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Are you of the adventurous persuasion looking for a fun time in Downtown LA? If so, you should take a ride down the glass slide at Skyspace LA, the tallest open-air observation deck in California. OUE Skyspace LA is a one-of-a-kind slide that goes along the outside of the iconic U.S. Bank Tower. It’s approximately 73 stories tall and sits 1,000 feet above the ground. The tower is also the tallest building west of the Mississippi River and the 12th-tallest building in the United States.
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Last weekend, my family and I were invited to visit Skyspace Los Angeles while in the area. Upon arrival, we were welcomed at the front desk and made our way to the elevator to the 54th floor. After we got off we entered a darkened room filled with an array of lights everywhere.
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We walked by a display of LA’s nighttime skyline and several other interactive exhibits including a lighted optical illusion display built into the floor that made you feel like you were standing over a never ending tunnel of light.
My kids were especially drawn to the mysterious wall of star-like dots that came together and mimicked their movements and then quickly dispersed when they stopped moving. It was fascinating to watch them interact with the dots!
Skyspace LA Glass Slide
Next, we took the elevator to the 70th floor to ride the Skypace slide. A ride on the Skyslide costs an additional $8 per person.
As we went up the elevator, I amused myself and peeked out the window. It was just then that I realized, in a few short minutes, I would be careening down the other side of the 1.25-inch glass to the 69th floor.
At the top, my kids were some of the first people to get their mats and journey down the 45-foot long slide. They had no qualms about going outside the building and sliding down to the next floor.
Then it was my turn. So, I got on my mat, position myself over the edge and before pushing off, looked down approximately 1,000 feet to the ground. I went all the way down the slide knowing that I was suspended in a safe glass cube, but still given an excitingly perilous feeling that I was briefly suspended in space!
Skyspace LA Observation Desk
At the bottom, I met my family at the outdoor Skyspace LA observation deck, which provides a 360-degree view of Downtown LA and beyond. On a clear day, you can see from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and even spot a few iconic landmarks like Dodger Stadium and Catalina Island. There are also free telescopes of varying heights on the deck, perfect for little kids.
Once outside, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take our pictures with the angels wings painted on the glass. Inside, we enjoyed the swanky lounge, where you can get a cocktail at the well-appointed bar or enjoy a nice cup of coffee.
Skyspace LA Admission
Skyspace LA is located at 633 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles 90071.
The observation deck is open daily from 9 am to 11 pm. Observation deck tickets start at $19 for kids 3-12, and $25 for adults. Skyslide tickets are an additional $8 per person.
Discount tickets to Skyspace LA are available on Goldstar.com for $24 for the Flex Admission – Skyslide Combo (a small service applies).
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Field Trips to OUE Skyspace Los Angeles
OUE Skyspace LA offers fun field trips for students that focus on three main areas of the space – the observation deck, the interactive artwork, and the Skyslide. Skyspace provides teachers with a free curriculum to go along with the field trip in the disciplines of art and design, social studies and STEM. The lessons include an activity to complete before your visit, an activity to complete while at Skyspace and a project to create afterwards that builds upon all of the knowledge, experiences, and data gathered before and during your trip.
Skyspace LA student and youth group rates are $25 per person. A minimum purchase of 10 tickets is required to get the group rate.
Happy Field Tripping!