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Top 50 Must-See Attractions In Philadelphia

Explore the City of Brotherly Love's iconic and can't-miss experiences

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Independence Hall Photo by D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia
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While Philadelphia offers a variety of authentic and top-notch attractions, exploring this vibrant city takes some planning — especially for visitors.

And there are a lot of visitors — more than 40 million per year, all coming to Philadelphia to check out the city’s attractions, museums, food, sports, arts, culture and more.

With so much to see, do and taste, it’s challenging to know where to begin.

From the historic Liberty Bell to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, here’s a look at the most popular and can’t-miss attractions and museums that make Philadelphia a world-class city. How many of these have you been to?

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Reading Terminal Market

America's oldest farmers' market

Reading Terminal Market interior Reading Terminal Market interior
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

This indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and desserts. The public space also provides open seating where customers can enjoy meals from more than 80 vendors. While the market is open seven days a week, the Amish vendors, a huge draw for visitors and locals, sell their goods Tuesday through Saturday.

Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street

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Independence National Historical Park

The birthplace of American democracy

Aerial view of Independence Mall Aerial view of Independence Mall
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Part of the nation’s most historic square mile, Independence National Historical Park tells the story of how American democracy came to be. Historic landmarks and attractions such as the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, The President’s House and Franklin Court take visitors back to the time of the nation’s Founding Fathers. In the summer months, the park offers Ranger-led walking tours.

Where: Independence National Historical Park, 1 N. Independence Mall West

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The Liberty Bell Center

Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom

The Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia The Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia
— Photo by D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia

Moved to its current location across from Independence Hall in 2003, the bell that was later named the Liberty Bell was originally cast in Great Britain and recast in 1753 in Philadelphia to adorn the State House. Used to call the Pennsylvania Assembly to meetings, it was soon adopted by abolitionists, suffragists, Civil Rights advocates, Native Americans, immigrants, war protestors and others as their symbol. The 44-pound clapper caused the Bell’s crack on its first use, and though it has been recast twice, the imperfection remains today. Visitors can tour the Liberty Bell Center year-round.

Where: Liberty Bell, N. 6th & Market streets

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Independence Hall & Carpenters' Hall

Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution

Independence Hall Independence Hall
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While historical attractions abound in Philly, Independence Hall has particular significance to the development of the nation. In this building in 1776, the Founding Fathers came together to sign the Declaration of Independence. Eleven years later, representatives from a dozen states met here to lay the framework for the U.S. Constitution. Today, the building is the centerpiece of Independence National Historical Park, and guided tours are available to visitors year-round. Free, timed tickets are required and can be picked up at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. Tours can sell out before noon, so visitors are encouraged to plan accordingly. When you’re done (or while you’re waiting for your tour time), head east on Chestnut St. to Carpenters’ Hall, a beautifully restored building in the Georgian style where the First Continental Congress met in 1774.

Where: Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street

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Independence Visitor Center

All-in-one center for info, tickets to Independence Hall, tips from experts and more

Independence Visitor Center Independence Visitor Center
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Located on Independence Mall at 6th and Market Streets, the Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region. The Visitor Center is just a stone’s throw from some of Philadelphia’s most popular attractions, including the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, the National Museum of American Jewish History and the National Constitution Center. Thanks to the Visitor Center’s friendly and knowledgeable Visitor Services staff, you’ll get a free comprehensive orientation to the culture, history, shopping and dining options available throughout the Greater Philadelphia region in an environment that is welcoming and convenient.

Where: Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street (corner of 6th and Market streets)

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National Constitution Center

The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

The National Constitution Center on Independence Mall The National Constitution Center on Independence Mall
— Photo by D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia

Dedicated to the four most powerful pages in America’s history, the National Constitution Center examines “We the People.” Museumgoers can explore exhibits and artifacts, take in the theatrical production Freedom Rising, view an original Bill of Rights and walk among the 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

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Museum of the American Revolution

An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

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The drama unfolds exhibit by exhibit at the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution. Three blocks from Independence Hall — the command center for the Revolution — this high-tech exploration into U.S. history reveals the strategic wins, crushing losses and the personal and world-altering consequences of the war for We the People.

