One World Trade Center opens observatory to public

Visitors look out over city streets from the One World Observatory at One World Trade Center in New York, N.Y. on May 29, 2015. (Photo by Justin Lane/EPA)
Visitors look out over city streets from the One World Observatory at One World Trade Center in New York, N.Y. on May 29, 2015.

Now you can see New York City like never before.

Manhattan’s One World Trade Center, also known as the “Freedom Tower,” opened its observatory to the public Friday, welcoming visitors from around the world to breathtaking views of the Big Apple.

Acrophobes beware: The observatory is on levels 100, 101 and 102 of the building, which stands a significant 1,776 feet tall — a nod to the year 1776, when John Hancock et al. signed the Declaration of Independence. 

Admission tickets cost $32 for adults, $26 for kids ages 6-12, and $30 for senior citizens. Family members of those who died in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, and those who worked on rescue and recovery efforts can enter free of charge.

Visitors stand in line holding tickets for the public opening of the One World Observatory in N.Y. on May 29, 2015.
Visitors stand in line as they wait to enter the newly opened One World Observatory in N.Y. on May 29, 2015.
Visitors look out over city streets from the One World Observatory at One World Trade Center in New York, N.Y. on May 29, 2015.
A woman laughs as she raises her drink at a restaurant in the newly opened One World Observatory in N.Y. on May 29, 2015.
Visitors to One World Observatory take pictures and view parts of New Jersey after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 29, 2015, in N.Y.
A view through the Sky Portal shows a live video view of the streets below from One World Observatory, May 20, 2015, in New York. Visitors can stand on a round video platform that shows an actual livestream of the view straight down.
A view from One World Observatory shows The Empire State building and parts of Manhattan after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 29, 2015, in N.Y.
People view the sunrise at the newly built One World Observatory at One World Trade Center on the day it opens to the public on May 29, 2015 in New York, N.Y.