Osservatorio One World Trade Center

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Il One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower (although the real Freedom Tower is located in Miami), is the symbol of the rebirth of the city of New York: a phoenix rising from the ashes more beautiful than ever, after the mortal wound from the 11/XNUMX attack.

Just as symbolic it is also its height, 1776 feet, like the year the Declaration of Independence was signed.



Built right at Ground Zero, in Downtown Manhattan, where the Twin Towers once stood, this huge skyscraper has become the tallest building, not just in New York City, but in the Western Hemisphere.

Since 2015, the year in which the One World Observatory, the One World Trade Center has become another very popular point from which to observe the city, along with theEmpire State Building and Top of the Rock.

Index

  • One World Trade Center o Freedom Tower?
  • Main data of the One World Trade Center
  • What to see during the visit
  • When to visit it?
  • Opening time
  • Observatory tickets
  • Are tickets included in the New York Pass?
  • How to reach us
  • Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and One World Trade Center - which is the best of the three?
  • Full video visit to One WTC

One World Trade Center o Freedom Tower?

As we have said, everything in this skyscraper represents a symbol. Including his name. Since its design, the building has had a precise name, with a high symbolic value: Freedom tower. Too bad, however, that the ideal collided with reality, and that those who designed it realized that the name clashed with the commercial vocation of the building, which therefore changed its name to One World Trade Center.



Within a few years, this first symbol of the Financial District's rebirth was joined by other skyscrapers, also headquarters of important companies (Condè Nast occupies a good chunk of the offices inside the One World Trade Center), which were called, without much imagination, 2 World Trade Center, 3 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center and 7 World Trade Center.

Main data of the One World Trade Center

  • Year of inauguration: 2014
  • Height: 1776 feet (541 meters)
  • Number of floors: 104 (plus 5 underground floors)
  • Number of lifts: 71
  • Ticket price: $ 28 for adults (discounted), $ 28 for children ages 6-12 (discounted)
  • Number of restaurants: 1
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What to see during the visit

The One World Trade Center is a building that houses hundreds of offices. The only area open to the public is that of the One World Observatory, which occupies the 100, 101 and 102 floors of the skyscraper, and from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city of New York.

The visit to the One World Observatory consists of a self-guided tour of the duration about 45 minutes, which ends on the top floors of the building, where the observatory is located: admiring the view from the tallest skyscraper in New York is an experience that is not easily forgotten!


Global Welcome Center

After passing through the security checks, you will find yourself inside the Global Welcome Center, on the first floor, which houses a giant video - wall where the images are constantly changing and where you will receive a welcome in 10 different languages, before starting the path that will lead you to the 102nd floor.


Voices

Path that starts from Voices, always on the first floor, where you will be told the story of One World Trade Center directly from the voice of the people who contributed to its birth.

foundations

Continuing you encounter Foundations, a catwalk that it passes through the rocks and foundations that support this building and the entire city.

The elevators: Sky Pod

Eventually you will find yourself in front of the entrance to the Sky Pod elevators, which are among the fastest in the world. These ultra-fast elevators contain screens that will show you a 60 second timelapse video in which the history of the city is illustrated, from the birth of a small village to its progressive evolution into a large metropolis.

See Forever Theater

Once you reach the 102nd floor (the ascent takes less than 60 seconds) you will enter the “See Forever Theater”, where a series of screens will welcome you and show you a video with the panorama of the city. At the end of the video, the screens will rise to give way to the incredible view over the city.


After admiring the view, you will descend to the 101st floor, where the bar and restaurant, ONE, are located, and then, again at 100 °, which from its Main Observatory offers a fantastic 360 ° view of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the New Jersey.

Sky Pulse

Also on the 100th floor there is Sky Pulse, which is not particularly recommended for those suffering from vertigo. The special transparent floor, in fact, lets you see what happens in the street below, which is located 100 floors below. Also located here is the City Pulse, a special “skyline concierge” that will tell you something more about the attractions and neighborhoods that you can admire from the top of the Freedom Tower.


When to visit it?

Since the ticket for the One World Observatory is not exactly the cheapest, it is good to visit it at a time when you can fully enjoy the wonderful view it offers.

You don't have to take into account only the good weather, however, but also the time of day when you will visit it. In the morning, for example, some reflection forms on the glass in the southern part, and you may have difficulty taking pictures.

Il ideal time to visit is in the evening, just before sunset (there are several sites where you can check what time the sun rises and sets in New York), so you can see the city illuminated by the sun, by the light of the sunset, and then immersed in the darkness of the night, when the buildings and streets shine with thousands of lights.

To make sure you don't miss the show, try to arrive at least an hour (or even an hour and a half) before sunset; you have to take into account, in fact, the time it takes to go through the introductory path.

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Opening time

The Freedom Tower One World Observatory observes the following times

Ordinary time

From 9:00 to 20:00, 7 days a week *
* Tickets can be purchased until 19pm

Summer Schedule

From April 1st to May 4th - from 9:00 to 21:00 *
* Tickets can be purchased until 20pm

From 5 May to 4 September - from 9:00 to 22:00 *
* Tickets can be purchased until 21pm

The ticket office opens at 9:00
11 September
From 16: 00 20 to: 00

Observatory tickets

In order to visit the One World Trade Center you must first purchase the entrance ticket, which costs from 28 dollars.
Ordinary ticket

  • Adults (13 to 64) - $ 28 (discounted)
  • Senior (over 65) $ 28 (discounted)
  • Children (6 to 12 years old) $ 28
  • Children up to 5 years enter for free

Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

What does the ticket include?

