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New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

1. New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

Ascend via SkyPod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than 47 seconds at 28 mph. SkyPod provides a virtual time-lapse visual experience showing how New York City has changed from the 1500s. Skip the ticket line and even opt to also skip the elevator line. At the observatory, elevate your senses as you take in the iconic sights, surrounding waters, and panoramas of the Manhattan skyline and beyond. Then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit while taking in the stunning views.  Engage with City Pulse and One World Observatory's global ambassadors as they share stories of this amazing city. Step onto the expansive Sky Portal and take a walk high above the streets of New York. Dine or drink at the café, bar, or restaurant. Upgrade to Combination or All-Inclusive Tickets and enjoy skip-the-line access to the elevators. Access expedited security via the priority security line. The Digital Skyline Guide, an interactive, virtual reality iPad guide to New York City, is also included. 

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New York City: 9/11 Tour, Memorial, Museum & Observatory

2. New York City: 9/11 Tour, Memorial, Museum & Observatory

Remember the terrible events of 11 September 2001 on a 9/11 walking tour, and journey through the former World Trade Center in New York. Guided by New Yorkers with a personal connection to 9/11, the tour includes personal anecdotes and touching stories of tragedy and heroism. Meet at St. Paul's Chapel to see the church that miraculously survived the falling buildings and debris, despite being only a block away from the World Trade Center. It became a makeshift rescue center in the aftermath and its iron fence became a bulletin board where family members posted notices of their missing loved ones. Hear heroic stories of the emergency responders at the Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Wall, and see the Engine and Ladder Company 10/10, the fire station at Ground Zero. Finally, enter the 9/11 Memorial, where you can pay your respects to those who lost their lives. See the Reflecting Absence Memorial, the largest man-made waterfall inside the 9/11 Memorial, symbolizing the vast void left by the tragedy. Look at the names of the nearly 3,000 victims placed around the waterfall next to their friends, family members, and colleagues. See the new Freedom Towers and World Trade Center rising from the ground. Stay as long as you wish at this beautiful 8-acre oasis. The following are provided if you have selected the All Access option. Your guide will then provide you with timed entry tickets at the 9/11 Museum and One World Observatory. The museum entry time can vary depending on availability. Get a preview of the museum to optimize your time inside. Once inside, you are free to explore at your own pace. See artifacts from the events of 9/11, and hear recordings from people who were there on the day. Next, take a 5-minute stroll to the Observatory to marvel at its engineering and architecture. Start in the lobby of Freedom Tower with the "Voices" documentary dedicated to the men and women of the World Trade Towers and new One World Trade Center. Then take the "Sky Pod" elevator, and ascend 1,250 feet in 60 seconds. Once on the 102nd floor, go to the See Forever Theater, before descending to the 100th floor to access the main observation deck. Enjoy immersive LED displays, interactive touch screen videos, and dining options. The main draw however is the breathtaking view of the New York skyline stretching across Manhattan.

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New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

3. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 45% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Choices include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, NY Waterways Tours, MoMA, and many more! There's no need to decide in advance, and you can take up to 60 days after using the pass to make your first visit. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can select include:  MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES• American Museum of Natural History• The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • The MET Museum• 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• The Met Cloisters• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Ice Cream• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York EXPERIENCES• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• Edge• One World Observatory• The Vessel at Hudson Yards• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• The Downtown Experience by The RIDE• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• Queens Experience On Foot• RiseNY• Perfect Picnic• Masters of the Camera NYC Rooftop Photoshoot• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality TOURS• 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour• Central Park Walking Tour• Night Tour by Big Bus New York• Yankee Stadium Tour• The TOUR• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Madison Square Garden: All Access Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (choice of 1 tour)• Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• City Rambler: Walk Through History Tour• A Walk in the Park Tour by City Rambler• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour FOOD AND DRINK• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion CRUISES• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• 1929 Shearwater at North Cove: Daytime Statue Sail or City Lights Sail (seasonal)• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 45% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences.

