Above, One World Observatory sits atop One World Trade Center, center, with a clear view of the Statue of Liberty.


New York City offers five world-class observation decks that provide breathtaking views of its iconic skyline, and every family should plan to visit at least one. Each deck is remarkable in its own way, and though our editors are hard pressed to pick a favorite, we feel that the best option for visitors might depend on the locations of their hotels and the other attractions they’ll be visiting while in the City.   


SUMMIT One, The Edge, Top of the Roc, the Empire State Building, and One World Observatory. SUMMIT One, located at One Vanderbilt, offers a fresh perspective with its futuristic design and immersive experiences.


The Edge, situated at Hudson Yards, boasts the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, inviting visitors to step out onto its thrilling glass floor and see the city from new heights. Top of the Rock, nestled atop the Rockefeller Center, provides panoramic views of Central Park, Times Square, and the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building, a timeless classic, offers multiple observation decks where visitors can marvel at the city lights from the iconic Art Deco landmark. Finally, if forced to pick a favorite, it might be One World Observatory, located at One World Trade Center, near attractions that every family will want to see including the Oculus, the Winter Garden, and Battery Park, the gateway to the Statue of Liberty, offers a chance to experience the city from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, complete with interactive exhibits that showcase the city’s history and resilience.


Each observation deck offers a unique perspective of the city, allowing visitors to capture unforgettable memories and appreciate the grandeur of New York City’s skyline. Whether it’s gazing out at the twinkling lights of Times Square or watching the sun set behind the Statue of Liberty, these observation decks promise an unforgettable experience for first-time visitors to the Big Apple. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the city from above and gain a new appreciation for its beauty and grandeur.