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Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. Corporate and municipal office buildings cover swaths of wide streets, creating the bustle of daily commerce. Luxury high-rises and modern and historic houses line leafy side streets. The museums that border the broad, tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway add yet another dimension. Green spaces — including the square that gives the area its name—provide spots for relaxation, reflection and fun.

Logan Square, which sits between Broad Street on the east, the Schuylkill River on the west, Market Street on the south and Spring Garden Street on the north, is home to a number of iconic Philadelphia attractions. The center of the city government’s daily business, City Hall is a natural focal point. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation make people stop and take notice — and photos. The architectural equivalent of a wedding cake, the sprawling building is adorned with carvings of allegorical figures and is capped off with a massive statue of William Penn, all designed by Alexander Milne Calder.

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Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Undoubtedly, the neighborhood highlight is the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Its attractions and green spaces captivate residents and visitors. The buildings on its borders are a who’s-who of culture: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, The Franklin Institute, The Barnes Foundation, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Rodin Museum, the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The stretch is also street-party central, with massive events such as the Fourth of July concert, Made In America, Philadelphia Marathon, Thanksgiving Day Parade and other large-scale to-dos taking place throughout the year.

Logan Circle

The neighborhood’s namesake landmark offers city residents and visitors a welcome outdoor respite on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In the center of Logan Circle, a large traffic circle at 19th and the Parkway, sits the majestic Swann Memorial Fountain. Designed by Philadelphia-born sculptor Alexander Calder, the massive fountain represents the region’s major waterways: the Delaware, Schuylkill and Wissahickon. Surrounding Logan Circle are some of the city’s top attractions including the Moore College of Art and Design, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Free Library, Sister Cities Park and the Franklin Institute.

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Getting Around

Logan Square is easily accessible by public transportation. SEPTA buses and regional rail lines stop at Suburban Station, and the Market Street El (running east and west) and Broad Street Subway both stop at City Hall. Many enjoy the bird’s-eye view of the area from atop the double-decker tour buses, which make stops at various museums in the area.

Accommodations

Take in spectacular views of the skyline at The Windsor Suites or stay in luxury at the Four Seasons in Logan Square. For more hotels in the area, click the button below.

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Neighborhood Highlights

Logan Square Highlights

Free Library of Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia

Free Library of Philadelphia

Incredible collection of rare books, special collections and media

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Barnes Foundation Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation

One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings

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Kite & Key Kite & Key

Kite & Key

Local bar that would make Franklin proud

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Your Brain Your Brain

The Franklin Institute

One of the oldest and most beloved science museums in the country

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Swann Memorial Fountain Swann Memorial Fountain

Swann Memorial Fountain

1924 by Alexander Stirling Calder

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A guest room at the Embassy Suites A guest room at the Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites Philadelphia – Center City

Enjoy panoramic views of the city from your room’s balcony

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