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A top notch spot for sky-high views of Philadelphia and the surrounding region
From high atop the 57th floor of Liberty Place, visitors to the One Liberty Observation Deck will be gobsmacked by the 360° landscapes that stretch for miles while also hearing tidbits of Philadelphia’s past and its evolution into a major American city.
All-in-one center for info, tickets to Independence Hall, tips from experts and more
Start your visit to Philadelphia at the Independence Visitor Center, where you can get personalized recommendations, tickets to popular attractions, souvenirs, maps and more.
Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom
The Liberty Bell stands prominently in a glass chamber overlooking Independence Hall. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Liberty Bell Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images bring the bell to life by exploring the facts and the myths surrounding it.
Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.
America’s oldest farmers’ market
Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”
Two of the most famous tourist attractions in Philadelphia
The Rocky Statue and the “Rocky Steps” — better known as the Art Museum Steps — are two of the most popular attractions in Philadelphia. Visiting the statue, running up the steps and taking a picture at the top is pretty much a must on your first visit to Philadelphia. It’s a rite of passage.
Philadelphia’s most artistic mile
Often compared to the Champs Elysées in Paris, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway stretches from Logan Circle to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and boasts many cultural institutions along its broad boulevard.
1976 sculpture by Robert Indiana
The City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmark is LOVE itself — the Robert Indiana sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, northwest of City Hall. Installed in 1976, LOVE was briefly snatched away in 1978, but popular demand brought it back where it belongs.
A South Philadelphia mainstay since the 19th century
The South Philadelphia mainstay, thriving since the 19th Century, is a haven for lovers of food.
The largest municipal building in the country and the finest example of the Second Empire style
City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States, containing over 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out.
Ring in the New Year with two fireworks shows on the Delaware River Waterfront
December 31, 2016 – January 1, 2017View More
Philadelphia will ring in 2017 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.
Celebrate the holiday season at Peddler’s Village
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017View More
Visit Peddler’s Village in beautiful Bucks County to celebrate the holidays! With more than 70 specialty shops — perfect for your holiday shopping — and eight restaurants, you will love the Village’s charm and beautiful, festive decorations.
Mummers strut down Broad Street, leaving behind a trail of glitter, feathers and fun
Sunday, January 1, 2017View More
An annual tradition, the SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade features 10,000 men and women dressed in colorfully lavish costumes as they twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut up one of the city’s main streets. An unforgettably wild ritual, the parade and subsequent performances are all family-friendly and fun for everyone.
Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront
November 25, 2016 – March 5, 2017View More
A winterized riverfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.
Get into the holiday spirit in the heart of Philadelphia
November 19-20 and 24 – December 24, 2016View More
Philadelphia will once again transform into a European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village, this year being held at City Hall.
Small, Basque-country-inspired plates near Rittenhouse Square
Chef Jose Garces’ Tinto showcases the extraordinary tastes of the Basque country, the coastal and mountainous region that blurs the lines of demarcation between Spain and France.View More
Neighborhood bistro from Chef Jose Garces in Washington Square West
Situated in a large space in the Washington Square West neighborhood, Garces Trading Company — full-service bar and restaurant — highlights the Chef Jose Garces’ favorite foods from his travels to cafes throughout western Europe.View More
Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant
At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created a grand tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional eats to modern take on Spanish fare.View More
Garces goes homegrown
Jose Garces takes a decidedly American approach at the aptly named JG Domestic, his creative, whimsical eatery in the Cira Centre.View More
Jose Garces resurrects a history-steeped seafood haven and landmark
The Olde Bar serves items like Fish House punch, raw and fried oysters, snapper soup and strawberry shortcake for two in booths and at the bar.View More
Tapas and tequila reign at this funky Mexican hot spot
At Distrito, Jose Garces’ two-story Mexican outpost in University City, incredible tapas dishes mingle with a funky (and mostly pink) décor — including the restaurant’s famous Volkswagen Beetle booth.View More
A must-see holiday tradition in the lobby of the Comcast Center
Through January 1, 2017View More
Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience video wall at Comcast Center, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is a family friendly holiday tradition featuring the sights and sounds of the season. The 15-minute show takes visitors on a festive, musical journey.
Three months of ice skating right next to City Hall
Through February 26, 2017View More
Dilworth Park is the place to be this holiday season, with the return of the Rothman institute Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Cabin and a new wintergarden.
Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration
November 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017View More
No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 500,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.
Feel the magic of the holiday season at Adventure Aquarium in Camden
Through December 30, 2016View More
Enjoy the magic of the holiday season during Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration. Get into the yuletide spirit with Scuba Santa and his elves, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — and, of course, plenty of sharks, fish and sea turtles.