Philadelphia Travel Guide
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shadowy second-floor cloister
Inspired by European coffee culture, this Philadelphia-based coffeehouse is now an international chain with locations in New York, Chicago, and Seoul.
Two-story design studio carrying everything from coffee-table books to club chairs.