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New York: 9/11 Tour with Museum and Observatory Tickets

4. New York: 9/11 Tour with Museum and Observatory Tickets

Celebrate the actions of the heroes and survivors of Stairwell B on a guided tour of the World Trade Center Complex. Follow the path taken by first responders and learn how they withstood the collapse of the 110-story tower while still inside it. Through photos and memoirs, the tour chronicles the events of 9/11, from the bravery of New York City’s firefighters to the Angel of Stairwell B and the 9/11 Surfer. The guided tour ends at Memorial Plaza, where you’ll learn how the new World Trade Center Complex was designed and constructed. Then visit the National 9/11 Memorial Museum on your own. Discover artifacts found in the wreckage of the former Twin Towers, the first responding vehicles, and the planes that hit the towers.  Continue your self-guided visit by exploring the One World Observatory. Take the 47-second elevator ride up to the observation deck and watch the transformation of Manhattan on the elevator’s HD monitors. Gaze at the grand view from the deck, which on a clear day allows you to view up to 4 different states. 

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NYC: Statue of Liberty, Edge & Ground Zero VIP Tour

5. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Edge & Ground Zero VIP Tour

The Big Apple has a lot to offer. Experience the best of the city on a VIP tour with tickets to Edge Observation Deck, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island included.   Start your day by exploring Midtown with your expert local guide. Walk by famous NYC landmarks such as Bryant Park, 42nd Street, 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and Hudson Yards. See the city from above with your entry ticket to NYC's newest observation deck, Edge. Your guide will then take you on the subway down to World Trade Center where you will have an opportunity to pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial Pools and learn about the events of September 11, 2001. Your tour will end at the entrance to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island ferry where you will be escorted to the security checkpoint. Your guide will give you an orientation of Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. You’ll receive a detailed explanation about where to pick up your self-guided audio tours that are available in 13 languages. Take your time and explore these islands at your own pace. When you’re ready, hop back on the ferry to return to Lower Manhattan and enjoy the rest of your afternoon in New York City.

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9/11 Memorial Tour with Optional One World Observatory Entry

6. 9/11 Memorial Tour with Optional One World Observatory Entry

Pay your respects to the heroes of 9/11 with a visit to St. Paul's Chapel, where emergency rescue centers were set up immediately after the September 11 attacks.  Pause to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial Pools, built on the site of the former World Trade Center and see the names of the 2,983 men, women and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. Learn about Freedom Tower at the heart of the rebuilt complex. Then, skip the ticket lines to the One World Observatory and take the Sky Pod elevator to the 102nd floor in 60 seconds. Get breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building and more.

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NYC: One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour

7. NYC: One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour

Your 2-hour tour begins at St. Peter’s Church, where families and friends came to pray, offer support, and await news in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. See the hand-drawn cards and memorials, personal memorabilia, and photographs that are still hanging here. Continue on to sites you may have missed if you were visiting on your own. With a local guide leading the way, you’ll see special spots away from the major landmarks. At the 9/11 Memorial, your guide will show you the Twin Reflecting Pools, built in the footprints of the World Trade Center and engraved with the names of every victim. Hear about the staff who place a single rose on the name of each victim on their birthday. Visit the Fireman’s Memorial to pay tribute to those brave men and women who worked around the clock after the attacks. See the Survivor’s Tree, a single tree which miraculously survived the attacks and was nursed back to health by New Yorkers, as a symbol of their enduring strength. The highlight of your tour comes at the end with a visit to the brand new One World Observatory. With pre-reserved tickets your visit is guaranteed regardless of the how large the crowds are. There’s not much explanation needed here so your guide will leave you for an independent visit. Inside the lobby, you’ll find videos about the production of this incredible structure and of the men and women who built it. After the visit you’ll board a skypod for a trip through time and space. Created in association with Universal Studios, the special skypod elevators are covered inside with LCD screens, on which you will watch the changing face of New York from the 1600s to today while ascending 102 floors in just 42 seconds. Disembark at the top of 1 World Tower for incredible panoramic views over the city.

