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Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia offers much more than cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic treasures abound in this city and its surrounding countryside.
What makes Philadelphia so memorable is its unique blend of experiences that you have to discover in person. By day, explore four centuries of history and architecture, beautiful neighborhoods, remarkable museum collections and endless shopping. After the sun sets, the city heats up with acclaimed performing arts, amazing dining and vibrant nightlife.
Don’t miss these hotspots
- Franklin Square
- Art Star Craft Bazaar
- Dilworth Park
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- The Rothman Ice Rink
at Dilworth Park
- William Glackens at
the Barnes Foundation
- Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show
- City Hall
- Paine’s Park
- First Person Arts Festival
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- Now Open: Restauranteurs Michael And Jeniphur Pasquarello Are Now Cooking At Kensington Quarters In Fishtown
- Now Open: Roost Philadelphia Offers Hip Apartment-Style Living In A New Extended-Stay Hotel
- The Kimmel Center Brings International Phenomenon The It Gets Better Project To Philadelphia For Residency Events And A Live Stage Show, November 4-8
- The Walnut Street Theatre Opens A Delightful Family-Friendly Production Of Mary Poppins, Starting Tuesday, November 4
- Weekend Picks, Halloween Edition: Halloween Parties Across The City, Trick-Or-Treating Events, Day Of The Dead Celebrations, Peddler’s Village Apple Festival, Closing Weekend For Independence Beer Garden, Clover Market And More
- A Guide To The 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival, Returning November 4-15 With Storytelling, Panels And A Food Event With Chefs Marcus Samuelsson And Jennifer Carroll
- Free First Sunday Returns To The Barnes Foundation This Sunday, November 2, With Performances And Talks From Local Organizations
- Tonight Picks, Night-Before-Halloween Edition: Terror Behind The Walls, Ghost Tours And A Cemetery Flashlight Tour, Halloween Parties At Alla Spina, Silk City And Cantina, A Zombie Bar Crawl And More
- Now Open: Chef George Sabatino And His Wife Jennifer Debut Aldine Restaurant In Rittenhouse Square
- Love Your Park Fall Service Day Returns With Opportunities To Clean Up And Prepare More Than 70 City Park For Winter On Saturday, November 15
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Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison
Open through November 8
The massive Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — is home to one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls.
Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
Franklin Square, one of Philadelphia’s five original public squares laid out by William Penn in his original plan for the city, boasts several family-friendly attractions, including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.
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.”
One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings
The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway inspires discovery with the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings and African sculpture.
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Save 46% on admission to Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS.
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.
A masterful collection of American art housed in a historic Center City building
A jewel nestled in the heart of Center City, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) hosts vast collection of American art boasts treasures by local and national luminaries such as Charles Willson Peale (founder of the Academy), Thomas Eakins (who taught here), and Violet Oakley.
Start at the Visitor Center
The Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region.
The Art Museum covers 10 acres and houses more than 300,000 works spanning 2,000 years
Like Philadelphia’s own Parthenon, the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see on the city’s cultural circuit.
Unearthing the riches of the world’s cultural heritage
If you called its 15-ton Egyptian sphinx “one in a million,” you’d be right: it is just one in a collection of nearly a million objects at the Penn Museum (also known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)—one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums.
Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
Franklin Square, one of Philadelphia’s five original public squares laid out by William Penn in his original plan for the city, boasts several family-friendly attractions, including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.View More
High-quality handmade goods from local and national artists
November 8 – 9View More
One of Philly’s finest craft fairs, Art Star Craft Bazaar features more than 60 local and national artists showing off and selling high-quality handmade goods.
Undergoing renovations to become one of the city’s great green spaces
Now openView More
Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Park has undergone a major — and awesome — transformation into a modern and welcoming outdoor space with new plantings, lawns, a programmable fountain, a cafe with outdoor seating and two iconic glass entrances to the underground concourse.
Sculptures, mixed-media pieces, paintings, textiles and more on view and for sale
November 6-9View More
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show welcomes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the U.S. to display and sell their best work for four days in November at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Three months of ice skating in the shadow of City Hall
The brand-new Dilworth Park has transformed the west side of City Hall into a multi-use public plaza. This winter, the transformation continues — this time, in the form of an awesome ice rink.View More
Comprehensive exhibition of influential painter and friend to Dr. Barnes
The Barnes Foundation is hosting the first comprehensive survey of painter William Glackens in nearly half a century. William Glackens, brings together more than 90 works from public and private collections throughout the U.S., including paintings and works on paper never before shown in public.View More
Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin
Winter nights are joyfully brighter this holiday season with Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle, a free holiday nighttime light show that’s bigger and brighter than ever in 2014.View More
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.View More
Fantastic skatepark in the heart of the city
Located on the Schuylkill River Banks, Paine’s Park is a public, riverfront oasis for skateboarders and visitors alike.View More
The only festival of its kind dedicated to personal stories from everyday people
November 4 – 15View More
The only festival of its kind in the world, the 13th annual First Person Arts Festival is a celebration of real life. Artists and everyday people from across the country take part in the annual event, sharing their personal stories and experiences.