|Whenever we visit a new city, we like to find a great place to see the views.
In Philadelphia, surprisingly, this is the gorgeous, recently restored City Hall. Tickets to the Observation Deck were cheap - just $6 when we were there. You have to get a ticket in advance - they go up every 15 minutes - and you can either call the visitor center at City Hall at (215) 686-2840, or you can stop by.
It's a bit tricky to find. City Hall is massive. We started at the entrance at the southeastern corner of the building, where you go through a security check - but that was the wrong place. To find the visitor center, start on the south side, where Broad Street runs into the building. Enter through the main walkway. The visitor center will be on your right in the tunnel just before you reach the courtyard.
We were waylaid a bit by a last-minute VIP who wanted to see the view (eliciting grumbles from the staff) but we did eventually make it to the top. It was well worth the cost.
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