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Philadelphia – Things to do

Philadelphia Attractions

Experience the best of this historic city with its mix of modern attractions, historic sights and lively nightlife. From solo travellers, to couples and big families, there is something to suit every taste and interest. Below we've selected just a few of our favourite things to see and do while spending time in the city of brotherly love.

Historical Landmarks

This city has no shortage of historical sights - this is the birthplace of America after all. Explore the magnificent Independence Hall - UNESCO World Heritage Site - this is where the founding fathers both debated and signed the Declaration of Independence - and thus created the United States of America. Head to nearby Liberty Hall to view the famous Liberty Bell, which rang to summon the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration in 1776 - still stands as a symbol of independence today. Or learn about the legacy of Philadelphia's most famous founding father, at the Benjamin Franklin Museum and discover his incredible accomplishments.

Parks

Dispite being one of the US's largest cities, Philadelphia still has plenty of outstanding green areas to escape from the hustle and bustle. Philadelphia most well-known parks is the iconic John F. Kennedy Plaza — better known as LOVE Park thanks to Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture - but Franklin Square Park is definitely worth a visit, with a miniature golf course, classic carousel and picnic area. Philly's Fairmount Park is one of the largest urban green spaces in the country, with acres of rolling hills, gentle trails, relaxing waterfront and shaded woodlands all within easy reach of downtown Philadelphia, perfect for outdoor activities from biking and hiking to horse riding and fishing.

Neighbourhoods

Philadelphia is a city of vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive personality and attractions. Head to Fishtown along the Delaware river, this classic working-class neighborhood historically was the centre of the fishing industry, now its narrow, colourful streets boast music venues, galleries, restaurants and some of the city's best breweries. For more of a cultured scene. Hire a bike and ride around Old City - still boasting charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm—along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene. Or explore Bella Vista in the south of the city for its incredible Italian heritage and family-owned restaurants.

Family Activities

There are few cities as family-friendly as Philadelphia. From the numerous fascinating, and free, attractions in the Old City (like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to child-friendly museums like The Franklin Institute and the Please Touch Museum and the incredible Philadelphia Zoo - the country's oldest, there's no shortage of activities to occupy the whole family for a day, a weekend or longer.

Nightlife

After a day seeing the historical highlights - experience the incredible in Philadelphia's vibrant neighbourhoods each with its own distinctive personality. Head over to Northern Liberties, this former manufacturing district is now a walkable network of quirky bars, restaurants and boutiques. Craft beer fans will love NoLibs’ bar and brewery scene or if you prefer something more refined, head to one of the rooftop cocktail bars. If live music is your thing, head to the Callowhill neighbourhood with some of the city's best live music venues and a steady-growing restaurant quarter.