One World Observatory Deck
117 West Street, Lower Mahattan
Every day from 10am to 7pm.
Hours vary depending on the season.
Adults: US$ 38
Children (ages 6 to 12): US$ 32
Seniors (over 62): US$ 36
Free entrance with New York Pass
Free entrance with Sightseeing Pass
At 1,776 feet (1776 was the year of the declaration of independence) or 541 meters, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. There are only a few structures that are taller, such as the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates.
What is One World Trade Center?
The 104 floors of One World Trade Center include over 79,246 square meters of office space, 3 observation decks located on floors 100 to 102, a lobby that is open to the public, and a variety of restaurants. Until 2009, the new World Trade Center was to be called Freedom Tower but the name was changed to One World Trade Center before its opening. The Port Authority found the name Freedom Tower too emotionally charged.
Where is One World Trade Center located?
One World Trade Center is very close to the original site of the Twin Towers, which were completely destroyed in the attacks of September 11, 2001. Until 2001, the original twin towers (1 WTC and 2 WTC) were the tallest buildings in New York and for at one time they were the tallest buildings in the world.
How tall is One World Trade Center?
One World Trade Center is 1,776 feet tall. This height is symbolic as 1776 is the year of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. The building, minus the antenna, is about 1,300 feet tall and pays homage to the original Twin Towers, which were the same height. The rest of the structure consists of a working radio antenna, which completes the height. Overall, it is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the seventh in the entire world.
One World Trade Center opening hours
The hours of operation of the observation deck vary according to the season. In spring and summer it is open 7 days a week from 9 or 10 am to 8 or 9 pm. In winter it operates 5 days a week from 10 am to 5 or 6 pm.
The observatory of One World Trade Center
The One World Observatory opened on May 29, 2015 and offers visitors an incredible view of the city. One World Observatory offers much more than just fantastic 360-degree views. The platform also serves as an event space, offering snack options and installations that explain the history of the building.
Five high-tech elevators transport guests from the lobby to the platforms in just 47 seconds. During the ascent, through panoramic screens, the elevator takes you through 500 years of Manhattan’s history, with only a brief appearance of One World Trade Center towards the end. This animation is a great touch and gives you a sense of scale as you ascend towards the 102nd floor.
The creators of One World Observatory managed to turn the elevator ride into a virtual reality experience that presents the entire history of New York architecture in 47 seconds. As you climb higher, New York City transforms around you, from colonial Dutch pastures to the modern metropolis it is today.
The One World Observatory occupies the top three floors of the skyscraper (floors 100 – 102) and reaches a height of 386.5 meters. It is the tallest observatory in New York. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular 360° views of New York City spanning the city’s five boroughs and stretching into the neighboring states of New Jersey and Connecticut.
Unfortunately, unlike the observation decks of the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, One World Observatory has no outdoor spaces. It is all interior with large glass windows.
Amenities and more
Throughout One World Observatory, publications and staff are ready to answer any questions you may have about One World Trade Center.
Each side of the observatory has digital maps that explain exactly which buildings are visible from where you’re looking.
A multimedia spectacular that highlights the memorable moments, famous faces and iconic places you can see from One World Observatory. An exciting presentation powered by 145 screens.
One World Observatory’s Tour Ambassadors are the ultimate connoisseurs of New York. Their interactive presentations will connect you with famous landmarks and take you deeper into the city’s neighborhoods, history and culture. Ask them anything.
Visit the restaurant, ONE Dine, the bar, ONE Mix, and the cafe, One Cafe, on the 101st floor! Take a break for a coffee, a cocktail, a quick snack or book a gourmet meal.
The Sky Portal is a terrifying 4.2m wide glass circle. If you’re brave enough to walk on it, you’ll see the city 100 stories below your feet. The portal offers one of the most memorable and unique perspectives on the observatory and even uses real-time high-definition video of the street below to help you see what’s happening tens of meters below.
If you want to take home a souvenir of your visit, the gift shop (Gallery) on the 100th floor of One World Observatory has many products designed exclusively for the observatory, so you won’t find them anywhere else.
Souvenir photos are also available. The photo area is on the 101st floor and you can purchase photos as you exit the observatory.