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20-Plus Selfie Spots and Photo Ops in Philadelphia’s Historic District

Snap eye-catching photos in Philly’s original city

As America’s first World Heritage City (as designated by the Organization of World Heritage Cities), Philadelphia’s Historic District offers a stunning setting for photos that both celebrate the past and embrace the present.

Whether you travel with a suitcase full of camera equipment or prefer your easy-to-use smartphone, it’s time to let the world see the Historic District through your personal lens.

Read on for our guide to the prime photo material – and adventures – to be had in Philadelphia’s Historic District.

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The XOXO chair at Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Winterfest

What’s better than kicking back in a comfortable Adirondack chair next to a picturesque river? Getting your picture taken in a giant one at Blue Cross RiverRink or at Spruce Street Harbor Park. When you need a break from lounging in a hammock or roller skating, this photo op should be your next stop.
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The Assembly Room at Independence Hall

Picture this: where both the Declaration of Independence AND Constitution were signed

The historic magnitude of Independence Hall comes together in the Assembly Room, where the Founding Fathers debated, drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence and, 11 years later, the U.S. Constitution. If you’re standing at the back of your tour group, don’t worry — you'll be able to get an unobstructed view once the crowd thins.
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The XOXO Statue at the Independence Visitor Center

A photogenic statue you can walk all over

The Independence Visitor Center is an all-encompassing resource for sightseeing information, but if you’re looking for a place to get a perfectly framed photo, step just outside. Sit, stand or climb on the bright red XOXO statue east of the building for a clear shot with Independence Hall in the background.
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The Continental Army Muster

Selfie with a soldier, anyone?

All summer long, kids can pick up a (wooden) rifle and ">learn musket and marching etiquette much like the Continental Army would have engaged in during the 18th century. Snag a spot next to one of the costumed re-enactors for a great photo-op.
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Skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest or Winterfest

Get your camera ready as you cruise along the waterfront

Whether you prefer to ice skate (at Winterfest) or roller skate (at Summerfest), a spin around the Blue Cross RiverRink is a not-to-be-missed photo op. Point the camera east for a Delaware River backdrop or shoot looking north for views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
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