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One World Observatory in New York

The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere provides great views and a unique experience

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One World Observatory
One World Observatory
One World Observatory

When you get to levels 100, 101, and 102 of the 546-meter (1,776-feet) tall One World Trade Center building, nothing can compare to the breathtaking panoramic views of the Big Apple. The three top levels of the building called One World Observatory, are filled with educational exhibits, restaurants, and bars. This is a truly a top of the world experience!

One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States and the sixth-tallest in the world. The supertall structure was built on the site of the original World Trade Center, destroyed by the terrorist attack on September 9, 2001. Designed by David Childs, One World Trade Center was opened on April 30, 2012. The One World Observatory opened three years later on May 29, 2015.

Another peculiar fact: the height of the building (1776 feet) represents the year of the Declaration of Independence of the United States.

We recommend booking a ticket in advance as there may be no spots available at the last minute. You can do it via the official website of the One World Observatory or via partner tour organizations.

Practical info

What is the significance of the One World Trade Center and the One World Observatory?

The One World Trade Center and One World Observatory have a profound significance that honors the victims of September 9, 2001 attack. The buildings stand as a symbol of strength and resilience. The Observatory is a tribute to human perseverance and the community's unwavering spirit to rebuild and thrive. It epitomizes the American commitment to overcome adversity, and it's a testament to the heroic first responders and the thousands of civilian volunteers who worked tirelessly on the rescue and cleanup efforts. Show more

When is the best time to visit the One World Observatory for the best views?

For the best views, it's advisable to visit the One World Observatory on sunny or clear days. Tuesday to Thursday mornings offer fewer crowds and excellent photo opportunities. Visitors can avoid long lines by arriving early, particularly during peak tourist seasons. The Observatory's panoramic views from the topmost floor immerse guests in the fantastic architecture and skyline while offering a breathtaking view of New York City's bustling life. Show more

Where can I purchase tickets for the One World Observatory?

Tickets to One World Observatory are available on the official website. Several third-party websites provide special offers and package deals. Visitors can also buy tickets in-person at the ticket counter located at the One World Trade Center base. The tickets offer access to various immersive and interactive exhibits, offering visitors aerial views of New York City's favorite landmarks, tourist attractions, and spectacular scenery. Show more

What are the top features of the One World Observatory apart from the breathtaking views?

One World Observatory presents numerous immersive exhibits to visitors. Global Welcome Center, Foundations, and Voices exhibits offer a cultural and historical perspective of New York City and building construction. The Sky Portal, a massive glass disc, provides real-time views of the busy city streets. The One Mix Bar and One Dine Restaurant offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy a meal or drinks while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. Show more

Are there any special events or offers available at the One World Observatory throughout the year?

One World Observatory offers visitors different events that celebrate various aspects of New York throughout the year. Dedicated tours for families and school groups, ticketed events for occasions like St. Patrick's Day and Fourth of July, seasonal celebrations like Holiday Harmony, and dining packages are available for special occasions like Valentine's Day. Visitors can visit the Observatory's official website or check social media pages for updates on upcoming events and offers. Show more

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