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The Most Instagrammable Places in Philadelphia

Where to snap the best photos while exploring the city...

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AMOR sculpture along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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In Philly, photo opportunities are abundant.

The city is filled with beautiful sites to see and gems to discover, all of which will make any Instagram feed glow.

Fill your camera with LOVE or with sunset scenes that stretch across the nearly one-and-a-half-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 a few among the many incredible and most Instagrammable places in Philadelphia. 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 snapshots.

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The Rocky Statue and Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Run like a legend and celebrate your triumph with a cityscape view

Visiting the Rocky statue and running up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, also known as the “Rocky Steps“, is a rite of passage — and the picture-taking opportunities at both stops (located right next to each other) certainly warrant capturing it all. 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 awaits with a trove of masterpieces inside.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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LOVE Sculpture and AMOR Sculpture

An artistic homage to the City of Brotherly Love

The renowned LOVE sculpture — located in the recently renovated LOVE Park — is one of the most popular landmarks in Philadelphia for photo ops. After posing for a few pics there, take a short stroll to Sister Cities Park for a few more equally Instagrammable shots at LOVE‘s sister sculpture, AMOR.

Where: LOVE Park, North 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard

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The Liberty Bell and Independence National Historical Park

Celebrated history worth capturing

The Liberty Bell may have been silenced centuries ago, but as one of the nation’s most symbolic pieces of history, it still rings itself worthy of a photo. Soaring glass walls behind the bell offer dramatic and powerful views of Independence Hall, situated just across the street. Both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed at Independence Hall, making the grand historic building – dating back to 1732 – worthy of a post-Liberty-Bell photo (and visit). 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.

Where: Various locations including The Liberty Bell Center, 526 Market Street

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Boathouse Row and the Fairmount Water Works

Two majestic scenes on the shores of the Delaware River

Two majestic scenes that boast prime photo ops await behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Boathouse Row, located on Kelly Drive, consists of a series of 19th-century boathouses that line the Schuylkill River and house an array of local boating clubs. While worth a view during the day, lights outline each house at night to create one of the city’s loveliest views. The nearby Fairmount 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.

Where: Boathouse Row, 1 Boathouse Row

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Race Street Pier

A relaxing waterfront respite and breathtaking bridge view in the heart of the city

Yet another of Philadelphia’s amazing outdoor spaces, the Race Street Pier on the Delaware River waterfront is a relaxing respite in the heart of the city. Located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, it offers breathtaking views and incredible photo opportunities to capture the beautiful blue suspended pathway that connects Philadelphia to Camden, New Jersey.

Where: Race Street Pier, North Christopher Columbus Boulevard & Race Street

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Benjamin Franklin Bridge

An iconic Philadelphia sight and once the longest suspension bridge in the world

After capturing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge from beneath at Race Street Pier (mentioned above), head on up to its pedestrian pathway, which allows you to snag prime waterfront views. The nearly one-and-a-half-mile footpath is a popular spot for runners, bikers and photographers alike.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Entrance to Pedestrian Walkway at North 5th and Race streets

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One Liberty Observation Deck

Panoramic views of the city from 57 stories above ground

The panoramic outlook from the 57-story One Liberty Observation Deck can’t be beat. At 883 feet above street level, the observatory offers 360-degree views of Center City and beyond, with opportunities to view the cityscape in every direction. Even the inside holds picture-perfect material, with installations that include a towering Benjamin Franklin sculpture.

Where: One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market Street

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Cheesesteak Central at 9th & Passyunk – Pat's and Geno's

Mouthwatering photo ops via Philly's signature sandwich

Here in Philadelphia, cheesesteaks are a civic icon, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession. Often imitated around the world, the cheesesteak is rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia. In other words, you have to order one when you’re in the sandwich’s signature city, especially at Philly’s own cheesesteak hot spot at South 9th Street and East Passyunk Avenue. With two of the most beloved cheesesteak spots – Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks – located across the street from each other, photo opportunities abound in either direction.

Where: South 9th Street and East Passyunk Avenue

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Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Capture skyline views from just atop the water

The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot-long pathway that extends the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to South Street. The scenic route takes pedestrians, runners, bicyclists and photographers on an over-the-water pathway that provides one of the best skyline perspectives around during every step of the journey. Consider a visit during both daylight and nighttime hours, as each brings its own unique, water-reflected flair to your photos. Be sure to check out the South Street end of the boardwalk, where a 460-foot-long ramp takes you up to the South Street Bridge. At the top, awesome overhead views of the entire path await.

