There’s no doubt about it, Philly is one of the most photographic cities ever. It’s rich history and iconic locations make Philly the perfect model for photographers of any level. Whether you want to visit these places to take breathtaking photos or to take an instagram worthy post, here are seven of the most photographic places to visit in Philly.
1. Magic Gardens
Magic Gardens is a surefire place to capture amazing photos. This mosaic masterpiece was created by Isaiah Zager and stores plenty of hidden gems for visitors to find and explore during their visit.
2. Graffiti Pier
Known as Philly’s worst kept secret, Graffiti Pier is the perfect place for any urban explorer. This 500-foot abandoned pier has been tagged countless times, but it’s the electrifying colors that make this place so photographic.
3. Eastern State Penitentiary
Although some would feel uneasy visiting a penitentiary, Eastern State offers an unforgettable tour as well as photographic opportunities that you can’t miss out on. Visit the cell of Al Capone or the newly opened hospital wing. Just remember to bring your camera; you won’t be disappointed.
4. Race Street Pier
It’s virtually impossible to take a bad picture at Race Street Pier. Stop by and get creative with your camera. After you take the photos you want, you can always join the daily yoga class offered in the spring and summer.
5. Spruce Street Harbor Park (seasonal)
This pop-up park is picturesque day and night for photographers to capture undeniably photographic moments. From the colorful hammocks to the neon LED lighting there is a lot for photographers to capture. However, don’t forget to enjoy what Spruce Street Harbor Park has to offer while you’re there.
6. Elfreth’s Ally Museum
This well-preserved historical street is probably the most photographed street in Philadelphia. Quickly stop by and take your shot so you’re not the only one without a picture of Elfreth’s Ally Museum.
7. Independence Hall
You can’t get more historic than visiting the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Independence Hall is not only historic, but extremely photographic as well. However, there are a lot of places around Independence Hall that are just as historic and photographic. The Betsy Ross House, Carpenter’s Hall, and The Liberty Bell are all around the same area, so you can easily stop by all of them and take thousands of pictures.
Bonus: Valley Forge National Park
Although it is not located in the city, Valley Forge National Park is an amazing place to visit and take amazing landscape photographs. It’s also a great place to explore and escape the hustle and bustle of Philly.