In its first few weeks of being open, 160,000+ visitors went to the top of the One World Trade Center to experience the One World Observatory. Incredibly the observatory can handle as many as 1,000 visitors per hour. The ultra fast “pod” elevators whisk visitors to the top in under one minute – not a scary ride, it is pretty smooth with little sensation of movement.
In addition to being a state of the art building and the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, it has several video presentations like the hall of “Voices” and an electronic concierge. When you arrive at the 102 floor, you will walk down a hallway where there are video interviews of the people who helped build the new One World Trade Center. Don’t be in such a hurry to wiz by; take the time to hear some of them.
There is a café, a bar and a full service sit down restaurant on the 101th floor. The restaurant does take reservations up to 30 days in advance for a maximum of 8 people. It is recommended to buy Observatory tickets first then make your reservation. Imagine a sunset dinner and the amazing view from the table.
The ticket price is similar to other pricy attractions in NYC, but it is inspirational and amazing. On a clear day it is said the view is 50 miles in all directions. “See Forever” is a term appropriately used.
It is recommended to buy tickets online. Tickets are timed so there should be very little waiting.
Access to all three floors (100, 101, and 102)
Arrival via the Sky Pod Elevators, among the fastest in the world
An exciting NYC film presentation in the See Forever Theater
Special features including City Pulse, an interactive concierge, and step out on the Sky Portal for an unforgettable view of the city streets below
Access to eateries from casual café fare to seated fine dinning at ONE (food cost is not included)
The building is 104 Stories / 1776 feet high. The visit to the Observatory starts on the 102 floor, the dining is on the 101, and the 360-degree views are on 100. The gift shop and elevators to go down are also found on the 100 floor.
Enjoy the view.
The street address is:
One World Trade Center
285 Fulton Street
New York, New York, 10007
Entrance on West Street – At the corner of West and Vesey Streets