One World Observatory Tips

It’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and has an incredible 360-degree view of New York City.

Its height of 1776 feet, including the spire, is intentional and represents the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. 

This structure shares the same name as the original World Trade Center’s North Tower.

Also, if you hear it referred to as the Freedom Tower, that’s because that was the original name.

The building has 71 elevators that can travel up to 23 mph, allowing you to travel from the ground floor to the 102nd floor in 60 seconds. 

While there are other places in NYC to get great views, this one stands out because it is higher up and provides a more comprehensive view. 

The observation platform is appropriately named Skydeck because you will be entirely surrounded by sky.

Here are some helpful One World Observatory tips to make your visit more enjoyable and hassle-free.

You can go a step further by buying skip-all-lines tickets. As evident from its name, this ticket lets you leverage priority lanes for security, the elevator and the exit. 

A Digital Skyline Guided tour also is included in this ticket. 

Choose the ‘ideal’ day

When purchasing Observatory tickets, select a clear day. 

If you visit on a cloudy day, there’s a good chance that clouds will clock the top floors.

Cloudy days could detract from the otherwise spectacular view from the 100th floor of One World Trade Center.

A weather forecast app can help you choose the best day to visit the One World Observatory.

Improve your visit planning

Before planning your trip, find out when New York’s best observation deck is open.

You should also know how to get to the One World Observatory by public transportation.

The best time of day to visit One World Observatory is early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid long queues.

You can make your experience hassle-free by purchasing skip the line ticket to the One World Observatory.

As the name suggests, this ticket allows you to use priority lanes for security, the elevator, and the exit. 

Purchase tickets online

Purchase tickets online
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Every year, around 2.3 million people visit the One World Observatory.  

As a result, during peak season, queues at One World’s ticket counter can last more than an hour.

Purchasing the One World Observatory tickets online in advance allows you to avoid long lines at the attraction and save you from any last-minute disappointments.

You can also check how long it takes to visit One World Observatory before planning your trip. 

Taking pictures

You can bring your camera with you to capture Instagram-worthy photos.

However, tripods and recording devices are not permitted on the observation deck.

We recommend that you avoid pastels and wear dark-colored clothing.

The glass at the Observatory is quite reflective, and wearing dark clothing helps you avoid unwanted glare in your photographs.

Eating and drinking

View from One World restaurant
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Take advantage of the elegant gastronomic One Dine restaurant on the 101st floor. It’s ideal for a romantic dinner for two or a family gathering.

The One World Observatory entry ticket gives you quick access to the One Dine restaurant. 

Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the Observatory.

Note: Smoking is prohibited inside the Observatory or on the West Plaza.

You can bring your baby while visiting 

You can bring your baby’s stroller if you plan to travel with them.

However, for everyone’s convenience, fold them on escalators and elevators.

Facilities for storing items

Please ensure you don’t bring heavy luggage when visiting the One World Trade Center Observatory.

Within the observation deck, only packages, backpacks, and bags no larger than 25″ (height)* 17″ (width)* 9″ (depth) are permitted.

Also, remember that this attraction has no lockers or storage rooms.

Check out what’s nearby

Check out what’s nearby
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After you’ve explored the observation deck, we recommend paying a visit to the 9/11 Memorial located just outside One World Trade Center.

The One World Observatory + 9/11 Museum & Memorial ticket is required to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

A tasteful memorial to the tragic destruction, two fountains represent the south and north towers of the collapsed World Trade Center.

Souvenirs from One World Observatory

Souvenir Shop One World Observatory
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Check out the One World Gallery on the 100th level for souvenirs for friends, family, or yourself.

This gift shop offers high-quality items for people of all ages—or window shop to decide which items to purchase when you visit the Gallery.

By following these tips for visiting One World Observatory, you can make the most of your visit and create lasting memories at this iconic New York City attraction.

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