Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Explore Philadelphia: Home to Revolutionary U.S. History

Enjoy Both Historic and Modern Attractions in Philadelphia

Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love! There’s no city like Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is a center of history and culture in the Northeast.

Many of the best historical attractions in Philadelphia are free, so you can find them in our Free Things To Do section. However, there are still plenty of things to see and do in Philly!

Visit the oldest zoo in America, run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Rocky Balboa, walk along the picturesque Boathouse Row in Fairmount Park, or visit the Benjamin Franklin Museum in the Old City district.

Modern art lovers shouldn’t miss the Mural Mile Walking Tour, which allows visitors to see the Mural Arts studio and take a two-mile walk in Downtown Philadelphia to view notable murals.

Get a Taste of Philly Without Breaking the Bank

Independence Hall

Travel back to 1776 as you tour Independence Hall, where the Constitutional Convention was held. See an original draft of the U.S. Constitution and more. Entrance is free but still requires a timed entry ticket to help prevent overcrowding.

Liberty Bell Center

See the original Liberty Bell at Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia. Plus, explore the Liberty Bell exhibit – all with free admission.

Edgar Allan Poe’s House

Learn about the life and works of the literary genius, Edgar Allan Poe. You’ll discover how he influenced popular writers of today and also tour his home.

Fairmount Park

You’ll be amazed by the more than 9,000 acres of land that makes up Fairmount Park in Northwest Philadelphia. Whether you’re having a relaxing walk, picnic or game of Frisbee, or embarking on a long hike or horseback ride, Fairmount Park is an awesome free public park.

Valley Forge National Historic Park

Valley Forge is famous as the Revolutionary War location where the Continental Army camped in 1777-1778. Enjoy hiking, biking and bird watching, or take a guided tour.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Browse the halls of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, featuring works of art by renowned artists including Sargent, Monet, Renoir, and more. Free on the first Sunday of the month and Wednesdays after 5 p.m. Don’t forget to run up the steps like Rocky!


You’ve seen it in movies and TV shows for years – now see it for yourself! Head to John F. Kennedy Plaza to see the famous LOVE statue, which was placed here in 1976.

Franklin Square Fountain & Playground

One of Philadelphia’s original squares, this is the park where Benjamin Franklin conducted his famous kite and key experiment. Franklin Square offers fun things to do for all ages. Lounge near the prominent fountain or take the kids to the top-rated playground.

Congress Hall

Congress Hall is located just steps from Independence Hall and is definitely worth visiting in Philadelphia. This is where George Washington and John Adams both became president. Plus, important government entities like the Federal Mint and the Department of the Navy were created here.

Fireman’s Hall Museum

Visit the popular Fireman’s Hall Museum in Philadelphia to see one of the best collections of firefighting artifacts in the nation. This museum is held in a firehouse that dates back to 1902.

Bobby’s Burger Palace (Bobby Flay’s Affordable & Unforgettable Burger Joint)

D’Alessandro’s Steaks & Hoagies (Top-Rated Steaks & Hoagies)

El Limon Taqueria (Mexican in Conshohocken – Worth the Drive)

Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat (Home-cooked Favorites Made With Local Ingredients)

John’s Roast Pork (James Beard Award-Winning Philly Cheesesteaks)

Lorenzo and Sons Pizza (The Best, Cheapest Slice in Philly)

Mama’s Vegetarian (Kosher, Middle Easter & Delicious)

Nudy’s Café (Flavorful & Fresh; Breakfast Served All Day)

Spencer ΣTA Burger (Fully Loaded Burgers & Free Delivery)

Tommy DiNic’s (Italian-Style Brisket and Pulled Pork)

Tosco Pizza & Italian Restaurant (Lots of Variety & A Great Price)

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens (January – March)

Philadelphia Auto Show (February)

Philadelphia Flower Show (March)

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (March/April)

XPN Music Film Festival (April)

The Philadelphia Antiques Show (April)

Fairmount Arts Crawl (April)

Strawberry Festival (May)

New Hope Celebrates Pride (May)

Trenton Avenue Arts Festival (May)

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival (May)

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (May)

Philly Beer Week (June)

Roots Picnic (June)

PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival (June)

Wawa Welcome America (July)

Bastille Day (July)

Philadelphia Folk Festival (August)

Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe (September)

Mushroom Festival (September)

Terror Behind the Walls (October)

Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival (October)

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (October)

Midtown Village Fall Festival (October)

Design Philadelphia (October)

OutFest (October)

Philadelphia Film Festival (October)

Apple Festival (November)

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show (November)

Thanksgiving Day Parade (November)

A Longwood Gardens Christmas (November-January)