One World Observatory Sky Portal

The Sky Portal at the One World Observatory is a unique and captivating feature. 

Sky Portal is a circular glass disc set into the floor of the observatory deck. 

Visitors who step onto the Sky Portal can look down through it to see real-time, high-definition footage of the streets of New York City, 100 stories directly below.

This innovative installation provides a thrilling perspective as if standing above the city. 

This article provides more information about the One World Observatory Sky Portal. 

Views from the One World Observatory Sky Portal

The One World Observatory’s Sky Portal is a 4.2-meter (14 feet) wide circular glass disc that offers a unique perspective.

It showcases real-time, high-definition views of the streets 100 stories below. 

The Sky Portal appears to be suspended over the streets, similar to the Ledge at Skydeck Chicago. 

Visitors can walk on the beams and feel a sense of proximity to the people and traffic below the building.

Sky Portal opening hours

The One World Observatory is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm, with the last admission at 8 pm. 

These hours remain consistent throughout the week. 

During peak season, the Observatory operates from 9 am to 9 pm from March to September. 

The opening hours are from 9 am to 8 pm from September to February. 

However, please note that the opening hours may vary by month, so check the detailed monthly schedule below. 

MonthsTimings
20 December to 5 January8 am to 10 pm
6 January to 30 April10 am to 9 pm
1 May to 2 September9 am to 9 pm
3 September to 2 October9 am to 9 pm
3 October to 19 December8 am to 9 pm

During special occasions or significant events, the hours of operation for the One World Observatory may be subject to change.

Special DaysTimings
New Year’s Day11 am to 10 pm
11 September12 pm to 9 pm
Thanksgiving Day8 am to 9 pm
Black Friday8 am to 9 pm
Christmas Eve8 am to 10 pm
Christmas Day11 am to 10 pm
New Year’s Eve8 am to 8 pm

Tickets to One World Observatory Sky Portal

You can gain access to the Sky Portal with the One World Observatory: All-Inclusive Flex Package Ticket.

With these tickets, you don’t need to wait in long lines; skip ahead and head straight to the top of the One World Observatory.

Once there, you’ll be treated to jaw-dropping panoramic views that’ll leave you speechless. 

Plus, your ticket comes with a $15 drinks credit to use at ONE Café, ONE Mix, ONE Dine, or the souvenir shop. 

It’s the ultimate VIP experience just for you! 

As you hop into the SkyPod elevator, LED screens will entertain you with the fascinating history of New York City.

Then, at the top, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the view from the high-tech 3-story viewing platform.

You can even stroll through the clouds on the real-time Sky Portal. 

Ticket Includes

  • Priority Entry to the Observatory Deck
  • Priority Access to Skypod elevators
  • One World Explorer – the virtual guide iPad
  • Arrive Anytime on Selected Day
  • $15 credit to be spent on drinks at the bars and restaurants (ONE Café, ONE Mix & ONE Dine) or the souvenir store (The Gallery)

Ticket Prices

The ticket prices of the Sky Portal depend on the age of the individuals.

Visitors’ AgeTicket price
Adult ticket (13 to 64 years)$75
Child ticket (6 to 12 years)$69
Senior citizen ticket (65+ years)$73
Infant ticket (0 to 4 years)Free entry

FAQs About Sky Portal

What is the Sky Portal?

The Sky Portal at the One World Observatory is a circular glass disc measuring 4.2 meters (14 feet) wide, providing a distinct viewpoint. 
It presents live, high-definition scenes of the streets below, spanning 100 stories.

Is the Sky Portal experience included in the admission ticket?

No, the Sky Portal experience is not included in the admission ticket.

You must buy the One World Observatory: All-Inclusive Flex Package Ticket to experience the One World Observatory Sky Portal.

Is it safe to stand on the Sky Portal?

Yes, it’s absolutely safe to stand on the Sky Portal at One World Observatory.

Can I take photos or videos while on the Sky Portal?

DSLR and flash cameras are allowed.

The One World Observatory does not allow photo or video tools, including tripods, lights, professional cameras, recording devices, megaphones, etc.

You can use your smartphone to click pictures.

Is the Sky Portal accessible to visitors with disabilities?

Yes, the SkyPortal is accessible to people with disabilities.

There is a designated pick-up/drop-off location along West Street north of Vesey Street for wheelchair access.

From there, guests can proceed to the West Plaza Entrance.

Guests can also access the SkyPortal from inside the World Trade Center Oculus.

Are there any age restrictions for the Sky Portal?

No, there are no age restrictions for the Sky Portal at One World Observatory.

Is there a time limit for standing on the Sky Portal?

No, there is no time limit for the One World Observatory Sky Portal.

You can stay there for as long as you want.

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