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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

    There are a million things to experience in New York City, but only one way to truly see them all. Start by skipping just the ticket line or opt to also skip the elevator line. Ascend via SkyPod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than 47 seconds. With speed topping 28 mph, these are the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere. While ascending, SkyPod provides a virtual time-lapse visual experience showing how the view of New York City has changed from the 1500s to today.  Once up at the Observatory, 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 ...

    I would highly recommend it. I enjoyed the views tremendously. And the elevator ride up was quick. And I ate lunch at the restaurant there. And saw the presentation. I enjoyed it.

  • 9/11 Tour & All Access: 9/11 Memorial, Museum & Observatory

    2. 9/11 Tour & All Access: 9/11 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 Mem...

    Excellent guide, he was great. We saw a lot more than we could have on our own, Everything was so interesting and well guided. We were disappointed that the tower portion of the tour was cancelled but that was beyond the tour’s control an we were exhausted anyway so that was no real problem. I would do this tour anytime and would strongly recommend It to anyone.

  • 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 ...

    With the New York Explorer pass, we selected the 7 most important sights. Then I started planning the days. I got to know the subway and bus transportation in New York and planned where and how to go. Now I’m nearing the end and enjoying it more and more. I’ve been to the U.S. several times, but I’ve avoided big cities by far so far. However, I was in almost every National Park. I think we will enjoy that too.

  • New York: Full-Day Walking Tour with Observatory Entry

    4. 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 dom...

    Our tour guide was Jenn. She was amazing! I was in a wheelchair presenting special challenges to Jenn. She was able to make it so my husband and I were able to enjoy the whole tour and not miss anything. Her knowledge, respect, and love for New York shine through and made the tour so interesting. Her ability to answer any question we threw at her was incredible. The best thing besides the beauty of New York was her ability to make our group a little family. The 6 of us left with info about each other and new friendships including our new friendship with Jenn. I highly recommend this tour and I definitely recommend asking for Jenn as your guide. From Cathy Siegmund

  • New York City: 9/11 Memorial Tour

    5. New York City: 9/11 Memorial Tour

    These special 90-minute tours of the 9/11 Memorial are guided by New Yorkers who have a personal connection to that tragic day. Hear their personal stories and the touching recounts of tragedy and heroism of many other everyday citizens. The tour begins at St. Paul's Chapel, the oldest public building in New York City in continuous use. This church miraculously survived the falling buildings and debris from the 9/11 attacks despite it being only a block away. It became a makeshift rescue center during the aftermath and its iron fence became a bulletin board where family members posted notices of their missing loved ones. Today, with the mementos received from people around the world, the church serves as a tribute site. You’ll hear about the heroic emergency responders at the Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Wall, and see Engine and Ladder Company 10/10, the fire station at Ground Zero. En...

    Guide gave information you would never know if you went on your own. The stories and details of 911 were so engaging.

  • New York City: The Sightseeing FLEX Pass

    6. 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 ...

    Other than a lot of Covid impacts to the individual attractions, this pass is a good value. It IS a bit confusing up front and some of the timed attractions did not allow you to book the times in advance. But overall, we had no issues... and the attractions were all familiar with the pass and accepted it without much issue. We were very satisfied with our choice of this as opposed to purchasing individual tickets.

  • 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 attack...

    Our guide Katherine was outstanding. She shared her personal story and really made it very memorable!

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

    8. 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 d...

  • New York City: The Sightseeing DAY Pass

    9. New York City: The Sightseeing DAY Pass

    Take a bite out of the Big Apple with the Sightseeing Day Pass, with access to over 100 experiences, destinations, museums, and tours to choose from. This includes some of the city’s most popular attractions like Top of the Rock Observatory, the Statue of Liberty, MoMA, the New York Aquarium and more! Simplify and save! With the option to select 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most, saving up to 65% and no fixed start date. The easy-to-use Sightseeing Day Pass is a perfect choice for first time visitors who are excited to see all of New York City and who plan to use the Pass at more than 10 attractions across the five Boroughs.  Get out and hit the streets! See the internationally renowned New York City skyline up close with access to five immersive bus tours or take it all in from the harbor on a ferry tour. Get an authentic...

    A lot of places are not open or have limited capacity so you need to make a reservation ahead of time. Disappointed that the hop on hop off busses were not available and the only pick up spot for the Big Bus was Times Square so we missed out using the bus to get around. Otherwise a good deal and you get to see a lot of NY!

  • 9/11 Memorial Tour with Optional One World Observatory Entry

    10. 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.

    Had a wonderful time with Bonnie. She was a delightful guide and made our trip fun and informative. I would recommend her to anyone!

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What people are saying about One World Observatory

Our tour guide was Jenn. She was amazing! I was in a wheelchair presenting special challenges to Jenn. She was able to make it so my husband and I were able to enjoy the whole tour and not miss anything. Her knowledge, respect, and love for New York shine through and made the tour so interesting. Her ability to answer any question we threw at her was incredible. The best thing besides the beauty of New York was her ability to make our group a little family. The 6 of us left with info about each other and new friendships including our new friendship with Jenn. I highly recommend this tour and I definitely recommend asking for Jenn as your guide. From Cathy Siegmund

I would highly recommend it. I enjoyed the views tremendously. And the elevator ride up was quick. And I ate lunch at the restaurant there. And saw the presentation. I enjoyed it.

Owesome experience! Great Service and of course a breath taking views, the service in the bar great!

Staff was very pleasant, had more freedom and time, weather was very good

Very usefull as it includes the main attractions among others.