Top Places to Watch the Sunset in Philadelphia
Our favorite spots for the twilight hour
With gorgeous public spaces and elaborate architecture to explore, Philadelphia is packed with plenty of outdoor activities during the warm weather months.
One of our favorite ways to find inspiration is heading outside and relaxing with the beautiful colors of the setting sun. Check out our favorite spots to watch the sunset in Philadelphia, below.
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Venues With A View
After a day of exploring Philadelphia Museum of Art’s many masterpieces, step out of the East Entrance for an incredible view from one of Philly’s most iconic spots. Watch the sunset reflected in the skyscrapers along Ben Franklin Parkway on the Art Museum steps. For a more direct view, use the West Entrance to watch the sun set over the Schuylkill.
Concert-goers at the Mann in Fairmount Park can pack an elegant picnic to eat on the lawn, head to the concessions at the top of the hill or dine alfresco-style at Crescendo before showtime and take in the view.
Get first base-side seats for the next Camden Riversharks game at Campbell’s Field. Admission includes a bird’s-eye view of the sunset over the Philadelphia skyline.
What’s better than catching the game and getting a full open-sky view as the sun sets at Citizens Bank Park? It’s the perfect combo for a fun-filled summer night.
City Hall Tower Observation Deck
Did you know that City Hall has an observation deck? It does. And it’s awesome. Located at the top of City Hall, some 500 feet above the ground, and at the base of the giant bronze statue of Billy Penn, the City Hall Tower Observation Deck is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and admission is just $6. The observation deck offers amazing, 360-degree views of Philadelphia. Visit the tower at the end of the day during the winter and you just might catch the beginning of spectacular sunset over the city. More info.
South Street Bridge
Before spending your evening at South Street’s great restaurants, catching a show at the TLA or perusing the district’s many eclectic shops, walk across the re-opened South Street Bridge for an unforgettable sunset and view of the skyline.
Located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Race Street Pier features two levels for riverside recreation. At high tide the river comes just 4.5 feet from the lower level of the pier, bringing you right up to the water’s edge. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunset.
Ben Franklin Bridge Walkway
The 1,750-foot blue bridge connects Philadelphia to Camden, stretching over the Delaware River. You can actually walk, bike or jog across the Ben Franklin Bridge on one of two walkways for pedestrians, which afford one of the best views of the city. It’s even one of William Reed’s (co-owner of Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s) favorite parts of Philly.
After a meal at any of Old City’s incredible restaurants and bars, make your way to Penn’s Landing for an incredible view of the Delaware River and the boats. Take a stroll down the boardwalk as the sun sets to make it a perfect summer night. Don’t miss out on the great evening programs being offered here, too.
Want to take in the full Philly skyline and not miss one detail? Cross the Delaware over to the Camden Waterfront. Here you’ll find great spots to take in the view: the Adventure Aquarium, Wiggins Park and the Battleship New Jersey.
When the sun sets, take a jog, go for a stroll or bike along the Schuylkill Banks and don’t forget to admire the views on your break. Swing by the Art Museum area of the trail. There you’ll find a beautiful look-out, gazebo included.
With the flags waving in the summer breeze, take a look down the Parkway for a great view of the museum district and the regal entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art at dusk.
Sunset on the Green
Less than a year old, Penn Park in University City offers the perfect view of the Philly skyline from the West and tons of green space to enjoy it. Take a stroll around the park during sunset or use the skyline as the backdrop for your next sports game.
This well-traveled destination in Fairmount Park attracts runners, bikers, frisbee and softball players. To cap off a summer picnic, take in Belmont Plateau’s dramatic view of the Center City skyline and watch the sun set.
For something outside of the city, try French Creek State Park in Chester County. It’s a popular destination for boating, sailing, fishing and hiking with nearly 40 miles of trails. Overnight campers will want to set up camp then stroll down to the lake to watch the sunset in the heart of the great outdoors.
Right on the Delaware River waterfront at the edge of Fishtown, Penn Treaty Park brings greenery right to the waterfront — the perfect combination for admiring the sunset.
Located near Drexel University’s campus, Drexel Park offers incredible skyline views and a perfect spot to watch the sunset as reflected off of the skyscrapers.
With its luxurious neutral décor, stunning rotundas and floor-to-ceiling arched picture windows, XIX Nineteen in the Hyatt at the Bellevue offers truly unparalleled views. Feast on sumptuous seafood from a window-side table and take in the sunset.
French-inspired cuisine comes paired with sunset views of the Schuylkill River, Cira Centre and 30th Street Station at Center City’s Bistro St. Tropez located on the fourth floor of the Marketplace Design Center on Market Street.
The fully restored four-masted sailing ship, berthed on Penn’s Landing, offers the perfect summer happy hour spot. Moshulu’s Bongo Bar & Deck combines sunset views with cool Delaware River breezes. Grab a few friends for twilight cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The first place in Philadelphia to open outdoor café seating is also one of the best places in Rittenhouse Square to see and be seen and do a little people watching as day folds into night. Longtime regulars at Rouge order fancy martinis and watch the sun set over the park.
Named AOL CityGuide’s “Best Romantic Restaurant” and “Best Restaurant with a View” for 2007, Water Works is an ideal place to watch the romantic sunset over the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row that will sure to create an evening to remember.
This summer’s hotspot doesn’t just offer great beer, snacks and entertainment. Morgan’s Pier has unparalleled views of the Delaware River waterfront and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Stop by for the sunset, a cool breeze and a lot of fun.
Enjoy a meal while overlooking Center City at R2L. Located on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, this modern dining room and lounge offers unforgettable food, drinks and service while you can enjoy your company and the unforgettable views. They even feature the evening’s sunset time on their website. Perfect!
Head to Center City Sips at Top of the Tower, a special events space that offers one of the highest publicly accessible views in the city.