Freedom is inlaid with every brick of its architectural facade, while history wafts in every room and corridor. As the site of independence for America, Independence Hall served witness to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Generations of visitors have ventured through time in the Assembly Room, Courtroom of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Long Gallery, Governor’s Council Chamber and Committee of the Assembly Chamber. Myriads of historical figures have tread through Independence Hall, including Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and others.
Liberty has been a grand achievement for peoples throughout history, and the historic Liberty Bell serves as a testament to America’s own piece of freedom. Named by abolitionists during the struggle to end slavery, the Liberty Bell traveled the nation following the Civil War as a symbol of freedom and healing. Now it stands proudly for all to partake in its message of equality and liberty. Video presentations and exhibits display the Bell’s history, and multilingual tapes are available as well.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers an impressive array of exhibitions, collections, programs and entertainment as one of America’s largest museums. It boasts more than 227,000 pieces of art, and over 200 galleries feature paintings, decorative arts, sculptures, photography, textiles, paper works and feats of architecture from around the world. Children and family-oriented programs are included, as well as fascinating lectures, films and even concerts.
As a beacon for the City of Brotherly Love, JFK Plaza gives way to Love Park—an epicenter of food, art, music and fun since its emergence in the 1960s. Robert Indiana’s renowned “Love” sculpture overlooks JFK Plaza, drawing kisses from countless locals and visitors for decades. But perhaps best known as the forefront of world skateboarding venues, Love Park made Philadelphia the only city to hold ESPN's “X Games” twice in a row.
Formerly a prison holding the likes of Al Capone, this building is now more of an experience than a museum - take the guided tour through its cold, haunted hallways and learn about the prison's chilling history. Wear the red necklace if you don't mind being snatched away from the group by the "spirits" of deceased inmates.
Once home to the legendary and loved American icon, Betsy Ross, the Betsy Ross House was built over 250 years ago. Before Ross’ inhabitance between 1776 and 1779, the house was occupied by artisans, shopkeepers, shoemakers and apothecaries. The eclectic mystique was bolstered by Betsy Ross, who became known for bringing the rebel cause to life with the sewing of the first American flag. Visitors are invited to tour the house and partake in the interactive exhibits and programs. Even meet the woman herself and listen to the stories and History Makers.
The National Museum of American Jewish History provides a comprehensive view into the history and times of American Jewish citizens. Each account of immigration is personal and fascinating, lending to the rich cultural heritage that is now available for everyone’s exploration. Core and special exhibitions connect people of all backgrounds to the capture of freedom to which millions have aspired for centuries. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of coffee at Pomegranates Café, where Kosher dairy products are available.
The acclaimed Arden Theatre Company brings the spirit of performance to Philadelphia. The stage features productions of classics, music, dramas, epics and more. As a veritable hometown theatre, the Arden harbors a community of artists who paint Philadelphia with a pallet of culture and heritage. For children, the Arden provides theatrical and reading programs to promote literacy in the youth.
Graced by scientific greats like Nikola Tesla and Philo Taylor Farnsworth, The Franklin Institute has been a model for technological and scientific exploration since 1824. Following the inquisitive spirit of Benjamin Franklin, The Institute has inspired generations of budding scientists and seasoned experts. Internationally renowned programs, exhibits, discussions and lectures have placed The Franklin Institute on the map for anyone seeking knowledge for the future.
Home to the World Series champions Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park is a 21-acre, state-of-the-art baseball stadium. Just outside of the stadium is the jubilant Ashburn Alley, where visitors and fans may watch batting practice or study up on Phillies history. The Phillies All-Star Walk, Phillies Wall of Fame and Memory Lane are located in the Alley. The familiar, delectable Philadelphia fare makes its way to Citizens Bank Park as well, reining in such accolades as "Best Ballpark Eats" by the Food Network.
With a mission to promote the “advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts,” The Barnes Foundation has cultivated the vibrancy of art since 1922. The collections span impressionism, post-impressionism, modern, African, Pennsylvanian German, Native American and other periods of art. Renoir, Cézanne and Matisse are just several artists to have their masterpieces featured at the Barnes, and there is even a 12-acre plant collection in the Arboretum.
Championing education and community through the horticultural experience, the Morris Arboretum is 92 acres of fantastical gardens. There are 12,000 flowers, plants and trees all featuring labels, and tours are offered during the spring and fall. The Arboretum encourages you to explore the canopy walk, where a newfound appreciation for nature is sure to incur from the Tree Adventure exhibit.
The Philadelphia Zoo was the nation’s first zoo—yes, the first. During its first year in 1874, the zoo drew a respectable crowd of over 228,000 people. Now, approximately 1.2 million people make the Philadelphia Zoo a prime destination. There are more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals, and the zoo even offers balloon rides, camel safaris, swan boats and much more.
