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New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

1. New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

Ascend via SkyPod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than 47 seconds at 28 mph. SkyPod provides a virtual time-lapse visual experience showing how New York City has changed from the 1500s. Skip the ticket line and even opt to also skip the elevator line. At the observatory, elevate your senses as you take in the iconic sights, surrounding waters, and panoramas of the Manhattan skyline and beyond. Then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit while taking in the stunning views.  Engage with City Pulse and One World Observatory's global ambassadors as they share stories of this amazing city. Step onto the expansive Sky Portal and take a walk high above the streets of New York. Dine or drink at the café, bar, or restaurant. Upgrade to Combination or All-Inclusive Tickets and enjoy skip-the-line access to the elevators. Access expedited security via the priority security line. The Digital Skyline Guide, an interactive, virtual reality iPad guide to New York City, is also included. 

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New York City: 9/11 Tour, Memorial, Museum & Observatory

2. New York City: 9/11 Tour, Memorial, Museum & Observatory

Remember the terrible events of 11 September 2001 on a 9/11 walking tour, and journey through the former World Trade Center in New York. Guided by New Yorkers with a personal connection to 9/11, the tour includes personal anecdotes and touching stories of tragedy and heroism. Meet at St. Paul's Chapel to see the church that miraculously survived the falling buildings and debris, despite being only a block away from the World Trade Center. It became a makeshift rescue center in the aftermath and its iron fence became a bulletin board where family members posted notices of their missing loved ones. Hear heroic stories of the emergency responders at the Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Wall, and see the Engine and Ladder Company 10/10, the fire station at Ground Zero. Finally, enter the 9/11 Memorial, where you can pay your respects to those who lost their lives. See the Reflecting Absence Memorial, the largest man-made waterfall inside the 9/11 Memorial, symbolizing the vast void left by the tragedy. Look at the names of the nearly 3,000 victims placed around the waterfall next to their friends, family members, and colleagues. See the new Freedom Towers and World Trade Center rising from the ground. Stay as long as you wish at this beautiful 8-acre oasis. The following are provided if you have selected the All Access option. Your guide will then provide you with timed entry tickets at the 9/11 Museum and One World Observatory. The museum entry time can vary depending on availability. Get a preview of the museum to optimize your time inside. Once inside, you are free to explore at your own pace. See artifacts from the events of 9/11, and hear recordings from people who were there on the day. Next, take a 5-minute stroll to the Observatory to marvel at its engineering and architecture. Start in the lobby of Freedom Tower with the "Voices" documentary dedicated to the men and women of the World Trade Towers and new One World Trade Center. Then take the "Sky Pod" elevator, and ascend 1,250 feet in 60 seconds. Once on the 102nd floor, go to the See Forever Theater, before descending to the 100th floor to access the main observation deck. Enjoy immersive LED displays, interactive touch screen videos, and dining options. The main draw however is the breathtaking view of the New York skyline stretching across Manhattan.

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New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

3. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 45% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Choices include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, NY Waterways Tours, MoMA, and many more! There's no need to decide in advance, and you can take up to 60 days after using the pass to make your first visit. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can select include:  MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES• American Museum of Natural History• The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • The MET Museum• 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• The Met Cloisters• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Ice Cream• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York EXPERIENCES• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• Edge• One World Observatory• The Vessel at Hudson Yards• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• The Downtown Experience by The RIDE• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• Queens Experience On Foot• RiseNY• Perfect Picnic• Masters of the Camera NYC Rooftop Photoshoot• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality TOURS• 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour• Central Park Walking Tour• Night Tour by Big Bus New York• Yankee Stadium Tour• The TOUR• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Madison Square Garden: All Access Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (choice of 1 tour)• Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• City Rambler: Walk Through History Tour• A Walk in the Park Tour by City Rambler• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour FOOD AND DRINK• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion CRUISES• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• 1929 Shearwater at North Cove: Daytime Statue Sail or City Lights Sail (seasonal)• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 45% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences.

