Things to do in Philadelphia, PA

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Some of the country’s best art museums, concert halls, parks, and entertainment venues grace the city, from the Barnes Foundation to the Rodin Museum... Read More

Some of the country’s best art museums, concert halls, parks, and entertainment venues grace the city, from the Barnes Foundation to the Rodin Museum and the "Rocky" steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

If you’re planning what things to do in Philadelphia while you’re here, the activities for kids and families are many—the Pizza Brain and Please Touch museums are perennial favorites, and the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a newly revamped outdoor space. History buffs are in for a special treat in the city where America was founded. Beyond the Liberty Bell and City Hall, make time for Franklin Square and Independence Mall. 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.

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  • Barnes Foundation

    One of Philadelphia’s newest and most exciting museums showcases Albert C. Barnes’ collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modernist paintings. The... Read More

  • Blue Cross RiverRink

    This always-popular ice skating rink is now a year-round destination: This summer it was reimagined as SummerFest, one of the country's only outdoor... Read More

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Tour this massive former prison where Al Capone spent time. Autumn brings the popular Halloween-themed “Terror Behind the Walls” tours. Read More

  • Franklin Square

    This one of Philadelphia's five original squares is dedicated to family fun. It features a carousel and Philly-themed mini golf course. Read More

  • FringeArts

    Now in a permanent performance space, FringeArts has gone from an annual festival to a fixture in the Philadelphia cultural scene. Cutting-edge shows... Read More

  • Independence Mall

    Start here to explore Philadelphia’s top historic sites and attractions, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Carpenters’ Hall, and the... Read More

  • Italian Market

    For the last 100 years, this open-air market in South Philadelphia has beckoned the hungry masses with butcher, baker, and cheese stands. The annual... Read More

  • Longwood Gardens

    Meander through over 1,000 acres of gardens, water features, and attractions. Be sure to hit the Orchid House, the Waterlily Display, and the Orangery. Read More

  • Magic Gardens

    Artist Isaiah Zagar created this awe-inspiring attraction, which takes up half a city block. His mosaic murals repurpose discarded items like tile,... Read More

  • Mütter Museum

    Not for the weak of stomach, this museum is dedicated to medical oddities and abnormalities. The walls are lined with skulls, organs in jars, and... Read More

  • New Liberty Distilling

    In a state known for antiquated alcohol laws, this is one of the first liquor producers around that is allowed to offer tours and tastings. Guides take... Read More

  • Pizza Brain Museum

    Grab a slice and wander through the "largest collection of pizza memorabilia in the world,” as certified by Guinness Book of World Records. Exhibits... Read More

  • Please Touch Museum

    This hands-on learning museum is perfect for a family outing. Playing is encouraged throughout the two floors of exhibits, as is touching, smelling and... Read More

  • Reading Terminal Market

    Since 1892 this indoor farmers market has featured stall after stall of fresh produce, meat, seafood, and take-away meals. Today, the market's over 80... Read More

  • Rodin Museum

    Stroll through the largest collection (outside of Paris) of sculptor Auguste Rodin’s work in a formal garden and museum. Free. Read More

  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

    This new boardwalk, perched over the Schuylkill River (between Center City and University City), juts out as far as 50 feet from the shore and offers... Read More

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