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Philadelphia Attractions

Between the historic Liberty Bell and world-famous cheese steaks Philly has what you might call a diverse appeal. No one can argue that the list of things to see in Philadelphia is anything but impressive. People come to this eastern Pennsylvania city to eat their way through a palate-pleasing tour of food carts fine restaurants and cafes. Of course

they also head to town to check out the rich history in America’s first capital city. As if that wasn’t enough Philadelphia is full of enviable urban parkland that comes alive during the summertime. From Franklin Square to Fairmount Park there are lots of fun things to do in Philadelphia that involve enjoying mother nature right in the midst of a metropolis.

Areas & Neighborhoods

Philadelphia is a city of many personalities. Not only does it host an Ivy League school and loads of art and culture but you can still get your hands dirty with a greasy sandwich prepared on a street cart. The variety of neighborhoods in this East Coast city reflect its diverse nature and will leave any type of traveler satiated.

Fishtown — For art and culture in spades head to Fishtown in north Philadelphia. Galleries studios and music venues have set up shop in this neighborhood largely as the result of the effort put forward by its young hip residents.

Logan Square — This neighborhood boasts a namesake circle replete with an impressive fountain. It also bookends the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on one side.

Chinatown — The Chinese Friendship Gate on 10th and Arch Street opens up a world of culture dim sum and Asian art workshops. Like any Chinatown worth its salt this area of Philadelphia also hosts festivals and art shows throughout the year.

Germantown — This district was founded by German settlers hundreds of years ago and it still thrives as a source of patriotic pride and historical significance. More than a dozen historical attractions in Philadelphia still call Germantown home and it’s been dubbed the longest National Historic District in the nation.

Things to See in Philadelphia

History buffs will feel right at home in the City of Brotherly Love. Things to do in Philadelphia include visiting the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Since Independence Hall is considered the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution it’s no surprise that you’ll have lots of company when you visit this attraction. Still these historical stops are worth the photo opportunity. Other things to see in Philly include the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia in Rittenhouse Square.

Things to Do & Attractions in Philadelphia

When you’re ready to put on your walking shoes there are lots of things to do in Philadelphia. Historical sites worth an in-person tour include the Betsy Ross House and the Independence Seaport Museum. Walk through the Shofuso gardens when the fragrant floral displays are in bloom or hit the links at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Course. When the sun goes down plenty of bars and clubs welcome you to join the party until closing time. Of course if you’re having a hard time narrowing down which sites deserve a spot on your itinerary Philadelphia tours by bus or trolley take you around to the most important spots. If you’re also after a calorie burn some of the best Philadelphia walking tours keep you active while you see important landmarks and stop off for fine cuisine to keep you fueled.

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Discover neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Center City

Known for its fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Center City. Check out top attractions like Reading Terminal Market and Liberty Bell Center, and jump on the metro at 11th St Station or 13th St. Station to see more of the city.


Old City

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Old City. Top attractions like Penn's Landing and Museum of the American Revolution are major draws, and you can catch the metro at 2nd St. Station or 5th St. Station to see more of the city.


University City

Travellers choose University City for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at 40th St. Station or 34th St. Station and check out top sights like Franklin Field.


South Philadelphia

Travellers choose South Philadelphia for its great live music. Hop aboard the metro at Oregon Station or Snyder Station and check out top sights like Citizens Bank Park.


West Philadelphia

Noted for its art galleries and museums, there's plenty to explore in West Philadelphia. Top attractions like Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Zoo are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at 52nd St. Station or 56th St. Station to see more of the city.


North Philadelphia

You might enjoy the historical sites while in North Philadelphia. SugarHouse Casino is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Erie Station or Allegheny Station to see more of the city.