Exploring Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania. It has over 42 million tourists every year, making it one of the most visited places around the world. Planning to go? Here’s a list of popular tourist locations in Philadelphia.

1. Do a food crawl at Reading Terminal Market.
Reading Terminal Market is the oldest farmer’s market in America. It is considered as the number one most visited attraction in Philadelphia. It is an indoor market with numerous food stalls and stores selling local goods.

2. Learn about Philadelphia at Independence Visitor Center.
Independence Visitor Center is located at Independence National Historical Park at 599 Market Street. It is the place to go if you want to learn the history and other interesting facts of Philadelphia. There are tours available where they will guide and educate you throughout your stay.

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3. Enjoy the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia.
Merriam Theater is the primary entertainment hub in the city for live shows. It is Philadelphia’s most continuous spots for touring or exploring Broadway show theatre, and was built in 1918. It is also formerly known as the Sam S. Shubert Theatre.

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4. Take a picture of the Liberty Bell.
Visit the iconic Liberty Bell in The Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia. This human-size bronze bell is the symbol of American Independence. It is crowded especially during peak seasons, so you have to fall in line if you want to come near and take a picture of the Liberty Bell.

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5. Explore the Penn Museum.
The Penn Museum is a must see if you love to explore and witness different artifacts. It has a collection of various renowned artifacts all over the world, and that includes Egyptian mummies, Chinese Buddhist, Greek sculptures, African masks and many more. The highlight of the museum is the 15-ton Egyptian sphinx, with massive columns from the Palace of the Pharaoh Merenptah on its sides.

6. Visit the Peddler’s Village.
Peddler’s Village is a small town that has small shops and inns. If you are traveling with your kids, Giggleberry Fair is recommended. The town is also famous for its festivals for every season.

7. Have fun at the Philadelphia Zoo.
The Philadelphia Zoo is the first zoo in America. It has over a million visitors every year. The main feature of the zoo is the Zoo360. It is a see-through mesh trail, where the animals can freely move and roam around the zoo.

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8. Walk around the Independence National Historical Park
Independence National Historical Park or popularly known as the birthplace of American democracy is the second most visited place in Philadelphia. There are plenty of outdoor activities that you can do here such as jogging, biking, go picnic, play sports, and attend events.

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9. Watch the Main Fountain Garden at the Longwood Gardens.
Longwood Garden is a 1,077 acres man-made garden. It has 20 outdoor gardens and 20 indoor gardens with over 10,000 different types of plants and trees. Its main attraction is the Main Fountain Garden that has 1,700 jets and streams which make the water soar up to 175 feet in the air.

10. Ride the carousel at the Franklin Square.
Franklin Square is a family park that has a mini-golf course and a playground. It is best if you are coming here with your family. Franklin Square’s best attraction is the old-fashioned carousel that features the Philly horses.

Thinking of going to Philadelphia? Where will you go first? Let me know and share your thoughts in the comment section below!


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  • Amber Myers

    I just love your photos. I’ve always wanted to go to Philadelphia. I just love history, so I’d want to see all the historic sites. I’d also do that food crawl. I love eat 😉

  • candy

    Philly has so much history to offer. Would love to go and visit one day. Looks like you had a wonderful time while exploring Philly.

  • Sarah Honey

    We love Philly. We use to live there. Reading Terminal is a must for foodies and all the historical sites are pretty amazing too.

  • Valerie

    I am an hour outside of Philly and I almost never get there. I’d like to spend the day exploring.

  • JEanette

    I have always wanted to go to Reading Station! I’ve heard so many fun things about that place. Whenever I get to Philly again I will definitely go there.

  • Tasheena

    I visited Philadelphia a couple of years ago. However, I really didn’t get the chance to explore. I would love to visit the Liberty Bell. and capture a few pictures.

  • Jeanine

    Never been to Philadelphia myself, but I’d love to. I hear there is a lot of history to discover there and lots to see and do. Your photos make me want to take a trip there!

  • Tomi c

    I have lots of family in Philly but I have never visited them there. They always come here to visit. I would love to take the kids to visit the Liberty Bell. Looks like you had a wonderful time during your visit.

  • Alison Rost

    There’s so much to love about Philly! It’s been a long time since I went there but I would love to experience the food crawl at the Reading Terminal Market! sounds like my kind of thing!

  • Heather

    I’ve only been to Philly once and it was a layover on our way home. I would love to go there sometime and really explore the city.

  • Sara Welch

    There are a lot of fun activities to do in Philly. I haven’t been there since I was a kid.

  • Carol Cassara

    It’s been some time since I last visited and I just love that you shared all of these. I think people will definitely have a great time at Philadelphia, with the history and the good food, you can’t go wrong!

