Tobey’s favorite place to bring friends is the viewing deck at the top of Philly’s City Hall. For $8/adult and $4/student, a maximum of 5 people squeeze into a tiny elevator and head up to the platform just under William Penn’s feet. Enclosed by glass, but open to the elements, you get a great view of Center City Philadelphia and over the river into New Jersey.
*City Hall held the title of world’s tallest occupied building from 1901-1908.
*With almost 700 rooms, it is the biggest municipal building in the United States.
*Made of over 88 million bricks, marble and granite, it is the largest masonry structure in the world.
*Alexander Milne Calder created over 250 sculptures that decorate the building (including the sculpture of William Penn).
*In the 1950’s the building was considered so ugly that plans were made to tear it down.
*(X-rated) Tip: viewed from the left (north) side, William Penn’s extended hand looks like an entirely different part of his anatomy – giving the statue the nickname “Willy’s Willy.”X-Rated William Penn???
NOTE: The tower is open Monday-Friday and select Saturdays. No Sundays.
Location: Center City