The gazebo at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a beautiful lookout point to view Boathouse Row as well as the city skyline and the Schuylkill River. Isn’t that a gorgeous sunset?
It’s a quiet spot save for the low purr of traffic and rush of the Fairmount Water Works. At sunset, you’ll find a fair amount of people enjoying the view, especially now that the weather is nice and warm. It might be a little too busy to sit and enjoy some alone time, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from visiting. You might be surprised, too. Sometimes I stop by and I’m the only one there.
There are trails extending down to the river, a popular spot to run or bike, and you’ll find the more adventurous (read: not me) climbing on the exposed rock faces along the trail. What I like about this spot is that it’s a natural accompaniment to the art museum, and a quiet spot elevated from the rush of Center City. It’s also popular with proposals – maybe you’ll get lucky and witness someone get down on one knee!