Philadelphia Venues with a View

June 2, 2021

Top Scenic Venues in Philadelphia

Consider one of these options for your next meeting or event with Philadelphia’s skyline, waterfront or iconic historic district as a backdrop.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Mann Center for the Performing Arts photo by Jordan August Photography.

Total meeting space at the Mann Center: 15,000+ square feet

From intimate gatherings, cocktail parties, or corporate meetings to large-scale events, the Mann is an ideal spot in Philadelphia. Located in historic Fairmount Park with 22 acres of lush green rolling hills and stunning skyline views, the unique, multi-use, indoor and outdoor space provides a versatile setting with options ranging up to a full facility buyout. Available spaces include the popular hilltop tent area, a smaller hilltop tent space, a twinkle-lit sculpture garden space, the open-air Skyline Stage with breathtaking views of Philadelphia, and the main Pavilion, the summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which is perfect for concert performances, graduations, corporate outings and more. The facility is ADA-accessible with all production needs handled onsite. For a remote look at the venue, click here.

Contact information: 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia,

Water Works

water works outdoor event
Water Works photo by S. Spitzer for PHLCVB.

Total meeting space at the Water Works: 13,725 square feet

Water Works, an iconic national historic landmark with Greek-Revival buildings, is known as the first municipal water works in the country. Using paddle wheels to pump water, the Fairmount Water Works opened in 1815 and eventually became the first to stop using the paddle wheels for more efficient water turbine engines. The indoor and outdoor spaces are used for events and offer unmatched views of Boathouse Row and the city’s skyline. Situated at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the picturesque architectural treasure on the Schuylkill River offers lavish spaces for guests, including a columned walkway, vintage gazebo and a tented veranda. Whole property can be rented.

Contact information: 640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia,


outdoor event moshulu
Photo by A. Guzy for Moshulu.

The newly renovated Moshulu is one of a few restaurants in the country aboard a tall ship. Docked on the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, the historic ship’s recent facelift added a new large lobby bar and a refreshed main dining area (with much of the design inspired by fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s personal yacht). The world’s oldest and largest tall ship offers unsurpassed views of the city skyline and waterfront and features an American menu with seafood influences, plus prime steaks and hand-rolled sushi. Fun fact: The Moshulu was active during both World Wars and has been a restaurant since 1975. In the movie “Godfather Part II,” the Moshulu brings the young Vito Corleone to the United States in the early 1900s.

Contact information: 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia,

Downtown Club

Photo courtesy of the Downtown Club.

Total meeting space at the Downtown Club: 10,000 square feet

To feel part of a storied Philadelphia affair, check out Cescaphe’s Downtown Club, located in the heart of Old City just across the street from Independence Hall, with views of the quintessential building, the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River. Designed in 1921 in the Georgian Revival style, the Downtown Club exudes the energy of the Industrial Revolution—an age of modernization and luxury. The historic venue features inlaid marble floors and hand-carved wood moldings paired with sleek, minimal furnishings that mimic Philadelphia’s own blended skyline of modern design and colonial styling. Original brass chandeliers updated with sheer organza drum shades, towering ceilings and elegant draperies, make for a stylish venue that embraces the depth and history of a space nearly a century old. Full facility buyout is possible. Private green room and separate VIP reception area available.

Contact information: 600 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia,

The Liberty View

Total meeting space at The Liberty View: 25,000 square feet

The prime location, versatility of the venue and personalized hospitality make this venue second to none. Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District, The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center elevates events and meetings to epic proportions with a newly expanded terrace boasting unobstructed, panoramic views overlooking all of Independence Mall, from the National Constitution Center to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, with even further glimpses from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to Center City. Plan an outdoor cocktail party with unparalleled views on the wraparound terrace and an indoor reception or meeting in the connected ballroom offering an open, modern design for any style of event.

Full-building rental is available with dedicated on-site event planning professionals and fully-enclosed parking 24/7.

Contact information: 599 Market Street, Philadelphia


For more resources to help you find a venue for your next gathering, click here.


To learn about additional venues and for more information and assistance in planning a special event in Philadelphia, contact the PHLCVB Convention Services team.

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