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Our Favorite Photo Op Spots


We love seeing local and visitor photos from around the region on social media! You’re spending the day being Hersheypark HappySM, snapping pictures of your delicious dinners, sipping at our vineyards and breweries, and capturing the beauty of our cities and towns. We’ve put together a list of the region’s most Instagram-mable locations featuring photos from you!


As our region’s number one family attraction, there’s no shortage of smiling visitor photos! From wild-eyed coaster pics to king-size milkshakes, these snaps show everyone at home the sweet times to be had in Hershey! Popular stops inside Hersheypark® include the Chocolate & Cocoa Avenue lamp post in Midway, the height measurement station where you watch your kids grow taller each year, and anywhere you spot the roaming life-size candy bars, the Hershey’s Characters!

Get a birds-eye view from the tallest ride in Hersheypark, the Kissing Tower®. Riders soar 250 feet above Hershey, experiencing three full three rotations at the top for a 360-degree vantage point of the park.

Hershey Gardens

Across the street from Hersheypark® discover Hershey Gardens, a 23-acre wonderland of flowers, trees, plants, sculptures, and beauty. There’s something to behold any time of year – tulips in the spring, roses in the summer, foliage and mums in the fall, and indoor tropical butterflies in the winter and year-round. Judging by the tagged photos at this location, there’s no other place where visitors like to strike a pose than next to the blooms in the Gardens. We’ve seen family photo shoots, impromptu portrait sessions, and even a few engagements! Bonus: From the doors of the conservatory, treat yourself to a panoramic preview of Hersheypark.

Tröegs Independent Brewing

Sampler flights make every day “hoppy” at Tröegs Independent Brewing, one of our region’s most Instagrammed locations. Before hopping on the factory tour (named 5th best brewery tour in the country) snap a photo next to these mammoth casks or in front of the camera-ready backdrop of kegs. And their beer never blinks for pictures, but it might sweat a little!

Pennsylvania State Capitol

We’re so proud of our beautiful State Capitol building in Harrisburg that was hailed by President Teddy Roosevelt as one of the most handsome buildings he’d ever seen. This palace of art is flush with photo ops, inside and out. Keep your camera at the ready on a free public tour where you’ll see the breathtaking Capitol Rotunda, House and Senate chambers, and remarkable architecture throughout. Stop for a photo on the Capitol steps to the west, or in front of the fountain to the east. The Capitol’s dome is reminiscent of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and its signature green glazed roof is an attractive landmark from everywhere in the city!

Walnut Street Bridge & City Island

Sometimes you need to take a step back to see the real beauty of a destination! The Walnut Street bridge is Harrisburg’s iconic walking bridge that connects Harrisburg with City Island. Its impressive structure makes a splendid selfie background as well as a subject for urban photographers. Take a stroll to get a new perspective of the city and excellent views up and down the Susquehanna River.

City Island buzzes with energy when the FNB field stadium lights are on for a Harrisburg Senators baseball game (April – August). Find excellent city skyline views from the observation deck near Café Huey or the “beach” on the north end of the island. Hop on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat for a gorgeous river ride, or play a round of Water Golf with its beautifully distracting landscaping and water views.

Riverfront Park

Sunset photographers know that Riverfront Park is the place to capture the pink and orange hues as the sun goes down after a beautiful day. Before heading to Restaurant Row in Harrisburg for a delicious dinner, take a walk along the calm waters. Those looking to get a little exercise during the day can take a long walk along the river along the Capital Area Greenbelt, stopping to admire the gardens, sculptures, and street art.

Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

Locals often choose the grounds of Fort Hunter Mansion & Park for weddings, engagement photos, and family portraits for its lush greenery, historical building backdrops, and panoramic views of the Susquehanna River. It’s free to walk the grounds (download a walking map) to find a perfect selfie spot. Grab a place to sit and enjoy lunch while you wait for a train to cross the Rockville Bridge, the longest stone masonry arch railroad bridge in the world and an iconic Harrisburg structure.


Thanks to avant-garde artists who are beautifying Harrisburg with their multi-story building murals, it’s easy to find a photo op spot that’s both impressive and filled with culture. The vibrant Harrisburg mural is located at Reily and Green Streets, but you can locate and photograph even more by checking out Sprocket Mural Works. While you’re at the Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction, stop for a photo in front of the recreation of a vintage Hershey’s advertisement.

Did you capture an awesome photo in our region? Let us know in the comments and tag us on Instagram: (@visit_hersheyharrisburg) or #visithersheyharrisburg!