Rittenhouse Square is a local favorite for relaxation amongst the reflecting pool, balustrade, classically designed urns, and ornamental lampposts. Grand oaks, maples, locusts and other trees provide tranquil shade, while the flowerbeds are ablaze with color. Flower markets and art exhibits are held annually, and the night time brings many to the restaurants, bars and clubs located along Rittenhouse Square.
Located on the Delaware River Waterfront, Penn’s Landing is home to seasonal kayaking, swan boats, boat parades and festivities associated with National Marina Day. Visitors may explore the historical Olympia and Becuna vessels, and stop for a bite to eat at the Moshulu restaurant.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts showcases everything from jazz, world and classical music to premier Broadway performances. Its location in the heart of Philadelphia makes the Center easily accessible for a day or night of lasting entertainment.
Positively riddled with accolades and praise for its peerless cuisine and style, Lacroix at the Rittenhouse is far more than a fine dining experience. Paired with the Progressive International fare, the wine cellar, bar and boutique for confections all makes Lacroix the marquee restaurant for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. The ambiance soothes with candlelight and contemporary glass and wood designs, all overlooking the resplendent Rittenhouse Square.
Featured on "Throw Down" with Bobby Flay and "The Layover" with Anthony Bourdain, Paesano's serves Italian cuisine—and not to mention the citywide famous Philly-style sandwiches. Other dishes served in the cozy setting include lamb sausage, panelle pancakes, diavolo and more.
Whimsically designed dishes and a Sunday five course prix fixe menu set Pumpkin Restaurant apart from the rest. With fresh local ingredients, the menu changes daily, lending to the intimate atmosphere. The menu dazzles with dishes like beef cheek and scallops presented on a bed of squid ink orzo with chorizo. It should be noted that this is a BYOB and cash-only establishment.
Merely a stone’s throw from the convention center and historic areas, Chart House Philadelphia provides guests with a breathtaking view of the Penn’s Landing waterfront. The Contemporary American cuisine is adept for fine dining, from catch-of-the-day seafood dishes to the decadently-draped desserts. Happy hour and wine menus are also featured.
Adorned in the streamlined, meditative décor formerly only found in fantasy, Buddakan is Philadelphia’s premier venue for Modern Asian cuisine and transcendent ambiances. A golden statue of Buddha overlooks the main dining room as patrons feast on succulent Wasabi Tuna Tataki or Tea Smoked Spare Ribs. Always, Buddakan offers fine, Asian Fusion dining.
Truly channeling the soul of Cuba, Alma de Cuba is a taste of Miami right in Philadelphia. Chef Douglas Rodriguez has made appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and even Late Night with David Letterman, as well as features in numerous national publications. Rodriguez serves guests scintillating Cuban and Latin flavors, with dinner, lounge, dessert, wine, cocktail, beer and gluten free menus. The atmosphere is warm with a palette of creams and reds.
The Capital Grille has various national locations, but Philadelphia seems to raise the bar for downtown fine dining. Only seconds from City Hall, the regality of Philadelphia is captured in the Capital Grille. The meat is dry aged to perfection, and the seafood leaves guests wanting any one of the wide selections of wine from Capital Grille’s award-winning wine list. A “special menu” is also in house.
Marmont’s is a steakhouse offering seven customizable cuts that are all carved onsite. The seafood, whether imported or catch-of-the-day, is handpicked in order to ensure exceptional quality and taste. Choose drinks from the international wine, beer and cocktail lists, or one of their 30 signature martinis.
Bowing to the 800-year-old tradition of Spanish tapas, Amada respects the abundance of flavors and ingredients required to create authentic tapas. Chef and founder Jose Garces infuses his passion for Mediterranean and Atlantic flavors into every dish. The décor and design of Amada transports guests back to 13th century Spain, when the Castilian King, Alfonso The Wise, began the tradition of Spanish tapas.
Serving as home to the Travel Channel’s pick for Adam Richman’s “best sandwich in America,” Tommy DiNic's is positioned in Reading Terminal Market—accounting for its constant stream of hungry patrons! The sandwiches, hot roast beef, pork and meatball, are made fresh daily, the toppings are raved about. The broccoli rabe is a local favorite.
Chef Masaharu Morimoto was featured on Iron Chef with good reason. Morimoto’s serves Modern Japanese fare in a new, thrilling light. The multi-coursed tasting menu allows guests to partake in the dining experience beforehand and is always Chef’s Choice. The interior design can hardly be captured in words, for each room bids adieu to conformity and conjures futuristic, neo-Japanese style and flair.
