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Where to Find the Best Views of Philly for Free

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When it comes to Philly, people tend to zero in on the city's rich history. The food. The beer. But one thing that always seems to surprise tourists and locals alike is the city's great skyline (Hint: it looks especially stunning at sunset). Even better: There are tons of places to scope out the skyline that don't cost a penny. So when you can't make it up to the One Liberty Observation Deck, here are 11 places to go instead.

These spots are not listed in any particular order. Got another great spot you want to share with us? Leave your suggestion in the comments.

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1. South Street Bridge

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South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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2. Race Street Pier

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N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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3. Benjamin Franklin Bridge

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Interstate 676
Philadelphia, PA 19105

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4. Cira Green

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2929 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

5. Philadelphia Museum of Art

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100
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6. Penn Park

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at S 31st St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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7. Drexel Park

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32nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134

Located on the edge of Drexel University, Drexel Park is a small but impressive grassy hill in the middle of a residential neighborhood. There's a nice view of the skyline, and you're a short walk from Spring Garden Street bridge. This park is expected to double in size as part of the 30th St. District Plan.

In the foreground is a courtyard in Drexel Park. In the distance is the Philadelphia skyline. Flickr user vkx462

8. Camden Waterfront

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Maybe you decided to walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge, or perhaps you took the ferry over from Penns Landing to check out the Camden Aquarium. Either way, take a stroll along the Camden Waterfront and you'll see one of the best views of the Philly skyline across the Delaware River. Enjoy the simple waterfront while you can—officials just approved the waterfront's $830 million master plan.

A waterfront in Camden, New Jersey. Along the waterfront is a skyline with many tall buildings. Flickr user Cherelle Claywell

9. Spring Garden Street Bridge

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Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA

10. Penn Treaty Park

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1199 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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11. Belmont Plateau

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Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA 19131

1. South Street Bridge

South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

A photo posted by devinblair (@devinblair) on

South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

2. Race Street Pier

N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106

A photo posted by Alexander Pierce (@apierce610) on

N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Interstate 676, Philadelphia, PA 19105

A photo posted by Dan Moller (@dmoller13) on

Interstate 676
Philadelphia, PA 19105

4. Cira Green

2929 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
2929 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

5. Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

A photo posted by @justinjeong_ on

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

6. Penn Park

at S 31st St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

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at S 31st St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

7. Drexel Park

32nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19134
In the foreground is a courtyard in Drexel Park. In the distance is the Philadelphia skyline. Flickr user vkx462

Located on the edge of Drexel University, Drexel Park is a small but impressive grassy hill in the middle of a residential neighborhood. There's a nice view of the skyline, and you're a short walk from Spring Garden Street bridge. This park is expected to double in size as part of the 30th St. District Plan.

32nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134

8. Camden Waterfront

Camden, NJ 08103
A waterfront in Camden, New Jersey. Along the waterfront is a skyline with many tall buildings. Flickr user Cherelle Claywell

Maybe you decided to walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge, or perhaps you took the ferry over from Penns Landing to check out the Camden Aquarium. Either way, take a stroll along the Camden Waterfront and you'll see one of the best views of the Philly skyline across the Delaware River. Enjoy the simple waterfront while you can—officials just approved the waterfront's $830 million master plan.

9. Spring Garden Street Bridge

Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA
Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA

10. Penn Treaty Park

1199 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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1199 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

11. Belmont Plateau

Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA 19131