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Best Time to Visit The Edge NYC

Going up to Manhattan's most impressive observation deck is a must when traveling to the Big Apple, but when is the best time of day to enjoy the views? I'll help you decide!

Cecilia Gaitán

Cecilia Gaitán

7 min read

Best Time to Visit The Edge NYC

The Edge's spectacular glass floor | ©The Edge

In March 2020, The Edge finally opened its doors to the public, becoming one of New York's most sought-after attractions for tourists and locals alike. Its 345 meters high and terraces with glass floors and walls, offer the possibility to see the city from the sky like no other observation deck.

If you have already made the decision to visit it or you are still hesitating, I tell you everything you need to know to choose the best time to climb and tour its terraces. I advise you to plan this visit, because it is definitely one of the must-see in NYC.

1. When is the best time to visit The Edge?

Views from The Edge at sunset| ©Hellotickets
Views from The Edge at sunset| ©Hellotickets

Undoubtedly, climbing The Edge at sunset is the best time to take a unique souvenir of the New York skyline. You will be able to appreciate the city in a thousand colors and shades and you will be able to take home the most spectacular photos. Watching the lights of the city that never sleeps come to life as the sun sets is something you will never forget.

To go up at sunset, you should know that if you buy your ticket through the official website of The Edge, you will be charged an increase of about 9 € for access in this time slot. But in Hellotickets you can buy your ticket at the same price, whatever time you choose to make the visit.

The Edge observatory is open 365 days a year, from 8 am to midnight and from 10 am to 10 pm, depending on the season. And except for very extreme weather conditions, the observatory never closes its doors.

Book your tickets for The Edge observatory without queuing up

2. Is this a good time to go up if the weather is bad?

Enjoying the viewpoint| ©Hellotickets
Enjoying the viewpoint| ©Hellotickets

On days of extreme weather (snowfall, high wind or heavy rain) you might find the outside terrace (the one with the glass floor) closed for security reasons. It would be a shame to miss it because it is the most impressive. So I recommend that before you go, check the weather forecasts if you are traveling in winter, in case they announce a heavy downpour or a monumental snowfall.

Anyway, keep in mind that from the interior observatory, you will also have incredible views and you will be able to observe the city in 360º, rain or shine. This will also allow you to take wonderful pictures and live the adrenaline of this experience in a more conservative way. It's also a good option for people who are not so keen on vertigo (like me!).

As a final tip, I would recommend choosing a sunny day, as the clouds could also blur your views (and your photos). If you buy tickets on Hellotickets you will be able to make changes, which gives you more flexibility to choose the best time to go up.

Book your tickets for The Edge observatory without queuing up

3. Best time to visit The Edge with few people

The Edge without crowds| ©Hellotickets
The Edge without crowds| ©Hellotickets

If you are overwhelmed by the crowds and want to have New York at your feet and almost all to yourself, the early hours of the morning are ideal for your visit to the Edge. It is the least crowded time of day.

From 8 AM, the observatory opens its doors, so if you do not mind getting up early, you will have 700m2 of terrace to fly over the city in freedom. In addition, if it coincides with the winter season, you can watch the sunrise from Eastern Point! All to yourself.

Ceci's Traveller Tip

If you want to visit The Edge with few people, it is important that you buy your tickets in advance. This way, besides being one of the first to get in, you will avoid queues and unforeseen events. You can get your ticket at Hellotickes from 36 €.

4. When is the best time to take the best photos?

Panoramic view from The Edge| ©Hellotickets
Panoramic view from The Edge| ©Hellotickets

New York is photogenic at any time of the year, but if you're going to climb the Edge Observatory, the best time to see Manhattan from the top is at sunset. If you're lucky and it's a clear day, you'll be able to take thousands of photos and see a myriad of color palettes. It's a way to make two visits in one and take a dreamy souvenir with the best views from the Edge.

Keep in mind that this time slot is also the busiest, so it won't be easy to find a place to set up your camera without someone crossing in front of you. The same goes for the floor and glass walls. At that time it is often difficult to find them spotless and they can affect the sharpness of your photos.

If you are interested in being able to set up your travel photography set there and not having to dodge too many tourists with your lens, then I recommend that you go early in the morning. It is the time of the day when there are fewer people, the facilities are impeccable and you will be able to display your creative talent with peace of mind.

5. When to visit the Edge for cheapest price

Touring The Edge| ©Hellotickets
Touring The Edge| ©Hellotickets

If you're concerned about budget and pricing at The Edge observation deck, you should know that unfortunately, it doesn't offer free visitor days. And the only visitors who have access to a reduced rate are children ages 6-12 and seniors 62 and older.

So my best recommendation to save or get the best rate, is to get your tickets in advance through Hellotickets, to ensure the day and time of your preference, paying a single price without surprises. In addition, offering free cancellation and changes will allow you to better choose the day and time to go up.

Most expensive times

By the way! If you want to save, you should know that access on peak days and hours, carries an increase of 1.5 € per ticket and the time slot when you see the sunset, costs about 9 € more on the price of the ticket you have chosen. So if you buy your ticket at the ticket office or on the website of the viewpoint, be sure to go at times that do not have these additional charges.

The most flexible option in time and price: tourist cards

Tourist passes are an excellent option as they will allow you to access the visit at the time you want, without date and time constraints and at a very competitive price. In addition, many of them have priority access, which will save you a lot of time.

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6. When is the best time to go up The Edge with my family?

Accessing The Edge| ©Hellotickets
Accessing The Edge| ©Hellotickets

If you're visiting New York with children or seniors, it's best to find a day and time to go up to The Edge when it's less crowded. While the terrace is 700m2 and there's enough room to accommodate a generous capacity, you'll enjoy the ride more if it's not crowded.

Going early in the morning, around noon or even in the last hours before closing, may be good options for you to consider doing this family walk quietly. Remember that the observatory has a bar and restaurant, so you can also enjoy lunch or dinner, surrounded by a movie-like view.

7. What is the best time of year to go up The Edge?

The Edge's glass observation deck| ©Hellotickets
The Edge's glass observation deck| ©Hellotickets

My advice is spring and fall, which are also the best times of the year to tour New York City. New York in spring and autumn have pleasant temperatures, reasonable prices and fewer tourists are determining factors when choosing when to travel and, therefore, visit the observatory.

The Edge is open 365 days a year and does not close for anything in the world (except for an unusual weather event). But climbing 345 meters up a skyscraper is not something you do every day. And to get the most out of the experience, it requires you to pay attention to the weather conditions that will accompany you during the trip.

New York can be very extreme in winter and summer. Snow and very cold in winter, hot, rainy and very humid in summer. That's why I recommend the in-between seasons, which are the least likely to condition your visit. On the contrary, they will give you the chance to appreciate the best views of the city at its best.

8. When is the best time to go up to the Edge if I'm short on time?

About the Edge's glass viewing platform| ©Hellotickets
About the Edge's glass viewing platform| ©Hellotickets

The best time to maximize your visit is early in the morning and if possible, on a weekday. If your New York City getaway is only for a few days or if you are on a tight schedule because you don't want to miss anything, you have to make a place for the Edge in your agenda and leave the visit planned.

Since tickets require a reservation date and time, you can be sure to be among the first visitors. You'll be able to tour it with a small crowd, take all the photos you want, and maybe even have time for a coffee at the bar on the 101st floor.

Of course, I recommend that you get your tickets in advance to avoid wasting time waiting in line at the entrance and the risk of having to enter later than you thought.