Freedom Tower Observatory

The new One World Observatory is much more that just another stunning vantage point from which to view the city

View from the One World Observatory in NYC
View from the One World Observatory in NYC cc licensed photo by Kai Brinker

This is a memorable attraction in so many ways. The Freedom Tower observation deck opened its doors to the public on May 29th 2015 on the 100, 101 and 102 floors of the beautiful new One World Trade Center Tower also known as The New Freedom Tower. It stands directly on the site of the WTC 6 building which was severally damaged from fallen debris when the original WTC Tower 1 fell on it during the terrorist attack of September 11th 2001.

The new tower shares the same numerical number one with the Twin Tower on the north side of the 16 acre site which was hit and destroyed during 9/11. Now there are memorial twin reflecting pools sitting on the spot where the twin towers once stood. These pools are close to an acre in size displaying waterfalls that are the largest man made waterfalls in the North America. The names of the victims who died in this senseless attack are inscribed in a Bronze panel that surrounds them.

The outside of the New Freedom tower draws your eyes to the way its beautiful glass exterior glistens and sparkles on a sunny day. This uniquely designed building gives an illusion of glass twisting and turning as it reaches for the heavens. The building's height was specifically planned including the antenna to reach 1,776 feet high. This number symbolically represents the year of 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. This makes it the tallest highrise in the western hemisphere and fourth highest in the whole world.

As you enter the lobby of the building you are welcomed at the Global Welcome center by a giant video board with greetings in a wide variety of languages and a real time world map where visitors can see their hometown. Next you will get acquainted with the men and women who built the 1 WTC by a program called Voices which tells you about their personal stories. This is followed by Foundations where you'll experience an up close look at the very bedrock that the building stands on.

The One World Observatory is on the 100th, 101 and 102 floors of this beautiful Skyscraper. Travelling up at 23 miles per hour in one of five speedy elevators labelled Sky Pods is an exciting and wonderful experience. In only 47 seconds you are taken up to the 102 floor, where you'll experience the SEE FOREVER Theater — a 2 minute video that amalgamates time-lapse pictures with a balance of abstract texture and designs to present a 3D effect of the rhythm and feel of this lively city. During your ride up the elevator you will be awed with the illusion you are looking out the windows and witnessing emerging from the bedrock over 515 years ago straight into undeveloped marshlands from the 1500s. As the elevator rises time unfolds before your eyes from the 1500s to the current date with a detailed reconstruction of New York City's developing skyline. A quick but amazing journey.

On the 100th floor is the main observatory commonly named the discovery level. A feeling of wonderment hits you as you step out of the elevator and onto this deck taking in the panorama of breathtaking views from all directions. Here you will receive an amazing 360-degree vista of landmarks, and iconic sites such as the Statue of Liberty, The Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the beautiful waters that surround the city and more. On a clear day, your field of vision can stretch out as far as 50 miles making this arguably the best view point in the city. Also featured on this deck is the Sky Portal where you are invited to step onto a circular disc 14 feet in width that displays memorable clear views of real time footage of the streets below in high definition. This is not for those with a fear of heights.

There is so much more than just views to appreciate on this deck. City Pulse is another interesting and informative exhibit. This is a 14 foot high ring of 10 high-definition video monitors that responds to gestures made by the entertaining and enlightening global ambassador, a tour guide who stands in the center of the ring explaining and giving visitors information about the city with real time views on a wide variety of topics about New York. There is a souvenir gift shop with some items exclusively produced for One World Observatory. All exhibits are suited to all ages.

On the 101st floor there is a fine restaurant which requires advance reservations. If you don't have reservations there are two sit down cafes that need no reservations. There is also a shop where you can get a souvenir photo with a backdrop of your choice. All three levels boast new and advanced technologies making for an interesting, fun and informative day that's great for your whole family. When you are ready to go home, exiting in the SkyPod elevator is an experience in itself as you will feel the virtual effects of being outside of the building as you descend to the ground.