Where: Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street

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The Franklin Institute

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

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The Franklin Institute demonstrates the science involved in disciplines ranging from sports to space. In addition to nationally traveling shows, the museum includes hands-on exhibitions, such as the highly interactive Your Brain; the Fels Planetarium; the Tuttleman IMAX Theater; and the Joel N. Bloom Observatory. The Giant Heart, a walk-through human corpuscle that would belong to someone 220 feet tall, was one of its first attractions and remains one of the most popular.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

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The Philadelphia Zoo

Animals and plants thrive at America’s first zoo

Philadelphia Zoo Philadelphia Zoo
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Situated on 42 acres of lush gardens and home to 1,300 animals, the Philadelphia Zoo offers a first-in-the-world animal travel and exploration system called Zoo360. It gives the most majestic creatures — monkeys, lemurs, lions, tigers, jaguars and others — more room to roam utilizing a campus-wide network of see-through trails and overhead walkways. Other wild highlights of America’s first zoo: First Niagara Big Cat Falls, McNeil Avian Center, PECO Primate Reserve, the Rare Animal Conservation Center and KidZooU.

Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue

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Please Touch Museum

Where kids ages 1 – 7 are boss

Please Touch Museum Please Touch Museum
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Created exclusively for kids up to age seven to learn through play, Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park gives its young guests free reign. Eight interactive exhibitions, a 25,000-toy collection, art programs and music and dance performances keep them busy all day long. Guided tours of Memorial Hall, the National Historic Landmark that houses the museum, are available for grown-ups.

Where: Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

One of the world’s foremost natural history museums

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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum. Visitors of all ages can wander through a tropical garden filled with live butterflies, meet live animals, see three continents of wildlife in their natural habitats and get face to face with towering dinosaurs.

Where: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Franklin Square

Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

Franklin Square Franklin Square
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Franklin Square delights both the young and not-so-young with its old-fashioned carousel, Philadelphia-themed mini-golf course and two playgrounds. When hunger strikes, visitors turn to SquareBurger for sustenance (think burgers, French fries or a Cake Shake, made with Philadelphia’s own Tastykakes).

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street

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Philadelphia Museum of Art & Rodin Museum

Third-largest art museum in the country and a must-see attraction

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The vast collections of Renaissance, American and impressionist masterpieces make the Philadelphia Museum of Art one of the most important art museums in the country. Its impressive holdings, acclaimed exhibitions, special programs and beautiful outdoor Sculpture Garden make it a cultural must-see. Just up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the Rodin Museum, housing one of the largest public collections of the master’s works outside of Paris. The collection includes bronze casts of The Thinker and The Gates of Hell, a stunning marble copy of The Kiss and a cast of The Burghers of Calais.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Barnes Foundation

One of the world’s foremost collections of French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings

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Located on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Barnes Foundation houses the most important collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern art in the world, with a jaw-dropping 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses and 46 Picassos, along with works by Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Degas, Seurat and Modigliani. The captivating collection also includes American paintings and decorative arts, metalwork, African sculpture and Native American ceramics — all presented in Dr. Barnes’ distinctive arrangements in 24 intimate rooms.

Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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One Liberty Observation Deck

A top-notch spot for sky-high views of Philadelphia and the surrounding region

People at One Liberty Observation Deck People at One Liberty Observation Deck
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Even birds are envious of One Liberty Observation Deck. An entertaining video plays as the elevator zips visitors up to the 57th floor of One Liberty Place, where wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling windows reveal panoramic views. Interactive kiosks zoom in on Philadelphia landmarks and exhibits offer interesting history, sports and art tidbits that help form the fabric of Philadelphia.

Where: One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market Street #5700

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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A masterful collection of American art housed in a historic Center City building

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

The country’s oldest art museum and school, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents special exhibitions, an outstanding permanent collection of American art and work by some of the nation’s most talented contemporary artists, including PAFA alumni. The museum boasts treasures by luminaries such as Charles Willson Peale, Thomas Eakins, Nancy Spero, Elizabeth Murray and Kehinde Wiley.

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street

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The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Celebrating and interpreting African-American history and culture

African American Museum in Philadelphia African American Museum in Philadelphia
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The African American Museum in Philadelphia takes a fresh and bold look at the stories of African-Americans and their role in the founding of the nation through the core exhibit Audacious Freedom. Other exhibits explore contemporary issues through art and historic artifacts. The museum hosts weekend workshops and hands-on activities.

Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street

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National Museum of American Jewish History

Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

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— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Located on Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History delves into the story and contributions of Jewish people in the U.S., from early settlers to history-makers such as Albert Einstein, industry giants like Esteé Lauder and artists and entertainers including Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg. Four floors of artifacts, memorabilia and artwork tell the narrative in chronological order.

Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East

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The Betsy Ross House and Once Upon A Nation Benches

The birthplace of the American flag

Betsy Ross House Betsy Ross House
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

The Betsy Ross House tells the story of a working-class Colonial woman and a new nation’s flag. Guests tour the home of the America’s most famous flagmaker — an upholsterer by trade — and enjoy interactive programs, storytelling and activities. The Betsy Ross House is also one of ten places throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District that you’ll find Once Upon A Nation™ benches, featuring free, five-minute tales and secret stories told by uniformed, professional storytellers.

Where: The Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street

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Elfreth's Alley

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Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the U.S., is a quaint cobblestone alley located in Historic Philadelphia. While a modern city has sprung up around it, the Alley preserves three centuries of evolution through its old-fashioned flower boxes, shutters, Flemish bond brickwork and other architectural details. Two adjacent houses, built in 1755, are now a museum and are open to the public.

Where: Elfreth's Alley, 126 Elfreth’s Alley

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Christ Church & Christ Church Burial Ground

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Perhaps Philadelphia’s most recognized place of worship is Christ Church, where many of the Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Robert Morris, worshiped. Absalom Jones, the nation’s first black priest, was ordained here. The church’s burial ground, located at 5th and Arch streets, houses graves of signers of the Declaration of Independence as well as Benjamin Franklin and his wife Deborah.

Where: Christ Church, 20 N. American Street

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Eastern State Penitentiary

Radical 19th century prison designed to create social change

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Eastern State Penitentiary introduced Americans to a new form of housing criminals: solitary confinement. Al Capone and Willie Sutton were among the 75,000 inmates who spent time here. Self-guided tours, a once-daily guided tour and a Halloween haunted house, along with exhibitions and special events, make the massive prison a favorite among those who dare to enter.

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

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Penn Museum

Transforming understanding of the human experience

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At the Penn Museum, a 15-ton Egyptian sphinx is the star of the collection, which features more than one million objects. Other artifacts include Sumerian cuneiform clay tablets (some of the world’s oldest writing), Egyptian mummies, a crystal ball owned by China’s Dowager Empress, monumental stone sculptures from the ancient Maya and 4,500-year-old jewelry from the Royal Cemetery at Ur.

Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

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Institute of Contemporary Art

Museum introducing provocative contemporary artists for more than 40 years

Institute of Contemporary Art Institute of Contemporary Art
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Open to the public free of charge, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been instrumental in showcasing the work of emerging and under-recognized artists for more than 50 years. It led the way with the first-ever museum shows of Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson, Agnes Martin, Robert Indiana and other influential artists.

Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street

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Spruce Street Harbor Park & Blue Cross RiverRink

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Spruce Street Harbor Park, the wildly popular summertime pop-up on the Delaware River, features hammocks, floating barges, a boardwalk and more along with great food, great drinks and arcade games. A five-minute walk along the river takes you to Blue Cross RiverRink, where attendees can roller skate in the summer and ice skate in the winter.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, Spruce Street and S. Columbus Boulevard

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Independence Seaport Museum

An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage

Cruiser Olympia at the Independence Seaport Museum Cruiser Olympia at the Independence Seaport Museum
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Independence Seaport Museum focuses on the importance of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers to Philadelphia over the years. Along with displays that chronicle the city’s contributions to naval and commercial maritime history and several interactive activities, the museum offers visitors the rare opportunity to board and explore two historic naval ships, the cruiser Olympia and the submarine Becuna.

Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Adventure Aquarium

The ocean’s secrets revealed at Camden’s riverfront aquarium

People looking at sharks at Adventure Aquarium People looking at sharks at Adventure Aquarium
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Featuring more than two million gallons of water and 8,500 animals, Adventure Aquarium offers hands-on activities, animals, exhibits and unforgettable moments on the Camden Waterfront. Visitors can walk through a suspended Shark Tunnel; explore KidZone, a virtual playground under the sea aimed at ages six and under; and get nose-to-nose with a pair of underwater hippos in Hippo Haven. The 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm is home to sea turtles, stingrays, schooling fish and sharks, including the only Great Hammerhead on exhibit in the country. Adventurous types can roll up their sleeves to pet and feed stingrays, or touch horseshoe crabs, starfish and sharks.

