The Most Instagrammable Places in Philly

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, were truly surprised by how much we loved 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!

Looking for the best things to do in Philadephia for the weekend? This weekend guide in Philly includes the best things to do, where to eat, stay and more!

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 around your own car since parking can be difficult and expensive.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Update – Currently closed until April (they think). If you are in the area, you can still see some of the mosaic from the outside.

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

Magic Garden in Philly Instagrammable places
Outside Magic Garden
Philly Magic Gardens instagrammable places
The Philly Magic Gardens is easily one of the most instagrammable places!

Magic Garden in Philly

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 our Airbnb was 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

Elfreth’s Alley Philly
Philly’s Elfreth’s Alley is the most photogenic alley!

Elfreth’s Alley Philly

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!

Address: 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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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 artist’s 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 shoot here 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

instagrammable places in the Rodin Museum
Gardens of the Rodin Museum in Philly
Rodin Museum in Philly
A replica from Rodin that can be found in Paris at Muse de Orsay

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 of 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!

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Rocky Stairs Philly instagrammable place
View looking up at the Rocky Steps
View From the Rocky Stairs
View from the top of the Rocky Steps

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 could imagine during 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

Visitor Center Philly instagrammable place

Philadelphia Independence Hall

Update- Please double check and make sure inside Independence Hall is open.

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!

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 how many instagrammable places existed in Philly and overall how much we loved our long weekend visit. With amazing food, nice people, and being super walkable, I can highly recommend adding Philly to your bucket list!

If you are staying in Philadephia for more than a day, also check out this Philly Guide that covers 2-3 days in the city of brotherly love!

If you love Instagram guides, also check out my Instagram guides for NYC, Puerto Rico and Rome! 

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11 thoughts on “The Most Instagrammable Places in Philly”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!


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