The thing you need to know about me is I really enjoy a good observation deck. As much as I have a fear of heights, I absolutely love staring down at a cityscape and taking it all in. Sure, it’s a bit “touristy”, but it’s always on top of the list of any city I visit.
Six years ago, Ian and I had just started dating, and I was visiting him for Christmas. We did a day trip to Center City in Philly, and one of the things we did was go to the observation deck inside city hall. Although Philly has another really famous observation deck (One Liberty Observation Deck), my fond memories really tie me to the OG city hall version. In fact, every time I have out-of-town visitors, I make sure to take them to the observation deck.
If anything, the experience is kinda fun. You have to go through a metal detector (like at an airport). Then you get to walk through parts of the city hall. Finally, to reach the top, you ride in a teeny tiny elevator that only holds about 6 people. On the elevator ride, you can look out to see all the constructions of the building. It’s quite neat! On the observation deck, you are boxed in with glass windows, so there is no worry about being too windy or cold.
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