How to Find the Most Instagrammable Places in Philly
Wanting to take more weekend trips from New York, we decided to head over to Philly, which is just about 2 and a half hours away. After our long weekend, I was truly surprised by how much I fell in love with Philly. Not only is there a ton to do, but Philly is also full of super cute instagrammable places! In this post, I list the best Instagram spots all around Philly!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- How to Find the Most Instagrammable Places in Philly
- Getting Around Philly
- Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
- Elfreth’s Alley, Philly
- Philadelphia City Hall
- Mural Arts in Philadelphia
- Rodin Museum, Philadephia
- The Famous Philly Rocky Steps
- Independence Visitors Center
- Philadelphia Independence Hall
- Cute Philly Allies
- Philly Instagrammable Places Wrap-up
Getting Around Philly
The best way to get around Philly is by walking or taking an Uber. The city is incredibly walkable, so if it’s nice out, I highly recommend it. Uber is widely available if your feet get tired. I wouldn’t recommend driving a car since parking can be difficult and expensive.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
The Magic Gardens in Philly is easily one of the most instagrammable places to visit IMO. This unique “Garden” is made up of beautiful mosaics, bottles, bike wheels, and tons of other things. It’s truly a unique experience and so photo-worthy! To visit, you will need to get your ticket in advance (seriously) and show up at your time slot. Find tickets on Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens website.
Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM CLOSED on Tuesdays
Address: 1020 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
Elfreth’s Alley, Philly
Elfreth’s Alley is not only the most instagrammable alley in Philly, but it’s also the oldest inhabited residential street in America dating back to the 1700s! Because of this, this alley is considered a National Historic Landmark.
It does get packed, so I would recommend going in the morning. We were lucky we stayed right across the street from the Alley so we could run down. Please remember these are people’s homes, so be especially respectful and keep your noise level down.
Address: 124-126 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Philadelphia City Hall
While touring around Philly, I found the City Hall building and surrounding area to be very photo-worthy. For this shot, you have to make your way into the median of the street, so be very careful. We went mid-day during the weekend and didn’t have an issue photographing this area.
On the left side of Philadelphia’s City Hall is the Masonic Temple which also has very impressive architecture and Instagrammable!
Address: 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Mural Arts in Philadelphia
Mural Arts gives plenty of opportunities to get photo-worthy snaps all around Philly. To date, over 3,600 pieces of art have been created! They continue to expand the murals with local artists’ work, and they are seriously impressive. To find murals around Philly, check this map!
Rodin Museum, Philadephia
Wait, are we in Paris? The Rodin Museum had us reminiscing our time in Paris, while also being a cute instagrammable place in Philly. We didn’t actually go inside the museum, but the gardens are really nice to relax at and even have a picnic after taking your photos.
Photo Tip: Try to take your photos early in the morning or later in the afternoon since the lighting is harsh mid-day. You might also have to be patient with wedding photographers.
Address: 2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
The Famous Philly Rocky Steps
Did you even visit Philly without going up the famous Rocky stairs while chanting “getting stronger”? If, for some reason you have no idea what I am talking about, you have officially missed out on a classic movie about an underdog Philadelphia Boxer. With a total of 8 movies, I am not going to tell you to watch them, but just know you may have slightly missed out (just kidding…maybe).
Anyways, make sure to climb the 72 steps and take a photo at the top! This is a very popular tourist attraction, and you will likely see tons of people mimicking the movie.
We visited mid-day (our trip was short), however, I would recommend going in the morning or afternoon for an epic sunset! It is an iconic Philly Instagrammable place to take photos when visiting!
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Independence Visitors Center
I bet you won’t find the Philly Visitors Center on many instagrammable lists, but I couldn’t get over how photogenic this place is! We visited during spring which provided beautiful little pink flowers. I imagine the summer the greenery is just as lovely.
If you plan on visiting Independence Hall, one of Philly’s main attractions, you will have to stop here to get your tickets, therefore, you can snap some photos! Win-win!
Address: 599 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Philadelphia Independence Hall
You can’t visit Philadelphia without taking a trip to Independence Hall. This is where you can find the Liberty Bell and see where both the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence was signed. Make sure you get your ticket in advance, or you can do a lottery the day of (go when they first open) for tickets at the Independence Visitors Center.
This area also has a really nice green space you can wander around and take some Instagrammble photos!
Address: 520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cute Philly Allies
I am being a little general here, but Philly has some of the cutest allies I have ever seen in the USA. Wander around the Old City neighborhood and you are guaranteed to find some of the cutest streets that are incredibly instagrammable!
Philly Instagrammable Places Wrap-up
We were honestly surprised by how many instagrammable places existed in Philly and overall how much we loved our long weekend visit. With amazing food, nice people, and being a super walkable city, I can highly recommend adding Philly to your bucket list!
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11 thoughts on “The Most Instagrammable Places in Philly”
Such gorgeous spots! I’ve always seen that Philly us an underrated city, and this blog definitely supports that!
I never knew that there were so many gorgeous Instagram spots in Philadelphia. So stunning!
The spots are amazing thank you so much for sharing.
Elfreth’s Alley looks so great! Compliments for your photos
Absolutely inlove with this post! The photos are stunning and the places on your list are incredible! Would live to be able to visit one day!
Philadelphia looks amazing – lots of stunning gems to spot!
What a fun guide! I’ve been to Magic Gardens and loved it! I would also recommend Reading Terminal and the Beer Gardens during summer for fun photo spots. I’ll need to checkout Elfreth’s Alley next time!
I am a Philadelphian born and raised there. I recently moved to South Carolina. I had the pleasure of visiting the Magical Garden before I left. I also agree that Philadelphia has amazing architectural beauty. I worked in City Hall and could look at the Masonic Temple all day. I also love all of the artistic and science related museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway. I love and miss the food 😩 too and Reading Terminal! You did a wonderful job of bringing the beauty of Philadelphia to others. I miss home. Thank you for a wonderful visit!!
Charlene, I just want to thank you so much for such a kind and detailed comment. I am so happy to hear from a local that I have been able to put a beautiful light on Philadelphia! It is comments like yours that keep me going and means the world to me! Again, thank you so much for taking the time to share with me!
So many places to see! The Magic Gardens look so dreamy!
I’d love to see Philadelphia Magic Garden! It looks awesome and really cool!