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

Product ID: 52132
Journey to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and admire the incredible views over New York. Pre-book tickets and choose to skip just the ticket line or all the lines.
About this ticket
Valid 1 day
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Wheelchair accessible
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.

Select participants and date:



  • Skip the ticket line and proceed directly to security
  • Be transported by Skypod to the 102nd floor in 47 seconds, seeing the evolution of the Manhattan skyline on the way
  • Dare to step out onto the see-through Sky Portal for heart-racing views
  • See Forever™ from the observatory at One World Trade Center
  • Upgrade to a priority ticket to include Digital Skyline Guide and priority access for security and elevators
Full description
There are a million things to experience in New York City, but only one way to truly see them all. Start by skipping just the ticket line or opt to also skip the elevator line. Ascend via SkyPod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than 47 seconds. With speed topping 28 mph, these are the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere. While ascending, SkyPod provides a virtual time-lapse visual experience showing how the view of New York City has changed from the 1500s to today. 

Once up at the Observatory, 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. 

Immerse yourself in the bustling crossroads of the world at the See Forever Theater. 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, One Mix Bar, or One Dine Restaurant.

Upgrade to a priority reserve ticket and enjoy skip-the-line access to the elevators (both up and down) and access to expedited security via the priority security line. This upgrade also includes the Digital Skyline Guide which is the first interactive, virtual reality guide to New York City, taking you on a virtual helicopter tour of New York’s most iconic sites.
  • Entry to One World Observatory
  • Ride in a SkyPod
  • Forever Theater admission
  • Sky Portal experience
  • City Pulse Multimedia Presentations (2 per hour)
  • Admission to dining options with panoramic views
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Skip the elevator lines, if priority option selected
  • Priority security line access, if priority option selected
  • Digital Skyline Guide, if priority option selected
What’s Not Included
  • Skip the security line

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
• All pre-purchased tickets are barcoded to let you skip the ticket purchase line at the Observatory entrance
• Everyone has to queue for security – Priority Reserved Tickets receive expedited security via the priority security line
• All tickets will be timed entry; if you miss your assigned entry time you will not receive replacement tickets or a refund
• You may enter the observatory up to 15 minutes after your reserved time and may stay as long as you like
• Guests must be at least 17 years of age or accompanied by an adult at all times
• Children 5 and under are free with a paying adult
• Advance reservations recommended for One Dine at “OpenTable”
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6318 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Amazing experience. From the moment you enter this massive building, you are swept up in the enormity of it all. The lift takes 47 seconds and the lift walls display video footage of the ascent. Views are unbelievable. So much to see. We arrived just before sunset and stayed for cocktails in the bar after dark. An absolutely brilliant attraction.

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March 14, 2020

really enjoyed the lift up and down and the little show that projected inside. Which were: Going up ‘the areas’ progression over the years and the building from the outside - as you were coming down. Sadly the view on our day wasn’t great as it was a Very cloudy day and it began to snow. However it Didn't take away how fantastic the views were from the glimpses we sawthrough the clouds. So we decided to have a few hours in your bar and enjoyed a few cocktails in an amazing setting. Thing I didn’t like was you trying to sell your guests rental of an iPad that shows the names of the buildings you were seeing. The iPad technology was really great but did object to having to pay extra when the cost of admission was already quite high.

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February 4, 2020

Very nice view !!!

March 7, 2020

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