One World Observatory Will Open May 29!

One World Observatory Will Open May 29!

The official public opening date of One World Observatory—the observatory housed on levels 100, 101 and 102 of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center—is Friday, May 29! Starting today, tickets are available for purchase here or by calling 844.696.1776.

What to Expect
Besides panoramic views of NYC from above 1,250 feet, visitors can expect interactive exhibits and dining options, including a sit-down restaurant. Specifically, upon entry, guests will be greeted in the Global Welcome Center, where a large video board will feature salutations in several languages, and a dynamically generated world map will highlight the hometowns of visitors. After, guests will head to a pre-show program, titled Voices, which tells the personal stories of the men and women who built One World Trade Center, and Foundations, which displays facts about the bedrock on which the building stands. 

Then, visitors will board one of five “Sky Pods,” the attraction’s dedicated elevators, to be whisked to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds. Immersive, floor-to-ceiling LED technology in each cab will let guests experience a virtual time-lapse that recreates the development of NYC’s skyline from the 1600s to present day.   

The elevators will bring passengers directly to the See Forever™ Theater on the 102nd floor. The theater will present a two-minute video presentation that combines bird's-eye imagery, time-lapse shots with abstract textures and patterns.

The Main Observatory space on the 100th floor will include City Pulse—an interactive skyline “concierge”—that will allow guests to connect with the landmarks and neighborhoods they observe from above. At City Pulse, global ambassadors will be stationed under a ring of HD video monitors and outfitted in gesture recognition technology, summoning imagery to the screens and providing guests with close-up views and personalized recommendations. The Main Observatory also features the Sky Portal, where guests can step onto a 14-foot wide circular disc that will deliver an unforgettable view, using real-time, high-definition footage of the streets below.

On the food front, One World Observatory will include three dining options on the 101st floor available to guests with Observatory tickets, including access to curated eateries—from casual to seated fine-dining options. Catering will be available on the 102nd floor, which will operate as a 9,300-square-foot special event space with floor-to-ceiling, uninterrupted views, high-end decor and an exclusive, customizable experience with a state-of-the-art sound system and HD projection capabilities.

The Nitty-Gritty
The entrance to the Observatory is located on the West Plaza, located alongside West Street at the northwest corner of the World Trade Center site near the intersection of West and Vesey streets.

The Observatory will be open year round. May 29th through September 7th, operating hours will be 9 a.m. until midnight seven days a week, with the last ticket sold at 11:15 p.m. Non-summer operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, with the last ticket sold at 7:15 p.m. Throughout the year, operating hours will expand during holiday periods such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Price of admission will vary: Adults (ages 13-64), $32; Children ages (6-12), $26; Seniors (ages 65-plus), $30. Guests 5 and under will be admitted at no charge but must have a ticket to enter

In the days leading up to the official public opening, One World Observatory will say a special “thank you” to NYC by hosting free preview days, including: local school students (Tues., May 26), workers that helped build One World Trade Center (Wed., May 27) and an open house for the general public on a first-come, first-served basis (Thurs., May 28).

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