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New York City: The Sightseeing FLEX Pass

8. New York City: The Sightseeing FLEX Pass

Take a bite out of the Big Apple! Pull up your Sightseeing Flex Pass on your phone and enjoy cash-free access to over 100 experiences, destinations, museums, and tours, including some of the city’s most popular attractions like the Top of the Rock Observatory, the Statue of Liberty, MoMA, the New York Aquarium, and more. Simplify and save, as you can tailor your trip to New York City to fit your ideal itinerary with the easy-to-use Sightseeing Flex Pass. With the option to select 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, or 12 attractions, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most, saving up to 65% and with no fixed start date. This pass is recommended for visitors with limited time for sightseeing and want to visit only a few most popular attractions. Get out and explore to get an authentic taste of New York City from the streets on one of the many walking or biking tours. See the internationally renowned skyline up close with access to five bus tours or take it all in from the harbor on a ferry tour. Sightseeing Flex Pass holders also have access to the Hop-On, Hop-Off Uptown and Downtown Bus Loops, valid for 72 hours. Take advantage of the Fast Track Access with participating attractions to skip the line. New York Top Destinations: • One World Observatory (Sightseeing Pass Exclusive) • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island • The Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Day Pass  • Central Park Zoo  • National 9/11 Memorial and Museum  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • Top of the Rock Observatory  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours by Gray Line CitySightseeing (valid for 72hrs) • Whitney Museum of American Art • Empire State Building Experiences: • Ground Zero Museum Workshop: 100 Images & Artifacts Tour  • Macy's Historical Tour  • Madison Square Garden Tour  • TimeLooper - Virtual Reality Experience • Wollman Rink - Ice Skating In Central Park (seasonal) Attractions:  • Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine • Edge • Escape Game New York • Escape Virtuality • Vessel • 9/11 Tribute Center  • Brooklyn Botanical Gardens • Luna Park Coney Island • Madame Tussauds NYC • New York Aquarium • New York Botanical Gardens • Ripley's Believe it or Not! • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden • SPYSCAPE • The Auschwitz Exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage Museums:  • American Museum of Natural History • Brooklyn Historical Society  • El Museo Del Barrio  • Fraunces Tavern® Museum  • International Center of Photography • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (includes skip-the-line access)  • MoMA PS1 • Museum at Eldridge Street • Museum of Jewish Heritage • Museum of the City of New York • National Lighthouse Museum • New York Historical Society Museum and Library • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  • Staten Island Museum and Children’s Museum • The Met Cloisters  • The Skyscraper Museum • Brooklyn Children's Museum • South Street Seaport Museum Bus Tours:  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Uptown and Downtown Bus Tours • Hop-On, Hop-Off Brooklyn Bus Tour • Best of Manhattan Tour (6-hour escorted bus tour) • Night Bus Tour • On Location Tours - When Harry Met Seinfield Bus Tour  • On Location Tours - Central Park TV and Movie Sites  • The Downtown Experience • The Tour • Big Bus NY Classic Tour • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Bus (with discount booklet) • Go Airlink Airport Shuttle (outbound) Cruises:  • City Sightseeing/Hornblower New York Hop-on Hop-off Ferry Tour • Manhattan By Sail – Easy Like Sunday Morning Brunch Cruise • Shearwater - Manhattan by Sail  • Clipper City Daytime Statue Sail – Manhattan by Sail  • Clipper City Jazz Cruise – Manhattan by Sail  • Hornblower Cruise Live After Five • RIBNewYork High Speed Harbor Tour  Walking and Bike Tours:  • Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour • Brooklyn Unplugged Tours  • Fancy Apple Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental • Food on Foot  • Hush Tours  • Inside Out Tours  • NewYorkTour1  • Wall Street Walks  • Central Park Bike Rental • The St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tour • Manhattan and Beyond Central Park Walking Tour • Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn • Hamilton Happy Hour Tour • NYC Fashion Window Walking Tour • Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion • Scavenger Hunts - New York

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New York: Full-Day Walking Tour with Observatory Entry

