There are a million things to experience in New York City but only one way to truly see them all. Start by hopping a Sky Pod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. There, 102 stories up, find yourself facing New York’s iconic skyline. Walk the three sprawling levels of the Observatory; drop into the café and grab a bite to eat; step onto the Sky Portal and stroll high above the crowded streets; take an interactive guided tour of the City with the help of a Tour Ambassador; and stop by the One Mix bar.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best times to visit? Anytime, though you’ll have more space to yourself early in the morning and later in the afternoon. Views of the City at sunset are breathtaking.
How long is a typical visit? As long as you like. Most visitors spend an hour or two taking in the views. Note: there are three restaurants on the 101st floor, one of which offers snacks and lighter fare.
What are priority tickets? These grant you VIP entry, allowing you to skip the general admission line. This typically means a few extra minutes of “alone” time in the observatory before the crowds rush in.
Does it take a while for the elevators to reach the observation deck? No—they’re express. Each of the building’s five Sky Pod elevators makes the trip in less than 60 seconds. They also display an animated time-lapse video that shows NYC’s development from the 16th century to today.