Sightseeing in Philadelphia

Get your camera ready. All the main attractions, according to local Airbnb hosts.


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The Liberty Bell is a must see attraction when coming to Philadelphia. Walk up 5th Street, turn onto Chestnut, and can get a good view of the Bell from the outside while avoiding long lines.

From Signal to Symbol The State House bell, now known as the Liberty Bell, rang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House. Today, we call that building Independence Hall. Speaker of the Pennsyl... read more

A must see for any visitor to Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell is on view to the public for free, no ticket required, but you may need to wait in line to enter the building if you want to see the fam... read more

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If you come to Philly, you must see the Liberty bell. Walk by and look left and right. You will see many iconic things in Philly right here and then you can go and make these buildings what you wan... read more

Independence National Historical Park is a United States National Park in Philadelphia that preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution and the nation's founding history. Admini... read more

Independence Hall is where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National His... read more

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Rocky steps and statue. Amazing collection ranging from Egyptian relics and Medieval Armor to masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The famed museum for great art, but also for Rocky's run up the stairs. Visit the statue of him out front, pose and get a picture. Be sure to also see if they have any concerts when you're in town...

The Rocky Steps!, need I say more. You will be within 30 minutes of center city Philadelphia, Pa. You have to run the Rocky steps. Do not forget your camera.

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Pope Francis will attend the Festival of Families on Saturday, and say Mass on Sunday.

The Festival of Families, held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, is an international celebration of family, community, and faith. Everyone is invited to join in this joyful event.

On September 26th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m, Pope Francis will attend the Festival of Families in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, a major event that is part of the World Meeting of Families gathering. During this

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Run, bike, walk, fish, canoe, scull on this trail which wraps around to the west side of the river also. 4 1/2 miles on the East side, 3 1/2 miles on the west side, King Drive: most gorgeous in spring

This is the biking/hiking trail that leads to the city. Its technically the "Valley Forge Trail" it follows the Schuykill River straight to the Art Museum, Very scenic, Great walk or ride!

Kelly Drive snakes around Boat House Row (and the best part starts right behind Art Museum). Really great place to walk and see some pretty views.

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Wonderful collection of Art Galleries, Restaurants (on Chestnut, 2nd and 3rd Sts.), historic Christ Church, Christ Church Burial Ground (Benj. Franklin's grave is there) etc., etc.

Great area to walk around during the day to visit art galleries, stores, Betsy Ross' house and Ben Franklin's workshops. In the evening, lots of bars and restaurants, too.

So much history, so many bars, great food. Spend a night in this area and explore. 2nd floor of Revolution House on the balcony is a winner for drinks and dinner after your walk.

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Penn's Landing serves as the site for several summertime events in the city. Festival Pier at Spring Garden Street serves as a venue for outdoor concerts, also during the summer months.

Penn's Landing is a waterfront area of Center City Philadelphia along the Delaware River. Its name commemorates the landing of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania in 1682.

This summer, the Delaware River Waterfront is the place to be. You could fill your calendar with all of the cool happenings taking place on and around Penn’s Landing, which include everything from ... read more

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Explore the Chinatown, have some bubble tea, Hong Kong waffles or authentic dumplings. Chinatown also has some interesting stores. Don't miss the Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch.

Friendship Gate, Great Food, Hot Pot, Bubble Tea, Foot Massage and karaoke, just a short walk away.

Great place to go eat Dim Sum for brunch or eat some great Chinese food. There is Asian Fusion and all kinds of great things to eat as well as you can get all kinds of wonderful ingredients here in... read more

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Philadelphia's Boathouse Row is an iconic scene. During the day (season) catch the beautiful kayaks rowing the Schuykill River. At night see all 15 of the boathouses lit, it is a beautiful scene.... read more

Historic Boathouse Row is the center of rowing in Philadelphia. Crewing has a long tradition on the Schuylkill River and you can see college crews out training all spring and summer. The Aberdee... read more

Beautiful views of the Skuykhill River are a must see for runners, bikers, walkers and explorers alike. Ask me about secret spots that offer amazing views of the city and hidden trails with histor... read more

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Always packed on week nights, week ends, brunch. Great menu variety.

