There are plenty of things to keep you happily busy during your stay in Philadelphia. We highlight some of the all-time favorites. For more ideas and special offers, visit the official site of Philadelphia tourism.
The must-see in Philadelphia is Independence Hall. This is the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Of course the Liberty Bell is here too. Take the guided tour of this central spot in American history. Located at 5th and Chestnut Streets in the historic district downtown.
Ride to the observation deck on top of City Hall for great views.
Reading Terminal Market is America's oldest farmer's market and a fun place to go. The indoor stands offer all kinds of food, including Philly Cheesesteaks and Pennsylvania Dutch fare. Be sure to try a fresh warm pretzel. Yum. In the Convention Center neighborhood downtown at 12th and Arch Streets.
The large collection of shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars on South Street attract crowds. Do some people-watching, grab a bite and catch a live band.
Longwood Gardens is an internationally-known showplace. It includes more than 1,000 acres with a conservatory, outdoor gardens and scads of fountains. The Peirce-duPont House contains a collection of historic photos and movies of the gardens.
For a more unusual garden experience, go to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. It's the folk art of Isaiah Zagar.
The Independence Seaport Museum is an appropriate stop for folks about to take a cruise. Tour a submarine and a Navy cruiser. See small boats and learn from interactive displays. Located at Penn's Landing.
The SS United States is moored on the Philadelphia waterfront. Unfortunately the historic cruise ship is not open for tours.
Get more out of your trip to Philadelphia. Take the time to visit some of the city's fine attractions.