Where: Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, 2500 Walnut Street

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City Hall Tower Observation Deck

Awesome city views from right beneath the eyes of Billy Penn

Take in a different perspective of Philly from just beneath the eyes of the William Penn statue at the observation deck located at the top of City Hall, some 500 feet above the ground. Here, 360-degree views allow you and your camera to spot citywide sites such as Fairmount Park, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and all 12 miles of Broad Street, one of the longest streets in the country.

Where: Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

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Dilworth Park at City Hall

Both summer and winter bring magic to this central public park

Dilworth Park, a multifaceted gathering space, is located at the base of City Hall. The area hosts an array of magical events that beg to be captured as well as an outdoor cafe, a fountain of dancing water, a performance space and activity areas for outdoor markets. 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 in order.

Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street

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Avenue of the Arts and South Broad Street

The best ground-level viewpoint of the grand City Hall

Stretching along South Broad Street, the Avenue of the Arts is the city’s performing-arts district. Venues here include the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and other awesome theaters and performance spaces. Look north and you’ll also find one of the best perspectives of Philly’s towering City Hall caught from ground level.

Where: Avenue of the Arts, South Broad Street and Sansom Street

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Rittenhouse Square

Prime people-watching in Philly's favorite public park

It’s hard to capture all that Rittenhouse Square embodies, but it’s undeniable that the people-watching opportunities in the tree-lined park are abundant. Amidst the serene green space and numerous benches that allow you to unwind, you can also often find live performances from musicians, dancers and other buskers in the area.

Where: Rittenhouse Square, Walnut Street & South 18th Street

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Swann Memorial Fountain at Logan Circle

Created in 1924 by Alexander Stirling Calder

The stunning Swann Memorial Fountain at Logan Circle features three main figures sculpted by Alexander Stirling Calder, a view of City Hall in one direction and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the other.

Where: Swann Memorial Fountain, Logan Square

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Elfreth's Alley

The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street

Named for blacksmith and property owner Jeremiah Elfreth, Elfreth’s Alley was home to the 18th-century artisans and tradespeople who were the backbone of colonial Philadelphia. Three hundred years later, the houses on this narrow, cobblestone street are still hot properties – and hot photo subjects. While a modern city has sprung up around it, Elfreth’s Alley preserves three centuries of evolution through its old-fashioned flower boxes, shutters, Flemish bond brickwork and other architectural details. Two adjacent houses, built in 1755, are now a museum and are open to the public for indoor photo-ops, too.

Where: Elfreth's Alley, 124-126 Elfreth's Alley

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

A summertime haven where both daytime and nighttime visits are a must

Open from spring through fall, Spruce Street Harbor Park is one of Philly’s greatest outdoor oases. Hammocks strung throughout the park offer visitors a chance to unwind in an open-air setting of trees adjacent to the Delaware River. Food-and-drink options abound, as do outdoor lawn games. Once the sun sets, the park glows 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 restaurant and bar featuring delicious bites and brews.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Winterfest

Winter brings ice skating and summer brings roller skating at this awesome riverfront park

In the summer, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest transforms a portion of Penn’s Landing into aPhilly’s only outdoor roller skating rink and The Midway, featuring a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, a carousel, games and mini-golf. In the winter, the rink is repurposed into a winterized riverfront park, equipped with an Olympic-sized ice rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and a winter garden with recycled shipping containers, a heated tent, holiday trees, fire pits and plenty of cozy seating. To top it all off, twinkling lights are strung throughout to illuminate the entire area at night.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Mural Arts Philadelphia

Creators of thousands of city murals since 1984

Mural Arts Philadelphia has commissioned thousands of stunning murals around the city, making them perfect material for the ‘gram. Interested visitors can view several of these works on a variety of walking and trolley tours.

Where: Various locations including 512 South Broad Street, 512 South Broad Street

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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Artist Isaiah Zagar’s masterpiece on South Street

Cement, bicycle spokes, bottles, ceramic shards and other artistic knick-knacks create one huge mosaic sanctuary that covers an indoor and outdoor space equivalent to half of a city block. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is the mastermind of local artist Isaiah Zagar, who began tiling South Street in the 1960s and hasn’t stopped since. Zagar has mosaics throughout the city, but Magic Gardens offers a centralized place to capture his glistening creativity.

