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One World Observatory – tickets, prices, discounts, hours, Passes

One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center Complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

It is also known as ‘ Freedom Tower.’

The main attraction in this complex is the observational deck called ‘One World Observatory’.

From the 100th floor observatory, you get to see never-before views of the city of New York.

In this article, we explain everything you need to know before you visit One World Observatory.

1. Ticket discounts
2. Observatory tickets
3. How to reach
4. Opening hours
5. Best time to visit
6. Tour duration
7. iPad Explorer
8. One World with Passes
9. Reviews
10. One World FAQs
11. Restaurants
12. Best observatory in NYC

One World Observatory discounts

There are many types of tickets you can buy at One World Observatory.

On all these tickets, kids below six years of age get a 100% discount.

However, when it comes to seniors and senior kids, discounts are available only on One World Observatory’s Standard Reserved Ticket.

A Standard Reserve adult ticket for OWO costs 37 USD.

Kids aged 6 to 12 years get a 6.6 USD discount and senior citizens (65+ years) get a 1 dollar discount on the full ticket price.

None of the other One World Observatory ticket offer discounts for seniors and youth.

This is why if you are traveling with kids, it is best to book the standard tickets


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One World Observatory tickets

You can book One World Observatory tickets individually or along with other experiences.

We detail all your options below.

These One World Observatory online tickets get delivered to your inbox as soon as you make the purchase.

On the day of your visit, just show the ticket in your email and walk in. There is no need to take printouts!

Note: Even though you don’t need to buy tickets for kids five years and below, you still need to mention them on the ticket booking page.

1. Standard Tickets

Since this is the best value-for-money option, it is the most selling One World Observatory ticket.

With this ticket, you can skip the line at the ticket counter, but can’t skip the security lines, the queue for the elevators to go up and the queue to get down.

It gives you access to all three floors of One World Observatory – Levels 100, 101, and 102.

You must be at the attraction at the time mentioned on your ticket (you can choose the time of your visit).

Ticket price

Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): 37 USD
Youth ticket (6 to 12 years): 30.50 USD
Seniors ticket (65+ years): 35 USD
Child ticket (0 to 5 years): Free entry

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If you prefer to have a drink or two while taking in the stunning views from the observatory, check out the Drink in the View tickets. You get to choose between Beer, Wine or Prosecco (Italian White Wine).

2. Priority Tickets

If you buy this ticket online, you get to skip all the four lines at One World Observatory.

1. Line at the ticketing counter
2. Fast track through security check line
3. Line at the elevators, to go up to the observatories
4. Queue at the elevators, to come down and exit

This is why these are also known as ‘Skip All Lines’ tickets.

You can visit all the observatory floors – levels 100, 101 and 102.

These tickets are also known as ‘Combination Tickets’ because it includes the ‘One World Explorer’ which is worth 15 USD.

‘One World Explorer iPad’ is a virtual iPad guide which makes the high price of this ticket, well worth it. Learn more about Explorer iPad

Ticket price

Adult ticket (6 years and above): 48 USD
Child ticket (0 to 5 years): Free entry

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3. One World Combo tours

There are three main reasons why combo tours are popular among tourists planning to visit One World Observatory.

1. OWO tickets tend to be costly, and combo tours are a great way to save up to 25% on your ticket money.

2. Since One World Observatory can be explored in one to two hours, tourists prefer to combine more activities for the same day.

3. Since One World Observatory is part of Ground Zero, there are lots of other attractions nearby which can be combined together.

Ground Zero Map
Right in front of One World Observatory is the 9/11 Museum and the 9/11 Memorial (including the North and South pools). Image: 911memorial.org

Here are some of the best combination tours which also include a visit to One World’s observation deck –

>> 9/11 Memorial + One World Observatory

>> 9/11 Memorial + 9/11 Museum + One World Observatory

>> New York City tour + One World Observatory


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How to reach One World Observatory

The One World Observatory is in the heart of Downtown Manhattan.

Located on 285 Fulton Street, its entrance is on West Street. Get directions

The Address

One World Trade Center,
285 Fulton St. 45 fl. Street F,
Manhattan, NY 10007.
Phone: (844) 696-1776

Since the attraction is well connected by public transportation, we recommend you try out one of the below mentioned options.

Subway

If you are coming via the E Line, the closest stop is the Park Place Station.

Here are the nearest Subway stations for the other Lines which cover this area –

Line 1, R and W: Get down at Cortlandt Street Station
Line 2 and 3: Get down at Park Place Station
Lines 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z: Get off at Fulton Street Station
Lines R and W: Get off at Rector Street Station

Path Train

If you are in New Jersey, Path train is a good option.

Take the Trans-Hudson PATH rail from New Jersey to WTC Station.

Since World Trade Center is the terminal station on the Path circuit getting down needn’t be in a rush.

By Bus

If bus is your preferred mode of transport, get onto either of these buses – No 22, No 5, No 20, No 9, or No 103.

Hop on Hop off Bus

If you are booked on a Hop on Hop off Bus Tour experience, you can get down at either the 11th, 12th or 13th stop on the Downtown route. 