White Dog Café in Philadelphia commits to serving delicately fashioned, Contemporary American fare. Farm-raised ingredients and products are bought locally, and the menus are seasonal. Organic dishes include small and medium plates, market salads, handmade pasta, entrees and seasonal sides, all under the conduction of Executive Chef Zach Grainda. Along with the University City location, there is also a White Dog in Wayne.
With three Philadelphia locations, Sabrina’s Café at Powelton is the only one that is not BYOB. The menu is impressively varied, from New and Traditional American, Vegan and Vegetarian dishes, to Greek and Mediterranean, Mexican and Soul Food. Daily specials are offered at brunch and dinner.
Only in Philly can your servers also be opera singers! As the “music lover’s rendezvous,” Victor Café features a wait staff that performs classical ballads and songs for guests. The cuisine is Traditional Italian, as well as crafted dishes from the executive chef. A prix fixe menu is available online for viewing.
Isgro Pastries has been operating in Philadelphia since 1904, gracing locals and visitors with their acclaimed cannoli and confections. So many find themselves coming for a cannoli but leaving with a collection of cookies, assorted pastries and mini specialties. Isgro’s also crafts stunning cakes and holiday delights.
Dressed in the fancy of its surrounding Washington Square is Tulula’s Garden. A cheery disposition accompanies the menu of Modern and European cuisine, much like its founder and owner Aimee Olexy. The dishes are always current with the ingredients of the season, and the atmosphere is friendly.
Located in the heart of Center City beneath the Bellevue on the Corner of Broad and Walnut Streets, Tavern on Broad offers guests a true fan experience. With 34 HDTVs, there is not a bad seat in the house. Come and enjoy cold beer and great food. A favorite spot for private party and special event offering.
The venue is practically a landmark - McFadden's is by far the most dynamic destination in Philadelphia, and heralded as the city's prime party places. The legendary bar staff, fantastic menu, and convenient location combine to create the ultimate experience for you, your friends and family.
Dusk has been voted Best Place to Spot a Celebrity and Best Bottle Service three years in a row, with notable celebs such as Nicky Hilton, Rob Kardashian, Alessandra Ambrosio, Charlie Hunnam, and Brody Jenner seen partying in one of the private VIP booths. Dusk is also one of the world’s leading venues for live performances with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO, Sean Kingston, and MYA gracing the Dusk stage. Whether you are looking for a private bottle service experience, a girls-weekend bachelorette party, a corporate or private event, Dusk Nightclub is the perfect venue.
Located inside a former home of a poultry butcher, this place is authentic to say the least - the bathroom has been converted into a DJ room while still retaining some signs of its past purpose. Head to the dance floor upstairs or just hang out an enjoy the skillfully crafted cocktails down below.
With a more than comfortable supply of international draft beers and fine liquors, the New Deck tavern is perfect for unwinding after a day of sightseeing. Tasty burgers, cheese steaks, salads, sandwiches and more are served daily from 11am until 1am, and happy hour is a favorite. Karaoke and live acoustic music events are held throughout the week, and soccer matches from Europe are shown on the high definition televisions.
Monk’s Cafe is also a “Belgian beer emporium” and restaurant. Owners Tom Peters and Fergus Carey are true beer connoisseurs, even suggesting that guests use the “Beer Bible” as a guide to determine which beer would suit their palate. The beer list is appropriately hefty, including selections from around the world and America, both on tap and by the bottle. Monk’s also serves appetizers, salads, burgers, mussels, sandwiches and larger plates all with quality taste and service.
Barcade is a celebration of craft beer and good, arcade fun. Classic arcade and video games may be played while enjoying the selection of American craft beer. The kitchen serves American cuisine with traditional staples like bratwursts, sandwiches, burgers and more. Daily specials and hours are listed online.
Taking up residence within Four Seasons Philadelphia, The Lounge deviates from the typical café to bring elegance and élan to guests. Set among a grand fireplace and possessing marble tables, wood accenting and luscious fabrics, The Lounge champions one of Philadelphia’s leading scotch and cognac selections. Afternoon tea is a must, as well as a dip into the spectacular dessert menu.
Deriving its name from the Lenape word for “place where we drink,” Manayunk is a friendly venue with both indoor and outdoor seating. From the main dining room, jazz room, patio, deck, river club bar, river club dining room, upper deck, tiki bar and outside cocktail area, patrons take their pick of Manayunk’s award-winning beer. In conjunction with the fresh-brewed selections, the menu serves produce, meats, seafood and baked goods.