Where: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street

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Eastern State Penitentiary

Radical 19th-century prison with massive, 30-foot-high fortress-like walls

Eastern State Penitentiary, with its soaring, castle-like Gothic architecture, sits in the center of Philly’s Fairmount neighborhood, its towers standing tall above the stores and coffee shops on Fairmount Avenue. The 11-acre prison once housed notorious figures, such as bank robber Willie Sutton, who staged a breakout in 1945, and Al Capone, who furnished his cell with antiques, rugs and oil paintings. Tours within its grounds include a look at life inside the prison’s historic cell blocks and offer step after step of (somewhat spooky) visual opportunities, from the cathedral-like hallways to the haunting, sky-lit prison cells.

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

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Chinatown Friendship Gate

Colorful portal to Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood

From the food to the eclectic shops to the cultural events going on during any given week, Chinatown is a haven for photographers. The neighborhood offers tons to work with, but the gateway that stands 40 feet tall at its entrance is undoubtedly a sight that’s not to be missed. With its alluring, gilt-painted design and radiating colors, the beautiful icon is just waiting to be captured on camera.

Where: Chinatown Friendship Gate, North 10th & Arch streets

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30th Street Station

One of America's first transportation hubs – and a strikingly beautiful one at that

Hopping a train to Philly? Prime Instagram opportunities await as soon as you step off the platform and walk up the stairs. Amtrak‘s 30th Street Station features grand Corinthian columns, Art-Deco-styled chandeliers, intricately patterned high ceilings and a Tennessee marble floor. The neoclassical exterior is a beautiful site as well, so be sure to take your time strolling around inside and out before leaving. Opened in 1933, the building is rich in history and photo-taking splendor. Outside 30th Street Station, you’ll also find one of our Visit Philly Photo Spots, perfect for addWest ing a little love to your Instagram. XOXO!

Where: 30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street

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Belmont Plateau

City skyline views from the perfect picnic setting

As part of West Fairmount Park, the elevated fields at Belmont Plateau offer dramatic views of the Center City skyline and a prime spot for taking in the sunset. Pack a picnic and spread out across the grass to further enhance the experience – and your photo possibilities, too.

Where: Belmont Plateau, 1800 Belmont Mansion Drive

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Cira Green at Cira Centre South

Awesome skyline views from a green rooftop hangout

University City’s Cira Green claims the title of Philadelphia’s first overhead public park. Situated 95 feet above street level, this one-and-a-quarter-acre urban park utilizes space atop a parking garage next to a 33-story residential building. The grassy hangout offers a great place to catch both the breeze and a great view of the city skyline.

Where: Cira Green at Cira Centre South, 129 S. 30th Street

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Addison Street

A nighttime haven of illuminated trees

The trees lining the small, Rittenhouse Square side street known as Addison Street twinkle with thousands and thousands of tiny, majestic lights all year around. The illuminated picture that these decorations create at night is not to be missed.

Where: 1700 Addison Street

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The Electric Street Mural

This alley in South Philly is lit

Artist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau teamed up in 2016 to create this somewhat-hidden neon gem in an alley on Percy Street in South Philly. Bonus: After snapping your pic, head to nearby East Passyunk Avenue to enjoy the neighborhood’s awesome food and drink scene, including classic Philly eats at Cheesesteak Central.

Where: 1300 block of South Percy Street, S. Percy Street

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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park

This traditional-style Japanese house and nationally ranked garden offers the perfect scenery for a beautiful photo for the ‘gram. Tour the house, feed the koi fish that swim in a pond under a 75-year-old weeping cherry tree and explore the beautiful garden landscape that stretches for more than an acre.

Where: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Horticultural and Landsdowne drives

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Fountain Street Steps in Manayunk

Head to the Manayunk Towpath in Northwest Philly to snap a photo of the stunning mosaic on the steps of Fountain Street. Pro tip: The steps are just one of many great shots to capture along the path, so keep an eye out for stunning views and other artwork.

Where: Umbria Street & Fountain Street

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The Rocky Statue and Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
LOVE Sculpture and AMOR Sculpture
The Liberty Bell and Independence National Historical Park
Boathouse Row and the Fairmount Water Works
Race Street Pier
Benjamin Franklin Bridge
One Liberty Observation Deck
Cheesesteak Central at 9th & Passyunk – Pat's and Geno's
Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
City Hall Tower Observation Deck
Dilworth Park at City Hall
Avenue of the Arts and South Broad Street
Rittenhouse Square
Swann Memorial Fountain at Logan Circle
Elfreth's Alley
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Winterfest
Mural Arts Philadelphia
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Eastern State Penitentiary
Chinatown Friendship Gate
30th Street Station
Belmont Plateau
Cira Green at Cira Centre South
Addison Street
The Electric Street Mural
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Fountain Street Steps in Manayunk
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