While LOVE Park, the “Rocky Steps” and Liberty Bell all offer their own Instagram-worthy moments, there are dozens of other photo opportunities throughout Philadelphia. We’ve assembled a few of our favorite locations via this handy guide, each of which is free to access and offers unique perspectives of the city. 

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Found behind the Pennsylvania Convention Center along Race Street, this Mural Arts mural by artist Isaac Tin Wei Lin features hundreds of colorful flags that represent Philadelphia’s diverse immigrant population. The rich colors and pleasing patterns make the mural a great spot for selfies or “Wall Crawl”-style photos.

Location: 1315 Race Street 

Neighborhood: Convention Center District



Once a shipping pier, Race Street Pier is now a complete recreational space. The main focal point is a dramatic ramp which gradually elevates 12 feet into the air as it guides visitors east towards the Delaware River. The pier provides incredible views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the boats that frequently pass up and down the river. It’s also a prime location for early morning sunrise photo shoots.

Location: Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard

Neighborhood: Waterfront/Historic District



Located in the Washington Square West neighborhood, Quince Street is a narrow, quiet, residential street complete with cobblestones and charming homes. Enter from Locust Street to capture an incredible vanishing-point photo, but don’t be afraid to navigate further down the street to uncover more of Philadelphia’s historical charm.

Location: from Walnut to Lombard street between 11th and 12th streets

Neighborhood: Washington Square West



A short walk from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Spring Garden Street Bridge offers some of the best unobstructed views of the Philadelphia skyline via its southern sidewalk. If you wake up early enough, you can even catch the sunrise behind the city skyline from this position.

Location: adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art crossing over the Schuylkill River

Neighborhood: Between Parkway Museums and University City Districts



What may appear to be an average parking garage from street level is actually home to an elevated greenspace on the roof. The 1.25-acre park regularly hosts public events and is the perfect place for a photoshoot with the skyline as the backdrop. Time it right and you can even capture incredible sunset photos while on the park.

Location: 80 South 30th Street

Neighborhood: University City District



Tucked away amongst the sports fields on the University of Pennsylvania campus, this pedestrian bridge offers a unique, futuristic design which presents varying angular shadows throughout the day—perfect for portrait sessions or creating minimalistic images. Head to the eastern opening for an uncompromised view of the Philadelphia skyline.

Location: Penn Park facilities on the University of Pennsylvania campus

Neighborhood: University City District


The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is the official tourism promotion agency for the City of Philadelphia globally and the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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