The observatory is on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the One World Trade Center building. See the city’s most iconic sites, including the Statue of Liberty to the South, Brooklyn Bridge to the east, and Empire State Building to the north, and surrounding waters from above 1,250 feet.
On a clear day, you will be able to see literally forever.
Go early in the day for the fewest crowds. Go later in the day for a memorable sunset.
Tickets for One World Observatory cost $32 for adults 13-64, $26 for children 6-12, and $30 for seniors 65+. Children under five are free but must have a ticket to enter.
One World Observatory offers free admission to 9/11 family members and the rescue and recovery workers who responded on 9/11 and in the months after. Additional information is on the special website for family and rescue and recovery workers.
There also are special discounts to active and retired members of the U.S. military.
All tickets are timed admission and will be valid for a specific time and date.
This is for the observatory only. If you want to visit the 9/11 Museum, that is a completely separate ticket.
Purchase tickets here to visit One World Observatory.
Purchase tickets here to visit to the 9/11 Museum.
One World Observatory includes exhibits and dining options, including a sit-down restaurant, which will be more affordable and family friendly than the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center Twin Towers. Like its predecessor, though, the premier space will have floor-to-ceiling, uninterrupted views and high-end décor.
Here’s what to expect:
Visitors will be greeted in the Global Welcome Center, where a large video board will feature salutations in an array of languages, and a high-tech world map will generate your hometowns, based on your ticket information.
Visitors then proceed to a pre-show program, titled Voices, which tells the personal stories of the men and women who built One World Trade Center, and Foundations, which displays facts about the very bedrock on which the building stands.
There are five dedicated elevators, termed Sky Pods, to whisk you to the 102nd floor in less than a New York Minute. Really. These are among the fastest elevators in the world, and will get you to the top in under 60 seconds. En route, floor-to-ceiling LED technology in each cab displays a virtual time-lapse that recreates the New York City skyline from the 1600s to today.
You are brought directly to the See Forever™ Theater on the 102ndfloor, for a two-minute video presentation that combines bird’s eye imagery, time-lapse shots and other video techniques that bring the unique rhythm and pulse of New York City to life.
The Main Observatory space on the 100th floor includes an interactive skyline “concierge” called City Pulse that allows visitors to connect with the landmarks and neighborhoods you observe from above. Guides, called global ambassadors, will be stationed under a ring of HD video monitors and outfitted in gesture recognition technology, to summon imagery to the screens with close-up views and personalized recommendations.
The Main Observatory also features the Sky Portal where you can step onto a 14-foot wide circular disc that will deliver an unforgettable view, using real-time, high-definition footage of the streets below.
From May 29th until September 7th operating hours are 9 a.m. until midnight daily, with the last ticket sold at 11:15 p.m.
From Labor Day to Memorial Day, operating hours of One World Observatory are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with the last ticket sold at 7:15 p.m.
One World Observatory is located at One World Trade Center, in Lower Manhattan.
The entrance to the Observatory is located on the West Plaza located alongside West Street at the Northwest corner of the World Trade Center site near the intersection of West and Vesey Streets.