What to Do in Philadelphia

Visit Philadelphia’s neighborhoods

Convention Center District: Between the streets of Market and Vine and Sixth and Broad, this district hosts the Pennsylvania Convention Center, City Hall, and Reading Terminal Market. This district is also home to one of the United States’ largest Chinatowns.

Fairmount / Art Museum: Sitting between Spring Garden and Girard and 19th Street and Fairmount Park, this residential neighborhood draws visitors with landmarks such as the Philadelphia Art Museum and Eastern State Penitentiary. Kelly Drive offers a scenic walking, jogging, or bicycling path featuring Boat House Row.

Northern Liberties: Between the Delaware River and Sixth Street and Vine and Girard, the Northern Liberties is an artsy Philadelphia neighborhood. This up-and-coming area features lively bars, shops, and restaurants. Here you can shop at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, taste the fresh beers from the local Yards Brewing Company, or try your luck at Sugar House Casino.

Old City / Society Hill: Between the Delaware River and Sixth Street and South and Vine Streets, Old City is one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods harboring the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Christ Church. The area hosts a full scene of nightlife balanced with the trendy art galleries featured on First Friday. While visiting, one can play mini-golf at Franklin Square, see fireworks at Penn’s Landing, or explore the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Parkway Museums District: Outlined by the Schuylkill River, Broad, Vine, and Market, this district features the iconic LOVE statue at LOVE Park. Between the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Franklin Institute, this area of Philadelphia has a little something for every museum lover.

Rittenhouse Square: This neighborhood sits in the area of Broad Street to the Schuylkill River and of Market to South Streets. Here are found the hustle and bustle of shoppers headed to Walnut Street for tax-free shopping. Additionally, one can explore medical oddities at the Mütter Museum or enjoy the green space at Rittenhouse Square or Schuylkill River Park.

South Philadelphia: Housed between Broad Street and the Delaware river and everything south of South Street, South Philadelphia is home to many neighborhood including Queen Village, Pennsport, Southwark, Wharton, Newbold, and LoMo. Grab fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses at the Italian Market, or try a cheesesteak from the legendary Pat’s or Geno’s. There’s something for everyone in South Street’s unique restaurants and shops.

University City: Home to CHOP, University City lies between 30th and 40th Streets. The area is home to The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. A hub of transportation, 30th Street Station connects Philadelphia with many cities including Washington D.C. and New York City. This neighborhood hosts a range of restaurants, museums and theaters.

Washington Square: Extending between Sixth and Broad Streets and Market and South Streets, Washington Square West offers a wide array of shops, restaurants, and coffee houses. The neighborhood also features an urban escape in Washington Square Park, a sparkle in Jeweler’s row, and a vintage feel in Antique Row.

Take a day trip

Adventure Aquarium: 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103 To plan your trip, please call 856-365-3300or visit http://www.adventureaquarium.com/.

Amish Country (Pennsylvania Dutch): (Around 1.5 hours west of Philadelphia) Pennsylvania Dutch Country encompasses one of the largest Amish communities in the United States. Lancaster County lays a picturesque backdrop featuring rolling hills, lush grasses, farms, horses, and buggies. The Amish practice a simpler way of life not believing in the use of many modern inventions including electricity. Learn more about this community by exploring it firsthand. To plan your trip, please visit www.padutchcountry.com.

Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom: 4000 Dorney Park Road Allentown, PA 18104 (Around 1.5 hours north of Philadelphia) Experience a day of fun in the sun at this amusement and waterpark. With daily service from Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal, visitors can ride rollercoasters, thrill rides, and enjoy some family fun. Come see the Dinosaurs and visit Planet Snoopy. Cool off from a hot summer’s day at Wild Water Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.dorneypark.com.

Philadelphia Sports: Philadelphia hosts a number of sports teams including the Eagles (American Football), Phillies (Baseball), Flyers (Hockey), Sixers (Basketball), and Union (Soccer). With the die-hard sports fanatics that are Philadelphia fans, it is always fun to catch a game. Visit www.philly.com/philly/sports/ to determine what sports are in season and to located ticketing information.

Philadelphia Zoo: 3400 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104. To plan your trip, please call 215-243-1100 or visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.

Get away for a weekend

Hershey, Pennsylvania: (Around 2 hours west of Philadelphia) Hershey, Pennsylvania is known as the sweetest place on earth. The birthplace of Hershey chocolate, Hershey has food and fun for the whole family. The young and young-at-heart can enjoy the amusements at Hershey Park and Hershey’s Chocolate World. Sharpen your golf skills at Hershey Country Club, or relax in the world of chocolate at The Chocolate Spa. This town lacks nothing in its array of dining, shops, and entertainment. To plan your trip, visit www.hersheypa.com.

New Jersey Beaches: (Around 1.5 to 2 hours east of Philadelphia) Showcasing over 130 miles of shoreline, New Jersey offers a wide-array of beaches. From the energetic scene of Atlantic City to the laid-back beaches of Cape May, New Jersey beaches can accommodate every mood. While visiting, guests can sunbathe, swim, surf, scuba dive, sail, or fish. Learn more about the shores at http://www.visitnj.org/beaches.

New York City, NY: (Around 2 hours northeast of Philadelphia) New York City offers dining, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife to guests from all over the world. Go see the hustle and bustle of Time Square or take a cruise on the Hudson to get an up-close and personal view of the Statue of Liberty. Before leaving, it’s always a good idea to see what is playing on Broadway. To plan your trip, visit http://www.nycgo.com/.

Poconos: (Around 2 hours northwest of Philadelphia) The Pocono Mountains offer various activities throughout the year. During the warmer months, visitors enjoy the outdoors by biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, horseback riding, white water rafting, and sky diving. During the colder months, guests may spend their time skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or ice fishing. Anytime is a good time to shop at the Outlets. For more information, please visit http://www.800poconos.com/.

Washington, D.C.: (Around 2-3 hours southwest of Philadelphia) The capital of the United States is right down the road from Philadelphia. Visit the monuments and museums. Check out the amazing and delicious cuisines from around the world. Stop by the White House, National Mall, and the Smithsonian. Between the sights and the dining, this visit is guaranteed to be a busy one. For more information, please visit http://washington.org/.

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