For an addition charge you can add the One World Explorer iPad to your visit. This iPad is loaded with an app that will give you a virtual up-close look at the views and iconic landmarks of the city as seen from a helicopter. You scan the skyline and choose from over 40 important and intriguing sites and then you can zoom in on them for a close-up look and more information.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes. There is a discount in the ticket price for seniors and children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under have free admission. From: $76.01 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

World Trade Center Walking Tour with One World Observatory Admission

Enjoy an inside look at the World Trade Center on this highly informative and revealing walking tour that includes admission to One World Observatory and a personal radio for each guest to listen to the guides live narration.  You'll visit St. Paul's Chapel, The 9/11 Memorial, The Oculus, Brookfield Place and NYC's newest and most popular observation deck at One World Observatory.  Much of this tour takes place indoors making it a good option in almost any weather.  


From: $117.34 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

New York City Hop-on Hop-Off Tour including One World Observatory Admission

Create your own sightseeing itinerary with the New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour! A hop-on-hop-off bus tour is the ideal way to explore every corner of the Big Apple and, with lively tour guides to keep you entertained and informed, you are sure to learn facts old and new about the city that never sleeps! This ticket also gains you access to One World Observatory. Upgrade to the All Around Town All Loops Tour that also includes a night tour and hop-on hop-off boat tour!


From: $220.02 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Luxury Boat Tour and One World Observatory Admission

Enjoy a luxury cruise around Manhattan and then walk across the street and climb to the top of the highest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade! Your captain will take you for a once-in-a-lifetime tour around Manhattan, with stops at the Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. The captain will have your One World Observatory tickets ready for you at the boat and after your cruise will accompany you to the entrance!


Website: One World Observatory

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Address: 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10006, USA

Phone: (844) 696-1776

Official Website: Freedom Tower Observatory

Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5Fulton Street7 minutes
2 or 3 Park Place6 Minutes
EWorld Trade Center4 minutes
RCortlandt Street3 minutes

How to get to Freedom Tower Observatory by Subway

The Entrance to One World Observatory is located on the corner of Vesey Street and West Street which is on the north west corner of the One World Trade Center.

Take a A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street: exit onto Fulton Street, go right on Church Street, left on Vesey Street, continue to West Street.

Take a 2 or 3 train to Park Place: exit and walk south on Church Street and turn right (west) onto Vesey Street, continue to West Street.

Take an E train to World Trade Center: exit onto Church Street Walk south and turn right on Vesey Street, continue to West Street.

Take a R train to Cortlandt Street: walk west on Cortlandt street to the Memorial and go right on West Street to Vesey.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5One World Observatory Star Rating

5 Star Rating Best tallest building on earth by far. Don’t care about all those fake Dubai buildings. So tall, such crazy views from the top. You see Brooklyn, Jersey, queens, Statue of Liberty, Empire State and what not. Totally worth it if you’re visiting NY. Take the priority tickets since you’re to the top faster than the standard ticket.

Amit Mehra - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating The views really are great. The elevator is kind of trippy as is shows you how high up you are. It moves really fast and you barely even feel it. Try not to think about it ;) They really try to get you to spend money on pictures and a tablet with some augmented reality stuff. There's food for sale too, I didn't look but I'd be surprised if it wasn't super expensive. All that aside the view is definitely worth it. You can walk all the way around and see the statue of liberty, Ellis island, and tons of Manhattan and New Jersey.

scott dallamura - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating This was a great experience. Lots of fun and nothing about the attack (There's a museum for that). The Sky Portal feature was broken, but it seemed like the least interesting thing anyway. The elevator ride alone is dazzling. I was there on a Saturday morning and it wasn't crowded: I think they let only a certain number of people up there at a time. There's a speaker who gives a presentation about NYC for the tourists, but it's not intrusive.

James Rose - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating I was very impressed with how this was done. They give you a story and video of how NYC came about. The views are outstanding. There's also all.kinds of food and drink you can purchase while up there. I was very happy to have finally visited , and didn't want to leave. Am looking forward to coming again.

Dav RoZ - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating Fantastic place to go! Pay the extra fee to walk right to the front of the line. Elevator ride is smooth and interesting! The views are incredible, so much to look at! It puts a whole new perspective on the big city! You will say "Wow" multiple times!

Rita Pearson - 1 month ago

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This news story about the opening day of the One World Observatory gives you a quick introduction

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