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New York: Edge & 9/11 Museum Ticket with Liberty Cruise

4. New York: Edge & 9/11 Museum Ticket with Liberty Cruise

Make the most of your time in New York City with this combination ticket and scenic cruise package. Pick your tickets up at the 9/11 Memorial Museum then avoid the long waiting times and sail on in with your skip-the-line ticket. Inside, explore at your own pace and discover the story of 9/11 as told through artifacts, imagery, personal stories, and interactive technology. After the museum, walk over to Battery Park and the Brooklyn Bridge to join a one hour sightseeing cruise. Pass by New York’s most iconic landmark, the Statue of Liberty, snap unforgettable vacation photos, and soak up panoramic views of the city skyline. Finally, visit the Edge and ride 1100 feet into the air to the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. From the deck, admire 360 degree views of New York City and admire iconic sights including Freedom Towers, the Empire State Building, Central Park, New Jersey, and more.

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New York: 9/11 Tour with Museum and Observatory Tickets

5. New York: 9/11 Tour with Museum and Observatory Tickets

Celebrate the actions of the heroes and survivors of Stairwell B on a guided tour of the World Trade Center Complex. Follow the path taken by first responders and learn how they withstood the collapse of the 110-story tower while still inside it. Through photos and memoirs, the tour chronicles the events of 9/11, from the bravery of New York City’s firefighters to the Angel of Stairwell B and the 9/11 Surfer. The guided tour ends at Memorial Plaza, where you’ll learn how the new World Trade Center Complex was designed and constructed. Then visit the National 9/11 Memorial Museum on your own. Discover artifacts found in the wreckage of the former Twin Towers, the first responding vehicles, and the planes that hit the towers.  Continue your self-guided visit by exploring the One World Observatory. Take the 47-second elevator ride up to the observation deck and watch the transformation of Manhattan on the elevator’s HD monitors. Gaze at the grand view from the deck, which on a clear day allows you to view up to 4 different states. 

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NYC: Statue of Liberty, Edge & Ground Zero VIP Tour

6. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Edge & Ground Zero VIP Tour

The Big Apple has a lot to offer. Experience the best of the city on a VIP tour with tickets to Edge Observation Deck, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island included.   Start your day by exploring Midtown with your expert local guide. Walk by famous NYC landmarks such as Bryant Park, 42nd Street, 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and Hudson Yards. See the city from above with your entry ticket to NYC's newest observation deck, Edge. Your guide will then take you on the subway down to World Trade Center where you will have an opportunity to pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial Pools and learn about the events of September 11, 2001. Your tour will end at the entrance to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island ferry where you will be escorted to the security checkpoint. Your guide will give you an orientation of Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. You’ll receive a detailed explanation about where to pick up your self-guided audio tours that are available in 13 languages. Take your time and explore these islands at your own pace. When you’re ready, hop back on the ferry to return to Lower Manhattan and enjoy the rest of your afternoon in New York City.

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9/11 Memorial Tour with Optional One World Observatory Entry

7. 9/11 Memorial Tour with Optional One World Observatory Entry

Pay your respects to the heroes of 9/11 with a visit to St. Paul's Chapel, where emergency rescue centers were set up immediately after the September 11 attacks.  Pause to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial Pools, built on the site of the former World Trade Center and see the names of the 2,983 men, women and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. Learn about Freedom Tower at the heart of the rebuilt complex. Then, skip the ticket lines to the One World Observatory and take the Sky Pod elevator to the 102nd floor in 60 seconds. Get breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building and more.

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From Westchester: Shared Helicopter Tour over New York City

8. From Westchester: Shared Helicopter Tour over New York City

Choose a 30 or 45-minute helicopter flight and lift off from Westchester Airport, reaching New York City airspace in just a few minutes. The skilled pilots will dazzle you with bird’s-eye views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan. On the 30-minute tour, skilled pilots will dazzle you with amazing aerial views of Midtown Manhattan, Central Park, Hudson River, Yankee Stadium, outside of game times, and more. On the 45-minute tour, you’ll have views of the Downtown Manhattan/Statue of Liberty area as well, including the Freedom Tower, Financial District, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge. This is in addition to all sights seen on the 30-minute tour. Yankee Stadium is accessible outside game times only. In case of poor weather or aircraft maintenance, the operator will notify the customer at least 2 hours before the scheduled flight. Tours depart and arrive at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, a relaxed, crowd-free location just outside NYC. It’s easily accessed by public transit, the Metro-North rail, and by car with free parking available.

