Here’s why you should visit the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere.
It’s design is meaningful:
The structure is symbolic and pays tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. It stands at 1,362 ft. tall (the height of the original WTC South Tower) and 1,776 ft. when including its observation deck and antenna (the year the Declaration of Independence was signed), as such it is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
It’s an immersive experience:
You’ll be welcomed by a video wall which displays the stories of the men and women who helped to build One WTC, before ascending to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds.
During the Sky Pod journey, over 500 years of development will unfold around you as floor-to-ceiling LED technology displays a virtual time-lapse of the city’s evolution.
It’s more theatrical than a Broadway show!
What you’ll encounter next will take your breath away. You’ll be guided towards the ‘See Forever’ Theatre to watch a dramatic audio-visual display of The Big Apple before catching your first glimpse of the city’s stunning skyline.
“See Forever” on the 100th floor
The main observatory is located on the 100th floor and you can leisurely take in the panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and Staten Island and see the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and much more from an entirely new perspective.(There’s a an iconic photo opportunity of the Empire State Building and NYC skyline looking North from the observatory – so try and capture it!).
You can even stand over clear glass and look down to see what’s happening on the streets 100 stories below.
It’s a great location for a GoPro shot!
At over 1,300 ft., it’s possible to see the curvature of the earth from the main observatory deck. So if you have a GoPro make sure you take it with you because the wide angle lens will enhance the curvature and make for a great photo!
If you have a New York City Pass you will get a discount on the ticket price (which is usually $37).
More of my photos from New York City can be found on my Instagram page and Portfolio.
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