Ah, the City of Brotherly Love! Finally, travel is back on the table for most of us. Still, not all of us feel comfortable traveling internationally yet, or we may not even be allowed access to the country we’re trying to visit. So, like a lot of Americans, we’re seeing our travel plans this year turn domestic. If you’ve never been to Philadelphia, you should absolutely put it on your list of places to visit in the near future. There are so many things to do in Philadelphia, and the city has an exciting culture all its own that you must experience! Let’s take a look at the top five things you have to check out while you’re there.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
What’s a trip to a major city without visiting its museums? The Philadelphia Museum of Art ranks up there with some of the nation’s best, and it’s a must-visit while you’re in town. First of all, even approaching it – it sits at the top of Benjamin Franklin Parkway – is a sight in itself. The museum also encompasses the Rodin Museum, Historic Houses, and Perelman Building in different locations that you can enjoy.
With exhibits changing as all museums do, you can rest assured there will be art from every era and discipline there to satisfy the taste of everyone on your trip. They even do live music events from time to time at the museum. If budget restrictions aren’t in your way, it’s worth it to pay for a private tour of the museum. You get a much more in-depth exploration than you would self-guided, and it’s always fascinating to learn the unique tidbits of art history that the docents have to offer.
To be able to stand in the birthplace of our nation and the constitution is an experience in itself. Rest assured, it’s a touristy destination. Hence, there are plenty of resources to educate you more on our country’s roots, and you’ll leave feeling more patriotic than before. That’s a guarantee! You should also check out the Liberty Bell as it’s close in proximity and another piece of history you want to be able to say you’ve laid your eyes on. There are several exhibits at the Liberty Bell Center to teach you more.
This famed street was built in 1702 and is now designated a national landmark as it is the longest inhabited street in the country. The Instagrammable opportunities are endless as the street is so charming and quaint! There is even the Elfreth’s Alley Museum located in a couple of the houses to educate you on the alley further, its history, and its inhabitants. It’s a very intimate look into the history of the city and the way Americans before us lived. Quite simply, its charm is almost unparalleled.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Let’s face it, almost all of us enjoy a bit of the spooky or macabre every once in a while. It makes sense that Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the most visited sites in the city of Philadelphia. At one point in time, the prison was the most famous, not to mention expensive prison in the entire world. Now, it may sit in crumbling ruins, but it’s still as intriguing as ever. Many claim that Eastern State Penitentiary is haunted and are trying to get a hint of the paranormal during their visit. The prison is known for its magnificent architecture as well, so it’s worth seeing for its design alone. The most notable convict to serve time there was, without a doubt, Al Capone, a famous gangster. Today, you can get tours of not only his cell but other cell blocks as well and death row.
Reading Terminal Market
Fresh cut flowers, need we say more? Seriously though, Reading Terminal Market is famous for good reason. Markets have been a part of Philadelphia’s history since the city’s beginning, but Reading has stood the test of time as the best. If you’re staying in an Airbnb, you simply must pick up some fresh local ingredients and prepare something in your sauce pan for dinner one of the nights you’re in town. There is something for everyone at RTS.
Of course, there is plenty more to see and experience in Philadelphia. Cheesesteak anyone? But, this simple list can get you started in the right direction when you arrive. Happy Trails!