  • Access to all three floors of the One World Observatory (levels 100, 101 and 102)
  • Ascent with Sky Pod lift, among the fastest in the world
  • Watch the film about New York in the SEE FOREVER Theater
  • 360 ° panoramic views of the iconic Manhattan Skyline and the rest of the city
  • Accesso a City Pulse, One World Observatory e Sky Portal
  • Access to restaurants, including the exclusive ONE restaurant (meals not included)

Priority access tickets with VIP treatment

All these tickets, which offer additional services compared to the ordinary ticket, give visitors the opportunity to directly access the One World Observatory, skipping the introductory path and the entrance line, through a separate access (not recommended if it is yours. first visit to the Freedom Tower).

Priority Access & Express Admission – $54

The ticket that allows priority access to the One World Trade Center offers the possibility, to those who have chosen a specific date and time of entry, to enjoy a VIP treatment.

What does it include?

  • VIP entrance, without queuing to enter
  • Access to the One World Observatory

Day Flex Prority Admission – $65

With this ticket you will have the opportunity to visit the One World Observatory on a set date, but without a fixed time (service available from Monday to Friday).

What does it include?

Access in any time slot during the opening hours of a set day

VIP entrance

Access to the One World Observatory

What it does

With this ticket you have the opportunity to visit the One World Observatory at any time on a fixed weekday and skip the line at the entrance.

Weekend Flex Priority Admission – $90

With this ticket, as with the Day and Weekday Flex Priority Admission, you have the opportunity to visit the One World Observatory at any time on a pre-established public holiday and to skip the line at the entrance.

What does it include?

Access in any time slot on a Saturday or Sunday during opening hours

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Additional packages

With the additional packages, paying a small surcharge, you will have the opportunity to enjoy extra services.
One World Explorer - $ 15 plus ticket price: This package offers additional interactive content and can be purchased both online and at the ticket office.

SEE FOREVER Imaging – $29,99 plus the cost of the ticket: this package allows you to immortalize and immediately share your experience. It can be purchased online, at the ticket office and at SEE FOREVER Imaging.
What does it include?
1 6 × 8 photo with personalized photo frame
2 digital downloads of images
a set of 4 passport photos
All ticket and package prices include taxes

Where to buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online at a discounted price at the One World Trade Center ticket office (full price).

The best solution, to avoid long waits at the ticket office, risking to run out of tickets, is to make the purchase online.

What if i'm late?

If you have purchased a ordinary time ticket and you do not arrive within the scheduled time, you could risk losing your visit and ticket money, unless the ticket office has another time available, therefore it is advisable to arrive on site at least one hour before the scheduled time for visit.

Are tickets included in the New York Pass?

The entrance to One World Trade Center is included in the rich offer of three Passes very popular:

  • Sightseeing Day Pass;
  • Sightseeing Flex Pass;
  • Freestyle Pass.
New York Pass

How to reach us

The One World Trade Center is located in the heart of downtown Manhattan, and is easily accessible by public transport. Let's see how we get there.

Metro

There are 5 Metro stations from which you can reach the One World Trade Center:

  • Fulton Street / Broadway - Nassau Station, is served by lines A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5. If you get off here, you must exit on Fulton Street and continue west towards Church Street;
  • Park Place, is served by lines 2 and 3. If you get off at this station, you must choose the exit that leads to Church Street;
  • World Trade Center Station, is served by the E line and has an exit that gives directly onto Church Street;
  • Rector or Cortland Street Station, is served by the E line. If you get off here, exit at the intersection of Church and Cortland Street and go north on Church Street for three blocks;
  • Rector Street, is served by Line 1. If you get off at this stop, exit onto Greenwich Street and continue onto Liberty Street.

Ticket office and entrance

The One World Trade Center is located in the north-east corner of the World Trade Center, at number 285 Fulton Street, but the entrance for those who must go to the One World Observatory is the one facing West Street, at the intersection with Versey Street.

Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and One World Trade Center - which is the best of the three?

A metropolis as big as New York certainly couldn't have a single famous observatory.

Long before the construction of the Twin Towers, there were two buildings in New York that vied for the primacy of the most important observatory in the city: the GE Building of the Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, which for decades was the building. tallest in the world.

Both Art Deco-style, these two buildings, while they can't compete with the One World Trade Center in height, can certainly do so with regards to views of the surrounding city.

For anyone visiting New York, it can be difficult to choose between one of the observation platforms on the buildings, because each offers something that the others do not have.

Surely, the Empire State Building is a great classic for those visiting the city for the first time and, despite having lost its primacy, it continues to give visitors a breathtaking view of the city, as well as striking the eye with its classic style.

Top of the Rock, the observation deck of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center, is also a very popular destination with tourists.

From its height of 259 meters you can enjoy a magnificent view of the skyline of the city, which also includes the famous Empire State Building and Central Park.

Particularly popular during the Christmas period, when you have the opportunity to admire the imposing Christmas tree of Rockefeller Center, the Top of the Rock, allowing access to a limited number of people, offers visitors much less crowded tours than to those of the other two skyscrapers.

We conclude with the One World Trade Center and its One World Observatory: it is the most modern of the three, it is able to offer a truly unique interactive experience, as well as spectacular views, and is located in a place that has become a real symbol for the city.

What is the best? It is difficult to say, because each has characteristics that make it unique.
If you are visiting New York for the first time, you absolutely cannot skip the visit to the Empire State Building, which is a true icon of the city.

The One World Observatory, however, is also a great vantage point and is certainly worth a visit.

As for the Top of the Rock, maybe keep it in store for when you visit New York at Christmas, so you can admire the most famous Christmas tree in the city.

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