Philadelphia's Best Attractions: Eat, Explore and Be Entertained

When you're visiting a new locale, it's not so much about the location but rather, it's the attractions that make you decide to go, or get you excited about your trip there. While you might not be able to cram all of these activities into one visit to Philadelphia, these are the places here that may excite you enough to plan a trip back here to experience them all. From incredible historic sights with roots that date back to the beginning of our country's history (like Independence National Historical Park), to places that house great works of art (such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art), to incredible food venues, and gardens that will have you talking about their beauty for a long time afterwards, this city is loaded with incredible attractions. Start with these iconic venues and then work your way around the city, concentrating on perhaps a little bit of everything? Or narrow your focus down to art or history or food venues, or whatever may be of interest to you and yours. There's no shortage of great places to feed your curiosity, so go forth and explore to your heart's content. You'll love the fact that there are a variety of options, and the fact that many places are nearby each other, or easily reached via public transportation. Get excited and get going on your own Philadelphia adventure.



Philadelphia's newest greenspace, this park is a lovely new addition to the City Hall area. Filled with plenty of greenery and places to relax and sit, the space is host to a number of special events and fun family gatherings throughout the...  Read More

Museum District & Fairmount Park


America's first zoo and one of the region's foremost conservation organizations, Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the zoo Philadelphia's leading family...  Read More

Museum District & Fairmount Park


When it opened it doors in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence among convicts. Today, the massive structure stands in ruins as one of Philadelphia's most historic...  Read More

Mutter Museum
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Though it's officially called The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Mutter Museum, it's best known by its nicknames, the Mutter Museum or just the Museum of Medical Oddities. Whatever you choose to call it, this is not an attraction for the...  Read More

Museum District & Fairmount Park


Offering more than a dozen interactive exhibits, the Franklin Institute Science Museum is a favorite for both the young and young at heart. Children especially love walking through the world's largest artificial heart and learning about energy...  Read More



This most world-class of art museums offers a stellar collection of art pieces from incredible artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Pissarro, Picasso, and Rodin. Surrealist art is well represented by Dali, De Chirico, Max Ernst, and Magritte, with...  Read More

St. Joseph's
Barnes Foundation


Since its controversial move to downtown Philadelphia from the western suburbs where it got its start, this iconic art museum can be enjoyed in the nation's first LEED-gold certified institution of its kind. Now that it's just a short distance...  Read More



This is an incredible indoor city market full of foods of all kinds, shares, sizes and tastes. Pulling from vendors from all over the Philadelphia area, this is the venue to sample and bring home delicious foods that will tantalize your taste...  Read More



Learn about Colonial America's most important political city and the founding of the nation by exploring some of the 20 city blocks that comprise Independence National Historical Park. While a walk along its cobblestoned streets reveals dozens...  Read More

National Constitution Center


The National Constitution Center was created to allow people to explore all that the Constitution is, how it shaped and molded our country (and continues to do so), and why its so important to our history and our future. A visit to the National...  Read More