The Ultimate Guide | Edge Observation Deck NYC (2024)

  • January 17, 2024
  • by: hungrypursuit

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In this New York City attraction guide, we share our 2024 comprehensive guide to The Edge Observation Deck in New York City. Located in Hudson Yards, the area became one of the top areas to visit in NYC. Discover awe-inspiring panoramic views as we delve into essential details, from pricing and optimal booking strategies to operating hours and seamless transportation tips. You can also check out our experience at one of our favorite observatories Summit One Vanderbilt.

We will show you how you can bundle attractions to save money. In addition, we will show you where you can pre-book your tickets in advance ensuring you get your desired date and time locked in. In this blog post, we’ll share everything you need to now about visiting the Edge.

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Best Time to Visit New York City

The best time to visit New York City is typically late spring (April to June) and early fall (September to October) when temperatures are mild, and there’s less humidity. However, it also depends on your personal preference. For example, around the holiday season in December is also stunning! AKA, it’s always a good time to visit the Big Apple!

The Ultimate NYC Travel Guide

Is this your first time visiting New York City? Make sure you check out our blog post, The Ultimate New York City Guide. We will cover a pre-checklist of everything you need to consider from entry requirements to the best SIM card options. We’ll also cover where to stay, the best attractions, places to eat in New York City and so much more!

From the chic streets of Midtown to the trendy vibes of Brooklyn, we unveil the best areas catering to every taste.

Nestled in the heart of the action, Midtown is a bustling hub of iconic landmarks and bright lights. From Times Square’s electrifying energy to the shopping mecca of Fifth Avenue, this area screams “New York City adventure.” You’ll be steps away from Broadway shows and skyscrapers that touch the clouds.

For a taste of trendy vibes and a more relaxed pace, head across the bridge to Brooklyn. With its diverse neighborhoods like Williamsburg and DUMBO, you’ll find hipster coffee shops, street art, and a waterfront that offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. It’s the cool cousin of the city.

Embrace a more residential feel on the Upper West Side. Lined with tree-shaded streets and brownstone buildings, this area radiates a laid-back charm. Central Park is your backyard, and the cultural treasures of the American Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center are within strolling distance. It’s like a serene oasis in the midst of the city’s buzz

The Ultimate Edge Observation Deck NYC Guide

Book Tickets for Edge Observation Deck NYC

Pre-book tickets in advance for discounts and convenience! Below are the typical regular ticket prices you can expect.


Senior(62+) US$39.85


City Climb Ticket: US$205.45

*City Climb is a separate ticket that allows participants to ascend the exterior of a skyscraper, reaching heights exceeding 1,200 feet (366 meters) above ground, offering the exhilarating opportunity to lean out and gaze downward from the city’s highest outdoor platform.

Travel Hack for Edge Observation Deck NYC: If you’re planning to do many different activities in NYC we recommend purchasing the Klook New York City Pass. This pass allows you to select between 2-5 attractions in one pass to save money through bundling discounts! The Edge Observatory attraction is part of this pass.

Travel Tip & Promo code for Edge Observation Deck NYC: Use my code HUNGRYPURSUIT for additional savings when you book through Klook on any attraction as a new user. If you’re not a new user sign up a friend or parent that is traveling with you to take advantage of additional discounts.

Edge Observation Deck Hours of Operation
10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Be sure to visit the website to stay informed about any holiday closures.

How to get to The Edge Observation Deck NYC will depend on where you transiting from:

MTA NEW YORK SUBWAY: Hop on the No. 7 Subway, your primary link to Hudson Yards, seamlessly connecting with Times Square.

MTA BUS LINES: Embrace convenience with the M34-SBS, M12, and M11 bus lines, all stopping within a short stroll.

RAIL: Penn Station, located just two blocks east between West 31st and West 33rd Streets, is a hub for MTA Subway lines A, C, E, 1, 2, and 3. Additionally, it facilitates rail services such as Amtrak, LIRR, New Jersey Transit, and PATH. Buses like M4, M5, M6, M7, M34, and Q42 are easily accessible.

FERRY: For an alternative journey, head to the Midtown ferry terminal at West 39th Street and the West Side Highway.

CAR: Convenient parking options await drivers at 10 Hudson Yards, Abington House, and One Hudson Yards, situated along West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.

BIKE: Cyclists can enjoy a scenic ride through Hudson River Park along the West Side Highway, with the best access points from the north or south. The nearest CitiBike station is conveniently located at the northwest corner of West 34th Street and 11th Avenue. Choose the transportation mode that suits your style and embark on an exciting journey to The Edge!

UBER: Ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft typically are more expensive but provide door-to-door service.

Our recommendation: While traveling in New York City, we used subways to get around all our destinations around the city efficiently. It allows you to easily tap your international VISA or MasterCard for payment without a transit card. If you choose to do the hop-on-hop-off bus, you can conveniently get to The Edge by getting off at the Hudson Yards stop. From there it’s about a 10-minute walk to The Edge.

A travel tip, if you book the New York City Klook Pass, you can choose the hop-on-hop-off bus as one of the attractions to save on transportation for the day! The pass allows you to bundle attractions and The Edge Observation Deck is part of the NYC pass.

