Whether this is worth the dough depends on how much you like views. The “ride” portion is a glass-enclosed elevator to the top as a guide delivers a few facts (“this is a half-size exact replica, down to the paint color of the original” and more). At the uppermost platform, viewers are welcome to stand around and look out for as long as they want, which probably isn’t 2 hours, the length of the average movie, which costs about what this does. If you’d like a view that’s just as spectacular but a little lower to the ground, opt instead for a cocktail in the lounge of the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, located on the 11th floor of the structure. The price of a drink is about the same as the cost of the ride up to the top, but this is a much more relaxed way to enjoy the view. Plus now you have a cocktail.
- Rick Garman