 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
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Nancy M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Went on a cloudy New York morning. There was no line to purchase tickets and no wait to get an elevator. We purchased the combo ticket that included the digital skyline guide which was actually very helpful. I would recommend getting one if this is your first trip to NY and you need help figuring out what you’re looking at. There was also a One World guide walking around answering questions and she was so nice and full of great information. I would highly recommend this experience! The views were incredible even though it wasn’t a crystal clear day.
Written 16 May 2024
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SUBZEROSKIDD10
Thetford, VT1,099 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the US and the observatory offers 360 degree views for miles. The history and the legacy is awing, as you think about how this tourist destination would not exist had it not been for 9/11. I went on a clear day and had great views. The price isn’t horrible if you just do the standard admission. To me, it’s nothing I would need to experience again but overall it is worth the experience.
Written 11 May 2024
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,001 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have to say that visiting the observatory at One World Trade Center is like being on top of the world the views are so amazing.

You did not just see all over New York City but into New Jersey as well. I could see the Wonder wheel at Coney Island you could see so far. I have been there in the evening in the past and that is when it’s the most amazing.

You can see all over the City from this vantage point. I have been to the top of the tallest building in the World in Dubai and still not show the views you would see from here.
Written 3 May 2024
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Pharmacy570
Croydon, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I’ve been lucky enough to experience good service and on occasions fantastic service but very rarely exceptional service. This was one of those occasions. I went with four friends looking to visit the Observatory and was lucky enough to be served by Yohanna (I hope I’ve spelt that correctly). She helped us to get the right tickets for the visit and at the time was within our available window. She walked us through the entire process and ensured we got EXCEPTIONAL service
It was an amazing experience to visit but as always it started from the point of purchase. Thank you for being an extraordinary individual you whom customer experience means everything
Written 2 May 2024
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DAROHATH
Cairns, Australia1,193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The views from OneWorld are remarkable! We were given the tip to go up around 4.30 and stay for sunset. There is no time limit on your visit, so this was a great idea. Not just the views of Manhattan, but over the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn and to Jersey were spectacular. It was a poignant observation deck for us because of the history of the World Trade Centre buildings and reflection pools below. They do lose a point though because of the outrageous drinks prices. 2 standard beers and a bottle of water was over $40 USD. But hey, I guess it’s a beer I’ll never forget 🍺🍺
Written 1 May 2024
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HerneBayCharley
herne bay117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had NY Sightseeing passes otherwise I would not have visited this attraction as it is rather expensive. We went at 10am on a weekday and there were zero queues so we went straight in. I was very apprehensive as I have a fear of heights but it was fine. Very smooth and fast lift up to 100 floors. Absolutely incredible views for miles around in all directions. The restaurant was closed which was a pity as, having looked around, there is not a lot to do - you could buy some refreshments.
Written 29 April 2024
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Ramesh A
Kitty Hawk, NC114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Located in the financial district, this became sensation and an alternate to the empire state views. This is a little expensive, but we'll organize cleaner space and less crowded, but on a clear day, you get mesmerizing views. There are kiosks to purchase the tickets, and they have packages, but we took the basic package, which should be good enough.
The staff is friendly and explained the entire process. The elevator ride was nice. My friends visited with me from the UK and didn't like this place, but i felt much better compared to Empire State on views perspective. We watched sunset and it was beautiful. So plan accordingly you can watch sunseet and then lights of newyork city.
There are restrooms at both the ticket level and observatory level. There is a store in the observatory level to purchase souvenirs,travel needs, etc.
This is one of the most beautiful places, and must visit areas if you like the entire view of New York.
Written 17 April 2024
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stephady2006
Katoomba, Australia15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The observatory is incredible but our experience was ruined by an extremely rude staff member in the gift shop. She has curly hair parted in the middle. She yelled at us for not using her register. Quizzing us on why we didn't line up at her register. Then rudely said I know you saw the sign saying card only but you still try pay cash. She was rude and aggressive and we were taken aback. Only rude person we have encountered on on holiday to New York from Australia. Time to retire love.
Written 15 April 2024
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Margaret L
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Due to the weather, there was little to no view at all. The access up to the 102 floor was quick, very organized team. Disappointed with the view but worth it on a nicer day.
Written 15 April 2024
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Terence B
Toulouse, France5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
An astonishing sight and really well staged! Watching the whole town Up to the One WTC makes us feel like the king of the world.
I would like yo thanks especially Yohanna, working AT "Guest services desk" who had been very helpful and livrable, when I had a problem with my Pass before I entered.
I recomand the One WTC!!!
Written 11 April 2024
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