AAA Editor Notes
One World Observatory is at 285 Fulton St. in One World Trade Center, said to be the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building. After arriving in the Global Welcome Center, visitors can learn about those involved in the construction process and examine a replica of the bedrock which forms the foundation.
The three-floor observatory is positioned on levels 100, 101 and 102. Passengers board a Sky Pod elevator that soars to the 102nd floor in less than 60 seconds. During the ride they’ll enjoy a virtual experience showcasing the development of New York City's skyline from the 17th century to the present. Upon arrival, guests enter the See Forever Theater, where they watch a brief video capturing the city’s energy through vibrant images, ultimately witnessing the first spectacular view.
The main observatory, or Discovery Level, is housed on the 100th floor (more than 1,250 feet above the ground) and features magnificent 360-degree panoramas. This is also the location of the Sky Portal, a 14-foot circular platform that guests step upon to see real-time, street-level footage below; and City Pulse, an interactive “concierge” of sorts that provides information about Big Apple neighborhoods and landmarks.
The 101st floor primarily contains restaurants, but affords stellar views as well. During the return descent on the Sky Pod, visitors experience an animation that has them drifting downward past Lower Manhattan’s skyscrapers.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.