Top Attractions And Things To Do In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

William Penn established the historic city as the capital of the Pennsylvania Colony in 1682 along the confluence of the Delaware and the Schuylkill Rivers. Philadelphia played an important role in founding the area and in acquiring the new nation’s independence from Great Britain.

Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Today, the city boasts nearly 40 million visitors annually who come to see the sights and learn more about the birthplace of the country.

Getting to Philadelphia

Though the city is serviced by the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), the international airport provides locals and visitors with regularly scheduled flights in and out of the city. Arriving or departing the facility is easily accomplished via I-95.

Skyscrapers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Skyscrapers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the Comcast Center on the right

Getting Around Philadelphia

Guests have the option of using the city SEPTA rail system, SEPTA buses, taxis or hotel shuttle vehicles from the airport to their desired destination. The municipal systems also provide transportation throughout the city. The airport also features various rental car companies.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Where to Stay in Philadelphia

Guests have the convenience of choosing from a large variety of accommodations that fit all budgets. If you desire to stay away from the general noise and congestion of the city, there are charming accommodation options.

Downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

There are also accommodations close to historic attractions. You can use our hotel comparison tool to find the right hotel or hostel for you.

Attractions and Things to Do in Philadelphia

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted.

The Edgar Allan Poe House, the First and Second Banks of the United States and Fort Mifflin are some of the 67 landmarks in Philadelphia. The many museums found here include the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Constitution Center and the strangely fascinating Mutter Museum.

Swann Memorial Fountain, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Swann Memorial Fountain, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

During the summer months, the waterfront destination of Penn’s Landing hosts movies under the stars and a varied selection of concerts. Other nighttime options include the Old City for dancing and dining, South Philly for hipster bars and pubs along with the Northern Liberties for live jazz.

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dining and shopping

Though known for hoagies, soft pretzels and the Philly cheese steak sandwich, Philadelphia is home to restaurants serving any cuisine imaginable.

Philadelphia city center

Philadelphia city center

The metropolis has a wealth of shopping opportunities that include various boutique shops in the older neighbourhoods of the community. However, the King of Prussia Mall, Peddler’s Village and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets are some of the more modern locations.

Riverside, Philadelphia

Riverside, Philadelphia

Popular Festivals

Beer lovers attend the annual Philly Beer Week in June for the hundreds of events that take place. The 10-day celebration offers beer tastings, pub crawls, special dinners and live brewing demonstrations.

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philly July 4th Jam begins at the end of June and remains a major attraction. The event features a number of activities, food vendors, craft booths and live concerts performed by celebrity guests. The celebration culminates in a fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Civil War Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Civil War Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

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