One World Trade Center
285 Fulton Street (entrance at West & Vesey Sts.)
New York, NY 10007
(844) 696-1776 | oneworldobservatory.com | map
Nearest subway station: E @ World Trade Ctr.
Nearest elevator subway station: 1-2-3 @ Chambers St.
Focus: New York City. The pinnacle of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere offers 360º views of the city in a slick, high tech setting.
Appealing to kids: Waiting to enter the Observatory is not unlike waiting for a ride at Disneyworld: there is something to be seen or watched at every turn, and most elements are dazzling enough to impress young children. Upon entry visitors walk through a darkened pathway; my kids raced through the hallway showing the video about the people who built OWTC, but they ooh-ed and aah-ed as we walked through the subsequent portion with the exposed bedrock. The Sky Pod elevators zoom up to the 102nd floor in a smooth 45 seconds, as floor-to-ceiling screens show the morphing of NYC from the 1500s to present day. Step into another room for yet another (very loud) video montage of modern NYC, after which the screens lift finally to reveal the stunning view. Once in the Observatory there is a lot of space to walk around and experience a few more high tech elements. The Sky Portal is a circular disc that beams real-time footage of the street traffic below. And for $15, the One World Explorer iPad takes you on a simulated helicopter tour of the city, identifying buildings and landmarks and providing a historical guide for some 40 special sights.
Admission: Standard ticket prices are Adults $32; Seniors (65+) $30; Youth (6-12) $26; Children 5 and under Free. Additional charges for Priority Access and Flex tickets. Online ticket purchase, with timed entry, available and recommended. Currently MasterCard is offering certain credit card holders discounts on Mondays or free upgrades to Priority Access.
Stroller policy: You may bring your stroller throughout the Observatory.
Changing table: Yes.
Food & drink: There are three restaurants on the premises: ONE Café (baked goods and sandwiches), ONE Mix (cocktails and small plates), and ONE Dine (fine dining).
Other kid-friendly amenities: The Gallery sells souvenirs including select toys, puzzles, and apparel for children.