Things to do in

Philadelphia

Philly is steeped in history. Get a sense of where it all began with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

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Top 10 highlights of Philadelphia

The fifth-biggest city in the United States by population, Philadelphia is more than just a cream cheese! It's where much of the foundation of the U.S. took place. Here are some great starting points for you to discover "Philly"...

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    1. Philadelphia Museum of Art

    With over 227,000 individual objects in its various collections, you'd better dedicate an entire day to one of the country's premier art museums - there's not just American but international art to be seen!

  • Liberty Bell

    2. Liberty Bell

    This symbolic bell was rung as the Declaration of Independence was read out in 1776. Go and see it on the intersection of 6th Street and Market Street!

  • Independence National Historic Park

    3. Independence National Historic Park

    Follow the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in the path to American independence.

  • Amish Country

    4. Amish Country

    Lancaster is the largest city in Pennsylvania Dutch country, where the Amish community has traditionally lived.

  • Rocky Location Tour

    5. Rocky Location Tour

    Visit the filming locations for the Rocky movies, from North to South Philadelphia. The best thing about this tour is not only that you'll see places in Philly you might not have thought of visiting before, but you'll also be able to meet and nerd out with other Rocky fans!

  • Magic Gardens

    6. Magic Gardens

    A homage to the art of mosaicing by Isaiah Zagar! You can learn about the mosaic garden's background from a tour guide, or simply wander through the shimmery labyrinth yourself.

  • Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site

    7. Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site

    Poe, one of the most spine-chilling writers of all time, spent six years living in Philadelphia. Here, you can visit his home and listen to his stories as you walk thru to get a real sense of eerie context!

  • LOVE Park

    8. LOVE Park

    Officially called JFK Plaza, Robert Indiana's famous LOVE sculpture lends the park its nickname. It's also home to a large and vibrant skateboarding community. If you're in Philadelphia at Christmas, don't miss the annual market held here!

  • Brandywine Valley

    9. Brandywine Valley

    A tour to Brandywine Valley will allow you to visit grand country estates just outside the city, such as the Nemours Mansion, to enrich your understanding of the local area. Oh, and the chance to sample regional wines.

  • Pocono Mountains

    10. Pocono Mountains

    There are so many things to see and do at this resort a couple of hours outside Philadelphia - including a water park and opportunities for skiing in the winter.

Planning Your Visit

  • Age limit

    For all tours involving alcohol, such as to vineyards, all participants must be over 21 years of age.

  • Summer fun

    Philadelphia is known for its summer events, so check online to see what's happening to ensure you don't miss out!

  • City tours

    Plan to visit Philadelphia if you're visiting other East Coast cities like Washington DC or NYC - it's a relatively short drive or train ride.

  • Local dish

    Philadelphia's famous sandwich is the cheesesteak. The best place to try one? You'll get different answers depending on who you ask and in which part of the city!

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-04:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    In terms of avoiding the humidity and crowds of the summer months and the snowfall in the fall and winter, March through May is your best bet for enjoying perfect weather in the City of Brotherly Love.

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What people are saying about Philadelphia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,221 reviews

My tour today with Mina/Mena was absolutely amazing and wonderful!! I wish I remembered to tip her or offer her some sort of gratuity because she absolutely deserves it. I was caught off guard bc my party wanted to leave the tour early bc of today’s AWFUL weather in Philly. I was drenched!! But Mina was so knowledgeable and experienced and taught us so much about our area in Philly and the History!! She was such a delight and a cool tour guide!! Thank you once again for your time and efforts, Mina !! I am again sorry I couldn’t thank you enough!!!

I cant say enough good about the hop on hop off tour! The bus went to nearly everything I wanted to see on my visit to Philly and instead of focusing on traffic and the travel between sights I was entertained entertained informed by amazing tour guides kn the bus!

Owen took us on a tour of Lancaster county and it couldn’t have been better!! He was receptive to our needs and informative about the area, the Amish, their life and foods! Highly recommend it!!

Our tour guide Dick was really great. His tour was full of fascinating information and he had great answers and details for every question anyone asked him.

Toni was funny and full of knowledge that you won’t read in history books. Recommend the tour.