A little WTC history about events at the top

Photo: David Ohmer, CC-BY-2.0
Photo of the Twin Towers from May 2001 by David Ohmer, CC-BY-2.0

Although the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers have been rebuilt since 9-11 and dubbed One World Trade Center, we feature a little historical information about the featured events in the Twin Towers from early 2000.

If you’re visiting New York City, the best place to start is from the top. Residents and visitors alike enjoyed the breath-taking view whether they were at the skyscraper’s 107th-floor enclosed observatory or at the 110th-floor open-air observation deck.

The Top was the place to see NYC’s uninterrupted skyline, sit back and relax away from the city bustle, hold events, take students to a tour, learn, enjoy good food, have fun, and shop.

Pay affordable admission tickets

To get one of your most spectacular experiences at the big apple, the cost was less than $15 — about the price of a ticket to a movie.

When the top was open, it was daily from 9:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. for the months of September through May, and from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. for the months of June through August.


WTC’s Top of the World boasted a one-of-a-kind location – the viewing deck 110 stories high above New York City where you could hold memorable events.

They had a generous variety of food and beverages available for any occasion such as an al fresco lunch, or cocktails for two under starlit skies, or a respectable dinner. You would have truly enjoyed such a fantastic experience that you could cherish for a long while.

Expand your classroom and awe students

Your students would have loved the heights. It would have roused them from classroom boredom, and made use of the Top’s instructive displays specially designed for student tours.

There was a 750-building model of downtown Manhattan, and multi-lingual explanations for historic details of the city’s various sights can be requested.

This guided tour was followed by the Manhattan Magic – a six-minute simulated helicopter ride over the streets of Manhattan with helpful display walls that describe the city’s greatness.

Offering tours

If you were a travel intermediary or an NYC resident giving visiting friends a fun day trip, you were able to arrange an activity that visitors would never forget.

You could start 110 stories higher than NYC’s street level, with a down-gazing tour at the open-air observation deck. From there, you could see all of Manhattan.

You could let them see over the city landmarks and streets without touching ground yet – through the simulated helicopter ride. You would have needed to allocate at least two hours for The Top tour to really enjoy everything.

At the top

With a better perspective of the whole of NYC, a visitor was then ready to tackle the streets of downtown New York. Here are important and must-never-miss places to visit.

  • Century 21 Department Store
  • Ellis Island
  • Federal Hall
  • Fraunces Tavern Museum
  • Mercantile Exchange
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • South Street Seaport
  • Statue of Liberty
  • The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
  • Trinity Church
  • Windows on the World
  • World Financial Center
  • World Trade Center Mall
  • Get a City Pass

Before going anywhere, you did not want to forget to grab a City Pass. It was one convenient way to visit some of the city’s best sights. You should spend your precious time touring and seeing sights – not waiting in long ticket lines! The New York CityPass was the most convenient way to do just that. It combined tickets to the following:

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Empire State Building
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum
  • The Museum of Modern Art