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Things to do in Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin's grave, Betsy Ross' house, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell--a list of things to do in Philadelphia is chocked full of iconic American history. Take a walk through the Old City and glimpse its colonial landmarks. Then, explore historic public parks such as Rittenhouse Square and the surrounding streets full of stately homes.

Other ideas of what to do in Philadelphia include stops at the city's masterpiece-stocked art museums. View pieces like "The Thinker" at the Rodin Museum, and see the "Rocky" steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

There are also plenty of things to do in Philadelphia for foodie travelers. The city is home to a myriad of first-class brick-and-mortar eateries, along with stops like the Italian Market and Reading Terminal Market, all home to restaurants, produce stands, boutiques and more.

An itinerary of what to do in Philadelphia wouldn't be complete without a taste of a Philly cheesesteak. No-frills, late-night stops like Geno's Steaks and Pat's King of Steaks--the inventor of the sandwich--have gained worldwide followings for their beloved greasy bites.

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  • 9th Street Italian Market

    Spend a morning squeezing the tomatoes at the oldest outdoor food market in the country. More
  • Anthony's Italian Coffee House & Chocolate House

    Anthony's, a wooden storefront located in Philadelphia's Ninth Street Italian Market, opened in the 1930s. The environment is Old World, with small... More
  • APO Bar & Lounge

    Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay designed the menu at APO (known to locals as Apothecary). Drinks in the “Elixirs” section have tongue-in-cheek names ... More
  • Bamboo Lounge

    Shadowy second-floor cloister More
  • Bruges Home

    Two-story design studio carrying everything from coffee-table books to club chairs. More
  • Capogiro Gelato Artisans

    Located between Chestnut and Walnut Streets, this family-run gelato shop uses hormone-free milk from grass-fed cows to make its chilled Italian des... More
  • Chaddsford Winery

    Chaddsford Winery, which produces 30,000 cases a year of tannin-rich reds and whites, is co-owned by a husband-and-wife team, who turned a 17th-cen... More
  • Chick's Café & Wine Bar

    Recently restored by its new owners, Chick’s maintains the original pressed-tin ceiling and cherry bar, and features great classic-inspired cocktai... More
  • Citizens Bank Park

    In addition to the 2008 World Championship trophy, Citizens Bank Park is home to Ashburn Alley, an open-air promenade with concessions, bull pen–vi... More
  • Continental Midtown

    A cross-city sister to the Old City Continental martini bar, restauranteur Stephen Starr launched this Rittenhouse Square restaurant/lounge in 2004... More
  • Deep Sleep

    This venus has closed. Menswear shop with the latest street styles. More
  • Di Bruno Bros.

    A retail home for local cheesemakers, tea makers, and gourmet gift basket assemblers, DiBruno Bros now has several locations since opening its Sout... More
  • Fork:etc

    A more casual sister restaurant to next-door Fork Bistro, this Old City café is part sit-down dining, with the few tables overlooking Market Street... More

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