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When you arrive at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, hop in a Sky Pod (aka elevator) and arrive on the 102nd floor in less than 60 seconds. The Sky Pod provides a virtual time-lapse experience so you can see how New York City has changed over the centuries.

If you thought the elevator ride was cool, you'll be blown away by the One World Observatory's vantage point, which on a clear day, provides a sight line of about 50 miles (80 kilometers). Watch a video about the making of the 1,776-foot-tall (540-meter) skyscraper, and then look out the panoramic windows for one-of-a-kind New York City views. Upgrade your experience to priority admission to skip all the lines with Priority Access security line and Express elevator to the top.

At the See Forever Theater, see time-lapse photos and aerial imagery during a unique 2-minute video presentation, and then check out the the Main Observatory on the 100th floor, where you can step onto a 14-foot-wide (4-meter) disc in the floor and look down for an incredible perspective of real-time, high-definition footage of Manhattan's streets. And don't leave without stopping by City Pulse, an interactive experience that connects visitors with New York's landmarks and neighborhoods.

When you're hungry, you can head to the 101st floor for a bite to eat (own expense). Options include pastries and fresh sandwiches at One Café, small plates and artisanal cocktails at the bar, One Mix, and high-end food and wine that matches the stunning view at One Dine (reservations required at One Dine).
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See New York City at your feet with admission to the One World Observatory, a 3-story destination on top of the western hemisphere’s tallest building. Ride to the 102nd floor in the Sky Pod, and watch the virtual city skyline transform across centuries of history. Learn about the construction of the 1,776-foot-tall (540-meter) skyscraper, which has sweeping views that stretch up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) across the city. Browse the cafés and restaurants in the One World Observatory, and enjoy New York from a whole new perspective. Choose to upgrade to priority admission to skip all the lines with Priority Access security line and Express elevator to the top.
  • Skip-the-Line Admission to One World Observatory
  • Upgrade to Priority Entry for Priority Access security line and Express elevator to the top
  • Enjoy interpretive art installations that explore NYC history
  • Get unmatched views of the city skyline
  • Dine high above the city
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Phenomenal views

It was my second visit but for the other 2 adults and 2 kids in our party it was a first. The lift journey was short but clever ( no spoilers!) and the video presentation at the top was not very special but held an...More

2  Thank Louise M
Reviewed 1 week ago
Must See!

By far the best views in the city! Don't wait in line, buy online! We walked straight in while hundreds of people waited outside to buy tickets.

Thank Amanda F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
You can See Forever!

When in NY--go to the Top! The Skip-the-Line observatory offers great views without having to wait! When visiting One World, visit the 9-11 Memorial and take the fantastic elevator ride to the top! The presentation is informative and fascinating. Bring binoculars if you have them!...More

5  Thank Janiepo85
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fantastic Experience

My 4 sons and myself visited the new World Trade Center on June 22. It was a great experience. By buying the “skip the line” tickets online through Trip Advisor , we were able to go right in and take the elevator up to the...More

3  Thank Leo H
Reviewed 8 July 2018
The view is the only thing that is great.

The tickets are expensive. But what really gets me is the food and drink prices at the top. Way over the top expensive. $6 for a gatorade? They try to sell you an ipad rental to tell you what you are looking at. It's hard...More

4  Thank siczlo
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