Today we come to visit the observatory of the One World Trade Center, the last viewpoint in altitude that has opened in New York and the highest in all United States with its 541 meters, equivalent to 1776 feet, a figure that coincides with the year of the Declaration of Independence of the United States.
The One World Trade Center is located right next to the old World Trade Center in New York, right next to the Memorial and the 11 Museum in September.
The experience in the One World Observatory
The visit begins by going down some escalators, where the ticket offices and security control are located to access the observatory. From the beginning you can see that this observatory is the newest of all and that they have spared no expense in that from the beginning we have a spectacular visual experience. The first great experience we live in the elevator, with a video about the history of New York, I recommend that when entering the elevator you are watching as you enter, with your back to the entrance.
The elevator takes less than 60 seconds to climb the 102 floors of One World Trade Center, and right there we find another video that welcomes us to the observatory. After passing through this area we have access to all the views of the observatory: The Brooklyn Bridge or Manhattan are almost below us, the Statue of Liberty can almost be taken by hand and the views of Brooklyn, Governor’s Island or New Jersey They are incredible with Midtown in the background.
In the observatory there are two points where every half hour two comedians tell us in a funny way, yes in English, curious things in New York, good places to go to eat, …
When you get tired of being up, in the elevator back you have waiting for the last spectacular video before reaching the ground and being able to say that you have been in the tallest building in the United States.
What are the views of the One World Observatory?
Unlike the Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building, from where Central Park, Queens and the Midtown area can be clearly seen, the areas of Brooklyn are barely visible. One World Observatory has great views of Brooklyn, New Jersey and the entire Hudson but the views of Midtown are quite distant, so it is a good observatory complementary to the other two.
To give you an idea of the views that you can find in the viewpoint, here we leave you a video, recorded on a cloudy day, but that will give you an idea of the spectacular views that can be seen from the One World Observatory and the totally different vision we get from New York from this vantage point with respect to the Top of the Rock or the Empire State:
Tips for choosing an observatory
If I had to choose two observatories to go up in New York, I would definitely choose between Top of the Rock (my favorite) and the Empire State as the first point of visit and add the One World Observatory as the second height lookout in New York, In this way I have been able to enjoy all of New York from above.
One World Observatory opening hours
- Summer (from May, 1 to September,4): From 9:00 AM a 10:00 PM (last ticket at 9:15PM)
- Rest of the year: From 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM (last ticket at 8:45 PM)
- The ticket office opens at 8:30 AM
Fares (year 2019)
- Adults (from 13 to 64 years old): $34
- Senior (over 65 years old): $32
- Children (from 6 to 12 years old): $28
- Children under 5 years old: Free
How to get to the One World Observatory?
- A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4 and 5 lines (Fulton Street/Broadway-Nassau)
- 2 and 3 lines (Park Place, Church Street exit)
- E line (World Trade Center, Church Street exit)
- R line (Rector or Cortland Street)
- 1 line (Rector Street)
More information of One World Observatory
Before finishing, we would like to thank the One World Observatory for inviting us to visit its facilities, especially Lucia and Katrina, who helped us with the preparations and guided us throughout the visit. The observatory is included in a single tourist card in New York, the Sightseeing Pass, if you want more information about this card I recommend you read My experience with a Sightseeing Pass in New York. For more information and purchase in advance of the tickets I recommend you visit the Official website of the observatory.