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This post is about visiting SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, an observation deck in Midtown Manhattan, with tips on discounted tickets, what to expect, and how to plan your visit.


WHAT IS SUMMIT One Vanderbilt?

This 65,000 square-foot (6,038 square meters) entertainment space covers four floors of a 1,401 foot-tall (427 meters)commercial skyscraper known as One Vanderbilt. The SUMMIT experience includes:

Levitation - a series of glass boxes that jut out from the building over Madison Avenue. They are a dizzying 1,063 feet (324 meters) in the air!

Air - This immersive art installation space has panoramic views of Manhattan. The centerpiece of Air is a room of mirrors which creates the illusion of endless space.

SUMMIT Terrace - an outdoor wrap-around terrace on the south and west sides of One Vanderbilt.

Ascent - Take a 12-story glass elevator ride to the highest point of SUMMIT at 1,200 feet (365 meters). The elevators travel along the outside of the building offering a thrilling experience with spectacular views. Tickets with access to Ascent cost more than general admission tickets.


TICKETS

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt will open on October 21, 2021, but tickets are already available to purchase.

You can purchase tickets online. When you purchase tickets you will be asked to choose a date and time. You must arrive at the specified time.

If you arrive late, you may be asked to wait for the next open time slot, so be sure to arrive on time.

Note that proof of vaccination against COVID is required for entry. 

There are three different types of tickets.

SUMMIT Experience

  • access to Air
  • access to Levitation
  • access to SUMMIT Terrace

SUMMIT Ascent - All of the SUMMIT Experience PLUS access to Ascent

Ultimate SUMMIT - All of the SUMMIT Ascent features plus a complimentary cocktail or mocktail


PRICES

SUMMIT Experience

  • DAY
    • Adult Ages 13 and older - $39 and up
    • Youth Ages 6-12 - $33 and up
    • Children 5 and under visit free
    • Sunset Time slots are an additional $10
  • NIGHT
    • Adult Ages 13 and older - $49 and up
    • Youth Ages 6-12 - $49 and up
    • Children 5 and under visit free
    • Sunset Time slots are an additional $10

Purchase tickets.

SUMMIT Ascent

  • DAY
    • Adult Ages 13 and older - $59 and up
    • Youth Ages 6-12 - $53 and up
    • Children 5 and under visit free
    • Sunset Time slots are an additional $10
  • NIGHT
    • Adult Ages 13 and older - $69 and up
    • Youth Ages 6-12 - $69 and up
    • Children 5 and under visit free
    • Sunset Time slots are an additional $10

Purchase tickets.

Ultimate SUMMIT 

  • DAY
    • Adult Ages 13 and older - $73 and up
    • Youth Ages 6-12 - $67 and up
    • Children 5 and under visit free
    • Sunset Time slots are an additional $10
  • NIGHT
    • Adult Ages 13 and older - $83 and up
    • Youth Ages 6-12 - $83 and up
    • Children 5 and under visit free
    • Sunset Time slots are an additional $10

Purchase tickets.

NOTE: Tickets to Summit One Vanderbilt are included with a NYC walking tour combo package. If you're interested in taking a tour before your visit, this could be a great way to save money on admission.


DISCOUNTS

While free tickets to SUMMIT One Vanderbilt are not yet included with the purchase of the most popular NYC Tourist Discount passes (New York Sightseeing Pass and the New York Flex Pass), it is extremely likely that in the future, SUMMIT will be an included attraction.

There are already four observation decks included in both these passes:

If you haven't considered purchasing a tourist pass, you might want to explore this option as they can save you up to 55% off of retail ticket prices for dozens of NYC attractions.

Read our post comparing the various discount passes to see which one, if any, is best for you.


New York City residents

SUMMIT Experience

  • Adult Ages 13 and older - $34 and up
  • Youth Ages 6-12 - $28 and up
  • Children 5 and under visit free

SUMMIT Ascent

  • Adult Ages 13 and older - $54 and up
  • Youth Ages 6-12 - $48 and up
  • Children 5 and under visit free

Ultimate SUMMIT

  • Adult Ages 13 and older - $68 and up
  • Youth Ages 6-12 - $62 and up
  • Children 5 and under visit free

Purchase tickets.


Combo Packages

There is currently one combo deal that includes admission to Summit One Vanderbilt. This service is offered by Take Walks, a highly rated tour company.

Their Must-See Manhattan package includes both a tour of NYC and a ticket to Summit One. If you're interested in learning more about the city before experiencing this observation deck, this could be a good way to save money on both activities.


Military Discount

Active and retired members of the United States Armed Forces are eligible for free and reduced-price tickets. Contact SUMMIT for more information.


PLAN YOUR VISIT

Where is SUMMIT One Vanderbilt?

It is located at 45 East 42nd Street and the entrance is on the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal.

Use this Google link to map directions from your starting location.


Visiting Hours

  • Thursday ā€“ 3 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Friday & Saturday ā€“ 9 AM to 12 AM
  • Sunday ā€“ 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Closed Monday-Wednesday.

Food and Drinks

Dining options include multiple bars (including one outdoors!), an all-day cafe, and snack kiosks. Note that outside food and beverages are not allowed.


Good to Know

Because of the many features of SUMMIT, it's recommended that you give yourself two to three hours to experience everything.

There is no bag check and large bags, backpacks, or luggage are not allowed inside. If you need a place to check your bags, see our post, Where to Store Luggage in New York City.

For those traveling with young children and infants, strollers and carriages must be able to fold or collapse for entry into SUMMIT One Vanderbilt. 

Regarding attire, consider that you will be walking on surfaces that are reflective or transparent. SUMMIT recommends wearing pants, shorts, or tights to ensure your privacy. They do have a non-reflective privacy path throughout the space if you do not feel comfortable walking on reflective surfaces.


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About The Author

Courtney

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the cityā€™s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is ā€œHave backpack, will travelā€.
Updated: November 23rd, 2021
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