What to Do and What to See: Philadelphia

Recently, one of my faithful readers told me she is planning a trip to Pennsylvania and wants to know what she should see.  So I am planning on responding with a few blog posts, starting with Philadelphia.  Click on the links for more information.  I hope you will all join me by adding to the lists with your comments!

Philadelphia Museum of Art, courtesy of christopherwink.com

My Favorites:

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art – world renowned art and a gorgeous building.  Don’t forget to run the steps Rocky-style!
  • A walk, run, bike ride or roller blade along the Schuylkill River – along Boathouse Row behind the art museum
  • A day of shopping along Pine St. (Antique Row)
  • The Italian Market – the place to shop for vegetables, Italian meats and cheeses, even before Rocky made it famous!
  • Reading Terminal Market – something for everyone and get to meet the Amish
  • Tours of Philadelphia Murals – I have never done this actually, but hope to soon!
  • Shopping and eating in Manayunk – if you are lucky, will catch the international bike race or the big arts festival!
  • Mutter Museum
  • A day in Olde City (Betsy Ross’ house, Elfreth’s Alley, shopping and fine dining!
  • Take a walk along hipster’s South Street (That’s where all the hippies meet, South Street.  South Street!)
  • Pamper yourself with a fabulous massage at Terme di Aroma
  • Take a rest and wait for entertainment to spontaneously appear at Rittenhouse Square.
  • Enjoy a concert under the stars at the Mann Music Center.
  • Seek out the public gardens or local community gardens!
  • Shopping on Walnut St. – find everything you need or want and never have to step foot into a dastardly mall again!
The Italian Market, courtesy of Getty Images, Washington Post

Other Popular Things to Do:

Boathouse Row – courtesy of my dear friend Hughe at PhillyChitChat.com. If you are heading to Philly, you must read this blog! He is top notch Paparazzi!

Philadelphia is famous for so many things, it’s just impossible to compile a great list!  Ben Franklin, signing of the Declaration of Independence, Jazz music, Patti Labelle, Rocky, the Walk of Fame, the Six Sense of tons of great films, the cheesesteak sandwich (and I refuse to recommend Pat’s or Geno’s – but they are a must-try experience!)  The orchestra, Fairmount Park, Dad Vail Regatta, fireworks, art, funk, music, food, Food, FOOD!  I just can’t do it justice.

And don’t forget to sign up for funsavers at the Philly Fun Guide.  half-priced tickets for lot of events!

Please, I beg you all to add your favorites and your experiences in the comments.  Wouldn’t it be great to have one awesome list?!

Where to eat?  I will let you know soon!

7 thoughts on “What to Do and What to See: Philadelphia

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  1. National Museum of American Jewish History near Independence Hall
    Barnes Foundation on the Parkway

  2. Freebies … Tiffany/Parrish wall mural inside the Curtis Center across from the Liberty Bell; Philadelphia Athenaeum on Washington Square; Pennsylvania Hospital Museum; all the old churches and cemeteries throughout Old City and Society Hill; Firehall Museum near Elfreth’s Alley; Fairmount WaterWorks and Museum near Boat House Row, behind the Phila Art Museum; Bartram’s Garden; Italian Market… For tons more info check http://www.ushistory.org.
    Enjoy! Anita, Authentic Philadelphia, Advocacy for cultural heritage tourism.

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