The 10 Most Essential Things To Do
On Your (First) Visit to Philly
The can’t-miss experiences in the first World Heritage City in the U.S.
There’s never a shortage of awesome things to do in Philadelphia— but there are some things you just can’t miss while you’re here.
Whether it’s running like Rocky, refueling with a cheesesteak and then wandering along Boathouse Row or touring Independence Hall, devouring a roast pork sandwich at Reading Terminal Market and then visiting an amazing museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, these are the experiences that make our city stand out among the rest.
Read on for the 10 most essential experiences to be had in the City of Brotherly Love.
Snap a photo in front of the Liberty Bell.
The internationally known symbol of freedom
Enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak.
You have to eat one on your first visit to Philadelphia
Tour Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States.
Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution
Chow down on food from dozens of vendors at Reading Terminal Market.
America's oldest farmers' market and current foodie paradise
Visit the awesome museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
America's most artistic mile
Take in the epic view of City Hall from South Broad Street.
The largest municipal building in the country
Explore the South 9th Street Italian Market.
A South Philadelphia mainstay and produce haven since the 19th century
Admire the quiet beauty of Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River.
19th-century boathouses lining the Schuylkill River near the Philadelphia Museum of Art
While the famous LOVE sculpture gets renovated, visit its sister sculpture AMOR.
LOVE is being renovated through fall '17; AMOR is located just down the street
Pose with the Rocky Statue & run up the "Rocky Steps" (after the NFL Draft is over)!
Access to the statue and steps is limited through early May due to the NFL Draft
Since Rocky’s triumphant run, the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art have become an international destination. Travelers from around the world embark on their own jog up the stairs, pumping their fists in the air as they cherish the spectacular view. To finish off the experience, head to the bottom of the stairs and snap a photo with the bronze statue of Rocky, originally created for Rocky III.