Aerial shot of the City of Philadelphia, PA at sunrise viewed from the Schuylkill River.

Where to Watch the Sunrise in Philadelphia

This fall, travelers staying at The Rittenhouse might want to consider getting up early to enjoy some of the city’s more scenic locations and watch the sunrise in Philadephia. Whether you can get a broad look down one of the city’s two main rivers, or a great vantage point from a well-situated guestroom, there are a lot of places that are extra beautiful during sunrise. Early morning outings have the advantage of smaller crowds, which is an added perk. 

Schuylkill River Park 

Just a half-mile from The Rittenhouse, Schuylkill River Park is one of the best places to look at Philadelphia during sunrise. You can walk along the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and River Trail to stretch your legs and enjoy sweeping views of the river and city waking up together. Stop off for a photo at the Walnut Street Dock if you can! 

Schuylkill River Park. Philadelphia, PA 

Penn Treaty Park 

Across town from The Rittenhouse, Penn Treaty Park offers a gorgeous overlook of the Delaware River and the east side of Philadelphia. If you drive there or take a car, then you can enjoy a long, scenic, hour-long walk back to the hotel and hit cool spots like the Cherry Street Pier, and Reading Terminal Market on the way back. 

Penn Treaty Park. Philadelphia, PA 

Boathouse Row 

Just two miles up the Schuylkill River from The Rittenhouse, Boathouse Row might be the most beautiful place to spend sunrise in Philadelphia. This historic site features a row of colorful boat houses located on the east bank of the river, and the sight looks tremendous as the day first begins. From there, you’ll be at a good jumping-off point for exploring the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, and The Franklin Institute

Boathouse Row. Philadelphia, PA 

Spruce Street Harbor Park 

Back over on The Delaware River, Spruce Street Harbor Park offers another scenic hangout to take your sunrise adventures. On top of sweeping river views, this park also puts you right next to the striking and memorable Philadelphia Korean War Memorial Park, the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Penn’s Landing Marina

Spruce Street Harbor Park. Philadelphia, PA 

From a Rittenhouse Hotel Deluxe King City View

Sometimes the best place to watch the city illuminate from is the comfort of your hotel room. If you book one of our Deluxe King City View rooms, your large windows will give you ample light as the sun comes up over Philadelphia each morning, providing you with the perfect natural alarm clock to remind you to wake up and seize the day. 
The Rittenhouse. Philadelphia, PA