Find out more about New York HOHO bus tour


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One World Observatory hours

One World Observatory is open 7 days a week.

However, its open timings keep changing all through the year.

May 1 to Sept 4: 8 am to 9 pm
The last ticket is sold at 8.45 pm

Sept 5 to Dec 20: 9 am to 9 pm
The last ticket is sold at 8.15 pm

Dec 21 – Jan 3: 8 am to 8 pm
The last ticket is sold at 7.15 pm

Jan 4- Apr 30: 9 am to 9 pm
The last ticket is sold at 8.15 pm

Once inside the One World Observatory before the cut off time, you can continue to stay and enjoy the experience till 10 pm.

The box office opens daily at 9 am. However, we don’t suggest you line up at the ticketing counter.

To avoid wasting time standing in line, buy One World tickets online.

Special day timings

On special days, the One World observatory’s timings change –

New Year’s Day, Jan 1: 8 am to 8 pm
The last ticket is sold at 7.15 pm

Independence Day, 4th July: 8 am to 6 pm
The last ticket is sold at 5.15 pm

Sept 11: 12 pm to 9 pm
The last ticket is sold at 8.15 pm

Thanksgiving, Nov 22: 9 am to 9 pm
The last ticket is sold at 8.15 pm

Black Friday, Nov 23: 9 am to 9 pm
The last ticket is sold at 8.15 pm

Christmas Eve, Dec 24: 9 am to 7 pm
The last ticket is sold at 6.15 pm

Christmas Day, Dec 25: 9 am to 9 pm
The last ticket is sold at 8.15 pm

New Year’s Eve, Dec 31: 9 am to 7 pm
The last ticket is sold at 6.15 pm


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Best time to visit One World Observatory

One World Observatory entrance
One World Observatory entrance

If you want to avoid the crowd, the best time to visit One World Observatory is between 8 am to 10 am.

Sunset, the best time to visit

Sunset is also a great time to visit any observatory.

This is why One World Observatory is most crowded just an hour before sunset.

Besides stunning sunset views, you also get to enjoy New York skyline during day and at night.

It is best to book an hour earlier and give yourself enough time to reach the top of the observation area.

Best time to take photographs

In the morning, it is difficult to take pictures of the eastern side of the building, i.e. Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn North.

At noon, the sun is at its peak, and it is the best time to take pictures from all sides of the Observatory.

If you are interested in photography, we recommend you plan your trip in such a way that at 12 noon you are in the Observatory.

One World Observatory at night

The best way to enjoy the night view One World offers is to reach during sunset and stay till the skyline lights up.

However, not everybody has that luxury of time.

In case you land up after all lights are on, be aware that at night it is difficult to identify the buildings which form NYC’s skyline.

However, the crowd is less during night time, making it seem like a private preview of the city of New York.


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How long does One World Observatory take?

On a non-peak day, you can complete your tour of One World Observatory in an hour.

However, if you land up on a peak day – summer vacations, school holidays, festivals etc your visit to the observatory could take even more than two hours.

During crowded times you need an hour extra because there are long queues at the ticketing counter, the security check, the elevator lines and the queue at the lifts to get down.

However, there are work arounds. If you book the cheaper and most popular Standard tickets, you can skip the line at the ticket counter.

If you book the costlier Priority ticket, you can skip all the lines and finish exploring One World Observatory in an hour.

Note: If you plan to visit one of the three restaurants on the 101st floor, you will need more time.


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One World’s ‘Explorer iPad’ experience

If you can afford it, we recommend you opt for the ‘Explorer iPad’ experience.

Don’t believe us? Check out this Tripadvisor review

How does it work?

Explorer iPad is also known as One World’s Digital Skyline Guide.

The device has two channels.

The Skyview Channel

The Skyview Channel takes you on virtual tour of New York’s most iconic sites.

When you look at the NYC skyline through the iPad Explorer, you see labels against prominent buildings – 40 of them in total.

When you touch a label, you are flown to the building/site by helicopter.

Once up close, you get to see an exciting video and hear engaging stories about the building/site.

The Restaurant Channel 

The Restaurant Channel is hosted by TV food network celebrity David Rosengarten.

He gives you insider information on New York’s little known restaurants, popular for what they serve.

One World’s Explorer iPad experience is available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi.

Check out this short video to understand how this interactive tour of New York works.

One World Digital Skyline Guide is part of Combination ticket.


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One World Observatory with New York Pass

One question frequently asked by tourists planning their visit to One World Observatory is: “Is One World Observatory included in the New York Pass?”

It should have been. But unfortunately, the answer to that question is “No!”

One World Observation deck on top of the Freedom Tower is NOT included in the New York City Pass or The Explorer Pass.

However, 80+ other New York attractions can be accessed for free or at a discount with New York Explorer Pass.

Sightseeing Flex Pass

Fortunately, for tourists who believe in Discount cards, there is hope.

The NYC Sightseeing Pass is the only pass that includes free admission to One World Observatory.

All you have to do is walk up to One World Observatory, present your NYC Sightseeing Pass and walk in for free.