  • chubskulit rose

    This is a gorgeous place! I would like to take my kids to this historic place someday.

  • Kasey

    This is so helpful! We are planning a trip there and is plenty to do it seems! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  • Megan

    Ahhh this makes me want to go back to Philly! It seems like such a cool place to be. Your photos have me sold! 🙂

  • Mellissa

    I’ve never been to Philadelphia, but these are some great tips. I love the diversity in your choices. It’s like there is a little something for everyone. Art, Culture, Food, Fun, etc. Thanks for putting this together.

  • Terri Beavers

    Y’all are a cute couple and I’m sure you get told that a lot. It would be amazing to explore Philadelphia but I’ve not had the pleasure yet. I’m writing down all the places to see when I do have the chance to travel there.

  • Marysa

    I haven’t been to Philly in such a long time. I think the last time was for a high school field trip, and we went to the Liberty Bell, the Franklin museum, and maybe the mint. It would be fun to explore again.

  • Monica

    I’ve never been to Philadelphia but if I’ve ever visit your post will be a great guide! It looks like an amazing city.

  • Gladys parker

    The Liberty Bell would be fascinating to see with its historical meaning. I would also love to see the Independence National Historic Park and the visiting center there to learn the history of Philadelphia.

  • Gemille Sleweon

    Wow my hometown! I love the city of Philadelphia one, because that’s where i’m from and im bias, but also because there is so much history in Philly. Glad you guys had a great time!

  • Kate | Life of a Ginger

    Looks like so much fun! I would love to visit Philadelphia again.

  • Lauren Ashley

    I’ve never been to Toronto, but I do have a bucket list, so I’m definitely adding this place!

  • Lauren Ashley

    I’ve never been to Philadelphia, but I do have a bucket list, so I’m definitely adding this place!

  • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    So many fun things to do in Philadelphia! Would love to visit the Penn Museum and Peddler’s Village, I’m sure my son would enjoy these tourist attractions. 🙂

  • shruti

    I would go to The Peddlers Village first as i’d love to experience the nostalgia when i visit the small shops and inns!

  • Eileen

    I’ve never been to Philly before but it looks like a lovely place to visit! Love the sign on the theatre!

  • Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com

    I’ve always wanted to visit Philly! Going to the Merriam Theater looks like it would be such an incredible experience (speaking as someone who loves the performing arts).

  • Holly

    Oh how fun…it looks like you had a blast. This is definitely a place worth visiting.

  • Lyosha

    the market seams great and you looked FANTASTIC to explore it! love your hair as well

  • Luci

    That is a lot of fun stuff to do in Philly. I want to travel all over the country one day and Philly is one those places that I want to go to. It has a lot of rich history.

  • jane

    Never been there but I heard lots of great things about Philadelphia. Thank you for sharing this guide!

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  • Pat

    Thanks, Angela, for sharing your post about Philadelphia. I particularly am interested in Independence National Historical Park.

  • Heather

    It’s been years since I’ve been to Philadelphia, but I adored my time there. You’ve been able to experience some amazing destinations in town. You look in front of the Merriam Theater!

  • Preet

    Philadelphia is so beautiful, all the places look amazing. I would love to visit the Giggleberry Fair at Peddler’s Village with my kids, Philadelphia Zoo sounds great too., good to know that it is the oldest zoo in America.

  • Anonymous

    These photos make me want to go to Philadelphia! I’d love to visit this place. It looks and sounds so lively. Thanks for sharing!

  • LavandaMichelle

    These photos make me want to go to Philadelphia! I’d love to visit this place. It looks and sounds so lively, I need to add this place to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

  • Marko

    I really love America and I hope one day I will come and visit Philadelphia. Maybe I will male a little USA tour. I saved your post, who knows maybe bery soon it will be my guide through Philadelphia! 🙂

  • AnnMarie John

    I would love to go here and just enjoy what the place has to offer! Philly is so much fun when it comes to good food and history! I would love to take my kids here as well, I’m sure they’re going to enjoy it.

  • Elizabeth O

    It looks like you had such a great time exploring all the history of Philly. The photos you took are really lovely.

  • Regine L.

    Lovely photos! Thank you for the advice. I really wanted to go to Philadelphia. I will do all of these when I get there.

  • Ashley | Honey & Pine Co

    This sounds like so much fun! We recently visited Pittsburgh and had a fabulous time. We hope to get to Philly sometime next year to check it out.

  • Jennifer Prince

    I’m from Philly! I love Reading Terminal Market. We always stop there for a cheesesteak and chocolate chip cookies. Fun place! 🙂