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.

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.

Insider Clout: Berghaier, a wildlife specialist before becoming a travel consultant, has been following the Great Migration for more than three decades. He'll examine your travel dates and budget to book you the best possible camp for seeing it.

The Liberty Bell is exhibited at Independence National Historic Park inside Liberty Bell Center. The pavilion that houses it has interpretive exhibits, including an X-ray that reveals the bell's famous crack and a film documenting how it became a symbol of liberty.

Insider clout: In Limpopo, Harrison arranges access to the 19th hole at Legend Golf & Safari Resort—the longest, as well as the highest, par three on the planet. The tee, standing a full 1,300 feet above the green at Hanglip Mountain, must be reached by helicopter.

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, and part carry-out counter. The food at both components focuses on artisanal and health-conscious choices.

Spend a morning squeezing the tomatoes at the oldest outdoor food market in the country.

Owned by Iron Chef Jose Garces, Village Whiskey is known for both its extensive whiskey, bourbon, and Scotch menu and its inventive American cuisine.

A retail home for local cheesemakers, tea makers, and gourmet gift basket assemblers, DiBruno Bros now has several locations since opening its South Philly flagship in 1939 on Ninth Street, where the shelves are still stocked with rare, local, and international cheeses and meats (some hang from t

Anthony's, a wooden storefront located in Philadelphia's Ninth Street Italian Market, opened in the 1930s. The environment is Old World, with small, marble-topped tables, dark-wood wainscoting, and tall, wooden shelves stocked with sacks of coffee and baskets of cellophane-wrapped candies.

stanbul native Eugenie Perret, the owner of this contemporary three-story gallery situated in the heart of Old City, and her partner, Michael Schmick, have capitalized on Philadelphia’s recent design renaissance and turned their shop into a meeting space for the city’s creative set.

Though the ladies behind this Center City gift and housewares shop may be better known for their popular Philly restaurants (which include Lolita, Barbuzzo, and Grocery), Open House was actually their first joint venture.