One World Observatory Skip-the-Line Ticket

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Your ticket to incredible 360-degree views across New York City and beyond! There are a million things to experience in New York City, but only one way to truly see them all. Head to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and experience the Big Apple like never before.

Our guide to One World Observatory Skip-the-Line Ticket

Start your unique experience at the One World Observatory by using your gate-ready ticket to skip the main ticket line. Head straight for the security check and Sky Pod elevator that whisks visitors to the top of the tallest building in the Western hemisphere in less than 60 seconds. Accompanying the rapid journey, an incredible high-definition time-lapse video plays on the glass walls of your Sky Pod elevator recreating the development of New York City’s skyline from the 1500s to today’s skyscrapers.

When you get to the top, be prepared to explore three levels filled with innovation and inspiration and, of course, the amazing panoramic views of New York City and beyond. See the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Woolworth Building and the Statue of Liberty. From your lofty position, you can even look down on the helicopters that take tourists high over Manhattan and see just how many boats fill the surrounding water. 

If you want to complete the day with a drink, a bite to eat or dinner, One World Observatory offers three distinct options on the 101st floor, all of them with a setting that is truly and magnificently one-of-a-kind.


One World Observatory is located at One World Trade Center at the corner of West and Vesey Streets in Downtown Manhattan.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for One World Observatory Skip-the-Line Ticket

  • To help control capacity, all guests must pre-book a time slot before visiting the One World Observatory. Your One World Observatory ticket guarantees entry for the selected date and time.
  • Tickets cannot be used at a different time and you must arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of your designated admission time. Due to high demand, tickets cannot be honoured outside your selected time and date. 
  • Your gate-ready One World Observatory ticket will enable you to move directly past the ticket purchase and voucher redemption queue. However, you will still need to join the line for the mandatory security check. 
  • Children under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Guests ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge.
  • Any professional photo or video equipment is not permitted.
  • As COVID regulations change frequently and at short notice, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have checked the requirements that the USA has put in place so that all visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • *CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.


Frequently Asked Questions for One World Observatory Skip-the-Line Ticket

General Information

  • What is the One World Observatory?

    Located at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors of One World Trade Center, the One World Observatory offers views of New York City’s iconic sights, surrounding waters and skyline. The guest experience goes beyond the amazing view as visitors can explore the levels of the Observatory filled with innovation, inspiration and an incredible elevator ride to the top.

  • Are pushchairs allowed?

    Yes, pushchairs are allowed at the One World Observatory, but you will be asked to remove your child and fold your pushchair up for access to the elevators as well as the escalators within the experience.

  • Can I take pictures?

    Of course! The One World Observatory encourages all guests to take as many personal photos or video with hand held devices as they would like.

Ticket Information

  • What are timed tickets?

    Your One World Observatory ticket is good for the time and date printed on the ticket. Just arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your entry time, there is no need to wait in line for entry to the building.

  • What if I arrive later than my entry time?

    Late arrivals will be accommodated based on capacity. However, you may be required to wait until the first possible open time slot. We strongly encourage you to arrive earlier than your scheduled time to avoid any delays.


  • Is One World Observatory accessible to guests with disabilities?

    One World Observatory – including its exhibits and amenities – are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Guests requiring assistance (e.g., auxiliary aids or services), should contact the Guest Services office at 844-OWO-1776 or Guest Services Desk, in advance of their visit.


  • Is smoking permitted at One World Observatory?

    No, smoking is not permitted anywhere within the Observatory including the outside West Plaza.

  • We are visiting prior to going to the airport; can we bring our luggage with us?

    No, luggage is not allowed in the One World Observatory. Only bags/backpacks/packages no larger than 25” high x no more than 17” wide and no more than 9″ deep are permitted. There are no lockers or storage capabilities available for personal items.