Philadelphia, spectacular sky-high views of the City of Brotherly Love will soon be an elevator ride away.
The wait is nearly over — One Liberty Observation Deck opens Saturday, November 28 marking the public debut of Philadelphia’s first highly accessible observation deck.
Operated by Montparnasse 56 (or M56) — a Paris-based company that manages observation decks in the John Hancock Tower in Chicago and the Montparnasse 56 Tower in Paris — the observatory on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in downtown Philadelphia will supply the chance to score panoramic views of the cityscape, interact with innovative technology and check out Philly-centric art installations.
Read on for a primer on One Liberty Observation Deck and make plans to go see “Philly From The Top.”
- One Liberty Observation Deck opens Saturday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.
- The deck offers panoramic views of Philadelphia from the 57th floor of One Liberty Place
- The Deck will be open 365 days a year, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Tickets start at $14 for youth, $19 for adults
- The express elevator to the 57th floor is a 75 second ride
The Observation Deck Experience
Currently the tallest standing attraction within Philadelphia, One Liberty makes an ideal locale for this key new urban attraction.
There are currently only a few spots around town that offer any comparable bird’s-eye view of Philadelphia, including the City Hall Tower Observation Deck, R2L and Nineteen. One Liberty Observation Deck, though, is the first attraction that’s both super accessible and devoted solely to viewing “Philly From The Top.”
The attraction consists of three levels — the ground floor entry, a second-floor ticketing lobby and the 57th-floor observatory. At 883 feet above street level, the observatory offers 360-degree views of Center City and well beyond, with opportunities to view the cityscape in every direction.
In addition to panoramic views, each floor includes interactive experiences and installations including a towering Benjamin Franklin sculpture, Philadelphia-focused listening stations and six multi-lingual touch screens that allow visitors to zoom in on a single point hundreds of feet below.
Admission and Passes
Tickets to One Liberty Observation Deck will be available for purchase both online and in-person at the attraction. Admission starts at $14 for youth (ages 3-11) and $19 for adults. Students and groups can reach out for discounted prices.
Tickets are now available online and advance online ticket purchases come with timed reservations (read: no need to wait in line at the box office).
Note that general admission tickets will still be available in person, too, with wait times dependent upon visitor volume.
Getting There and Staying Over
To get to the top, enter via the Shops at Liberty Place or the courtyard entrance at 1650 Market Street.
From there, visitors will head up an escalator to the second floor where tickets are purchased and the elevator to the 57th floor departs.
The new observatory also makes for a great excuse to stay overnight in Philadelphia to see the glittering lights of the city after dark from 883 feet above street level. Check out visitphilly.com for super deals on hotel stays and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.
We’re thrilled that Philadelphia will soon have an observation deck so visitors and residents can access amazing skyline views — and score the accompanying photography and Instagrams.
Let’s get ready to discover Philly from great heights.