It is located within the wonderful state of Pennsylvania, on the other side of the state PittsburghPhiladelphia is a city steeped in history and culture to explore. Not only that, it has enough places for foodies to keep you packed during your trip! Believe me, with so many great things to do in Philadelphia, you will be spoiled for choice.
Philadelphia is quite an exciting city to visit, especially if you are traveling around Northeast countries. It’s an ideal stopping point as part of a wider range Road trip in the United States It is quite easy to visit when driving between New York And the Washington DC. However, Philadelphia is also a city worth visiting in its own right.
So, to take you on your way…and make the most of your trip, I’ve shared some of the best places in Philadelphia to visit. This way, you can focus on all-important exploration and avoid getting caught up in planning.
Take a look below at the best things to do in Philadelphia. I wish you a wonderful trip.
1.) Independence Hall
Located on Chestnut Street, the Independence Hall is one of the best things to do in Philadelphia—especially if you’re interested in US history.
Open daily (closes around 5pm), it’s the perfect place to explore the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. It’s a great place to visit and you can easily Book a ticket online before you arrive.
Just make sure to get to Independence Hall about 30 minutes before your allotted time. It has some strict security measures and you will need to get past that before joining any rounds.
In addition, you can easily visit the Liberty Bell Center to learn about one of the most famous bells in the world… Liberty Bell! It’s on the other side of the road and really easy to take part in a trip to Independence Hall.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to explore the Independence Visitor Center and learn more at the President’s House website. The latter site holds exhibits surrounding the polarizing experiences of slavery and freedom in the newly formed state.
Looking for lunch? Hop on to the Bourse Food Hall which hosts local food vendors all day long. We loved the Marino Brother cheese slices. We had it with some hot long pans to turn up the heat!
2.) National Constitutional Center
Just off the Independence Visitor Center, the National Constitutional Center is well worth a visit as it is incredible, it has so many exhibits that are perfect for most age groups; Including children. Inside, original Bill of Rights and bronze statues of delegates and “We the People” fill the halls. You will have a great time.
Next, head to the nearby African American Museum that shares the stories and history of historical black figures. It is an incredible visit.
Oh, and you can also discover a file Benjamin Franklin’s final resting place This is very close. It sounds a little shocking but he’s such an important figure in US history and worth seeing as you roam.
3.) Betsy Ross House
If you didn’t know by now, Philadelphia is quite the historical place. In fact, that’s one of the things that got us into town!
So, when you arrive, take the opportunity to learn about the life of Betsy Ross and her home The birthplace of the American flag. Ross was a legend in history who fought for her country.
Take a tour of her home and enjoy the interactive activities located within walking distance of Benjamin Franklin’s grave – then go and sit on the Once Upon a Time Nation bench.
4) Alfreith Alley
Hiking through Elfreth’s Alley dates back centuries and is one of the best things to do in Philadelphia. As the oldest residential street in all of the city, it is filled with cobbles, row houses and a history spanning centuries of history that stands proudly to this day.
Just make sure you wear your walking shoes..you will walk a bit.
After that, you can jump to Cherry Street Pier Visit the seasonal flea market, grab a local drink or grab a snack. Just be sure to reserve a table in advance; Especially at busy times.
5.) Spruce Street Harbor Park
If you’re exploring the riverside in Philadelphia, go to Spruce Street Harbor Park. Explore the boardwalk and discover the USS Submarine Becuna and the USS Cruiser Olympia that call this area home. It’s great to wander past while in the area, especially if you’re walking the Delaware River.
However, it’s probably a place you can skip if you’re running out of time or you’re too hungry for work! 😉
If this is you close, you have Zahav! This is an Israeli restaurant that serves some of the tastiest appetizers in Philadelphia. Instead, head to Famous 4th Street Delicatessen For one of the hot pastrami sandwiches. It is absolutely delicious and delicious.
6.) Philadelphia Museum of Art
With thousands of art and cultural pieces to explore, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is an absolutely fine place to visit if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Heck, if I’m being honest, it’s perfect for any day!
Once inside, be sure to explore the temporary exhibits and permanent collections that make this one of the most popular art museums in the northeastern states.
Watch pieces by the likes of Monet and find out Burning the Houses of Lords and Commons by Turner. It is an iconic painting that you cannot miss. In addition, you may be lucky enough to get to know Vincent Van Gogh sunflowervery!
You can easily spend an entire day indoors and it is an art lover’s dream destination.
Oh, and don’t forget to take a stroll down the Rocky Steps and spot the Rocky Statue. It is where the iconic scenes from Rocky (the movie) were filmed.
If you have time, take a walk relatively close to the Franklin Institute. It is a perfect science museum for kids. Especially with all the interactive exhibits.
7.) Eastern State Prison
Fancy being locked up? Na, and neither am I! It is said, a trip to Eastern state prison One of the best things to do in Philadelphia easily is; Especially if you are interested in learning more about the largest prison in the entire world!
Inside, the prison has several noteworthy exhibits, and for special events, you must explore through the massive prison.
Take a look at what solitary confinement looked like for prisoners and learn more about the hostile conditions and the conditions in which many notable prisoners lived.
8.) Read the station market
Probably one of Philadelphia’s most famous markets, the reading station The indoor farmers market has been going on since the 19th century. In fact, it is one of the oldest markets in the United States!
One here, be sure to grab some sweets at Beiler’s Donuts; Their glazed rings are divine. Oh, and be sure to grab a bite at Spataro’s Cheesesteaks. Their effects are absolutely delicious. Finally, if you have the space, be sure to sample the chicken at Dienner’s Bar-BQ.
Believe me though, you will leave stuffed.
9.) City Hall Tower
As the largest town hall in the whole country, City Hall is a must-see sight. Designed by Scottish immigrant (John MacArthur) and Thomas Austic Walter, it is a building that has stood proudly in Philadelphia since the 19th century.
Once you get here, be sure to join one of the public tours and browse through all the art, sculptures, and historical facts of the building. Though, always check website To see if internal tours take place when visiting.
Oh, and if you’re visiting in the winter months (around Christmas), be sure to hop in the seasonal ice rink and test your ice skating skills!
10.) Liberty One Observation Deck (Philly from above)
Heading to the top of One Liberty Place (observation deck) is probably one of the best things to do in Philadephia if you’re looking for sweeping views across the city.
It’s a beautiful epic viewpoint and a relatively new vantage point for seeing the city from…well, at least if you consider the age of some of the buildings in Philadelphia.
For the best time to visit, head around the sunset and watch Philadelphia shine at dusk.