Parkway Museums District
Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. It combines corporate and municipal office buildings and luxury high-rises with modern and historic houses along tree-lined side streets. Museums bordering the wide Benjamin Franklin Parkway add yet another dimension. Green spaces — including the area’s namesake — 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 many iconic Philadelphia attractions.
City Hall, the hub of city government, is a natural focal point. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation often catch the gaze of passersby and phototakers. The architectural equivalent of a wedding cake, the sprawling building is adorned with carvings of allegorical figures and capped off with a prominent statue of William Penn, all designed by Alexander Milne Calder.
A main cultural center of Philadelphia, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway captures minds and eyes with its museums and galleries, including The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, The Franklin Institute, Barnes Foundation, Free Library of Philadelphia, Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Many iconic Philadelphia attractions sit in the boundaries of Logan Square.
This leafy stretch also hosts large-scale parties, such as the annual Made in America concerts, a local Fourth of July celebration and Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Logan Square is easily accessible by public transportation. SEPTA Regional Rail lines and buses stop at Suburban Station. The east-west Market-Frankford Line and north-south Broad Street Line subways both converge at City Hall.
Many enjoy the bird’s-eye view of the area from atop double-decker tour buses, which stop at various area museums.
The neighborhood’s namesake landmark offers city residents and visitors a welcome outdoor respite along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Inside Logan Circle, a large traffic circle at 19th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the majestic Swann Memorial Fountain attracts visitors. Designed by Philadelphia-born sculptor Alexander Calder, the massive fountain represents the region’s major waterways: the Delaware, Schuylkill and Wissahickon.
Some of the city’s top attractions including Moore College of Art & Design, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Free Library of Philadelphia, Sister Cities Park and The Franklin Institute surround the circle.
Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan Circle
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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