Plan Your Visit to the Iconic One World Observatory in New York

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One World Observatory is New York’s tallest indoor observation deck, atop the One World Trade Center. If you’re planning to visit soon, we’ve got you covered. Stay on this page to learn everything you need to know about planning your visit to One World Observatory.

One World Observatory Opening Hours

Best Time to Visit One World Observatory

The best time to visit the One World Observatory is during weekdays as it's less crowded than on weekends. Visit at sunset or at night for a unique and unforgettable experience as the city transforms into a sparkling sea of lights.

The observatory gets crowded with tourists during summer, so it's best to visit during spring and fall. However, if you enjoy chilly weather, winter might be the season for you.

  • Peak Season: June through August
  • Low Season: January to early March

Where is the One World Observatory?

The One World Observatory is located on the 100th to 103rd floors of One World Trade Center, New York. You can spot iconic landmarks such as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and the Oculus nearby. 

Address: 117 West Street, New York | Find on Maps

How to Get to One World Observatory?

By Public Transport

  • By subway: One World Observatory can be accessed through the subway on Line 1 to WTC Cortlandt, Lines 2 3 4 5 A C J Z to Fulton Street, Line E to World Trade Center, and Lines R and W to Cortlandt. 
  • By taxi: You can take an Uber or a Lyft to One World Observatory at any time in NYC. Drop off at the West Plaza, where you can get to the observatory by a short walk. 
  • By bus: You can reach One World Observatory by bus through the following routes: M55 to Vesey Street and Church Street, M55 to Liberty Street and Church Street, and M9 to Liberty Street and South End Avenue.

By Car

Take the route via FDR Drive. Head southeast on E 42nd St toward Vanderbilt Ave and merge with FDR Drive. Continue onto Battery Park Underpass and stop at One World Observatory.

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Know Before You Go

Visiting with Family
Rules & Regulations
  • Cloakrooms: There are no cloakrooms or storage facilities available onsite.
  • Restrooms: Restrooms are available for use throughout One World Observatory. They are located on all three levels, as well as in the exit lobby on the first floor upon departing the elevators.
  • Gift shop: You can visit the GALLERY at ONE WORLD, located on level 100, to view a varied collection of gift items for all ages.
  • Restaurant: One Dine at One World Observatory serves gourmet cuisine with a variety of dishes to choose from.
  • One World Observatory is fully accessible to people with disabilities.
  • You can ask for any kind of assistance, including wheelchairs and hearing aids in advance.
  • Kid-friendly restrooms and washrooms including baby-changing facilities are available inside the attraction.
  • Strollers are allowed inside One World Observatory but ensure that you fold them up inside the elevator and the observatory areas.
  • The onsite restaurant ONE Dine has a range of kid-friendly items on the menu.
  • Visitors are responsible for their own belongings as there are no locker facilities available inside One World Observatory.
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed inside One World Observatory.
  • Photography is allowed but make sure you are not carrying any tripods or heavy and large camera equipment.
  • Baby strollers must be folded before getting inside the elevator and at the observation decks.


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One World Observatory has one entrance located on the West Plaza. It is alongside West Street at the Northwest corner of the World Trade Center site and, is bordered by Vesey Street to the North.

What’s Inside the One World Observatory?

Elevator Ride

The SkyPod elevator ride at One World Observatory takes you to the 102nd floor in just 47 seconds! Inside the elevator, you witness a heart-pumping time-lapse about the evolution of NYC. As the elevator ascends, watch New York City evolve from its first settlements to the skyscrapers that we see today.

Indoor Observation Deck

Standing at a height of 1,268 feet, One World Observatory is the tallest indoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere. The observation deck covers the entire 100th floor of the building giving you panoramic views of New York and New Jersey. Spot iconic landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and the East River from here.

Global Welcome Center

At the Global Welcome Center, you'll have the opportunity to observe your place of origin being included in One World Observatory's guest registry. This incredible data is showcased on the world's largest curved indoor LED screen. Take a closer look at the screens and become part of this captivating presentation.

Sky Portal  

Located on the 100th floor of the building, One World Observatory's Sky Portal is a captivating attraction. This 4.2 meters-wide circular glass disc creates the illusion of a ledge, providing an exhilarating experience. Through the Sky Portal, you'll enjoy a distinct and remarkable view of NYC, as real-time high-definition displays showcase the bustling streets below. It's an opportunity to witness the city from a whole new perspective!

Horizon Grid

Experience the awe-inspiring Horizon Grid, a mesmerizing multimedia display that celebrates unforgettable moments, renowned individuals, and iconic landmarks visible from One World Observatory. Get captivated by this stunning showcase, which unfolds across an array of 145 screens. You're bound to walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world around you!

One World Explorer

Enhance your exploration of New York City's landmarks with the interactive iPad guide available at the observatory. This handy tool will provide you with fascinating facts and information about every landmark you can see from the One World Observatory. Immerse yourself in the experience and discover the hidden stories behind each landmark with the help of this iPad guide.

Forever Theater

Immerse yourself in a mesmerizing spectacle at the Forever Theater, where you witness a dazzling presentation about the vibrant city of New York. Set to thrilling music, this captivating exhibit awaits you on the 102nd floor. Brace yourself for an unforgettable finale as you catch your first glimpse of the awe-inspiring NYC skyline from the highest vantage point in the Western Hemisphere.

Visitor Tips

  • Purchase your One World Observatory tickets in advance to avoid long lines.
  • Make a reservation at ONE Dine before purchasing your tickets to include a fine dining experience on your visit.
  • Dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Bring a handheld camera to capture the stunning views at sunset.
  • Plan to spend at least 45 minutes to an hour at One World Observatory.
  • Be prepared to go through a security screening before entering.

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Frequently Asked Questions About One World Observatory

Can I visit the One World Observatory?

Yes, you can visit One World Observatory by booking your tickets online.

Why should I visit the One World Observatory?

One World Observatory offers breathtaking panoramic views of New York City, interactive exhibits, and a unique experience that allows you to learn about the history of NYC.

Can I visit One World Observatory for free?

No, you need a ticket to visit the One World Observatory.

How do I book tickets to visit One World Observatory?

You can book your One World Observatory tickets online.

How much does it cost to visit One World Observatory

Your One World Observatory tickets start from $47.91.

What are the One World Observatory opening hours?

One World Observatory is open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM, however, timings vary throughout the year. Please check the opening hours before booking your tickets.

What is the best time to visit the One World Observatory?

The best time to visit the One World Observatory is just before sunset on weekdays for a stunning view and fewer crowds.

Where is One World Observatory?

One World Observatory is located on the 100th through 102nd floor of the One World Trade Center, in Lower Manhattan.

Can I visit the One World Observatory in a group?

Yes, you can visit the One World Observatory in a group.

Can I visit the One World Observatory with kids?

Yes, children of all ages are welcome to visit the One World Observatory. There are interactive exhibits and family-friendly activities available.

Is One World Observatory wheelchair-friendly?

Yes, One World Observatory is fully accessible to visitors with mobility impairments, and wheelchairs are available upon request.

Can I buy food and drinks at One World Observatory?

Yes, ONE Dine at One World Observatory, is a full-service restaurant along with a bar menu.

How long does it take to visit the One World Observatory?

The average visit to One World Observatory takes approximately 45-60 minutes, but you are free to stay as long as you like.

Is it worth visiting One World Observatory?

Yes, visiting the One World Observatory is definitely worth it. The views alone are breathtaking, and the interactive exhibits coupled with unique dining experience make it a must-visit attraction in New York City.

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