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“Stunning views, but at a fairly high price”

One World Observatory
Ranked #13 of 1,193 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: There are a million things to experience in New York City, but there’s only one way to see them all at once. You can start by hopping a Sky Pod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. There, 102 stories up, find yourself face-to-face with New York’s iconic skyline. Maybe you’ve seen views of the city before, but never quite like this. Walk the three sprawling levels of the Observatory and discover surprises along the way. Drop into the café and grab a bite to eat. Step onto the Sky Portal and stroll high above the crowded streets. Take an interactive guided tour of the city with the help of our Skyline Concierges, available to answer any questions you might have about New York’s long and storied history. And don’t leave without stopping by the One Mix bar for a glass of celebratory prosecco and one last look toward the horizon. See for yourself why One World Observatory is truly An Experience Above.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited because i never got to go up the twin towers and was keen to experience more of this amazing new building. The queues were minimal when I visited on a Wed evening around 7pm. $40 including taxes was expensive but you have to experience these things, right? Full security scans as you’d expect in this day and age and then into the elevator which is quite an experience - 45secs to do 100 floors but you can hardly feel it (just mild ear popping) and amazing full wall tv screens inside enhance the experience. You almost wish it was a bit slower so you can appreciate it more! Then into a long cinema type auditorium for an impressive little intro movie sequence before the big view is revealed. The 360 degree views are stunning and i spent a good 45 minutes up there so maybe $40 is not bad value after all. The merchadise seemed to be hideously expensive - no $3 fridge magnets here! They take your picture too at the start but i didn’t bother looking at the results/prices. No delay exiting and the elevator ride down is again, very cool with those tv displays. Don’t miss the very moving 9/11 memorial site next door. Definitely recommend visiting if its a nice clear day as the views are staggering.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a little pricey, but you get to see lower NYC and Jersey city from a perch. It is a cool view but it starts at $38.00 to get to the top.

Thank Edward A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in down town near the wall street and ground zero twin tower location. Also a new station in the shape of eye (occulust) has come up which IDs very nice. Superb and mind boggling. It takes you up on the observatory within few seconds. Then the curtains unfold and you see the entire city from the top. It was very exciting. Will highly recommend taking the iPad which can be pointed to any building and the entire details of that building with the history comes up on iPad screen. Very nice and innovative feature. One can see the entire city with all its Burroughs and bridges from the top. Must do attraction.

Thank AmitBK
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really well designed lifts which take you to the top and great introduction talk/show before entering Observatory..amazing views and well worth paying the premium to skip the queues..we were given a discount voucher on ground level which saved us a little bit..

Thank umski14
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited at dusk and got great views of the city as the sun went down
Booked in advance but probably not necessary as walked straight in ahead of time.
A good experience however it is expensive and once at the top there s only so much you can look at. There is an element of once you have been up one tall building they are very much alike

Thank Chris M
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