February 14, 2001
Admission ($1-$3 based on age) is charged for the long scenic glass elevator ride to the observation deck. However, you can avoid the admission charge by taking the elevator to the lounge (one floor/level below the observation deck) and enjoying the view with a drink and/or appetizer. Then, you are welcome to take the elevator up to the observation deck at no cost.
They also have a restaurant one floor/level below the lounge that is open for lunch and dinner. Our visit was between lunch and dinner and the restaurant was closed. The restaurant is said to rotate in a complete circle about once an hour, but it must not rotate when the restaurant is closed.
The view is fantastic from the lounge, even with all the construction currently downtown. It provides a tremendous vantage point of the Rivercenter Mall, downtown hotels, Hemisfair Park, and the entire area.
Go for the view. The tower is an easy walk from the Rivercenter Mall area.
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