The new World Trade Center is getting ready for its closeup. One World Observatory, occupying the tower’s 100th, 101st and 102nd floors, is now open. Visitors can expect absolutely incredible 360-degree views and one of the most exciting elevator rides on the planet.
Guests can zip up to the observatory in 60 seconds, in state-of-the-art ‘Sky Pod Elevators’ that feature a floor-to-ceiling LED screen showing the ever evolving New York skyline. Once reaching the 100th floor, visitors can take in panoramic, uninterrupted views on the main platform; the 101st floor will feature three dining areas and the 102nd will be a private event space that can accommodate up to 300 people.
Upon entry to the Main Observatory, visitors will be greeted at the Global Welcome Center, where a large video screen will offer salutations in various languages. They will then view a program short, Voices, which tells the personal stories of the men and women who built One World Trade Center. The Main Observatory space will include an interactive ‘concierge’ component-City Pulse-where visitors can seek information on various neighborhoods and receive personalized recommendations. HD video monitors will provide close-up views.
From May 29-Sept. 7, Observatory hours daily will be 9am-midnight, seven days a week, with the last ticket sale at 11:15pm. Non-summer hours willl be from 9am-8pm, with the last ticket sale at 7:15pm.
Admission is $32 for adults, $30 for seniors above age 65, and $26 for children between ages 6 and 12. Kids 5 and under get in free. Special Priority and Flex tickets are available for expedited entry starting at $54. Admission for 9/11 family members, rescue and recovery workers is free. Special discounts will be offered to active and retired members of the US military.
Visitors can purchase advance tickets through the date Jan. 3, 2016. Later tickets will be made available at a later date. Call 844-696-1776 or visit OneWorldObservatory.com. Groups of 20 or more can order specially discounted tickets by visiting OneWorldObservatory.com/groups
Take a virtual tour here, below. Video provided by One World Observatory. (via Vimeo)