Summit One Vanderbilt opening hours

Summit One Vanderbilt is open from 9 am to 12 am throughout the week all around the year. 

The last admission is one hour before the Summit One Vanderbilt closing time at 11 pm. 

Summit One Vanderbilt might be occasionally closed on Tuesdays. 

Therefore, we advise guests to confirm Summit One Vanderbilt opening hours before visiting. 

The Summit One Vanderbilt opening hours are as follows:

DayOpening hoursClosing hours
Monday9 am12 am
Tuesday9 am12 am
Wednesday9 am12 am
Thursday9 am12 am
Friday9 am12 am
Saturday9 am12 am
Sunday9 am12 am

An hour to 90 minutes is needed for a thorough tour of Summit One Vanderbilt.

Therefore, arrive before 10 pm if you intend to experience the Summit One Vanderbilt nighttime visit. 

Note: On typical days, the security check and Summit One Vanderbilt wait time take 30 minutes. 

During the busiest moment, this period can extend. This aspect should be considered when visitors are making travel plans.

The Summit One Vanderbilt timed tickets

Summit One Vanderbilt offers timed tickets. 

You can select your date and time for a visit when you order your Summit tickets. 

The Summit Observatory works at total capacity and may not admit guests after 20 minutes of their allocated time. 

Therefore visitors must arrive at their scheduled time. 

Best time to visit Summit One Vanderbilt

The best time to go to Summit One Observatory for a less crowded visit is right when it opens at 9 am.

The hour before sunset is the ideal time to visit Summit One Vanderbilt to take in the most beautiful views of New York City. 

During this time, tourists can enjoy the city’s skyline in both daylight and twilight. 

The atmosphere at Summit One Vanderbilt at night is quite different. 

Therefore, the visitor’s preference will determine the optimum time to visit the observatory. 

How long does it take to tour Summit One Vanderbilt

The trip to Summit One Vanderbilt takes 90 minutes.

However, to fully enjoy everything Summit One Vanderbilt offers, we advise visitors to allow at least 2 to 3 hours. 

The three levels of Summit One Vanderbilt’s six immersive spaces must be explored within this period. 

Visitors that arrive at sunset typically stay for an hour longer to see the skyline of New York City at dusk. 

If the Summit is packed, it will take 30 minutes to get through security and ride the lift to the observation deck. 

The time required to tour increases if you visit the Summit Apres restaurant.


1. What is the best time to visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt?

When Summit One Vanderbilt is open and an hour before dusk is the ideal time to come. 

For a less crowded experience, go when it opens at 9 am

2. Is there a time limit at the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt?

Yes, Summit One Vanderbilt offers timed tickets with 2  hours time limits. 

Those who purchase a Summit One Vanderbilt experience ticket can spend two hours in the observatory deck.

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