The Oculus
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
This aesthetic transportation hub not only welcomes those visiting the World Trade Center, but serves as a representation of New York City’s strength and resilience after 9/11. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Oculus resembles a dove leaving a child’s hands. Every year, on the anniversary of the attacks, the sun shines directly through the skylight and illuminates the main hall. With plenty of retail and dining options, the Oculus is a great place to stop by before or after your visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Survivor Tree, and the One World Observatory. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
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  • Chambers St • 1 min walk
  • Park Place • 2 min walk
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  • coconutugly
    Marbella, Spain1,496 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something out of the ordinary
    If you’re downtown doing Wall str and the World Trade area then it would be inconceivable to not visit here. Inside there isn’t that great an ambience but it is an architectural gem, which didn’t exist 25 yrs ago when i last visited. Shops and goodies inside and free entry.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written March 6, 2023
  • ldjs
    Fort Lee, New Jersey684 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oculus caught my eye😊
    Interesting and certainly memorable architecture, clean and modern space, a pleasure to walk and shop. Maybe a bit too sterile in somewhat shocking contrast in esthetics to old New York subway stations. Very airy and spacious. Definitely worth stopping by..
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Ray W
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom197 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than expected
    Didn't know what to expect when my wife said she wanted to go and see this building, however as we were at the 911 memorial we decided to go in. It's white!! No other word to describe it. Clean, lots of shops and even though there are lots of people going about its a little bit of tranquility away from the outside hustle and bustle.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2023
  • TyronMcDaniel
    Houston, Texas8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an A-MAZING Surprise!
    On a recent trip to New York I booked a hotel near the 9/11 Memorial and was pleasantly surprised to discover The Oculus on the first day of my stay! I just happened to walk upon it as I walked out of my hotel and was visiting the 9/11 Memorial... I saw this HUGE white seemingly building in all of it's glory. I immediately started taking pictures and ventured closer to find a true marvel of timeless design & architecture! This transportation hub/train station also has some great shops (found some kicks I had to have and some cologne) and is always bustling with tourists and natives moving about the city. Loved the place, my biggest regret is I didn't take more pictures of it!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • ObservantGuest
    Gaithersburg, Maryland283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Oculus, 9/11 Memorial, Battery Park, and Staten Island Ferry: four places close to each other with no entry fee.
    One of the nice things to see that has no admission fee. You won’t want to buy any of the overpriced junk at the designer shops, but walking through the place and taking a few photos is fun. Be sure to take a look from outside too. The above ground part is unusual.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insanely well-designed! Beautiful inside and out!
    The Oculus is where many subway lines converge, including ours from New Jersey's PATH Red Line. Upon exiting the PATH turnstiles, I was in awe, and I couldn't stop looking up towards the ceiling. The exits towards the street level are also passing through the viewpoints that are commonly seen in social media. The outdoor view is also beautiful. Great complement to the 1WTC across the street.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 13, 2023
  • CathyP1953
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina1,457 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome !!!
    Oh WOW!!! My jaw is still on the floor!!! What a fantastic place to built on the site of one of the Towers! I was just standing in awe as I entered the building- so unique!! A must see while in New York City!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 18, 2023
  • Rich J
    Naples, Florida377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massive transportation hub building in Lower Manhattan
    This is a massive building that is a transportation hub near the former World Trade Center area. We were with a small group of photographers on a photo workshop. We all took a number of shots from the second floor balcony but unfortunately we could not use our tripods during our photo shoot. Striking architecture, at a very hefty price tag to build. We didn't have time to do a through tour of the beautiful building.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,754 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Transit Transfer Point
    We were here to change subway trains and we walked through part of this complex. It also functions as the link to the PATH trains. It has gradually evolved into a shopping and eating complex, but the main function is for transit. Looks kind of wild outside, dramatic architecture.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Symbol of peace
    The Oculus is a futuristic building! Amazing architecture and a real wonder. It's a transportation hub and a huge shopping complex. The design shows a dove but it takes a bit of effort to actually see the whole thing. Worth visiting and having a walk through.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
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Dreamer16564900999
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
A very interesting city with an incredible number of interesting places. Just managed to look at a few. The High Line was the one that hit the hardest, but also Roosevelt Island. Cardboard plates and plastic cutlery in restaurants and hotels were the most negative. Great subway
Written February 24, 2024
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Scott
San Francisco, CA5,298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
An absolutely amazing structure. Beautiful inside and out. This is a must-see for anyone visiting New York or for any local that does not spend enough time in the financial district. The Oculus provides access to the subway system and to the Westfield World trade Center shopping mall. But most of all, it's just a shockingly awesome place to be.
Written February 13, 2024
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Yuri Kreyman
Arvada, CO33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This peculiar architectural creation is a testament to human creative spirit, even though Calatrava admits pulling his inspiration from nature (which proves to be true for this project too). Dressed in simple white, it finds its organic place in company of glass and steel.
Written February 8, 2024
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SMiriah
Oldham, UK203 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Given an average rating due to this being a shopping centre, the architecture of the building is outstanding however the shopping centre doesn’t have many shops and it’s over rated. The building itself is worth looking around
Written January 22, 2024
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN13,838 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We took the subway downtown to see the WTC Memorial on Christmas Eve day, and had to go through here to get to it. We also had to go through here to catch the subway back to midtown so had opportunity to walk around. Far too much opulence, too reminiscent of a society run by a new world order. Being in here gave me a headache. Outside it is even more ugly.
Written January 20, 2024
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bucketlisttravel
Saint Paul, MN11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
It’s beautiful! I do agree with another reviewer that it does not match its surroundings. However by itself it’s stunning.
Written January 6, 2024
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Through mid January, this inside roller skating rink is available for your inner kid self to come out. Oh what fun we had. Tickets include a forty-five minute skating session and a rental of roller skates. Adult charge is $30 and kids over 8 years old can participate. Festive music is in the background as you roll away in the rink. Food vendors are also available.

Walk-ins are available but I would highly recommend you buy tickets in advance online. Also recommend you not bring unnecessary bags for this fun experience.
Written January 6, 2024
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monkeylvr
san diego72 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
At first glance from the inside it’s pretty impressive, but then as time went on I found many design flaws, including not enough bathrooms, escalators, staircases, sitting spaces, or dining options. The open, large, minimalist layout and color scheme felt very dystopic and one world order. The outside design is a total eyesore; doesn’t fit in with the surrounding architecture. It also looks like a female v. Attached subway station is amazing; very modern, and clean unlike the rest of NYC subway. If I was a New Yorker I would be more than a little upset that $4 billion in tax payer funds payed for this structure, while the rest of the city is falling apart and barely surviving (except for a the millionaire/billionaires living there; they are doing great).
Written December 18, 2023
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craig1086
Atlanta, GA917 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This shopping center is beautifully designed, and brings in a hoard of natural light from outside. It's also a transit connecting station where you can take the PATH over to Jersey. Most people come here after the 9/11 memorial next door. There are lots of shops and cafes in here, as it's multiple levels.only drawback is that they probably need more restrooms. One of the best parts is that you can visit inside for free.
Written December 17, 2023
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richiesoft
Conwy, North Wales24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A must visit for anyone coming to New York. Amazing architecture and atmosphere especially at Christmas. Loads of shops and attractions in the area to explore
Written December 17, 2023
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