An epic attraction 102 stories high engages students and educators on New York City culture and history

By Heather Dale

Perched atop the tallest building in New York City, One World Observatory is a spectacular attraction that takes you to staggering heights of 102 stories with expansive 360-degree views of the cityscape below. Take the SkyPod Elevator to the top in just 47 seconds and view Manhattan decorated with towering skyscrapers, bustling traffic and 45 miles of America in every direction.

Take in the dramatic scenes of New York City, its history and culture on 145 multimedia screens presenting iconic faces and sites at the Horizon Grid. Learn about those who made the coveted city what it is today – a diverse melting-pot community of millions.

Student groups are encouraged to partake in the City Pulse Presentations led by accredited tour ambassadors. These interactive educational presentations engage audiences and provide an open platform where students and teachers can ask questions. Learn about the city’s five boroughs, historical and famous landmarks, the history of Lower Manhattan and many other pedagogical and inspiring topics.

One World NYC City Pulse Photo
One World NYC City Pulse Photo

Step into the See Forever Theater for a one-of-a-kind audiovisual experience filled with the cadence of the city and a jaw-dropping view of the iconic NYC skyline. Students can get a visceral experience while learning about different aspects of New York before going to See Forever Imaging for a one-of-a-kind memorable group photo.

As an approved vendor with the Department of Education, One World Observatory extends educational programs for youth groups focusing on STEAM and history material. Join the Scout Program and participate in their “Architecture Merit Badge Program.” They proudly maintain an affiliation with many local scout organizations.

Camp Groups are invited to get hands-on at the many interactive exhibitions with plenty of space to explore educational curiosities. Become a One World Explorer in a hand-held amplified-reality tour showcasing historic New York City landmarks and other points of interest.

Schools, camps, and other youth organizations can take advantage of special discounts throughout the year. As of Winter 2023, One World Observatory will offer free educational resources for youth group travel which is adapted to current school curriculums. Make learning fun and dynamic and bring your students to One World Observatory for a unique and detailed history of the Big Apple.

One World New York City Night Elevator
One World New York City Night Elevator

Don’t forget to stop in the Gallery at One World for a souvenir or trinket to take home. Grab a quick bite or coffee at One Café, Mix & Dine, or sit down at ONE Dine for a tasty meal.

One suggested half-day itinerary starts your group at One World Observatory at 9:30 am. After an hour exploring the observatory, head to the impressive 9/11 Memorial & Museum and spend a couple of hours learning about the inspiring heroes of 9/11. Afterward, enjoy lunch at Brookfield Place with an array of delicious cuisine to choose from.

Other popular attractions within walking distance include Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Federal Hall, Trinity Church, Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge.

To schedule a complimentary site visit, get help building your itinerary, or for other questions, please reach out via the form below or email GROUPS@ONEWORLDOBSERVATORY.COM and get in touch with a Group Account Representative.

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