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Things to do in Philadelphia

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an art museum originally chartered in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The main museum building was completed in 1928 on Fairmount, a hill located at the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval. The museum administers collections containing over 240,000 objects including major holdings of European, American and Asian origin. The various classes of artwork include sculpture, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, armor, and decorative arts. General Admission Rates Adults $25 Seniors (65 & over) $23 Students with valid ID $14 Youths (18 & under) Free Members Free Member Guests $12 Special Rates We offer discounted general admission throughout the year, redeemable in person at any Visitor Services Desk. They do not include entry to ticketed exhibitions or programs and are not valid with other offers. Pay What You Wish Admission On the first Sunday of the month (10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) and every Wednesday night (5:00–8:45 p.m.), pay whatever amount you’d like. This rate is available in person only (not online). Free Admission for PA ACCESS & EBT Cardholders Receive free general admission for 4 adults with your PA ACCESS card or EBT card and photo ID. 18 and under are always free. These discounts are made available through partnerships with organizations dedicated to giving people of all backgrounds greater access to arts and culture. PA ACCESS card admission is a citywide initiative led by Art-Reach. EBT card admission is made possible by Museums for All, a cooperative initiative between the Association of Children’s Museums and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Free Summer Admission for Military Personnel Active-duty military personnel and their families receive free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of Blue Star Museums. ”
  • 451 locals recommend
Historic Site
“An iconic symbol of American independence, located in Philadelphia. Minutes away in train or by car”
  • 194 locals recommend
Market
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“Welcome to the Reading Terminal Market. One of America’s largest and oldest public markets, housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building, the Market offers an incredible selection of locally grown & exotic produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, plus the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods, and confections. You’ll find everything you need to create a memorable meal, from cookbooks, to table linens, to kitchenware, to fresh cut flowers, and more. Plus the widest variety of restaurants under one roof.”
  • 320 locals recommend
Plaza
“Posh and buzzing Rittenhouse hosts the high end of Philadelphia living with a multitude of stores and restaurants, set around the famous Rittenhouse Park”
  • 219 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Everyone knows the Philadelphia art museum, but near that. Barnes Foundation is not a well-known museum while it is really worth to visit. Albert C. Barnes, the founder of the Barnes Foundation, is one of the world's greatest collections of impressionist, post-Impressionist and early modernist paintings, especially in Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso. You would have a totally different experience than other museums. $25 for adults, $5 for students. ”
  • 256 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It first opened in 1753. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”
  • 191 locals recommend
Science Museum
“An interactive science museum, the Franklin Institute would be a great place to bring the kids. Also fun for adults looking to learn a few things and play around with the science displays. Definitely check out which traveling exhibit is showing at the time.”
  • 144 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and was operational from 1829 until 1971. ”
  • 187 locals recommend
College History Building
“Freaky medical oddity museum. Highly recommend if you’re a weirdo, not for the squeamish.”
  • 152 locals recommend
Zoo
“At the Philadelphia Zoo, visitors discover Zoo360, the world’s first system of see-through mesh trails that cross over pathways, connect habitats and encourage animals to travel and explore throughout the campus. Other wild highlights of America’s first zoo: Key Bank Big Cat Falls, PECO Primate Reserve and KidZooU, a wildlife academy of dynamic displays, rare breeds and hands-on experiences. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
City Hall
“City Hall is the world’s largest free standing masonry building and a registered national landmark”
  • 129 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Philly's best kept secret: a glass mosaic garden made by a single person. It's a colorful, mystical, incredibly intricate labyrinth of an artpiece. ”
  • 146 locals recommend
Hardware Store
“Close by to the museum district. Must check out exhibits always quite exhilarating! ”
  • 113 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“The other famous cheese-stake place in Philly. This one is our fav cheesestake place with best cheese fries ever!”
  • 132 locals recommend
Park
“Fun place for entire family. fast food and fun. Also, beer garden. Games for the kids.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“This is the beer garden you have to check out when in Philly. 1 Liter beers, outdoor fire pits, German food, and games. I frequent this place regularly as it never disappoints. Even when it’s cold out, they have a lot of heaters outside that can keep it decently comfortable. There is also an indoor area if you need it. Even though it’s a beer garden, I see a lot of families there with kids regularly so don’t feel as if the whole family can’t go. ”
  • 169 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Sandwich Place
“The other famous cheese-stake place in Philly. This one is our fav cheesestake place with best cheese fries ever!”
  • 132 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“This is the beer garden you have to check out when in Philly. 1 Liter beers, outdoor fire pits, German food, and games. I frequent this place regularly as it never disappoints. Even when it’s cold out, they have a lot of heaters outside that can keep it decently comfortable. There is also an indoor area if you need it. Even though it’s a beer garden, I see a lot of families there with kids regularly so don’t feel as if the whole family can’t go. ”
  • 169 locals recommend
Bar
“A fishtown staple, this is a great bar and they have some awesome concerts on the second floor!”
  • 132 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“Diehards line up 24/7 for the cheesesteaks served up at this no-frills veteran spot. Serving the best cheesesteak in Philly, Geno's is your #1 place to get the famous Philly cheesesteak. Nothing but the best ingredients. Come see us, 24/7!”
  • 102 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Great food and ambiance for lunch, brunch, and dinner. One of the more popular restaurants in Philadelphia. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“My go-to Philly Cheesesteak place. Located near Old City. They keep their menu short and sweet and it's cash only. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Bar
“The Sardine Bar is a very short walk away and is a great place to grab a drink or a bite, especially later at night. They've got a rotating cast of craft beers and some really creative sandwiches. When the weather is nice, we like to sit in their backyard for happy hour. The Sardine Ale and Kenzinger are our go-to for beers.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Brewery
“Founded in 1985, this award-winning brewery has called West Philadelphia home since 2007, when it opened its newest brewpub in a century-old firehouse on Baltimore Avenue. Since then, it’s been serving gourmet wood-fired pizzas, char-grilled sandwiches, salads and a half-dozen unfiltered draft selections, brewed just steps from the bar in a classic German copper brewhouse. Beer lovers know to come here for select rotating taps and takeout bottles and cans. Stop by the cannery and tasting lounge — opened next door to the brewpub in 2017 — for beers, draft wine, cocktails and more.”
  • 93 locals recommend

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