"Wanna go to the Observation Deck?"
"Nah, we can go some other time."
That was the gist of the exchange I had with my then-boyfriend on Saturday, September 8, 2001. We probably ended up going to South Street Seaport and eating. Who remembers? But I do remember the following Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001.
We never got our "some other time" to visit the observation deck at the Twin Towers.
Today tickets go on sale for the One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, also referred to as the Freedom Tower. The observatory opens on May 29.
Tickets are $32 for adults and $26 for children. Similar to Top of the Rock, tickets are sold on a timed basis. And I'm pretty averse to waiting on lines these days, so I'd buy my tickets ahead of time to try and minimize the wait and to make sure I actually get a spot. They expect to welcome 1000 guests per hour. One World Observatory is three floors of attractions - the observation deck, gallery, exhibits and dining options - on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors.
From the looks of it, this is something New Yorkers and travelers should visit at least once. If you're afraid of heights, good luck to you. If you're not comfortable in elevators, you'll only be in the elevator for about a minute. Literally. The elevator ride to the observatory is less than 60 seconds. Only ticketed guests have access to the restaurants and shops so if you travel for food, I'll see you up there. Not to mention the photographer in me is jumping up and down!
I was listening to an interview with a rep from Legends, the company that operates One World Observatory, on WCBS 880 about the observatory and when asked how far you can see from the new observation deck his answer was, "You can see forever."