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


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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Rated 4.6 out of 5One World Observatory Star Rating

5 Star Rating This was my first visit to One World and the experience as a whole is pretty great. Even the elevator rides up and down are cool, (the walls of the cars are screens) and once up, yes its touristy, but the area is nice and spacious and the views are spectacular. I was able to show my daughter where I was born, just on the far side of Queens which was really neat.

Chris Hoey - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Genuinely worth the price, and for us this was an essential New York Experience. We did this at the beginning of our New York visit. It was a great way to get our bearings, and with the use of the "Experience Tablet" learn a lot of useful information. It was also nice to simply look over the city we'll be exploring for the next few days. The neat technological additions are icing on the cake. Some tips: Get up early and book the 9:00 am tickets if possible to ensure a more intimate experience. There were no lines on our Wednesday visit, and no crowds in the observatory. For the first hour there was space to walk up to any window; after 10:00 am, not so much. There is a bagel place inside the building, through the doors just past the where the line starts and down the escalator. So if you get here early you can grab a bite to eat in peace.

Luke Otfinowski - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Very motivational presentation. I didn't really find the VIP pass helpful when I went but perhaps I went on a not so busy night. The iPad was fun and informative. If you can afford it, you should get it. The view of Manhattan is awe-inspiring. The elevator ride was also quite fun too. The most humbling were the memorial squares themselves rather than the tower. At night, it literally looks like all the water is rushing into a dark hole reminding you of the profound cost of freedom. Definitely worth the visit.

Gopal Katkoria - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating What an incredible experience!! At first we decided to not go up the tower as we had done the other observation decks (top of the rock and Empire State) plus many other rooftop bars with incredible views. however I am super glad a few days later we decided to go up the tower. Such an amazing experience!! It literally is AMAZING!! This is a must do. I would have regretted not doing this if I didn’t do it!

ryan greasley - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Great views of Manhattan! Nice view on Statue of Liberty and both bridges. Awesome experience with the elevators and great presentation right out of the elevator! ;) Stunning views, there is cafe and restaurant in case you want to spend some more money. :) Great overall experience, with great staff.

Maja Bejatovic - 1 month ago


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

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