Philadelphia, PA

10 Must Do Things When You Visit Philly

The City of Brotherly Love lives up to its namesake by always welcoming its visitors with warm, open arms. When visiting Pennsylvania’s largest city, there are certain things that you really must do. With its rich history and wealth of cultural diversity, Philadelphia really does offer something for everyone. From the food, to the museums, to the vibrant sports scene, Philadelphia is the perfect place to visit any time of year. The following are ten must-dos for your next visit to Philly.

1. Get Your Game On!
Philadelphia is home to two phenomenal teams: the Eagles and the Phillies! Depending on the time of year that you visit, be sure to see one of these legends on their home terrain!

2. Take a Ride on a Ghost Tour
With a city so heavily steeped in history, it’s bound to have some spooky skeletons in its closet. Take a ghost tour – there are so many to choose from – and learn about the legendary (and also somewhat terrifying) past of the city.

3. Catch an Outdoor Film
When the weather gets warmer, get outdoors and watch your favorite flick! Penn’s Landing often has free showings of family-friendly films after dark when it’s nice outside, so bring a blanket, some snacks, and get ready to make some friends with the locals!

4. Eastern State Penitentiary
Not for the faint of heart, take a tour through one of Philly’s former prisons. A national historical landmark, the Eastern State Penitentiary was home to gangsters like Al Capone and has a rich, albeit spooky history.

5. The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute offers family fun during the day and adult-only fun at night, letting those who are over twenty-one to imbibe their favorite beverages while they explore the museum during these special event evenings. Walk through a human heart and learn about science while you’re here!

6. The Philadelphia Zoo
A pioneer in its own right, the Philadelphia Zoo is impressive and unlike any zoo you’ve seen before. It has over 42-acres of exhibits that offer fun for the entire family. The first children’s zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo actually boasts a mesh overhead walk where the animals can race above guest’s head! It’s perfect for children of all ages. Wild!

7. Eat a Philly Cheese Steak
You may have had a Philly Cheese Steak before, but there’s nothing quite like eating the classic in the city its named after. Whether you grab one from a street vendor or from one of the famous city restaurants, your taste buds will be sure to thank you!

8. Philadelphia Art Museum
The Philadelphia Art Museum has some of the world’s most beautiful works housed within its walls. It is the perfect way to spend a rainy day in the City of Brotherly Love.

9. The Oval
Just steps outside of the art museum, the Oval is a wonderful way to spend the day when the weather is warm. There are outdoor art installations, games for the whole family to enjoy, and food truck and beer vendors decorating the eight-acre path.

10. Visit the Liberty Bell

If you haven’t stopped by the Liberty Bell, have you even really been to Philadelphia? This famous landmark is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is now housed within the Independence National Historical Park; it is a must-see Philadelphia attraction, rain or shine! Jump to top

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