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One World Observatory reviews

Many reviews on Tripadvisor suggest that tourists who want to experience New York City from a high should look no further than the One World Observatory.

The reviewers were especially thrilled by One World Trade Center’s high-speed elevator which shoots visitors straight to the three-story observatory in just 47 seconds.

Many tourists who gave positive reviews mentioned the impressive time-lapse technology in the elevators, showcasing NYC’s transformation over the last 500 years.

At the top, spectacular 360-degree views of New York City’s waterways, iconic skyline, and renowned landmarks also found mention.

The reviews on Yelp and Tripadvisor also mentioned Sky Portal, the 14-foot wide circular glass disc on which visitors could stand and see clear views of the streets 100 floors below.

These were especially popular among families with kids.

The reviewers also mention that the OWO also provided an emotional connection, something the other observatories in NYC can’t.

After all, One World Observatory is built on the very spot where the twin towers once stood.


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One World FAQs

1. Is a photo ID required with an online One World Observatory ticket?


The One World Observatory does not check an ID proof for entry.

If you have booked your tickets online, you only have to show the ticket in your email.

There is no need to take print outs.

2. Is getting One World Observatory’s Priority ticket worth the extra money? Will it save us the waiting time?


We recommend Priority tickets only under the following conditions:

– You are visiting during the peak summer months
– You can’t plan your visit during the non-crowded hours of 8 to 10 am
– You only have an hour to spare and want to explore One World
– You can afford pricey tickets, but a seamless experience is important

And yes, if you buy Priority tickets, you won’t have to wait at all.

3. If we already have the One World Observatory ticket, how much time in advance do we need to be there?


On your lucky day, you can turn up at last minute and go straight in.

But every day is not a lucky day so, a good 30 minutes buffer is recommended.

4. Is the iPad Explorer worth it? Should we buy it?


If you are new in the city and want to know every building, go for the iPad explorer experience.

A small amount of money spent can give you an out of the world informative experience.

If you going up One World Observatory just for the fantastic views, you can skip the iPad Explorer.


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One World Observatory restaurants

Dining at the top of the World is an experience of its kind.

One Dine – highest in the USA

One Dine, the highest restaurant in the United States, is accessible only to One World Observatory ticket holders and requires reservations.

The 101st-floor fine dining establishment serves a seasonal menu and offers craft beer, wine, and cocktails overlooking the main observation floor.

Hours: Nov 17 – Jan 7: 9 am to 9 pm, May 5 – Sept 4: 9 am to 10 pm.
Last entry one hour before closing.

One Mix – for a spontaneous stop

For small plates and drinks, head to One Mix.

Besides the drinks, guests can enjoy shareable plates as well as thoughtfully sourced and crafted selections of burgers, sandwiches, seasonal salads, and bar snacks.

Guests are accommodated on a walk-in basis. Reservations are not required.

Hours: Daily between 11 am to 9 pm


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Best observation deck in New York?

New York City has some of the finest observational decks in the World.

The top three are – One World Observatory, Empire State Building and Top of the Rock.

This puts tourists visiting New York in a state of dilemma.

Two of the comparisons which come up often are:

1. One World vs Empire State Building
2. One World vs Top of The Rock

We will try to help answer the question, “Which is the best observatory in New York City?”

New York Skyline
New York Skyline

One World Observatory vs Empire State Building

There is no doubt that One World Observatory is a better deal than the Empire State Building.

Though the tickets to the Empire State Building are a bit cheaper than One World Observatory, it is worth paying a bit extra.

In the southern part of Manhattan, One World Observatory has excellent views of the Financial District below, the Hudson River and the East River and the Northeastern New Jersey (including Lady Liberty).

At One World, the Sky Pod elevator with a digital time-lapse that highlights five centuries of New York City’s evolving landscape is absolutely breathtaking.

Seeing Forever Theatre™, an audio-visual experience that explores NYC’s skyline is another perk here.

At the Empire State building, there is nothing like One World’s Explorer iPad to improve how you enjoy the New York skyline.

What’s more – from the One World Observatory, you can see the Empire State Building as well.

OWTC is completely enclosed whereas the Empire State Building has both open air and enclosed observation decks.

Our vote goes to One World Observatory. Buy Tickets

Or if you still favour New York’s oldest observatory, buy Empire State Building tickets.

One World Observatory vs Top of The Rock

From Top of the Rock, you enjoy a view of the classic Empire State Building set against the Manhattan skyline.

From the Rock, you also have a relatively unobstructed view of Central Park, which is not available with any other observation deck.

It also offers excellent views of Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, Bank of America Tower, Flatiron Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and the surrounding buildings in Midtown Manhattan and more.

This is why we conclude that both Top of the Rock and One World Observatory are on par.

You can choose either of them and yet walk out of the building fully satisfied with your observational deck experience in New York.

Just that One World Observatory ticket prices are cheaper – so you save some money. Buy Tickets

Or if you want to give Top of the Rock a try, book your visit now.

Tip: Entry to Top of the Rock is included for free with City Pass, the Explorer Pass, and the New York Pass. Check out the New York Passes


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