With the best panoramic view in New York City, and a romantic bird’s-eye view from the highest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Observatory at the top of One World Trade Center is also a great place to spend the day. You will learn about the building and how it fits in NYC, and even hit up the fine-dining establishment for a meal in the clouds.
When you arrive, you enter through a tunnel and watch the Voices videos, where you see the faces of the people who built the new World Trade Center building and hear their stories, which make you even more inspired to be here. You get a little dreamy when you hear that when the structure was being built, the frame reached so high into the sky that clouds floated through it. You walk through a granite bedrock area, similar to the foundation that grounds the World Trade Center. At that point, it’s onto the sky pod, a high-speed elevator that takes you to the One World Observatory, 100 floors up.
At the top, you enter the See Forever theater for a two-minute film presentation about New York City. You hold your breath as the screen rises, giving you a stunning glimpse of the skyline from 1,250 feet up. Next, you move to the 101st floor, and snap some souvenir photos with the One World Observatory background of your choice. If you’re hungry, this is a great time to get a bite to eat, and you can from three different restaurants, all with magnificent views. The casual One Café offers snacks like yogurt, New York pretzels, baked goods, salads, and sandwiches. At One Mix, you can order cocktails and small plates. But at sunset, you know a view doesn’t get more romantic than this, and you’re only imagining that glass of wine and dinner overlooking the sparkling lights. One Dine is your choice for the night because its the premier restaurant in the building. With a seasonally inspired menu that is only matched by the high-level of service, this is a place to get wined and dined, while you stare out at the city around you. You’ve never quite seen the city like this, and you wonder how many times New York can surprise you.