One of my favorite spots for a drink and a good meal. The eclectically designed interior is a delight! And the outdoor seating is very intimate.

Solid beers on tap, great bar food & comfort food

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Major tourist attraction. Visit many stores,shops, meeting places with a variety of different people. Explore the heart of Philadelphia! 10 mins on train!

Philly's Center City is our main hub for shopping, dining and exploring. Be sure to take a day to check out of stores, grab a bite to eat and maybe see a show!

Historic Philadelphia just a 30 minute train ride away - history, theatre, art galleries, shopping, restaurants, cafes - all in the heart of Center City.

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This street full of ecclectic shops and bars has been a Philly staple for many years.

Little bit of everything weird in Philly... Shops, Bars, Music, Restaurants, people watching and several other attractions worth seeings. Lower # blocks offer more excitment (16-2) and we are at 22nd

Where do all the hippies meet - South St., South St!!! Visit the famous Magic Garden, designed and built by famous mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar.

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The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Papal Mass will take place at the the cathedral church, which is the principal church of the diocese and has been open since 1864 .

The Roman-Corinthian-style church was modeled after the Sant’Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso in Rome and features a 156ft-tall vaulted dome which boasts a painting of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.

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Walk the Main Street of Chestnut Hill for a meal, to buy a gift, one of the best old hardware stores left in America, bakeries, ice cream, flowers, and a food coop.

Stroll "the Ave" for shopping - unique stores, art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops.

There are many shops on Germantown Ave, in our neighboring section of town. Many independent stores, second hand stores, art galleries, restaurants, etc.

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The Betsy Ross House may be where Betsy Ross lived when she may have made the first American Flag. By 1876, several surviving family members said this was the location. (Old City)

Home to nearly 185,000 visitors and the birthplace of the first Stars and Stripes, the 18th-century Betsy Ross House is alive with the sights and sounds of the times. Visitors here find out much mo... read more

20 Minute walk from the here to The Betsy Ross House: a landmark purported to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross lived when she sewed the first American Flag.

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This recreational trail follows the river and continuous from Valley Forge into Center City. It can be biked or walked. It goes behind the main Art Museum, a skateboard park, Boathouse Row and more.

This beautiful trail is right near by for scenic running, walking, and biking next to the river. It goes all the way to Manayunk down to Locust Street.

Bike, walk, jog, skateboard this paved river trail, which takes you as far as you want to go! It goes past the Art Museum and along both sides of the river. There are currently over 60 miles of f... read more

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At the base of the Steps is the Rocky statue which has a perennial short selfie line. Best to go in conjunction with either a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Rocky Steps are actually the ... read more

Classic! You gotta run up the Rocky steps to the Art Museum! Below to the right of the steps, you will also find a line for posing by the Rocky statue. It's very touristy, but a must! Take the MFL ... read more

The 72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have become known as the "Rocky Steps" as a result of their appearance in the triple-Oscar-w... read more

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Manayunk is on the same train line (Norristown Line) as Conshohocken/ Spring Mill on the way to and from Philadelphia. Located right along the river with tons of diverse and eclectic shopping/ din... read more

More than "food scene", a great place for meals, drinks, window-shopping, funky shops, entertainment. Also, walk or bike along the canal, or rent canoes or kayaks in the summer! Bike path heads out... read more

Artsy, Alternative, Urban Experience with Small Town Charm, these are the adjectives to describe Manayunk, but it’s really just a collection of storefronts, breweries and fun-to-explore main street... read more

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This was recently names the new 'Restaurant Row' and one of the best new neighborhoods in the country. Walk, eat, drink, and dance in the singing fountain.

Full of world class restaurants, shops, cafes and friendly neighbors.

