One World Observatory | New York City Attraction
One World Trade Center is a can’t-miss New York City Attraction that is home to the 9/11 Memorial and the One World Observatory.
One World Observatory is a New York City Attraction that offers a bird’s eye view of New York City. Stop by during your visit to explore this and other NY Attractions at the World Trade Center Complex.
About One World Observatory:
Occupying floors 100-102 at the top of the tallest building in our Hemisphere, One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, occupies the hallowed real estate where the Twin Towers once stood. The World Trade Center Complex of today looks very different than it did on September 10, 2001. As well as its purpose as a center for business and commerce, this land now also has a duty as a place of remembrance for the victims of 9/11 and a symbol of the iron will of America.
Any visitor to New York City must experience the top of the world perspective that the One World Observatory affords, as well as include a day at the most important of New York City Attractions, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, which is located on the same grounds. Upon entry on the way up to the observatory, visitors will find themselves in a hall with a huge video wall that greets them in ten different languages. A sort of self-guided tour through this space, an array of men and women flash on the giant video wall regaling the visitors with stories about the construction of One World Trade Center.
One visually stunning installment of the exhibit on the ground floor of this New York City Attraction is called “Foundations”, which is a walkway through a rough section of the bedrock that the entire city is built on that includes a geological narration of what the visitor is seeing. Illuminated in delicate blue light, one really feels as though they are exploring natural subterranean New York City.
From deep in “Foundations” of The Freedom Tower, step into the Sky Pod, the elevator that shoots guests into the sky to the One World Observatory. On the ride up, floor-to-ceiling flat panel screens display a time-lapse visual of the perspective of the city you’d see out the windows from when Manhattan was just a forest through to today featuring one of the most recognizable skylines in the world, after which you can see the actual skyline through the windows. This New York City Attraction really is amazing and well worth the time and money, and you haven’t even gotten to the observation deck yet!
Once at the top, the views of the New York City skyline are absolutely astonishing. Even native New Yorkers will see their hometown in a different way from the altitude of the One World Observatory. After walking around this 360 degree observation deck and making a mental map of the city from the 4 cardinal directions, go stand on the Sky Portal and see what’s going on 100 stories directly below.
If you start to feel hungry, there is no need to leave. The One Café has coffee shop type fare including soup and sandwiches. Come up for cocktails at One Mix with friends or a date. For a full service dining experience at altitude, One Dine on the 101st floor with its “seasonally inspired” fine dining is an experience in itself. The One World Observatory is just one of many great New York City Attractions at the One World Trade Center Complex, just a stone’s throw from our NY Hotel.
Open 7 days: 9am-8pm
Ages 13-64: $34
Ages 65+: $32
Ages 6-12: $28
Ages 5 and under: Free