Can you imagine having the ability to see the entire city at one time? Well, your imagination will be reality if you plan to visit the One World Trade Center’s Observatory. It offers panoramic views of New York from 1,250 feet in the air.This building, one of the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, was completed in April 2014. It recently opened to the public this past May. From September 2015 to May 2016 the observatory is open seven days a week from 9:00 am till 8:00 pm. A general admission ticket for adults (13-64) cost $32, $26 for children and $30 for seniors.
“Bring along your best friend, mom, dad, or your significant other; someone whom you would want to enjoy the view with. Come during the day and stay till night to see the buildings and bridges light up. Be sure to come 15 minutes prior to your ticket time if you buy the tickets online,” Matthew Johnson recommended.
The phenomenal experience begins on the ground floor called the Global Welcome Center where they welcome visitors of different countries in several languages. In addition, they show a short program, Voices, in which people who built the One World Center tell their personal stories of it’s development . Next, the Sky Pod elevator , brings guests to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds. Within the elevator, it displays a virtual time-lapse recreating the development New York’s skyline from the 1500s to 2015. After the Sky Pod, guest are escorted to the See Forever Theater to see a two-minute video presentation of New York City. The Discovery Level, the 100 floor, gives you a 360 view of the city. It’s sky portal displays footage of the streets of Manhattan. Lastly, on the 101st floor visitors can dine at the restaurant.
“This is the first time I have came to New York, and I must say seeing this breathtaking view, from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty, has not only made the experience worth the cost of the ticket, but has made my vacation to New York worth it, ” Vanessa Rodriguez said.