Tin Angel has a spirit of its own. As an acoustic café it serves fantastic coffees, cappuccinos, teas and desserts, along with splendid unplugged music. Ranging anywhere from blues, folk, country and rock, the acoustic entertainment is always as fresh as the international cuisine. Tin Angel has a selection of wines, beers, liquors and mineral waters, and has become a nationally acclaimed club.
Cavanaugh’s Headhouse is replete with five bars that are all available for private events. Games from European soccer leagues and competitions are shown during the season, and there are eight dart boards. Also in-house are craft bottled beers and whiskey selections.
Macy’s Philadelphia is both a shopping trip and a stroll through history. Close to a century of retailing history and experience makes Macy’s Center City the premier shopping destination in Philadelphia. Located in the Wanamaker building, Macy’s also puts on concerts from the St. Louis World's Fair Pipe Organ twice a day. The Center City has all of the familiar brands, from DKNY, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, to Coach, Levi’s and Calvin Klein.
Sugarcube is a downtown-chic store with a mix of established and up-and-coming designers for men and women. Here you will find American and International clothing and accessory collections. This amazing gem has received 'Best of Philly' award from Philadelphia Magazine's six times.
With boutiques around the world and paid tribute in novels, movies, and memoirs, Tiffany & Co is one of those brands that need no introduction. Inside you will see why people love Tiffany's. From diamonds to sapphires to simple charms and necklaces, Tiffany's jewelry and accessories will certainly enchant you.
Nestled in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Fabric Row, the boutique Armour Philadelphia features classic menswear staples including shirts, trousers, jackets, ties and denim from innovative brands. The friendly and helpful staff are ready to create a modern, clean and smart look for you.
Shopping at one of this store's locations isn't only a fun activity, but a good deed - all items on sale have been crafted by artists from developing countries and obtained by rules of fair trade. Selling these items allows artists to build sustainable businesses and plan for the future.
Ever the trendy shopping locale, Franklin Mills is Philadelphia’s largest outlet mall. Over 200 stores are featured to meet every retail whim, including Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Banana Republic Factory Store and Nike Factory Store. Dining and entertainment centers are found within, and the mall itself is located only minutes from Center City, Bensalem and New Jersey.
Specializing in antiquarian merchandise, Arader Galleries of Philadelphia is off the beaten path of traditional consumerism. 16th through 19th century natural history prints, watercolors, maps, atlases, rare literature and more can be found. The items are supplied by private collectors, museums, art consultants and interior designers.
Shopping is at your fingertips right in the middle of the Center City business district. The Shops at Liberty Place is a state-of-the-art urban retail site. LOFT, J. Crew, Victoria’s Secret, Express and Swarovski are just a few names located in house. A food court is included to fuel the shopping.
Serving as a microcosm of greater Philadelphia, the Old City District is a chic favorite for locals and visitors. With over 100 boutiques, OCD provides an array of jewelry, menswear, women’s apparel, shoe stores and furniture stores. It has an enticing proximity to hotels and restaurants as well.
With two Philadelphia locations at Chestnut Street and Manayunk, Greene Street sells and consigns men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Labels include anything from Gucci to Gap, and new items go to floor daily. As the name implies, Greene Street offers savvy shoppers the opportunity to buy quality brands while helping the environment.
Always the bustling spot, Reading Terminal Market is a historical farmers market located in Center City within Philadelphia. Fresh produce, meats, seafood and poultry, as well as Amish confections are sold at the market every day. Handmade crafts, jewelry and pottery are available from friendly vendors, and diverse cookware and restaurants are also found. If simplicity is your mantra, then pick up a flirty bouquet from one of the many flower stands.
Established in 1863, Shane Confectionary is the oldest, continuously-run confectionery in the nation. All candy is crafted and handmade on-site, with a changing array of seasonal specials. Proud to uphold the traditions of old-fashioned confections, Shane uses the recipes of its founders.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located 7 miles from downtown Philadelphia. It is the only major airport serving the metropolitan area. PHL is the second largest hub and primary international hub of US Airways, with thirty airlines offering 124 cities and 38 international destinations. Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, British Airways, and Lufthansa all serve from PHL. Rail service to PHL is available via SEPTA’s Airport Rail Line. The general transportation system is a network of public transit, taxicab, shuttle, and limousine services.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) incorporates many forms of transit: bus, subway and elevated rail, light rail, commuter rail and electric trolley bus. There are a variety of fare options. You can either pay cash for one way or buy a "One-Day Independence Pass" that allows you to travel on any and all SEPTA buses, trolleys, subways and trains. You can get the One-Day Independence Pass from the conductor on any Regional Rail train. Passes are also available at SEPTA Ticket and Sales Offices and online at shop.septa.org.