9. New York: Full-Day Walking Tour with Observatory Entry

Welcome to New York, the city that never sleeps! Get a real feel for the city as you take to its streets and subways with a local guide and experience what Manhattan has to offer. Your full-day tour begins when you meet your guide in Times Square, at the statue of renowned lyricist and composer George M. Cohan. Hear about the history of Times Square and learn how a horse trading market became the most famous intersection in the world. Head out along New York’s Theater District, which for a hundred years has been the center of the world for actors, playwrights, and artists from around the globe. Visit 30 Rockefeller Center and continue east to Fifth Avenue, the world's most expensive street, lined with elegant storefronts such as Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. Stop to admire Patrick’s Cathedral, the New York Public Library, and the Chrysler Building before stepping beneath the arching dome of Grand Central, where you’ll have lunch. After lunch you’ll hop on the subway like a true New Yorker and head downtown to Wall Street, where you can rub the nose of the Wall Street Bull for good luck! Walk through the financial capital of the world and head to Battery Park, where the ferry awaits to show you the Statue of Liberty. The Staten Island ferry will not stop on Liberty Island, but will sail past it for a view of Lady Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline. Upon returning, your guide will take you to visit the 9/11 Memorial. At the conclusion of your tour you will be admitted to The Observatory at the One World Trade Center Tower (also know as "Freedom Tower"). This panoramic observation deck is a marvel of engineering and architecture. The program begins in the lobby of the Freedom Tower with "Voices" - a film dedicated to the men and women of the World Trade Towers and the new One World Trade Center. You will then take the "Sky Pod" elevator, which rises 1,250 feet in the air in 60 seconds. The Observation Deck begins on the 102nd floor with the See Forever Theater and moves down to the 100th floor, where the main observation deck is situated. Immersive LED displays, interactive touch screen video, and dining options mean there's plenty to do, but the true draw is the view - hundreds of feet above even the impressive New York Skyline stretching across all of Manhattan. The Itinerary Times Square Broadway Theater District Rockefeller Center St. Patrick’s Cathedral Fifth Ave Shops New York Public Library Chrysler Building Grand Central Terminal New York City Subway Charging Bull Alexander Hamilton Customs House Canyon of Heroes/Ticker Tape Parade Route Brooklyn Bridge Statue of Liberty and NYC Skyline via Staten Island Ferry Trinity Church National 9/11 Memorial Wall Street New York Stock Exchange Federal Hall One World Observatory (ticket included)

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NYC: Statue of Liberty Cruise with Attraction Ticket Options

10. NYC: Statue of Liberty Cruise with Attraction Ticket Options

Get within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty and sail under the Brooklyn Bridge on an amazing 1-hour cruise of New York Harbor. Journey along the river to see the sights of Manhattan from a different perspective and marvel at landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, Manhattan Bridge and Governor's Island from the water. Enjoy stunning views of the Statue of Liberty as you cruise up close to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Listen to a fascinating commentary from an English-speaking guide or download an audio tour by app, available in English, Italian, German, Spanish, French, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. Purchase food and drinks from the onboard concession stand and avail of both the indoor and outdoor seating.  Choose to visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with round-trip ferry tickets, the One World Observatory or the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, where the pre-booked entrance will save hours of waiting in line at these popular monuments.

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What people are saying about One World Observatory

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,119 reviews

Would thoroughly recommend this trip, certainly worth doing rather than just the memorial and museum. Eric, our guide took us around the area, explaining history, adding anecdotes and bringing it all to life. He was a fantastic guide and reallly connected with the group. The museum is an amazingly powerful experience too. There was zero visibility at the top of the Freedom Tower but the lady at the kiosk readily moved our slot to another day so we won't miss out. All in all, an excellent day.

Julie shared her personal experience of what occurred on 9/11, a vivid picture of the terrible destruction contrasted with the courage and kindness of so many. She included some history of the surrounding structures and information about new structures that have been built since 9/11. This tour was a very memorable experience.

Julie was EXCELLENT and super informative! The fact that she is a survivor of 9/11 was especially poignant. We would highly recommend Julie and this tour!

Lindsay was an absolutely fantastic host. She really knows her stuff! The tour was fun, informative and everything went smoothly.

Everything worked as the details in the document we got. I highly recommend it so we can save a good amount of money!