This past weekend, we were invited* to see New York City from a different perspective. We went to One World Observatory at the One World Trade Center. We moved to the East Coast just in time to watch the journey of the construction of this magnificent building from its foundation to spire. It was awe-inspiring to watch it happen over the years. The building is one we admired every time we go to the city, so now we were thrilled to have the opportunity to see it from the inside.
You can purchase your tickets for the observation deck online ahead of time, which is by far the easiest way to avoid waiting. There are only so many people allowed per half hour to keep crowds down and allowing a more enjoyable experience.
We arrived at the building on a beautiful spring day, one of the nicest we’ve had so far this year. A quick pass through security found us in a corridor made up of 144 screens that share over 48 personal stories of those that built the One World Trade Center as we headed towards the elevators to ascend to the 102nd floor of One World Observatory.
The elevator is very fast, with a video timelapse presentation of the history of the grounds of the trade center through New York history. Before you know it, you have arrived to the See Forever theatre where you watch a quick video detailing the pulse of New York City and then the screens are raised and that’s where we see the first glimpse of view from the top. From there, we are then led to the observation deck. This procession is very well-organized and quick. Once you have arrived at the top, you have the opportunity to use an iPad and app to maximize your experience.
The views are breathtaking from the top. On a clear day, you can see about 50 miles out, all the way to Princeton, New Jersey. The day we visited was very clear and you really did feel like you could see forever.
There are interactive areas on this level, as well as dining options for patrons to enjoy. We couldn’t get enough of the spectacular views and thoroughly enjoyed our visit, as we viewed the world below from the highest building in the Western Hemisphere.
*we were invited to visit, all opinions are my own.