Major Attractions of Philadelphia

Historic Attractions

Philadelphia is where the American Dream was founded. It is home to iconic places such as Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, National Constitution Centre to name a few. 

Independence Hall

Independence Hall was the birthplace of the US where the declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed. This building witnessed George Washington being appointed as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in 1775, the Articles of Confederation adopted in 1781, and Benjamin Franklin gazed upon the "Rising Sun" chair in 1787. There is much history to explore - from the Georgian architecture, to Peale's Museum, to fugitive slave hearings - in addition to the story of the founding of the nation. 

Liberty Bell Centre

The Liberty Bell at the Independence Hall is a must visit place in Philadelphia. It was ordered from London in 1751 was used to call lawmakers to their meetings and the townspeople together to hear the reading of the news. By 1830’s this State House bell began to take on significance as a symbol of liberty and has become an international icon of freedom. 

Carpenter’s Hall

Carpenters' Hall is a treasure in historic Philadelphia. It hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States. Carpenters' Hall is open to the public and welcomes over 150,000 world-wide visitors to this wonderful Georgian building. 

Franklin Court

Franklin Court is Benjamin Franklin's home in Philadelphia. This area now contains a complex of exhibits about Benjamin Franklin, including a printing office and book bindery, an archaeological exhibit, and an underground, multimedia museum. It is also America’s first Post Office. 

Art and Culture

Philadelphia houses cultural gems, from world-renowned museums, innovative art programs, stunning architecture and captivating performing arts groups. Experience the world’s largest outdoor art museum and one of US’s most innovative art programs with a Mural Tour. On the Avenue of the Arts you can take a behind-the-scenes tou

Visitors must experience the Museum Mile on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to some of the nation’s most iconic museums and institutions. This livel

y public space is also the scene of music festivals and the city’s first “Diner en Blanc” pop-up dinner party.r of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts home to the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

This is the jewel of the city’s cultural world. Also called the Parthenon on the Parkway, the main building was co-designed in 1907 by prominent architects Julian Abele and Howell Lewis Shay (Abele was the first African American to design a major museum in the nation). There are more than 200 galleries displaying examples of art and craft spanning over 2,000 years of history. It’s also the home of the “Rocky Steps” featured Academy Award-winning 1976 film Rocky. 

Barns Foundation

The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso as well as American masters artists such as Charles Demuth, William Glackens and Horace Pippin. It also features old Master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. 


Rodin Museum


Rodin Museum is home to the largest Rodin collection outside of Paris, this museum includes over one hundred sculptures and bronze casts form the great artist, Auguste Rodin. The collection features bronze casts of the artist's greatest works including The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais, and The Gates of Hell.

Mural Tour

Experience the world's largest outdoor art museum and one of the America’s most innovative art programs, the Mural Arts Tour. A unique Philadelphia experience offers a rare glimpse into America’s largest public art collection of over 3800 murals. Learn about the artistic elements and inspiration that goes into creating a mural. Here not only do you get a chance to witness artists working on their pieces but also be a part of the mural making procedure and learn to paint part of a mural with a local artist!

Rittenhouse Square Street

Rittenhouse Square is the site of annual flower markets and outdoor art exhibitions. Rittenhouse Square Street is home to some of Philadelphia’s best-loved outdoor sculptures. The dramatic Lion Crushing a Serpent by the French Romantic sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye, Paul Manship’s Duck Girl of 1911.  In a similar plaza in the northeast walkway stands the Evelyn Taylor Price Memorial Sundial, a sculpture of two cheerful, naked children who hold aloft a sundial in the form of a giant sunflower head. In the flower bed between the sundial and the central plaza is Cornelia Van A. Chapin’s Giant Frog, a large and sleek granite amphibian.

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Beer Gardens

Philadelphia has numerous beer gardens for one and all to enjoy. There are the established favorites like Frankford Hall and Morgan’s Pier, as well as new additions and pop-ups like the Spruce Street Harbor Park, The Oval and the PHS Pop-Up Garden. So whether you’re looking for a litre of draft beer served in an authentic German beer stein (Frankford Hall) or looking to enjoy a local beer in a waterfront hammock garden (Spruce Street Harbor Park), Philadelphia’s beer gardens have you covered. 

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market is a gastronomic bazaar in a historic setting that dates back to the 19th Century. Many of the historic market stands are still filled with local and handmade crafts, jewelry, and clothing. The Market is home to more than 80 merchants, two of whom are descendants of the original stand-holders from a century before. Visitors to the Terminal have access to an unparalleled variety of international and local cuisine, including Pennsylvania Dutch specialties; mozzarella cheese made on site at the Valley Shepherd Creamery; and winner of Travel Channel’s Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, Tommy DiNic’s roast pork sandwich. After savoring Philadelphia’s local flavours, visitors can take home a myriad of items to further their experience including fresh, local groceries; unique regionally themed souvenirs; and Philadelphia-based cookbooks. 

Shopping in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a haven for shoppers seeking small boutique and antiques, to outlets and malls. As a bonus, every shopper benefits from tax-free apparel and shoes.

Downtown Malls

The Shops at Liberty Place offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with a large variety of choices such as J. CrewAveda, and, Nine West, all under a soaring glass rotunda. Known as “The Grand Dame of Broad Street,” The Bellevue opened in 1904 as a magnificent hotel and now boasts the spectacular Shops at The Bellevue, featuring Polo Ralph LaurenWilliams-Sonoma, and Nicole Miller, among others, all in a historic setting.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Bourse Food Court & Specialty Shops, an architectural masterpiece, features a variety of retail shops and is a great place to pick up some souvenirs.

 

Row, Row, Row…

For the chic, Rittenhouse Row is the place to shop with more than 200 upscale dining, retail, and cultural establishments, all within one of the nation’s most exclusive shopping neighborhoods, all centered around picturesque Rittenhouse Square. 

Jewelers Row

For those looking for a specific item, or perhaps a one-of-a-kind object d’art, the city has many enclaves of artisans and specialty shops. Located on Sansom Street, between Seventh and Eighth streets, and on Eighth Street between Chestnut and Walnut streets, Jewelers’ Row is the oldest diamond district in America, and only second in size to the row in New York City. It also features the longest continuously operating jewelry shop, which dates back to 1851, and a total of more than 300 retailers, wholesalers, and craftsmen. Many of the businesses on Jewelers’ Row have been owned by the same families for five generations. 

South Street Antiques Market

The South Street Antiques Market is one of the area’s best kept secrets. Discreetly housed inside a historic building that was once used as a synagogue, the Antiques Market is comprised of several unique vendors peddling everything from hand-picked vintage clothing and classic eyewear to rare toys and books. 

Get Out of Town

Another popular shopping destination just outside the city, The King of Prussia Mall, is the largest shopping complex on the East Coast, and offers the most discriminating shopper an endless selection of luxury department stores with more than 400 dining and shopping venues. Philadelphia Premium Outlets, located in the northwestern suburb of Limerick, offers 150 brand name outlet stores from designer fashions and sportswear to home furnishings and specialty gifts, all at 25-66 percent off everyday prices.

 

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