Philadelphia’s Newest Attraction Welcomes Students And Groups Of All Ages To View Philly From The Top
Philadelphia’s newest and tallest attraction, One Liberty Observation Deck, opened on November 28, 2015. The Deck is located at the peak of One Liberty Place, the iconic Helmut Jahn-designed skyscraper 57 floors above street level. As the tallest standing attraction within Philadelphia, the location presents a new view of Philly From The Top. The Observation Deck offers panoramic views of the city-scape, interactive technology designed to enhance and expand upon points-of-interest and artistic installations portraying the story of Philadelphia’s past, present and future.
“One Liberty Observation Deck was designed to create an authentic, visually rich experience that expresses the unique vibe of Philadelphia as a place and culture,” explained General Manager Evan Evans. “Groups can explore the unique imagery at the entrance and spectacular views at the top that offer surprises at every turn and provide incredible photo and learning opportunities.”
Groups enter on the first floor from the One Liberty Courtyard Entrance at 1650 Market Street where the convenient bus loading zone is just steps from the entrance. From there an escalator takes them to the second floor where the adventure begins. Benjamin Franklin is a theme throughout One Liberty Observation Deck. Guests are greeted by the larger-than-life, size 76 shoes of Philadelphia’s founding father.
The express elevator to the 57th floor is a 75 second ride to the top where a drone video of Philly sets the stage for the Observation Deck experience. As the elevator door opens the bust of Ben Franklin welcomes visitors to the main attraction. With an open floor plan and floor to ceiling windows, 360 degree views offer vantage points of all of Philadelphia, over the bridges to New Jersey, down the river to Delaware and as far as the eye can see.
Six multi-lingual, interactive touch-screens feature a panorama of the cityscape that allows visitors to explore and personalize their Philly From The Top experience. Zoom in on a point of interest or find a favorite Philly locale to learn more. Sit in unique, themed chairs in one of three Chair Zones and hear distinctive, memorable stories about Philadelphia culture, music and sports told by famous Philadelphians. Students can learn interesting facts about Philadelphia like which street is more popularly known as the Avenue of the Arts, and what year the Phillies won the World Series.
Understanding the way today’s consumers photograph, post and share their experiences with friends and followers, social media is integrated throughout. The entire experience in enhanced by music and images. Hear songs with a Philly connection. See images of #TheRealPhilly and artistic expressions reminiscent of Philadelphia’s murals, mosaics and famous artists.
And just for students, group leaders can download Sky School student planners on our website with pre, during and post visit activities for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school students. Older students can do a Selfie Scavenger Hunt around the Observation Deck. While younger students can draw pictures of what they see.
Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the door with general admission starting at $14 for youth (ages 3 – 11) and $19 for adults. Student, group and tour operator rates are available at discounted prices. School groups from within Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington and New Castle counties can take advantage of a limited time offer of only $8 per student for 2016 field trips.
The Deck is open 365 days a year, morning, noon and night and has a capacity of 275 people with the average length of a tour running 60 – 75 minutes. The elevator can accommodate 24 people at a time and admission is timed.
With easy access to nearby attractions within the Center City area, special group packages with other area attractions and restaurants can be customized.
The Observation Deck has thrilled and delighted visitors and groups with the incredible views, friendly staff and interactive experiences. Trip Advisor reviewers love the “clear unobstructed views,” (Ruby M) and “the interactive displays were great” (Linda H). “The kids loved seeing all of Philly on their own time,” (Leslie F) and overall had “such a fantastic experience” (youngtrevis35).
One Liberty Observation Deck is owned and operated by Montparnasse 56. The development of Philadelphia as a global tourism destination and flourishing metropolitan hub led Montparnasse 56, a global company specializing in the operation and development of tourist attractions, to choose the city for its second U.S. site. The group now has five exceptional tourism venues including the 56th floor and panoramic terrace of the Montparnasse Tower in Paris (France), the observation deck and revolving restaurant at the Berlin TV Tower (Germany), Crocodile Zoo and Nature Preserve in the south of France, 360 CHICAGO and One Liberty Observation Deck.
One Liberty Place and the Shops at Liberty Place are owned by Metropolis Investment Holdings.For more information, visit www.PhillyFromTheTop.com or call 215.561.DECK (3325)
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