fifteen things to keep in mind when Visiting  one world observatory

Duration required

It'll take an hour to explore the One World Observatory. But an extra hour is needed during the peak summer months, holidays, festivals, etc.


It is best visited on clear days or nights when clouds do not obscure the sky. So, check the weather forecast before planning the visit to ensure a good viewing experience.


If planning to travel with a baby, bring their stroller along. But make sure to fold them on escalators and elevators.

Avoid larger bags

Bring bags that are 25 inches or smaller. Note that there are no locker or storage rooms available at this attraction.

Explorer iPad

Move from window to window, and the view on the screen also moves. Touch a label, get a virtual helicopter tour, see exciting videos, and hear engaging stories about each site.

Food and Drinks

There are two restaurants at the top. One Dine is accessible only to ticket holders and requires reservations. At One Mix, reservations are not necessary, and walk-ins are welcomed.


Be sure to bring your camera or smartphone to take social media-worthy photos or purchase professional photos during your visit.

Best time to visit

 For stunning views, visit an hour before sunset. See the river and the city during the day, then enjoy the great city lights at night.

Avoid the crowd

The best time to avoid crowds is between 8 am and 10 am. And buy tickets online in advance to skip the long lines at the ticket counter.

Ask the experts

Their interactive presentations will connect you with famous landmarks and bring you deeper into the city's neighborhoods, history, and culture. Ask them anything.

Buy souvenirs

The One World Observatory features a gift shop for souvenirs, including t-shirts, mugs, and other items. Consider picking up a keepsake to remember your visit.

Standard tickets

This ticket lets you skip the ticket counter line and access all three floors of the One World Observatory, but not the security and elevator lines.

Express admission

One World Observatory's Express Admission tickets let you skip all four lines, including access to all three observatory floors and the Explorer iPad.

Flex tickets

Flex tickets let you arrive any time on the selected day and skip all the lines. They include the Explorer iPad and a $15 credit for drinks at the restaurants.