There are tons of things in this area, which is a 12-15 minute walk from me. Highly rated restaurants like Brigantessa (Italian), Laurel (French) and the more casual cocktail/shared plates ITV nex... read more

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The most beatiful square in Philadelphia (in our opinion). (Center City)

Museum Area, great for sightseeing

Beautiful location at the center of the city, within walking distance of any of the museums that you might visit.

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There's a fantastic network of trails and a large creek for dogs and people to swim in. 5 min drive from house. R on Carpenter, L on Wissahickon, R on Kitchens Lane. Park at bottom.

Trail along river - stop at Valley Green Inn restaurant right on the Forbidden Drive trail for a historic experience and delicious meal (listed under Food Scene)

Part of the Fairmount Park System. Flat easy hiking through expert mountain bike trails. A real gem in Philadelphia. Valley Green Park.

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JFK Plaza

SightseeingPoints of Interest
1599 John F Kennedy Boulevard·Map·Website·

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Hop on a SEPTA #2 bus... there in minutes, home in a breeze, great launching point! Famous Philadelphia landmark 'LOVE' park...

For the couples, here is the original Robert Indiana LOVE statue. It's a picture perfect opportunity.

See the famous Love statue. It's twin is on UPenn's campus.

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One of the five original public squares laid out by William Penn in his original plan for Philadelphia. There’s a carousel, a 18-hole miniature golf course, a couple of playgrounds, and a fountain!

Centred around a historic fountain, this park offers mini golf, a classic carousel & a burger joint.

A cool spot to walk around, a carousel for the kids, mini golf for a cute date and a short walk to access the bridge!

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University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University.

West Philadelphia is where you will find the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. It's a quick drive or bus ride away.

If you are college age, this is a good area to hang out. Plenty of places to eat, drink, shop, or just hang out.

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Lovely neighborhood square out front, best play space for the 0-2 set and older folks to sit around

Quiet, cozy neighborhood park in nearby Fitler Square. Great to get some reading done. Farmers market on Saturday morning.

Beautiful park friendly to families and passerbys. Wonderfully maintained - excellent for picnics & fun in the sun.

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Capital of Bucks County. Charming and full of small business owned and operated boutiques and restaurants

Nightlife, daylife, restaurants, shopping, antiques, beautiful little town located about 25 minutes from our location

There are 3 museums that are a must: Mercer Museum, Morvarian Tile Works, and Fonthill Museum. Downtown is filled with shops and dining venues to please all. Local art is abundant all around this t... read more

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Good playground equipmet, great free Summer JAZZ, on Friday nights. Close to family friendly Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurants.

Cute little park to relax in, people watch, play chess, and/or read.

Walk to Cedar Park and enjoy the Baltimore Ave. shopping district on your way!

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Start your tour of historic Philly here - help with anything that interests you. An easy walk from there to all the major sites. You can walk there from Market Street East on the Regional Rail.

This location will provide all information to all events, locations travel routes, security, first-aid, & how to navigate through city during Papal visit, events, & Holy Papal Mass on Parkway.

Guest resource hub with a multilingual concierge staff, tickets to area attractions & a gift shop.

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Who knew Philadelphia had a Japanese tea house, eh? Well indeed it does, hiding within the beautiful and expansive Fairmount Park.

This is in the section of fairmount park near the house. A legit japanese house in a garden has tea ceremonies - look at schedule in advance.

Shofuso, also known as Japanese House and Garden, is a traditional 17th century-style Japanese house and garden now located in Philadelphia's West Fairmount Park on the site of the Centennial Expos... read more

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United States Mint

SightseeingPoints of Interest
151 North Independence Mall East·Map·Hours·Website·

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Some more free fun! The US Mint in Philadelphia is right in the heart of Historic Old City, so it's a great addition to a day of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Tours are self guided and hi... read more

Take a free, self-guided tour to see how coins are made. Buy collectible coins in the gift shop.