Where: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

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Battleship New Jersey

Admiral “Bull” Halsey’s flagship and the nation’s most decorated battleship

Battleship New Jersey Battleship New Jersey
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While exploring the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, visitors can enjoy exhibitions that display artifacts from the ship’s past and play an interactive role. A walk down Broadway, the longest and most impressive passageway on the battleship, is part of the guided tour. America’s most decorated battleship also hosts special events and overnight encampments.

Where: Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ

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Race Street Pier

Relaxing waterfront respite in the heart of the city

— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Race Street Pier opened in 2011 and features two levels for recreation. The upper terrace, dubbed the Grand Sky Promenade, rises 12 feet toward the bridge and is paved with Trex, a sustainable, synthetic decking material made out of reclaimed plastic and wood. The promenade is connected to the lower terrace by a multi-tiered seating area, perfect for watching the tide roll in. Free yoga classes are available seven days a week in season.

Where: Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard

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Mütter Museum

Medical wonders in an architectural gem

Mutter Museum Mutter Museum
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is one of America’s finest museums of medical history. Its “disturbingly informative” displays and special events help the public understand the mysteries of the human body and to appreciate the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The 20,000-item collection includes Albert Einstein’s brain, The Soap Lady, a medicinal plant garden and an examination of Civil War medicine.

Where: Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street

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Benjamin Franklin Museum

Revitalized museum dedicated to the life and legacy of America’s favorite Renaissance man

Benjamin Franklin Museum Benjamin Franklin Museum
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After a two-year revitalization, the Benjamin Franklin Museum reopened in 2013. Dedicated to celebrating the legacy of one of America’s most storied forefathers, the museum features artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays that explore Franklin’s life and character.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Museum, 317 Chestnut Street

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National Liberty Museum

Honoring real-life heroes and our heritage of freedom

National Liberty Museum National Liberty Museum
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Through imaginative and interactive exhibits, the National Liberty Museum invites visitors to see what it means to “Live Like a Hero.” Incredible stories of heroism and artwork encourage guests to find their place in the story of liberty. It’s a gem located just steps from America’s most treasured symbols of freedom.

Where: National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street

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Free Library of Philadelphia & The Rosenbach

A gorgeous Beaux-Arts building serves as the heart of the Free Library of Philadelphia system. The Parkway Central Library along the Parkway invites book lovers to check out its massive collection, explore rare collections, sit in on author readings and lectures, enjoy special exhibits and events and celebrate the glory that is free literature. Over near Rittenhouse Square, The Rosenbach, housed in a stately row home, hosts an impressive collection of rare archives and literary treasures, including the only surviving copy of Ben Franklin’s first Poor Richard’s Almanack, James Joyce’s manuscript for Ulysses, original drawings by children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, Bram Stoker’s notes and outlines for Dracula and more than 100 personal letters from George Washington.

Where: Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street

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Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

One-stop multi-culture on the Avenue of the Arts

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
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Why do people love the Kimmel Center? Could be The Philadelphia Orchestra, or the incredible world, pop, jazz, classical and dance performances. Free building and theater tours include an organ demonstration and give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the Kimmel’s design and enhanced acoustics.

Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets

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City Hall and City Hall Tower

The largest municipal building in the country and the finest example of the Second Empire style

Philadelphia City Hall Philadelphia City Hall
— Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

Located at the intersection of Market and Broad streets, City Hall has been Philadelphia’s government headquarters for more than 100 years, and it’s the largest municipal building in the country. For a bird’s-eye view of the city, visitors head to the observation deck, which sits just below the 37’ bronze statue of William Penn that tops the building’s clock tower. The building is open to the public from Monday to Friday, and visitors can take either a four-person tower tour or a two-hour public tour that highlights the art, architecture, the tower and history of the building.

Where: Philadelphia City Hall, Broad and Market streets

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LOVE Park

The location of the LOVE sculpture and the entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

LOVE Park LOVE Park
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A favorite destination for tourists and locals alike, John F. Kennedy Plaza gets its nickname “LOVE Park” from Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture that sits inside the outdoor space. Located near City Hall, LOVE Park serves as the grand entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Just a short walk away from LOVE Park stands the equally grand AMOR sculpture, the bilingual version of the LOVE sculpture, on display at Sister Cities Park.

