OUE Skyspace LA

Attractions, Towers and viewpoints Downtown Financial District
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OUE Skyspace LA
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Though the US Bank Tower may be losing its distinction as the tallest building in the West, it's made some sky-high additions: restaurant 71Above, an open-air observation deck and a glass slide. Those last two are both part of the OUE Skyspace LA. Skyslide, accessible with an additional ticket, is an outdoor glass slide suspended 1,000 feet above Downtown Los Angeles.

Tip: Skip the morning hours and wait for the typical marine layer to burn off for the best visibility.

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Venue name: OUE Skyspace LA
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Address: 633 W 5th St
Suite 840
Los Angeles
90071
Opening hours: 9am-11pm
Price: $25 observation deck, $8 Skyslide
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tastemaker

Went to the Skyspace for an event, and it served as a gorgeous venue with incredible 360 degree views. We arrived right before sunset, so seeing the transition from daylight to nighttime from that high up was beautiful. Though I'm glad I got to experience it, the much hyped slide was a bit of a let down--the ride barely lasts a couple seconds, blink and you'll probably miss it. 


Since there's so many ways to get a panoramic view of this city, I wouldn't necessarily recommend shelling out the $$ just to visit this observation deck. What may make it worth it though, is snagging a reservation one floor up at 71above and enjoying a delicious meal alongside the view. 



tastemaker

I slid down the Skyspace LA Skyslide and it was fun! The views on top of the tower are great views of LA, and definitely worth the picture. There's a line to get on the slide, I waited about 45 minutes. I definitely think, it could use a little more organization so the line moves quicker. Overall, the Skyslide was a short experience but still worth it to experience. Check it out! #TOTastemaker

tastemaker

The brand new OUE Skyspace LA is the ideal location for experiencing 360-degree views of Los Angeles from the open-air observation decks from 1,000 feet up at the top of the U.S. Bank Tower. Although we do not always have clear days in L.A., it does not take away from this unique perspective of our city. Watching the dusk light, sunset and night lights is particularly beautiful.


Another way to enjoy the stellar view is the new Skyslide, an outdoor, clear glass slide, that takes you from the 70th to the 69th floor, which is also about 1,000 feet above downtown L.A. The 45 foot long slide, made of 1 1/4 inch glass, truly provides a thrilling and fun experience. I rode down smiling and yelling "Wooo" the whole way down. The ride takes just 5 seconds so if you blink, you will miss the view! I planned to look left but during the ride, I was so fascinated with the slide itself, I ended up looking straight ahead and down. Riding the slide costs an extra $8 on top of the fee charged to enter the decks. All together the fee comes to almost $30.



There is also an interactive experience with some beautiful digital installations. There are dual screens that project a wall of landmarks and points of interest in a beautiful time-lapse going from dawn until night in a matter of minutes. There is an antique elevator shaft lit up and covered with glass, so you can step over it. Also there is a pixelated wall which projects images based on body movements. 


There are large murals of LA neighborhoods and plasma screens displaying fun facts about the building, slide and other LA landmarks.


Having gone during Opening Day, I had mixed feelings on the experience. This may be a logistics planning issue that will soon be worked out. Following is a short summary of issues.


- While the deck provides 2,800 feet of floor space, it was nearly impossible to carve a spot near the glass wall toward the front. The outdoor decks are not 360 degrees, but the windows on the building itself offer a full 360 degree view. During the opening, they asked us to go inside to watch the fireworks show. We could not have seen anything.


- Timed tickets did  not count for much. We go to the front of the Skyslide 2+ hours after our reserved time slot.


- It is a 2 elevator ride to get to the top and the elevators were working off and on during opening day. No in and out privileges. Security takes a long time, so bring whatever you need.


- Security confiscated water bottles, but the venue stopped selling beverages by 8:30 (even though the event went on until 11:00 p.m.). We were very dehydrated while waiting in long lines.


- Many of the security staff were very misinformed about event rules, facility information and displayed a fair amount of attitude and rudeness.


Basically the whole experience took 4-5 hours, when I expected 30 minutes. Many people left without riding the slide and/or called out for refunds.


My advice is to wait until the kinks get worked out to enjoy the new attraction in town.

moderator

There are some incredible views in LA, but the view from atop the US Bank Tower is in a class of its own—at least until the Wilshire Grand opens. It's not just about the height here, though; everything about the space is incredibly slick and polished. The slide is certainly an adrenaline rush, though it happens so quickly that it all feels like a blur. It's certainly expensive, but the price puts it on par with other observation decks in the US—though an extra $8 for the slide is pushing it a little; here's hoping all that money goes toward maintenance.


I slid down the slide yesterday and it was so much fun!!  I'm so excited to see LA joining the ranks of other American cities who are turning their tallest towers into exciting observation decks.  The fact that we have a slide definitely adds even more draw.