Map & Location Info

Hudson Yards Shopping Mall: Edge Observation Deck NYC is located on the 4th floor of the Shopping Mall

The Vessel: You’ll find the Vessel right outside of the Hudson Yards Shopping Mall

The High Line: Approximate Distance: 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles)

Chelsea Market: Approximate Distance: 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles)

Little Island: Approximate Distance: 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles)

Empire State Building: Approximate Distance: 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles)

Our Experience & Guide

Discover the Edge Observation Deck! This ultimate outdoor sky deck is the highest in the Western Hemisphere. Its unique structural design hangs in mid-air creating an incredible sensation of floating amidst the clouds, offering unparalleled 360-degree views of Manhattan. We’re going to share all the travel tips and detailed information you need to enjoy this incredible attraction!

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How to Access The Edge Observation Deck

You can enter through the 30 Hudson yards entrance or the shopping mall entrance across from the Vessel. Take the elevator or escalators up to the 4th floor for the main entrance.

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You can’t miss the entrance, this is where you will scan your timed entry tickets. We recommend booking your tickets in advance to secure your desired date and time entry. They can be relatively strict about timed entry therefore, grace periods for being late are typically a grey area; our friend was 15 minutes late and he was just accepted in.

2. Book Tickets In Advance & Save On Ticket Prices

We recommend purchasing your ticket for the Edge Observation Deck in advance. We booked through Klook and secured our desired date and time.

If you haven’t used Klook before, you can use my code HUNGRYPURSUIT for additional savings.

As noted previously, if you plan to do multiple attractions we recommend the New York City Pass. We love how it provides great flexibility to choose from a list of 25 attractions and save money by bundling attractions.

For example, you can bundle the NYC Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus, Edge Observation Deck, and Statue of Liberty Cruise all in one three-attraction NYC Pass.You can save up to 40% off on attractions when you purchase the pass.

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How many floors is the Edge Observation Deck?

You will take the elevator up 100 floors above Manhattan. But before you step on the elevator you will walk past many infographics to learn about the Hudson Yards neighborhood.

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Hudson Yardswas designated as Manhattan’s first LEED Gold neighborhood development. This was in recognition of being a green, sustainably engineered neighborhood.

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The exhibits are very short most people we saw just walked right by them. Therefore you are really there for the observatory itself unlike Summit One Vanderbilt the exhibits were immersive and we found ourselves spending a lot of time in the different rooms and areas. After you walk past all the infographics you will queue up for the elevator to the Edge Observation Deck.

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On the 100th floor make your way outside to the 7,500 sq ft outdoor space. The sky deck spans out to a maximum of 80 ft to the furthest point. Take pictures above Manhattan while being 1,100 ft in the air!

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Edge Observation Deck Photo Spot Tips
Angled Glass Walls

Surrounding the sky deck are angled glass walls outward where you will feel the adrenaline rush gazing at the city below. To capture this beautiful photo have one person head to the west corner of the observation deck while the other heads inside to snap the picture through floor to ceiling window.

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The Eastern Point

This is probably the most popular photo spot on the entire Edge observation deck and there is typically a line for a photo. Take your postcard-worthy snapshot of yourself or with your significant other surrounded by air, glass, and sky!

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The Edge Observation Deck Skyline Seats

This is where you will get a beautiful elevated view over the angled glass wall panels, and look beyond the deck! A great spot to sit and take in the beautiful sunset if you don’t want to stand along the glass panels.

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Sunset By the Glass in View of the World Trade Center

Visit the Edge Observation Deck at Sunset for these iconic views of the Financial District! The amazing thing is there is no added cost to your ticket for visiting the Edge at sunset unlike Summit One Vanderbilt or the Empire State Building’s Observation decks.

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Stop by the Champagne Bar

You can sip champagne or a co*cktail on the observation deck while watching the beautiful sunset over Manhattan. There is a bar located on the 100th floor inside before you reach the sky deck.

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Who has the best observation deck in NYC?

It really depends! They are all so different it’s not uncommon for you to want to visit multiple observatories while you are in NYC. Getting a pass like the Klook NYC pass or the all-inclusive NYC City Pass by Go City can make it that much more affordable.

Fun fact Melissa has been to every NYC observatory multiple times because years ago she was an NYC guide. Back then she would have said the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center but for this 2024 NYC trip, she went to the Summit One Vanderbilt Observatory for the first time. Which was so unique because of the impressive mind-bending mirrors and immersive rooms along with a perfect view of the Empire State Building takes the cake! Read our blog post about our travel tips for visiting Summit One Vanderbilt.

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Our Thoughts on Edge Observation Deck

Is the Edge Observation Deck NYC Worth it?

Worth it! Our visit to The Edge Observation Deck was nothing short of spectacular. The breathtaking 360-degree views of New York City from over 1,100 feet high are unparalleled. The innovative design, including the heart-pounding glass floor and angled glass walls, adds an exhilarating touch to the experience. The outdoor platform provided a luxurious setting to savor the iconic skyline. As the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, The Edge offers a unique and unforgettable journey into the heart of Manhattan. It’s a must-visit for anyone seeking an immersive and awe-inspiring perspective of the city.

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FAQs: Edge Observation Deck

What time of the day is best to go to the Edge?

The best time to visit Edge Observation Deck depends on your personal preference. We went for sunset on a clear evening and it was breathtaking. You get to watch the golden skies light up the NYC skyline over Manhattan and New Jersey. There are elevated seats on the observation deck or you can find a spot along the glass surroundings.

How long does it take to go up the Edge?

It takes 52 seconds to ascend from the main entrance elevator to the 100th-floor Edge observation deck.

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