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Where: LOVE Park, N. 15th Street and John F Kennedy Boulevard

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The Rail Park

The Rail Park The Rail Park
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The quarter-mile stretch of the former Reading Railroad that makes up the $10.3 million first phase of the Rail Park officially debuted on June 14, 2018. The space includes plantings, artwork, seating areas and giant wooden swings. Up next, the Center City District will focus on the remaining length of the Viaduct (east of Broad Street), while the Friends of the Rail Park aim to develop the area known as the Cut (west of Broad), opening the first section as early as 2020. The full project will transform a three-mile section of abandoned elevated and below-street-level rail lines into green space where people can walk, bike, sit and admire the urban views. When completed, it will be twice the length and width of New York City’s High Line. Primary funders to date include the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, the William Penn Foundation and the Knight Foundation.

Where: The Rail Park, Along Noble Street between 11th and N. Broad streets

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Rittenhouse Square & Washington Square

Philadelphia’s most popular town square

Rittenhouse Square Rittenhouse Square
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The one-square-block park that gives the neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square its name is more popular with sunbathers, readers, families, artists and even dogs than city founder William Penn ever could have imagined. Festivals, farmers’ markets, fairs and general merriment make it the city’s best-known — and, perhaps, most enjoyed — park. Washington Square, another of William Penn’s five original squares, is now a place for picnicking, sunbathing, reading, playing Frisbee and other leisure activities in Old City. A popular gathering spot for residents and visitors alike, the green and lively Washington Square attracts those who want a respite from the city action.

Where: Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets

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Schuylkill River Trail & Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

A 26.5-mile, multi-use path from Philadelphia to Phoenixville

Schuylkill River Trail Schuylkill River Trail
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The Schuylkill River Trail, a 26.5-mile recreational path which runs along the Schuylkill River from Center City Philadelphia through Valley Forge National Historical Park and ends in Phoenixville, is a favorite for bicycle clubs, families, runners and walkers. One highlight of the trail: the brand new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, a 15-foot-wide, 2,000-foot-long, ADA-compliant concrete path that juts out above the Schuylkill River and provides runners, bikers and pedestrians with a trail connection between Locust Street and the South Street Bridge. Those who want to take in the scenery can do so at any of the four overlooks offering city and waterfront views.

Where: Schuylkill River Trail, 1 Boathouse Row

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The Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps

Two of the most famous tourist attractions in Philadelphia

Rocky Statue Rocky Statue
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The Rocky Statue and the “Rocky Steps” — better known as the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art — 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.

Where: Rocky Statue and Rocky Steps, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Kelly Drive, Boathouse Row & Fairmount Park

19th-century boathouses line the Schuylkill River just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Boathouse Row illuminated at night Boathouse Row illuminated at night
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Boathouse Row, a National Historic Landmark, consists of 10 charming boathouses that sit on the banks of the Schuylkill River. At night, the glittering lights that frame the buildings make for idyllic scenery as they reflect off of the river’s surface. Boathouse Row sits on the photogenic Kelly Drive, which runs along the east side of the Schuylkill River from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Lincoln Drive and is a prime attraction for cyclists, joggers, rollerbladers and walkers. And Kelly Drive is the perfect gateway into Fairmount Park, one of the world’s largest park systems with more than 9,200 acres of rolling hills, gentle trails, relaxing waterfront and shaded woodlands.

Where: Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive, 12 Boathouse Row

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Indego – Philly Bike Share

Affordable, city-wide bike rental service

Indego Indego
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Pedal power hit Philadelphia in April 2015 with the launch of Indego, the city’s bike-share program named for sponsor Independence Blue Cross. Cyclists can rent 600 bikes located at 65 stations throughout Center City and beyond. They can pay for Indego passes by the month or by the trip. Built by Trek, the three-speed bikes feature step-through frames, front and rear lights, comfortable and adjustable seats and baskets — making these check-out-and-go bikes the ultimate in convenience for both residents and visitors in Philadelphia.

Where: Indego - Philly Bike Share, Various locations including 17th Street and JFK Boulevard

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Philadelphia CityPASS & Philadelphia Pass

Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

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For some serious savings on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions, tour-goers can snag a CityPASS ticket booklet, which includes admission to five Philly favorites, including Adventure Aquarium, The Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Zoo. The pass is valid for nine consecutive days beginning with the date of first use. What’s more, it allows holders to skip the main entrance ticket line at most attractions. For another option, check out Philadelphia Pass, granting you access to more than 40 city attractions and providing discounts and special offers at select shops and restaurants in the city.

