Considered to be one of the most historically significant cities in the United States, Philadelphia welcomes tourists from all over the world. After all, this is ‘The City of Brotherly Love’. Filled with history and heritage, this city has many attractions like Rittenhouse Square, Arch Street Friends Meeting House,and the University of Pennsylvania. While historical attractions are Philadelphia’s main draw, it also has plenty of art and science attractions like the Museum of Artand the First Union Science Park. For a family adventure, visit the wildlife at Pennsylvania's largest zoological garden.
Before leaving Philadelphia, grab a famous Philly cheese steak from Geno'sand head out for a night on the town at some of the oldest pubs and bars in America. McGillin's Olde Ale Househas been serving up the drinks since 1860. While Philadelphia is proud of its rich history, it also celebrates its hipper side with graffiti- and mural-covered brick walls. This urban art makes Philadelphia one of the world's largest outdoor museums, and the Mural Arts Program sponsors it. So whether you want art and ale or history and cheese steaks, come experience Philadelphia, the birthplace of a nation.
Philadelphia's Top 10
10. Historic Bartram's Garden As one of America's oldest botanical gardens, visitors can stroll through more than 40 acres at this Philadelphia home of John Bartram.
5. Independence National Historic Park This park covers three square blocks in the city of Philadelphia, and visitors can explore how the dream of an independent nation came to be.
9. Fairmount Park This park is considered the ‘Central Park’ of Philadelphia with its 9,000 acres of lush grass, huge trees, playgrounds and jogging trails.
4. Philadelphia Museum of Art Located in Fairmount Park, this museum is one of the largest in the country and holds an impressive collection of art that ranges from Western to Medieval.
8. Elfreth's Alley Tourists can stroll down the oldest residential streets in America and view homes from the 1700s.
3. Independence Hall This is where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were created and signed by the founding fathers of America.
7. Barnes Foundation This museum in Philadelphia features an unbelievable collection of French paintings, an arboretum and art classes for the public.
2. Philadelphia Zoo More than 1,300 animals are housed on this 42-acre Victorian-style garden.
6. Franklin Institute Science Museum From flight simulators to an IMAX theatre, this is one of the oldest science education buildings in America.
1. Liberty Bell Ringing with independence, this iconic symbol is a must-see for tourists visiting Philadelphia.
- Liberty Bell – A 12-foot iconic representation of independence.
- Independence National Historical Park – This 55-acre area is home to numerous historical spots.
- American Helicopter Museum – Have the chance to ride, study the parts and even maneuver the components of aircrafts.
- American Philosophical Society Museum – This information- and history-rich building built in the late 1780s is the country’s first museum.
- Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul – The mother church of the archdiocese of Philadelphia since 1864.
Philadelphia Art & Culture
- Brandy Art River Museum – A state-of-the-art facility showcases masterpieces of prestigious artists.
- Philadelphia Museum of Art – This enormous museum contains over 225,000 notable pieces from various artists of all times.
- Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – The place to enjoy outstanding performances and meet performers like the Philadelphia Orchestra.
- Painted Bride Art Center – A haven for art lovers featuring diverse forms of entertainment.
- Mann Center for the Performing Arts – A place to watch breathtaking theatre shows.
- Franklin Mills Mall – Where you can enjoy shopping for well-known brands and dine at fine places.
- The Gallery at Market East—The biggest retail compound in downtown Philadelphia with over 100 stores.
- Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market – Feel the bliss of Italy in Philadelphia and buy the best Italian food and products.
- Reading Terminal Market – A place to shop for fresh produce and exotic goods you cannot find anywhere else.
- Shops at the Bellevue – The perfect spot for high class goods and gourmet dining.
Gay & Lesbian Philadelphia
- Giovanni’s Room – One of the first gay bookstores featuring gay-, lesbian- and feminist-themed publications.
- Joey G’s Tavern on Camac – A piano bar with a cabaret room where customers are encouraged to sing their heart out.
- 12th Air Command – Dance the night away in this bar and restaurant or enjoy the night on its outdoor roof deck.
- Woody’s Bar & Restaurant – Philadelphia’s most popular gay bar.
- The 2-4 Club – A place to cheer you up when other bars close; it opens at 2 am.
- Philadelphia Zoo – Mingle with 1,600 animals from all over the world.
- Smith Kids Play Place – A safe wonderland for the young and young at heart.
- John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum – Filled with lovely views and exciting trails.
- Love Park – A romantic place to stroll or have a picnic.
- Shofuso Japanese Art and Garden – A Japanese house and park with a pond where you can feed koi.
- Watch figure skaters or try ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink.
- Rent a boat or ferry from Riverlink Ferry and have a great tour on the water.
- Stroll, jog, run or bike the numerous trails of Philadelphia.
- Go for a ball match with your friends or local teams in Citizens Bank Park.
- Walk your dog in Fairmount Park.
The Chinese New Year is a major cultural celebration that takes place near the Convention Center, Chinatown every year in downtown Philadelphia. Dragons, lanterns and fireworks bring this urban community alive every February.
Philly Craft Beer Festival was selected as one of the top-10 beer festivals in America and takes place every March in Philadelphia.
In spring, the Sugarloaf Craft Festival brings skilled artisans to the Philadelphia area with their contemporary crafts and art.
Jam on the River takes place on Memorial Day in Philadelphia and is filled with music, fun and food at this ultimate Philly concert.
Every year in June, the Manayunk Arts Festival offers visitors music, food and plenty of arts and crafts for visitors and residents of Philadelphia.
It is only fitting to celebrate the Fourth of July in the city of Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence.
Laughtastic Sketchapalooza is a comedy event in Philadelphia that packs a ton of laughter into one fun day in August.
Philly College Festival is an eight-day event that showcases more than 50 activities around the city as well as free concerts, food, and fun for new college students and visitors coming to Philadelphia in the fall.
For more than 15 years, the annual Sippin’ by the River eventhasbrought food, beer, wine, and plenty of entertainment to Philadelphia in the fall.
Elaborate floats, marching bands and celebrities will be at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. This long-standing celebration has been taking place every year since the 1920s.
When To Go
As the summer heats up in June through August, the city gets busy hosting tourists from all over the world. Daily high temperatures range from 81°F (27°C) to 85°F (30°C).
Fall and winter bring temperatures in the freezing range and plenty of snow. To visit Philadelphia for a picturesque white winter, come between December and February.
Spring brings moderate weather from March through May, and temperatures hover between 50°F (11°C) and 60°F (17°C).
The Philadelphia International Airport is seven miles south of the city center and serves flights from many domestic and international destinations. Upon arrival, the city is accessible by Interstates 95 or 76.
By train, there is the regional commuter service SEPTA, as well as two major train lines: Amtrak and PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corp). PATCO connects commuters and day-trippers from nearby New Jersey, whereas Amtrak provides transportation from further destinations.
Greyhound connects to Philadelphia from many destinations all over the US and has its headquarters in Chinatown at 10th Street and Filbert.
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