Are you looking for what to do in Philadelphia?
PLACES TO SEE
- Liberty Bell Center: Your historical sojourn of Philly must begin with a visit to the famous Liberty Bell Center that houses the enormous Liberty Bell. Here, you will be able to learn a little bit about the history of this archetypal object that so many souvenirs from Philly are inspired from.
- Independence Hall: The Independence Hall is famous for its immense historical importance in American heritage. This is where the American Constitution was born. Step down the ladders of history as you gawk at George Washington’s chair and the original inkstand that was used to sign the most important book in the USA. Open all year around, timings vary in every season. After a tour of Independence Hall, head over to the National Constitution Center to take a look at the museum dedicated to the US Constitution.
- Valley Forge Historical National Park: This exemplary park that once witnessed the trials of some 2000 American martyrs is now a beautiful oasis with rolling hills and proud statues. This 3600 acre park takes you back to the historic struggle that George Washington and his men faced in one of the worse winters ever experienced in USA. Worth a look-see!
- Fort Mifflin: This immortal fort is a proud survivor of the cannons of the British Barracks that unrelentingly bombed the premises in 1777. Be a part of the story of the 350 American soldiers that died on that fateful day. Open March 1 to December 1.Wed-Sun.
- Philadelphia Museum of Art: Head to this ‘Temple of Art’ to witness the majesty of the third best art museum in USA. It has an impressive collection of art from the Renaissance, Impressionist and American ages. Try to catch one of its renowned art shows or exhibitions that have awed many audiences.
- Philadelphia History Museum: How can you leave the city of history without a visit to the History museum? Recently refurbished, this museum holds 400 objects from the city’s glorious past. With a host of interactive features, there is a lot to experience at this gem of a place.
- Eastern State Penitentiary: Once a solitary rehabilitation center for criminals, this penitentiary has now become a museum that exhibits the 11 acre prison that was once ahead of its time in terms of technology and amenities. Open all year round except holidays.
- Franklin Institute Science Museum: The Franklin Science Museum houses a fantastic and exhaustive display for all science buffs. Four floors full of exciting scientific facts and hands-on displays make you feel like a kid in a candy shop. A feast for your intellect, this museum will take up most part of your day but is definitely well worth it!
- Rodin Museum : If you know what ‘The Gates of Hell’, ‘The Burghers of Calais’ and ‘The Thinker ‘ are, then head straight to overwhelm your senses to the Rodin Museum .It houses the largest collections of the talented sculptor Auguste Rodin outside of France. Look out for interesting displays of his art in the garden too.
- Franklin Square: One of the five original squares envisaged by William Penn, Franklin Square is a family friendly activity zone. It hosts a miniature golf course, a grand carousel and a picnic spot too! For a trip down your childhood, don’t miss this one!
- Philadelphia Zoo: Whether you are travelling with kids or want to entertain the kid in you or even if you are just an animal lover, Philly Zoo will amaze you, tickle a little adventure inside you and will send you back with fond memories. America’s first zoo and probably the most animal-packed, the Philadelphia zoo is dotted with Victorian themed cages and lovely statues. Your kids can participate in a number of activities like brushing horses, playing with sheep etc.
- City Center: A dilettantish mix of the old and new, the city center is a must visit on your trip to Philly. The Gothic Tower at the City Hall stands out like an irony amongst the modern buildings. Many other architectural delights await you in this fascinating landmark.
- Fairmount Park: Fairmount Park is a behemoth with 9200 acres of greenery spread across 63 parks. It is home to the iconic Rodin museum, Philadelphia zoo, Museum of Art etc. The park also gives you an opportunity to get fit and active with its pool, courts and walking paths.
- Longwood Gardens-The Longwood Gardens is host to some of the most exotic varieties of flowers in the world. Walk through a different experience with each step; the Italian water garden, the Flower walk and the innumerable varieties of plants will leave you mesmerized. Catch the Orchid Extravaganza that happens from Jan to March to witness the stunning flower in all its colors and forms. Open daily, all year.
- Italian Market: Italians are some of the initial inhabitants of Philadelphia and this can be seen from the love of pizza in the city. The Italian Market is one of the biggest open markets in America and boasts of a huge variety of produce, meats and vegetables. Get lost in the delicious smells and try some of the yummy dishes on offer in the eateries that are a part of this market. Food for the stomach and the soul!
- Reading Terminal market: Head to the Reading Terminal Market to experience how a real big farmer’s market looks. You can buy almost anything in this mish mash of interesting organic products and produce. Try the oh-so-famous Philly cheese-stakes the way the locals like it.
Below we have a list of things to do in Philadelphia and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.
This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Philadelphia getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.
Make the most of your trip to Philadelphia with confidence.