One Liberty Observation Deck#18 in Best Things To Do in Philadelphia
For some of the best views of downtown Philadelphia, venture to the top of One Liberty Place. At the building's One Liberty Observation Deck on the 57th floor, you'll be treated to 360-degree panoramas of skyscrapers and local landmarks, such as the Ben Franklin Bridge. Plus, the indoor deck's ground floor is home to #TheRealPhilly exhibit, which features a large blue sculpture of Benjamin Franklin. The penalty box used by the Broad Street Bullies (the aggressive Philadelphia Flyers professional hockey team from the 1970s) is also on display and visitors can learn about local music, sports and pop culture in the space's audio zones.
Although a few reviewers caution that entry fees are a little steep, many say the attraction's fantastic vistas justify the cost. Visitors also rave about the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. Hourlong tours, which all tickets cover, are available on the hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. From late September to late October, tours also take place at 5 and 6 p.m.
One Liberty Observation Deck is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m., depending on the season. Standard tickets cost $10 per child 3 to 11 and $15 per person 12 and older. Two-day and family passes are also available. If you purchase a Philadelphia CityPASS or The Philadelphia Pass, your sightseeing pass includes admission to the observation deck.
You'll find the attraction about halfway between Logan Square and Rittenhouse Square in the heart of the city. The building sits a block south of SEPTA's Suburban Station, which services the Regional Rail line and offers a pedestrian walkway to the Market-Frankford Line. You can also drive and park in One Liberty Place's garage. Learn more by visiting One Liberty Observation Deck's website.
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#1 Liberty Bell Center
Opposite Independence Hall, you'll find the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Now residing in a huge glass gazebo, this 2,080-pound piece of history was once mounted in the belfry of Independence Hall. It was used to mark important historic events, most notably at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Historians believe the first crack developed in the early 1840s. Metal workers were tasked with repairing the bell in anticipation of George Washington's birthday in 1846. The repair was unsuccessful and the bell ceased to chime ever again.
Despite the long lines, recent visitors called this attraction a must-see for all Americans. They also suggested planning your visit first thing in the morning during the week.
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