Groups can see New York City’s landmarks from new heights at One World Observatory, set atop One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Offering 360-degree views of the New York City skyline from the highest vantage point in the city, One World Observatory is a group itinerary favorite.
“One World Observatory is a light-hearted and uplifting compliment to any downtown itinerary,” said Blaine McCurry, director of marketing, sales & sponsorship at One World Observatory. “Many groups will visit the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum prior to visiting the observatory, where they can then see these landmarks and all of downtown’s sights from over 100 stories above the streets. The observatory offers educational opportunities to learn more about the history of lower Manhattan from a team of Tour Ambassadors, who are registered tour guides with New York City.”
Upon arrival, guests are treated to interactive multimedia presentations highlighting the history, places and people of New York. Their journey to the top starts in the SkyPod™ Elevators, which travel 102 stories in just 47 seconds. During that short time, visitors see the transformation of New York City from unsettled lands to today’s forest of skyscrapers. From there, guests enter the See Forever™ Theater, which shares the sights and sounds of the city before revealing a first glimpse of the spectacular skyline.
Groups are encouraged to take in an ambassador-led presentation at City Pulse, where interactive presentations connect visitors with famous landmarks and neighborhoods while covering a range of topics including history and culture.
“Most of the observatory’s visitors comment on the unique elevator experience, engaging tour guides and panoramic views where visitors can see up to 45 miles in all directions on a clear day,” McCurry said. “We hope groups walk away from the experience with a new perspective and having learned at least one new thing about the great city of New York.”
A typical visit to One World Observatory lasts 60 to 75 minutes. Groups of all sizes can be accommodated and receive discounted rates.
“The observatory strives to make group visits as seamless as possible,” McCurry said. “A dedicated account representative ensures all needs are met prior to the visit so arrival is fast and easy. Groups are offered discounted general admission tickets, or they can upgrade to a selection of premium ticket offers that include digital tour guides, vouchers for retail or food and beverage, and happy hours to name a few. The observatory’s Tour Ambassadors host pop-up presentations throughout the day that cover a range of topics related to NYC history, architecture, culture and more.”
The observatory features a full-service restaurant with a handcrafted menu of local favorites and a bar where guests can enjoy a drink above the clouds. There’s also a cafe for grab ’n’ go food and beverages. All food and beverage amenities are located on floor 101.