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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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)
How to get there
  • Cortlandt St • 2 min walk
  • Chambers St • 3 min walk
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  • 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 18 April 2023
  • Rich J
    Naples, Florida379 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 13 July 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California17,045 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 24 July 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,606 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 30 September 2023
  • Harry A
    Long Island, New York77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool building
    It’s a very cool building. It’s a transit hub. It’s a mall. It’s not much else. I stopped by The Oculus while exploring lower Manhattan to check it out. The architecture was cool to look at for a bit, then I went inside to find somewhere to sit after a long day of walking around. No luck. Stores were the same ones you find in just about any other mall. I came, I saw, I said “this place looks pretty cool”, and I left. Not much more to it than that.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 October 2023
  • 644AndreaC
    180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Never disappoints me. A very cool building !
    This is my third visit and the Oculus never disappoints me. Amazing design and architecture. What a cool building. Great shops and then outside there were a lot of stalls eateries, great variety of food.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • The Trusty Trip Gal!
    England, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Architecture!
    This building is one of the most interesting and unique places I’ve ever seen! I’m not really into modern architecture but this really did catch my eye! It’s great to see and has a good variety of shops! The area is very spacious too! The subway below is also stunning and it is great to come out of the subway to such a spectacular building! Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,762 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Temple to Retail
    The Oculus is a magnificent structure. It is quite grand and stands out amongst the surrounding area. I later found out that it was designed by a Spanish architect. It reminds me of some of the buildings close to the waterfront in Valencia. As well as being a shopping center it there is also a PATH station to take you under the Hudson River to destinations in New Jersey. The Oculus has a very peaceful ambience about it and worth checking out for a bit of retail therapy.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 November 2023
  • stephens473
    Nottingham, United Kingdom377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Find
    Incredible piece of architecture situated at World Trade Center. Quite mind blowing and full of symbolism after the terrible events of 9/11. A great place to take photos , shop and eat , also many connecting travel links are all under one roof.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Bea
    703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind-blowing Oculus
    Absolutely amazing, located next to the 9/11 Memorial. It was opened in 2016 after 12 years of work. The building was part of the city’s plan to rebuild the World Trade Center after September 11. It is a transportation hub and a shopping mall built alongside the One World Trade Center.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 December 2023
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Laura
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We didn’t shop here as it’s rather expensive but we walked through as we used the PATH train which was easy to use. The place was really clean but the only downside was the smell of the toilets….good heavens that needs addressing, stale stench of wee was so strong it put me right off going back.
Written 1 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,565 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Incredible architecture inside this multi-purpose building at the World Trade Center complex and includes a high-end mall but also serves as a transportation hub including the NYC subway and PATH trains to New Jersey. This is a photo worthy stop if coming to Lower Manhattan to visit the 9/11 Memorial or the One World Observation Deck. Quite amazingly, the structure's orientation serves as a lasting reminder of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It is in alignment with the sun’s solar angles on each September 11, from 8:46 am, when the first plane struck, until 10:28 am, when the second tower collapsed. Its central skylight fits this alignment and washes the Oculus floor with a beam of light.
Written 30 March 2024
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Lindsey C
Janesville6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was an unexpected delight. We took the subway from uptown to see the 9/11 memorial and I did not realize this also doubled as a subway station. It was clean, safe and easy to navigate. Plus it was beautiful to look at. I highly recommend going to visit.
Written 20 March 2024
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Eyjolfur Gudmundsson
Hofn, Iceland3 contributions
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 24 February 2024
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Scott
San Francisco, CA5,341 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 13 February 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 8 February 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 22 January 2024
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN13,853 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 20 January 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 6 January 2024
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,169 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 6 January 2024
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