Inspiring awe in a toddler isn’t all that hard to do. They see the world through a magical sense of wonder. As an adult, I find it harder and harder to experience an awe-inspiring moment. It was a privilege to experience more than a few of those moments at The Observation Deck at CEB Tower.
This hidden gem won’t be hidden for long.
We had the honor of an invitation to the Observation Deck, and I chose to visit on my hubby’s 45th birthday. I knew it would be the perfect place to celebrate. Guess what? I was right!
The anticipation-filled elevator ride into the sky opens onto a beautifully designed circular observation deck bathed in gorgeous light streaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows. My eyes immediately surveyed the view out across Arlington, VA. I had to internally scold myself for not giving 100% of my attention to the incredibly friendly docent explaining the highlights of the experience.
The view is worth the price of admission, period. Still, while you are there, you can circle around the floor and interact with the screens at each stop. Each massive window pane has an accompanying screen that provides information about the featured view from that window. And, you’ll be asked a question as part of the fun crowd-sourcing effort that updates live throughout the day.
As we found our way around the circle, we were struck by the million-dollar moment in front of us. In a blink, we were staring out over the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Kennedy Center and so much more. We were blessed with a sunny, bright sky dotted with fluffy white clouds. It was a postcard (or as they say now Instagram) moment.
I get it, folks, I’m gushing, but this really is the coolest place I’ve been in quite a while. As if that wasn’t enough, you can head up the stairs to the outdoor deck. Translucent glass panels give the effect of soaring above the city. It felt like I could reach out and touch the history in front of my eyes.
The comfy couches are a great spot to sit and take it all in.
After you’ve taken it all in, be sure to stop by the café for a drink.
Before we headed up to the Observation Deck, we had a great time burning off some toddler energy in the open courtyard just outside the entrance. It is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic after a fun morning taking in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC from among the clouds.
Feel free to bring the stroller. The building is stroller-friendly, and the Observation Deck has designated stroller parking. It can be a bit difficult to find parking. We took the metro to the Rosslyn station and walked just across the street to the CEB Tower. Kids 5 and under a free, and the open spaces on the deck are perfect for you and your Littles to stretch their legs.
Thank you, The Observation Deck at CEB Tower for hosting our family. We had a great time.
Thank you, The Fresh Walk for capturing these beautiful and special moments. We’ll cherish them always.