• Soar to the peak of the western hemisphere’s tallest building
• Beat the lines and shoot to the top in one minute’s time
• 360-degrees of New York, photo ops included
Forget Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building. If you’re looking to scale new heights, One World Observatory, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, is just the ticket. This one is all about planning ahead: Even though the regular tickets are timed, there’s often a long and chaotic general-admission line. We suggest you via their website and splurge on Priority Access tickets ($54) so you can skip the line. If you decide to buy the regular tickets, you can use the PATH/Brookfield Place entrance to avoid much of the queuing at street level. We really like the idea of timing your visit for just before dusk (because we’re suckers for sunset views of New York Harbor) but you may want to go earlier in the day with kids so you can give them a bird’s-eye view of some of the sights you’ll be visiting later on. The elevator ride to the 102nd floor takes a mere 60 seconds; check out the super-cool time-lapse video of the skyline as you climb. We thought the best views (and photo ops) were from the 100th floor: 360-degree vistas of Midtown Manhattan, New York Harbor (is that Lady Liberty down there?), New Jersey, and Brooklyn too.
To get to the top of the world, or rather One World Observatory, just walk north of the North Pool at World Trade Center plaza. You can enter the building at the corner of West St. and Vesey St., or cut your wait time down by using the PATH/Brookfield Place entrance.
285 Fulton St. (entrance at the corner of West and Vesey Sts.); 844-696-1776; oneworldobservatory.com; tickets $32, $26 for ages 6-12, $30 for seniors, free for children under age 6