Philadelphia has just 3 official Observational Decks (one of which is under construction). However there are a few other locations that also have the best views of the area. Philly doesn’t have its own “Empire State Building”, but with the building of the new One Liberty Observation Deck, and the Comcast Technology Center, history is in the making. Philly does have a beautiful skyline, full of impressive skyscrapers. You can observe some of the glory of the city of Philadelphia at these top 5 locations.
One Liberty Observation Deck
1650 Market St.
57th Floor
Philadelphia, PA. 19103
(215) 561-3325

One Liberty’s Observation Deck is currently the highest attraction in Philly until the completion of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. Here you can enjoy full panoramic views. The Observation deck is located on the 57th floor, 883 feet up from street level, and is open daily 365 days of the year from 10 A.M-10 P.M. Tickets need to be purchased either online or at their box office at the same location. Tickets are $14 for kids 12 and under and $19 for adults. There is no time limit for your visit once on the deck. There are also shops and eateries at Liberty Place so you can make it part of your day out.

City Hall Tower
Observation Deck
Philadelphia, PA. 19109
(215) 686-2840

Of course the City Hall Tower is the most historic location for you to observe the city of brotherly love. The Tower is approximately 500 feet from street level. You will need to purchase tickets, and this is a timed activity. You can get free admission with purchase of the Philly pass which is about $6 for adults and $4 for children, and serves as admission for about 40 different Philadelphia attractions.

The Bellevue
XIX (19) Restaurant
200 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19102
(215) 790-1919

The Bellevue is a historic hotel built in 1909 and was one of the top luxurious hotels of its day. The hotel is currently run by Hyatt, but on the 19th floor you’ll find the restaurant XIX (19). Here you can enjoy a very swanky evening with views of the Philadelphia skyline while you dine on some delicious food. This would be considered a fancy night out as entrees range from $30-60. The majority of people have enjoyed the food, and service here is top-notch. There is a cozy fireplace in the lounge and in the warm weather months al fresco dining.

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Comcast Building Market & Shops
Innovation & Technology Center
1701 John F Kennedy BLVD
Philadelphia, PA.  19103
(215) 496-1810

The Comcast Building is technically the highest building in the city standing over 975 feet tall, and has over 36,000 square feet of shops and eateries. Here you can find many items to delight loved ones, yourself, or even just your palate when you work up an appetite from shopping. During winter, the Comcast experience wall converts to a Holiday Spectacular from Thanksgiving until New Years with visuals that include the Philly countryside as a virtual sleigh ride while being paired up with the music of a 64 piece orchestra .The new Technology center is still under construction with a projected opening of late 2016 to early 2017. The roof top views are projected to give you a view of 80 miles which may be the best view in the city. There will also be a top floor restaurant. With its 59 floors this will make the Comcast Center the 8th tallest building in the western hemisphere.

Sky Brunch At Top Of The Tower
1717 Arch St.
50th floor
Philadelphia, PA. 19103
(215) 557-1999

The views you will enjoy during Sky Brunch at the Top of the Tower are nothing short of amazing. The food prepared for this once a week brunch is considered overwhelmingly amazing by many. Some of the top offerings are crème brulee French toast, an omelet bar, sushi and delicious cocktails. Your main opportunity (besides private functions) is on Sundays, so make your reservations far in advance. Sky Brunch has an additional seating on Wednesdays during the special event CC Sips which takes place in the summer from early June through the beginning of September.

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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here