One World Trade Center in New York City, New York

The World Trade Center is in essence the hub of American capitalism, whether that is a good or bad thing. When there were the two Twin Towers, the New York skyline was a bit different and the World Trade Center was a bustling place. Thousands of people went to work each day in those buildings. I remember going as a child to the top and staring at the views of the Hudson River and the people like ants below me. I was in elementary school when 9/11 happened. When tragedy struck, the skyline changed forever. This new building, sometimes called the "Freedom Tower" is a new addition to the skyline. It's a bustling place again. The tower stands tall, even visible from the outer boroughs.

It's like a homing beacon, a symbol to say that what makes New York great is still alive and cannot be extinguished. There are two commemorative pools to those who tragically lost their lives. In sum, it is a somber place that has been given a new face lift. When you visit, remember that we are all citizens of the earth. It belongs to all of us and none of us.


2,3,4,5,A,C,J,Z to Fulton Street
2,3, to Park Place
E to Park Place
R to Rector Street
R to Cortland Street
1 to Rector Street
Buses 22, 5, 20, 9, 103
Coordinates: 40.7127° N, 74.0134° W

Cost & Admission
It's free to walk around the ground area but most people want to go up to the observatory.

Old World Observatory
Priority Pass: Over 6 years of age $56, Child 5 and under $0
Standard Tickets: $34 adult, $32 senior, $28 child
Flex Admission: Over 6 years of age $67, Child 5 and under $0
Buy your tickets here.

Restaurant and café on site. Prices vary. 

See the views.

Like most places, go early because it gets packed. This is easily becoming a very popular place for tourists.