The Most Instagrammable Places
Where to snap the best photos while exploring the city
In Philly, photo opportunities are abundant.
The city is filled with beautiful sites to see and gems to discover, all of which will make your Instagram glow.
Fill your camera with LOVE or with sunset scenes that stretch across the nearly 1.5-mile Benjamin Franklin Bridge that hovers above the Delaware River.
And in what other city can you meet Rocky (sort of) and pose by his side for a photo? Then march up the same 72 stone steps of his legendary run and bask in a picture-perfect skyline view?
These iconic settings are just two among the many incredible and most Instagrammable places in Philadelphia, and all are perfect for capturing as well as relaxing and exploring. Come prepared to stay awhile at each stop along your trip — our guide transforms Philly into a photographer's playground and is bound to inspire more than a few creative snaps.
The Rocky Statue and Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps
Run like a legend and celebrate your triumph with a cityscape view
Snap a selfie with Rocky, then embark on the legendary, 72-step run that meets you just seconds away. As you reach the top, be sure to turn around before you revel in your accomplishment — the city view that meets you will feel like all the celebration you need. The cherry on top? The beautiful Philadelphia Museum of Art is just a few additional steps away, awaiting with a haven of art inside for you to check out.
Sculpture is being renovated through fall '17; check out sister sculpture AMOR nearby
The Liberty Bell and Independence National Historical Park
Celebrated history worth capturing
Both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed at Independence Hall, making the grand historic building – dating back to 1732 – certainly worthy of a post-Liberty-Bell photo. And these are just two of the many photo-worthy sites located in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park, also known as the birthplace of American democracy.
Boathouse Row and Waterworks
Two majestic scenes that rest on the shore of the Delaware River
The neoclassical Water Works is a National Historic Landmark whose surrounding grounds offer breathtaking views of the Center City skyline, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row from the edge of the Schuylkill River.
Race Street Pier
A relaxing waterfront respite and breathtaking bridge view in the heart of the city
Benjamin Franklin Bridge
One Liberty Observation Deck
Panoramic views of the city from 57 floors above ground
Cheesesteak Central at 9th & Passyunk – Pat's and Geno's
Mouthwatering photo ops via Philly's signature sandwich
Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
Capture skyline views from just atop the water
City Hall Tower Observation Deck
Awesome city views from right beneath the eyes of Billy Penn
Dilworth Park at City Hall
Both summer and winter bring magic to this central public park
During cold-weather months, individuals of all ages flock to the Rothman Ice Rink, a winter pop-up that allows visitors to skate in the heart of Philadelphia. Get your camera ready because aside from cruising on the ice, lots of photo-snapping is bound to occur.
Avenue of the Arts and South Broad Street
The best ground-level viewpoint of the grand City Hall
Prime people-watching in Philly's favorite town square
The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street
Spruce Street Harbor Park (Seasonal)
A summertime haven where both daytime and nighttime visits are a must
Once the sun sets, the park lights up with hundreds of multi-colored LED lights, creating a breathtaking evening landscape. Three floating barges – open day and night – light up the view over the Delaware River and house a pop-up restaurant and bar featuring delicious bites from the Garces Group.
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Winterfest (seasonal)
Winter brings ice skating and summer brings rollerblading at this awesome riverfront park
Philly's Pop-Up Beer Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Eastern State Penitentiary
Radical 19th-century prison with massive, 30-foot fortress-like walls
Chinatown Friendship Gate
Colorful portal to Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood
30th Street Station
One of America's first transportation hubs – and a strikingly beautiful one at that
City skyline views from the perfect picnic setting
Washington Avenue Green and Pier 53
An elevated view from a picturesque spiral staircase
Cira Green Rooftop Park
Awesome skyline views from a green rooftop hangout
Skyline and zoo animal views from a hot air balloon
A nighttime haven of illuminated trees