If you are lives in Philly, then you know that this city is known for its history, cheesesteaks and Mummers Parade. Located between New York and Washington, DC, Philly’s wealth of cultural and culinary options make this a great city for those looking to relocate. In addition to its history, this city harbors a unique beauty that everyone can enjoy. Philadelphia has many beautiful sites, from the LOVE sculpture to the Liberty Bell. So whether you move into one Apartment in Fischstadta House in Chesterbrook, or need some places to explore, we’ve got you covered. Read on for ten beautiful places in Philadelphia that you shouldn’t miss.
Nice places in the neighborhood of Center City
At the center of it all is the Downtown district hosts many different attractions. This downtown neighborhood offers everything from green spaces and beautiful architecture to historic statues and boardwalks. To get you started, here are some places to explore.
#1: Penn’s Landing
Photo courtesy of Brooke Lanier Fine Art
“One beautiful place in Philadelphia is Penn’s Landing,” says Brooke Lanier, a local artist who specializes in oil and watercolor painting. “The historic ships are beautiful and unique and inspire many of my images. You can tour the Olympia and Submarine Becuna through the Independence Seaport Museum; tour, rent, volunteer, or attend onboard events the Gazela through the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild; or have dinner aboard the Moshulu. In the summer, vendors sell tasty treats that you can enjoy while gazing at the scenic waterfront.”
#2: The Reading Market
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“Whenever I’m in town for a live wedding painting, it’s a must to include a visit to my favorite place: Reading Market,” says Ben Keys, a painter known for his light and colorful brushstrokes. “There is no comparable place in the world. The culinary diversity, tradition and richness of the region condense in this bustling, weatherproof space. It’s what Pennsylvania culinary dreams are made of, and a reason in itself for everyone to visit Philadelphia.”
#3: A North Broad
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Dawn Mitchell from PartySpace, a party planning company serving the Philadelphia area, shares, “A little-known gem, ONE North Broad, is one of our favorite scenic spots in Center City, Philadelphia. Its history goes back in front of the town hall. Each room has exquisite detail, symbolism and an intentional flaw that reflects human imperfections.”
Nice places in Rittenhouse Square
Parks, sculptures and skyscrapers are just some beautiful places you can find Rittenhausplatz. You will enjoy luxury shops, fine dining, and beautiful homes in this originally planned square neighborhood.
No. 4: Addison Street
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“I think Addison Street is one of the most popular and treasured streets in Philadelphia,” says Dee, a local photographer. “Located in Rittenhouse Square, this one-way street with no on-street parking is known for its quiet, tree-lined historic townhouses. It is adorned with a festive string of lights 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
#5: Philadelphia’s Magical Garden
If you’re looking for an Insta-worthy spot, the murals and mosaic artworks created by Isaiah Zagar at Philadelphia’s Magic Garden are worth checking out. His art is exhibited in several outdoor galleries and a garden where you’ll walk through alleys lined with every imaginable color. This place is definitely worth a visit if you are new to Philadelphia or just passing through.
Beautiful places in Fairmount Park
To escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Philly, Fairmount Park can be your sanctuary. With 2,000 acres of hiking trails, lush greenery and a waterfront promenade, this area won’t lack for beauty.
#6: Belmont Plateau
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Tara Pearson, a local writer, visual artist and performer, recommends a visit to the Belmont Plateau. “The Belmont Plateau, a hidden Jewel in Philadelphia, is a high point where you can see the Philadelphia skyline touch the clouds. It’s one of the best places in Philly to watch the sunrise. I first heard about it through the Fresh Prince song “Summertime,” but West Philly residents know it’s a great place for a romantic date or family barbecue.”
No. 7: Philadelphia Museum of Art
With pieces from modern, renaissance, medieval, ancient and more spanning over 2,000 years, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is an iconic part of the city. Surround yourself with beautiful paintings, outdoor gardens and temples. Here you will find something special.
Nice places outside of the city
When you are outside of the city, the beauty only goes further. Some suburbs hide hidden gems that only locals know about. So if you’re interested in out-of-town spots, here are a few:
#8: Talschmiede Park
Photo courtesy of Zillay photography
“Valley Forge Park is one of my favorite places in Philadelphia,” says Zillay Huma, maternity, family and newborn photographer. “The scenic hills, seasonal wildflowers and open skies are perfect. The park has many beautiful places that make it a unique experience every time.”
#9: Pennypack Creek
Photo courtesy of Lyla Duey Photography
Lyla Duey, a local family photographer, recommends a visit Pennypack Creek. “Pennypack Creek is a beautiful piece of ever-changing nature that meanders through the northeast corner of Philadelphia before emptying into the Delaware River. Kids love coming here to wade in the shallows, families gather for BBQs and there are always dogs running around happily. I love coming here to find unexpected changes like this beautiful fallen tree that created the perfect bench for a young couple in love.”
#10: Longwood Gardens
Photo courtesy of Lauren Mudrock Photography
Lauren Mudrock, a local brand and portrait photographer, recommends Longwood Gardens in the Neighborhood Kennett Square. “Longwood Gardens is one of those places where you spend a whole day reaching every place on the map to take a picture because everything is a gem – hidden or not. It’s like the Disney World of Gardens, where every sidewalk is swept clean, every fountain or light show beats the last, and every flower is as vibrant as ever.”