Top attractions in Philadelphia
Top 10 highlights of Philadelphia
The fifth-biggest city in the United States by population, Philadelphia is more than just a cream cheese! It's where much of the foundation of the U.S. took place. Here are some great starting points for you to discover "Philly"...
1. Philadelphia Museum of Art
With over 227,000 individual objects in its various collections, you'd better dedicate an entire day to one of the country's premier art museums - there's not just American but international art to be seen!
2. Liberty Bell
This symbolic bell was rung as the Declaration of Independence was read out in 1776. Go and see it on the intersection of 6th Street and Market Street!
3. Independence National Historic Park
Follow the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in the path to American independence.
4. Amish Country
Lancaster is the largest city in Pennsylvania Dutch country, where the Amish community has traditionally lived.
5. Rocky Location Tour
Visit the filming locations for the Rocky movies, from North to South Philadelphia. The best thing about this tour is not only that you'll see places in Philly you might not have thought of visiting before, but you'll also be able to meet and nerd out with other Rocky fans!
6. Magic Gardens
A homage to the art of mosaicing by Isaiah Zagar! You can learn about the mosaic garden's background from a tour guide, or simply wander through the shimmery labyrinth yourself.
7. Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site
Poe, one of the most spine-chilling writers of all time, spent six years living in Philadelphia. Here, you can visit his home and listen to his stories as you walk thru to get a real sense of eerie context!
8. LOVE Park
Officially called JFK Plaza, Robert Indiana's famous LOVE sculpture lends the park its nickname. It's also home to a large and vibrant skateboarding community. If you're in Philadelphia at Christmas, don't miss the annual market held here!
9. Brandywine Valley
A tour to Brandywine Valley will allow you to visit grand country estates just outside the city, such as the Nemours Mansion, to enrich your understanding of the local area. Oh, and the chance to sample regional wines.
10. Pocono Mountains
There are so many things to see and do at this resort a couple of hours outside Philadelphia - including a water park and opportunities for skiing in the winter.
Planning Your Visit
For all tours involving alcohol, such as to vineyards, all participants must be over 21 years of age.
Philadelphia is known for its summer events, so check online to see what's happening to ensure you don't miss out!
Plan to visit Philadelphia if you're visiting other East Coast cities like Washington DC or NYC - it's a relatively short drive or train ride.
Philadelphia's famous sandwich is the cheesesteak. The best place to try one? You'll get different answers depending on who you ask and in which part of the city!
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- Best time to visit
- In terms of avoiding the humidity and crowds of the summer months and the snowfall in the fall and winter, March through May is your best bet for enjoying perfect weather in the City of Brotherly Love.
Other Sightseeing Options in Philadelphia
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What people are saying about Philadelphia
My 11-year-old son and I planned a Sunday 1-day trip to visit several locations starting at 10am - 5pm, and the Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass was very convenient and no hassle. We parked where we were going to finish the day and walked to all locations, except an Uber from Mutter to American Revolution Museum: 1) Philadelphia Art Museum (10-11:30am) - excellent; could have spent 2-3 hours on the 3rd floor alone, but had to move on to get to other attractions; we are not huge fans of art, but the armor, paintings, sculptures, and woodwork kept our interest the entire time 2) East State Penitentiary (11:45-1:15pm) - great; very interesting and spent 1.5 hours there when we only planned for 45 minutes. 3) Mutter Museum (2-3pm) - great; many specimens and so much content considering the smaller size of the building 4) American Revolution Museum (3:15-5pm) - great; walk through history that led up to the Revolution, the different battles, and many details from that time period.
thought Nate was an excellent tour guide. I was very disappointed that we could not gain entry to Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Ben Franklin house. I had called your customer service to inquire if the entrance fees were paid on our behalf . The advertising Iis very ambiguous stating that " ALL of the buildings are included " or something to that effect . The customer service rep was really hesitant in his reply but assured me that we could go into all of the buildings. Well, technically yes, if you pay a separate fee. I would suggest you clarify your advertising to indicate that only "Free of Charge" buildings will be available for entrance on this tour. I will be notifying Trip Advisor of my observations.
It was a really informative tour with some humor thrown in here and there. Our tour guide, Terry, was very interesting and had some great facts and stories about the area. Remember it is an outdoor tour, so make sure you dress accordingly. Would definitely recommend this tour to others.
Definitely worth the money. Got to see more places than I even knew existed. The guide was informative but also tailored the experience to us. Also gave great recommendations for where to find a really good Philly cheesesteak...no it’s not Pats or Ginos!
Interesting history with some thoughtful, progressive exhibits. Took my 12-year old son and it prompted some good public policy conversations.