March 1, 2013
Did you know that City Hall has an observation deck? It does. While the city’s tallest building — the Comcast Center — unfortunately does not have a publicly accessible one, the city’s oldest tall building — City Hall — thankfully does.
Located at the top of City Hall, some 500 feet above the ground, and at the base of the giant bronze statue of Billy Penn, the City Hall Tower Observation Deck is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and admission is just $6.
The observation deck offers some pretty amazing, 360-degree views of Philadelphia. You can look east past the Convention Center, over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and into New Jersey. You can look north and south all the way up and down Broad Street, at 12 miles one of the longest straight streets in country. You can look northwest out over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Park. And you can look west into the heart of the Philadelphia skyline.
Visit the tower at the end of the day during the winter and you just might catch the beginning of spectacular sunset over the city.
But regardless of the season, the City Hall Tower Observation Deck is pretty much a must-visit, even for locals who have been here for a while. After all, how often do you get the chance to enjoy a view like this?
Timed tower tour tickets are available at the Tour Information Center located in the East Portal of City Hall in Room 121. For more information or to arrange a group tour, call (215) 686-2840.
City Hall Tower Observation Deck
Where: City Hall
When: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
More info: (215) 686-2840; phila.gov