Activities & Adventure 5 MINS READ

5 Ultimate Things To Do In Philadelphia

5 Ultimate Things To Do In Philadelphia

Activities & Adventure 5 MINS READ
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Philadelphia is a city that offers the best of everything – from a rich and diverse heritage and culture reflected in its architecture and museums to stunning gardens and places to relax and the most delicious food you’ll ever eat, they have it all.

Visit the gorgeous Magic Gardens of Philadelphia at South Street to be creatively inspired, pay your respects at the Aero Memorial for World War 1 at the Franklin Institute, and click a picture of yourself at the iconic Love Park (John F Kennedy Plaza). There are so many places that you can visit to admire the gorgeous city skyline or to understand the city’s rich history.

The following are the 5 must-visit places in Philadelphia if you’re on a time crunch or a short trip.

The 5 Best Things To Do In Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum Of Art

Philadelphia art museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, founded in 1928, houses nearly 240,000 artworks that are from several different countries. Here, you can view the city’s two most prominent tourist sites, the Rocky steps, and the monument. The main building of this art museum alone contains almost 200 galleries, and the museum also has various subsidiary museums, including the Rodin Museum and two 18th-century mansions in Fairmount Park. We strongly advise buying your tickets in advance for this museum, since it may get rather packed on weekends and holidays.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

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Image Credit: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Visit Philadelphia

The famous Spruce Street Harbor Park is an absolute oasis of peace with lovely floating gardens, colorful comfortable hammocks that hang over the water, and a stunning view of the Delaware River. Watch the sun setting over the river while eating tacos or dessert from their many food trucks. This is the true modern-day beach and there is also a boardwalk along the coast of the river where you can take a relaxing stroll. This is the perfect spot for a date night and even for a calm evening with your friends.

Independence National Historical Park

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Independence National Park is not a separate landmark, but rather a collection of Philadelphia’s most notable historic structures, including Independence Hall, the First Bank of the United States, the Liberty Bell Center, the National Constitution Center, and Old City Hall, all located in Center City Philadelphia. Take a stroll down this area to admire the stunning skyscrapers and the beautiful sites of this historical park. It has been justifiably termed ‘America’s Most Historic Square Mile’ owing to this park being home to so many prominent historical landmarks of Philadelphia. Independence Hall, a national historic landmark, is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets can be purchased online.

Cherry Street Pier

cherry street pier
Image Credit: Cherry Street Pier, FCM Hospitality

What used to be a warehouse and a shipping pier in the 1920s after it was constructed in 1919, is now a hub for shopping, and delicious food. It’s just an overall lively and creative space where the youth comes together to spend a fun day with their loved ones. You can shop for artisanal hand-made products that have been sustainably handmade by the locals. You can also appreciate the Philadelphia art scene in the gallery here.

The Weitzman National American Jewish History Museum

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Image Credit: Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, Visit Philadelphia

The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History opened in 1976 and has approximately 30,000 objects dating from the Colonial period to the present. Along with its diverse permanent collection, the museum is also known for hosting a number of exhibitions, lectures, and educational programs that highlight the rich history of Jews in America and how their community has evolved and changed over time, despite the trauma and difficulty they have faced. It has the world’s greatest collection of notable Jewish American items. By delving into the biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, witnessing a Hanukkah light from Poland in 1881, and listening to Leonard Bernstein’s The Power Of Music, you may learn a lot about American Jewish history.


Is there anything fun to do in Philadelphia?

For people who love history, there are so many historic buildings and sites to visit in Philadelphia, such as the various landmarks at the Independence National Historical Park, the National Liberty Museum, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and even the Benjamin Franklin Museum. For people who love music and the performing arts, we highly recommend catching a show by the Philadelphia Orchestra. There are so many museums, gorgeous parks, and delicious food places that you can visit.

How can I spend a day in Philadelphia?

If you have one day to spend in Philadelphia, we recommend the following activities:

  • Visit the Philadelphia Zoo
  • Understand all about African American history at the National African American Museum
  • Go shopping for produce and local delights at the Reading Terminal Market
  • Take a stroll in Washington Square Park
  • Visit the iconic Independence National Historic Park

How can I spend 2 days in Philadelphia?

If you have two days to spend in Philadelphia, we recommend the following activities:

  • Go shopping for produce and local delights at the Reading Terminal Market
  • Take a stroll in Washington Square Park
  • Visit the iconic Independence National Historic Park
  • Experience a relaxing evening at either the Cherry Street Pier or the Spruce Street Harbor Park
  • Admire the worldly art pieces at the Philadelphia Art Museum

Is Philadelphia worth visiting?

Philadelphia attractions are highly noteworthy in every domain – history, culture, culinary diversity, stunning views, and so much more. This popular city in Pennsylvania is definitely worth a visit, especially for its several gorgeous museums and parks.

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