Where: Philadelphia CityPASS, Available for numerous locations including the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue

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Morris Arboretum & Woodmere Art Museum

A romantic Victorian landscape garden

The Tree Adventure at Morris Arboretum The Tree Adventure at Morris Arboretum
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Whatever the month, something is blooming at Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. Whether it’s the ever-changing assortment of flowers and trees, workshops and classes, summer concerts, tours or birding programs, each visit to the 92-acre arboretum can be a surprise. The 50-foot-high Out on a Limb Tree Adventure gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the treetops, and the seasonal Garden Railway fascinates youngsters and their parents. Just down the road, artistic pleasures await at the Woodmere Art Museum. Housed in a 19th-century stone Victorian-era mansion, the museum tells the story of Philadelphia’s artists, including N.C. Wyeth, Benjamin West, Violet Oakley and Daniel Garber, as well as new and emerging contemporary artists.

Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue

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Longwood Gardens

This mega garden attracts visitors from around the globe to its 1,077 acres filled with 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens, 11,000 different types of plants, spectacular fountains and picturesque meadows and woodlands. The horticultural haven also hosts 400 events each year, including flower shows, gardening demonstrations, educational programs, children’s activities, concerts and musical theater.

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

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Elmwood Park Zoo

A community zoo dedicated to habitat conservation

Boy feeding a giraffe at Elmwood Park Zoo Boy feeding a giraffe at Elmwood Park Zoo
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Started in 1924, the Elmwood Park Zoo features animals from around the globe, including American bison, red pandas, jaguars, bald eagles and river otters. Visitors love the interactive Treetop Adventures feature, which includes more than 70 zip lines and challenging games high in the trees.

Where: Elmwood Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown

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Peddler's Village

Charming countryside village just on hour from Philadelphia

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Not only is Peddler’s Village quaint, easy to navigate and stocked with more than 70 shops of all kinds, it also boasts Giggleberry Fair, an educational family fun center with miniature play lands, an obstacle course, carousel and much more.

Where: Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road

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Valley Forge National Historical Park

Where the spirit of the Revolution received its sternest test

Valley Forge National Historical Park scenery Valley Forge National Historical Park scenery
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

In the winter of 1777-1778, Valley Forge was the encampment headquarters of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Today, a national park on this site honors the sacrifice and strength of those who helped secure freedom for the United States. Valley Forge National Historical Park offers a variety of programming throughout the year, including ranger programs, guided tours and living history demonstrations.

Where: Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

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Sesame Place

Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®

Sesame Place Sesame Place
— Photo courtesy Sesame Place

Big Bird, Elmo and the other stars of Sesame Street come out and play at Sesame Place, the only theme park in the nation featuring the popular TV show’s most lovable characters. A water park, rides, interactive activities, parades, fireworks and shows add to the fun.

Where: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

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James A. Michener Art Museum

Showcase for Pennsylvania Impressionism and other notable arts of the region

The James A. Michener Art Museum exterior The James A. Michener Art Museum exterior
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

The James A. Michener Art Museum pays homage to the beautiful Bucks County landscape — which has inspired countless artists — with its collection of impressionist works and its outdoor sculpture garden. In addition to showcasing important regional artists, the museum hosts internationally traveling exhibitions. Its glass-enclosed pavilion serves as the site for jazz nights and special events.

Where: James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown

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Brandywine River Museum of Art

Art and nature come together in a scenic riverside setting

Brandywine Museum visitors observing painting Brandywine Museum visitors observing painting
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

The very settings that inspired much of the art on view in the galleries — rolling hills, verdant meadows and a flowing river — surround the Brandywine River Museum of Art. For many, the landscape has become synonymous with Andrew Wyeth, whose work is exhibited here. Visitors can see an outstanding collection of American art, including works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. Guided tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, the N.C. Wyeth House & Studio and Kuerner Farm offer a chance to discover the connection between art and life.

Where: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford

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Fonthill Castle & Mercer Museum

— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

We can thank Henry Mercer, the late 19th- and early 20th-century archaeologist and ceramist, for two of Doylestown‘s wonders. Built between 1908 and 1912, Mercer’s Fonthill Castle & Museum boasts 18 fireplaces, more than 200 windows and 44 rooms — each with a different shape — within its concrete castle walls. The nearby Mercer Museum is a six-story Gothic historical repository for pieces of early Americana that Mercer collected, highlighting dramatic displays of tools, folk art and articles used in everyday life in early America before mechanization.

Where: Fonthill Castle, 525 E. Court Street, Doylestown

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