Best Views of Philadelphia

A picnic at Fairmount Park with a view of the Schuylkill River, Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Zoo in the background is one-of-a-kind.

Discover Philadelphia’s Best Views

We’ve broken down some top spots around the city guaranteed to give you the best lay of the land. Day or night, a perch at one of these stops is sure to take your breath away.

  • See sweeping views of the city and beyond from the 883 feet above its center at One Liberty Observation Deck.
  • City Hall Observation Deck offers 360 degree views of the city at the base of the William Penn statue.
  • Fairmount Water Works: Learn about environmental protection and the importance of urban water planning with interactive exhibits and enjoy the beautiful views of the Schuylkill River.
  • Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park: After a walk through the park, spread your picnic blanket at Belmont Plateau. At over 200 feet above river level, this lush park ground gives picnickers a stunning view of the city’s skyline, Fairmount Park, the Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Moshulu: Take your next meal to the water and dine on the world’s oldest and largest square rigged sailing vessel still afloat. The ship, at Penn’s Landing, has won a number of awards for their delicious food, wonderful service and superb dining experience, with partial thanks going to the ambient city skyline view from the water.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art: Follow in Rocky’s footsteps and climb up the grand staircase to the museum. You’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the city, day or night. When you get to the top, be sure to take a picture of all that’s around you: the old world architecture of the city, a straight on view of City Hall and the bustling Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
  • XIX (Nineteen): One of the city’s highest restaurants, at 19 floors up on top of the Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel, is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night. Enter the dining room and you’ll not only be impressed by the 36-foot dome rotunda, but thanks to the floor to ceiling picture windows, you’ll experience a stunning panoramic view of the city. The menu here is New American done brasserie-style, with a focus on seasonality and seafood.
  • R2L: One of Philadelphia’s most dramatic dining rooms, R2L features breathtaking, unobstructed panoramic views of the city from the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place. The bar is a perfect spot to enjoy a drink at sunset.
  • Assembly Rooftop Lounge at the Logan Hotel – Looking down on Logan Square with vast views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway all the way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 
  • Benjamin Franklin Bridge – The suspension bridge across the Delaware River connects Philadelphia with New Jersey.
  • Race Street Pier – Located just below the Ben Franklin Bridge, the pier looks out across the Delaware River.
  • Battleship New Jersey – The U.S. Navy’s most decorated warship sits on the Camden waterfront and looks out at the Philadelphia skyline.
  • Adventure Aquarium – Catch striking views of the Philadelphia skyline from the promenade outside.
  • Penn Treaty Park – Just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge along the Delaware River.
  • South Street Bridge – Offers beautiful views of the Schuylkill River and boardwalk west of downtown Philadelphia. Cutouts for pedestrians provide easy opportunities to snap pictures!
  • Citizens Bank Park – take in a Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball game with spectacular views of Philadelphia.
  • The Mann Center for the Performing Arts – enjoy a performance at the outdoor venue, situated in Fairmount Park, with beautiful views of Philadelphia.
  • Spirit of Philadelphia – cruise the Delaware River while enjoying breathtaking views of the Philadelphia skyline.


The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is the official tourism promotion agency for the City of Philadelphia globally.

Updated March 2, 2018


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