Whether you are brand new to Philly or have lived here your whole life, there are a handful of places that you really must see at least once in your life. Here’s a group of a dozen of the most impressive, entertaining, and unique places in the city. There are so many great places to visit in Philadelphia, though, that this should just be considered a starter’s guide to the City of Brotherly Love.
1. The Italian Market
The Italian Market is the place to go if you're looking for homemade pasta, delicious breads, and baked goods, and a really entertaining afternoon. You can do all of your grocery shopping here, and it's really an experience.
Address: 919 S 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
2. City Hall
Visit City Hall for a tour to go up to the observation deck, or just to explore the courtyard and adjacent Dilworth Park. There's always something going on at this beautiful historic building.
Address: 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19102
3. The Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation is one of the most impressive art museums in the United States, and it holds some of the largest art collections outside of Paris.
Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19130
4. Wissahickon Park
Wissahickon Park is a gorgeous park with miles and miles of trails to explore. You'll enjoy waterfall views and impressive historic artifacts as you wander through this urban oasis.
Address: Valley Green Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19128
5. Reading Terminal Market
Reading Terminal Market is a foodie heaven in Philly. Whether you're looking for the best sandwiches in the country (Roast Pork at DiNic's, or a pastrami reuben at Hershels') or some incredible desserts from Termini Brothers... or fresh meat from Amish Markets... really, there's nothing that you can't find here. This is the place to go for all of your culinary needs.
Address: 51 N 12th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
6. Fairmount Park
Fairmount Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Enjoy the views of the skyline from the Belmont Plateau or explore the Japanese Gardens. There's always something new you'll find in this storied green space.
Address: Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia, PA 1911
7. 30th Street Station
If you've only ever visited 30th Street Station when you were in a rush to catch a train, make the trip out when you have nowhere to go. The historic building is full of impressive statues and works of art, and the architecture beyond the schedule boards will take your breath away.
Address: 2955 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
8. Elfreth's Alley
Elfreth's Alley, on 2nd Street between Race St. and Arch Street, is the oldest street in America. Read more about the incredible history, the comeback story, and the events they have going on year-round
9. The Franklin Institute
Visit the Franklin Institute for some of the most fun interactive museum displays in the world.
Run through the giant heart, look down at the enormous pendulum, and experience experiments like you never have before. Adults will like their Science After Hours events, too!
Address: 222 N 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
10. One Liberty Observation Deck
The tallest and most impressive observation deck in the city is at One Liberty Place, right in the heart of Philadelphia. It's attached to a large mall, some restaurants, and a great hotel. If you're looking for a place to spend a weekend in Philadelphia, this building is the place to start.
Address: 1650 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
11. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens are the coolest art exhibit you'll ever walk through. Years and years of collecting glass, bottles, metal scraps andSrt.e have come to life at this enormous labyrinth of mosaic art.
Address: 1020 South S.t, Philadelphia, PA 19147
12. South Street
When you've finished at the Magic Gardens, head out to explore the street in Philly with the most personality - South Street. Try a famous cheesesteak at Jim's or Ishkabibbles, catch a concert at the TLA;pick up a funky instrument at Bridgeset Sound, or just grab a drink at Tattooed Mom. You'll never be bored on this street!
What’s your favorite place to visit in Philadelphia? Don’t forget to plan for a dinner or two at the
best restaurants in the city for a truly memorable day.