Philadelphia

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.

 A favorite professional dealers’ source for Midcentury furniture.

Housed inside the Reading Terminal Market, this gourmet food and souvenir shop specializes in locally made sweets, snacks, and crafts, all of which are available individually and in elaborate gift baskets.

Although a lounge by name, Liberté—inside the Hotel Sofitel—serves more than cocktails. The all-day menu has an eclectic variety of international dishes with a distinct French influence. The Center City restaurant's interiors include wingback chairs, red tones, and soft lighting.

This Old City clothes and accessories boutique stocks vintage and designer pieces from foreign labels, as well as up-and-coming domestic brands. Opened in 2004, the shop's interior has hardwood floors and round display tables showcasing shoes and accessories.

Inspired by European coffee culture, this Philadelphia-based coffeehouse is now an international chain with locations in New York, Chicago, and Seoul.

Stylish industrial space. In addition to great cocktails, Twenty Manning serves Black Angus burgers that are among the best in Philadelphia.

Hauled by steam locomotives, this 45-minute train loops through a pastoral strip of Lancaster County, from Strasburg to Leaman Place Junction and back. Working farms, many of them Amish, make up the bulk of the scenery.

Cutting-edge women’s boutique that helped jumpstart Old City’s fashion renaissance.

Located between Chestnut and Walnut Streets, this family-run gelato shop uses hormone-free milk from grass-fed cows to make its chilled Italian dessert, which has about half the fat of ice cream.

In addition to the 2008 World Championship trophy, Citizens Bank Park is home to Ashburn Alley, an open-air promenade with concessions, bull pen–viewing platforms, and the Phillies Wall of Fame.

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-century barn into a small premium operation in 1982.

Behind the 19th-century Beaux-Arts facade, the Penn Museum on the University of Pennsylvania campus houses three floors of artifacts from around the world.

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 like Tippling Bros. Magical Pain Extractor (made with mint, rosemary, cayenne extract and Sicilian amaro).

Climb through “Nature’s Castles,” three large-scale treehouses designed to bring back your childhood memories and built among (although not attached to) large tulip poplars at Longwood Gardens, eight miles north in Kennett Square.

The walk-through, pulsing model of the human heart at this well-heeled science emporium is macabre enough to enchant children. Other exhibits include a replica space research station and a working steam locomotive.