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New York City: Private Helicopter Flight

9. New York City: Private Helicopter Flight

Get panoramic views of New York City and its amazing monuments by day or night on a private 30 or 45-minute helicopter flight. Fly over Manhattan aboard an aircraft for up to 5 people and discover the city like a bird with your family or friends. Escape the crowds as you depart from Westchester County Airport, located in tranquil White Plains just outside New York City. Catch the Metro-North rail line or avail of the free parking if you choose to come by car. Listen to a safety briefing on arrival before climbing aboard the helicopter for take-off. Tours depart and arrive at Westchester County Airport Sit back and soak up the stunning aerial views, revealed straight away as you fly over the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and head over Manhattan. Admire iconic skyscrapers such as the famous Empire State Building and Chrysler Building from a different perspective. See Central Park from above and look down on the East River bridges.

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New York: 9/11 Memorial, Ground Zero & Optional Museum Entry

10. New York: 9/11 Memorial, Ground Zero & Optional Museum Entry

Visit the site of the World Trade Center on a poignant walking tour of the monuments and memorials to those who perished and survived the terrible events of September 11, 2001. Start at St. Paul's Chapel, and learn about the important role it played in the aftermath of the attacks. Go to 9/11 Memorial Plaza and pause for reflection at the memorial pools. Get detailed descriptions from your guide about each monument, from the design of the pools to the architecture of the new World Trade Center and its symbolic use of materials, light and reflection.   Pay your respects at the Fireman's Memorial and American Express 11 Tears Memorial, often missed by those who visit on their own. Get an up-close look at the reconstruction of the site as you visit Brookfield Place and see The Oculus, the 4-billion dollar centerpiece of the new World Trade Center transportation hub. Following the walking tour of the area you'll enter the 9/11 Museum where you'll learn more about the terrible events independently on a self guided visit (Museum option must be chosen at time of booking. You will receive your tickets for the 9/11 Museum from your guide when you arrive for the start of the walking tour.) See more than 23,000 images and 10,300 artifacts that tell the story, and hear some of the 2,000 oral histories of those killed, mostly provided by friends and families.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Be on time!

    Don't miss your designated entrance time, otherwise you'll have to join the line all over again - tickets are non-refundable.

  • Night sights

    From May to September, One World Observatory is open until midnight, so get to go up and enjoy the bright lights of the city by night!

  • Restaurant reservations

    The restaurant only takes in walk-in guests, with the exception of large groups - please reserve in advance!

  • Storage

    There are no storage facilities at One World Observatory, so don't bring any large items of luggage with you.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily.
    Hours vary based on time of year:
    May 1-September 4
    8:00 AM-9:00 PM
    September 5-December 20
    9:00 AM-9:00 PM
    December 21-January 3
    8:00 AM-8:00 PM
    January 4-April 30
    9:00AM - 9:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult general admission $32, Senior $30, and Child $26.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Guides are not necessary but beneficial for exploring all the sights NYC has to offer.
  • How to get there
    Located at One World Trade Center, at the corner of West and Vesey Streets. Use of public transportation is highly recommended.
  • Additional information

    • Purchase tickets in advance online for best availability. If you miss your targeted time slot, you will have to wait for next opening.

    • Visit after the sun goes down to see breathtaking views of NYC lit up at night!

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What people are saying about One World Trade Center

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 10,807 reviews

Would thoroughly recommend this trip, certainly worth doing rather than just the memorial and museum. Eric, our guide took us around the area, explaining history, adding anecdotes and bringing it all to life. He was a fantastic guide and reallly connected with the group. The museum is an amazingly powerful experience too. There was zero visibility at the top of the Freedom Tower but the lady at the kiosk readily moved our slot to another day so we won't miss out. All in all, an excellent day.

Julie shared her personal experience of what occurred on 9/11, a vivid picture of the terrible destruction contrasted with the courage and kindness of so many. She included some history of the surrounding structures and information about new structures that have been built since 9/11. This tour was a very memorable experience.

Julie was EXCELLENT and super informative! The fact that she is a survivor of 9/11 was especially poignant. We would highly recommend Julie and this tour!

Lindsay was an absolutely fantastic host. She really knows her stuff! The tour was fun, informative and everything went smoothly.

Everything worked as the details in the document we got. I highly recommend it so we can save a good amount of money!