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New York City's newest immersive cultural experience, the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Observation Deck is a blend of art, technology, and entertainment like no other. Set atop the tallest commercial skyscraper in Manhattan, this observatory is high atop Grand Central Terminal.

Everytime you want to question your perception of the built world, a visit to this NYC Observatory is the solution. The way you question your perception? Installations, glass ledges, and exterior glass-floor elevators.

Oh, also, there's also Après, where you can get foods and beverages, including cocktails - indoor and on the outdoor terrace.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt in a nutshell

Handy information

⏰ Suggested duration:1-2 hours
☀️ Best time to visit:Around sunset
💜 Must see:AIR
🎟️ SUMMIT One Vanderbilt ticket: $42
🚇 Closest Metro:Grand Central-42 Station, NY 10017

Views to catch

Empire State Building
Chrysler Building
United Nations Building
One World Observatory
Central Park
Statue of Liberty

Things to know

Official name: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
Date of opening: 21 October 2021
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Architectural style: Modern, Contemporary
Function: Observation Deck, Immersive Art Experience

Opening hours and address

Open hours: 9 AM – 12 AM
Last entry: 10:30 PM
Closed on Tuesdays

Address: 45 East 42ndStreet, New York, NY 10017
Getting there

Why you must visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt?

  • Peak over the skyline: Begin your journey with an elevator ride to the top of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt. The observation deck offers a 360-degree view of New York City, making you feel like you’re holding the city’s skyline in your hands.
  • Immerse in art: The tower is not just about the view. It houses several immersive art installations, offering a unique multi-sensory experience that goes beyond visual appeal.
  • Social media hotspot: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt has been a social media sensation since its opening. Highlighting travel influencers trendy travel posts, your experience here is sure to garner likes.
  • Beyond an observation deck: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt redefines the concept of an observation deck by integrating art, technology, design, and adventure, offering more than just a view.
  • Ease of access: Located next to the Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan, reaching SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is a breeze, adding to the convenience of your visit.

Which SUMMIT One Vanderbilt observatory deck tickets should you buy?

The Observatory is a popular choice amongst tourists and locals alike. It is the perfect way to dive into modern and mind-blowing experiences and your gateway to explore a world full of possibilities and ideas!

Hence, long waiting lines are natural. Here are some SUMMIT One Vanderbilt tickets you can buy, so you can save time and dime:

Plan your visit

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt opening hours

The observation deck is open from:

  • 9 AM – 11 PM
  • Last entry: 10:30 PM
  • Closed on Tuesdays

Getting to the observation deck

By bus

  • The bus stop closest to the Observatory, is E-42 St/Madison Ave. It's a 1-minute walk away from the attraction.
  • The M-42 Bus will get you to E-42/Madison Ave.

By train

  • The train station closest to the Observatory, is Grand Central Terminal. It's a 2-minute walk away from the attraction.
  • The trains Danbury, Harlem, and Hudson Line, among others, should be the ones to get you there.

Top things to do at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt observation deck

1Experience the magic of the AIR

Air is a five-part-story-driven immersive experience that is designed to create the illusion of boundless space. Not only is it interactive and playful, but it encourages physical connectivity to the space. With that, during the sunset, the waves of colour turn the SUMMIT into a beacon of light and energy and a beautiful work of art to be admired by all of New York City!

summit one vanderbilt observation deck air

2Levitate! And not like the Imagine Dragons

There are two fully transperant ledges, each 8 feet deep that let guests hover over 1000 feet above Madison Avenue. The thought of it alone is blowing our mind right now.

This Levitation experience, is the largest five-sided glass-enclosed structured in all of New York City. Talk about impressive!

palacio de las duenas art

3Ascent with the adrenaline

An exterior elevator (the first of its kind), Ascent lets people rise up an additional 120 m, off of the tallest floor of the Summit One Vanderbilt Observation Deck. Ascent, is the highest rack and pinion elevator in the world!

If that wasn't enough, it's also the largest glass floor elevator in the world! Talk about breaking multiple records at the same time. It's insane. It's also one of the first usecases for heated glass in the States, and anti-reflective glass in an elevator enclosure.

palacio de las duenas art

4A meal at Aprés

Exclusivity is big in NYC, and this experience provides just that. A culinary experience that is sure to blow your tastebuds off, this restaurant helps you enjoy the city from both an open-air terrace, and an indoor lounge.

If the views weren't incentive enough, we hear the food here is incredible too! What are you waiting for?

palacio de las duenas art

Best time to visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

The best time to visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is just before sunset. This is the perfect time too witness the stunning transformation of the New York skyline as day turns into night. The city lights begin to twinkle, creating a mesmerizing view that's perfect for photography. Weekdays are typically less crowded, if you're looking for a laid-back experience. However, if you enjoy a lively atmosphere, weekends are the time to go. In terms of the best time of the year, the months between April to June, and September to early November have plesent weathers to enjoy clear views of the city. Regardless of when you visit, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt promises an unforgettable experience with its breathtaking views and immersive installations.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt reviews

Amazing experience, different than the others. The baloon concept? Exeptional! And all those mirrors! You can't explain it, you have to live it! The best observatory in NYC. Congratulations!

- Karolina, Headout, June 2024

The entrance, the admittance, the Lift up, the staff, the restrooms, the Bar on top, the giftshop, all was bestpossible organized and helpful !!! The outview as well as the glass and mirror scenary were phantasticallly and overwhelming !!! We will come again, and we will recommend it to our family, friends and acquaintances !!! Many thanks !!!

- Rudolf, Headout, June 2024

It was a whole experience! They made me feel fear, joy, curiosity, etc... so many different things. Really an awesome experience

- Paola, Headout, March 2024

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Insider tips for visiting the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt observation deck

  • Carry your proof of vaccination, as it is mandatory for entering SUMMIT One Vanderbilt.
  • If you plan to visit the Observation Deck on a Saturday or during the holidays, ensure that you book your tickets in advance.
  • It is recommended that you carry sunglasses with you, as the reflective materials used in the building will create an uncannily bright environment.
  • You cannot drink, eat or smoke inside SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Observation Deck.

Restaurants near SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

Here are some top restaurants which are located near the attraction, that you must add to your plan for the day!

Hotels near the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

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Westin New York Grand Central

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Hilton Garden Inn New York

We're providing you with a list of hotels to choose from that are located extremely close to major attractions. This hotel is another one of those. For luxury, efficiency, and the good times in life, stay here! Oh, and don't forget the easy commute it provides. The hotel is conveniently located near major stations to provide easy access.

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