What to do in Philadelphia, PA

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Liberty Bell Center featuring heritage architecture, a monument and a city

Philadelphia Attractions

Between the historic Liberty Bell and world-famous cheese steaks, Philly has what you might call a diverse appeal. No one can argue that the list of things to see in Philadelphia is anything but impressive. People come to this eastern Pennsylvania city to eat their way through a palate-pleasing tour of food carts, fine restaurants, and cafes. Of course, they also head to town to check out the rich history in America’s first capital city. As if that wasn’t enough, Philadelphia is full of enviable urban parkland that comes alive during the summertime. From Franklin Square to Fairmount Park, there are lots of fun things to do in Philadelphia that involve enjoying mother nature right in the midst of a metropolis.

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What to do in Philadelphia

Free Things to Do in Philadelphia

Some say the best things in life are free. Discover the following around Philadelphia:

Fabric Workshop and Museum - Take the whole family and go on a journey through history with one another.

Francisville Playground - Spoil the kids with a good time or release your own inner child — this attraction just screams fun.

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia - Architecture enthusiasts will enjoy admiring the modern design of this landmark.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Roam around this historic place and find out some secrets from days gone by.

Rittenhouse Square - This is a thriving location where you can soak up the ambiance and appreciate local life.

Reading Terminal Market - Plan a visit and discover the significance of this place to the community.

St. Mark's Church - Do a bit of quiet contemplation and discover a few things about this site's religious importance.

Schuylkill River Trail - Relax and let the natural surrounds restore your mind.

Washington Square Park - Renew your mind, body and soul by spending time in nature.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city of many personalities. Not only does it host an Ivy League school and loads of art and culture, but you can still get your hands dirty with a greasy sandwich prepared on a street cart. The variety of neighborhoods in this East Coast city reflect its diverse nature and will leave any type of traveler satiated.

Fishtown — For art and culture in spades, head to Fishtown in north Philadelphia. Galleries, studios, and music venues have set up shop in this neighborhood, largely as the result of the effort put forward by its young, hip residents.

Logan Square — This neighborhood boasts a namesake circle replete with an impressive fountain. It also bookends the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on one side.

Chinatown — The Chinese Friendship Gate on 10th and Arch Street opens up a world of culture, dim sum, and Asian art workshops. Like any Chinatown worth its salt, this area of Philadelphia also hosts festivals and art shows throughout the year.

Germantown — This district was founded by German settlers hundreds of years ago, and it still thrives as a source of patriotic pride and historical significance. More than a dozen historical attractions in Philadelphia still call Germantown home, and it’s been dubbed the longest National Historic District in the nation.

Things to See in Philadelphia

History buffs will feel right at home in the City of Brotherly Love. Things to do in Philadelphia include visiting the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Since Independence Hall is considered the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, it’s no surprise that you’ll have lots of company when you visit this attraction. Still, these historical stops are worth the photo opportunity. Other things to see in Philly include the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia in Rittenhouse Square.

Sightseeing in Philadelphia

When you’re ready to put on your walking shoes, there are lots of things to do in Philadelphia. Historical sites worth an in-person tour include the Betsy Ross House and the Independence Seaport Museum. Walk through the Shofuso gardens when the fragrant floral displays are in bloom, or hit the links at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Course. When the sun goes down, plenty of bars and clubs welcome you to join the party until closing time. Of course, if you’re having a hard time narrowing down which sites deserve a spot on your itinerary, Philadelphia tours by bus or trolley take you around to the most important spots. If you’re also after a calorie burn, some of the best Philadelphia walking tours keep you active while you see important landmarks and stop off for fine cuisine to keep you fueled.

Things to Do in Philadelphia with Kids

Philadelphia is a superb destination for a family escape. Take the kids along and enjoy these fun family friendly experiences together:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Philadelphia on a sunny day?
What to do in Philadelphia on a rainy day?
What is Philadelphia famous for?
Check out Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall if you want to be wowed.
What should I not miss in Philadelphia?
If you want to experience the best of this destination, fit these attractions into your schedule:

  • Wells Fargo Center
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Villanova University
  • Reading Terminal Market

Are there cheap things to do in Philadelphia?
What can you do in Philadelphia for free?
You’ll barely have time to dig your wallet out of your pocket with so many great free things to do:

  • Liberty Bell Center
  • Independence Hall
  • Villanova University
  • Reading Terminal Market

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