10 Must-Do Things to do in Philadelphia, PA

Love Park

Also called JFK Plaza, this park is a great romantic spot for photo ops or engagement proposals. It features the iconic Robert Indiana sculpture with a fountain behind it. It also serves as an international mecca for pro and amateur skateboarders. If you are a sucker for views, then you might want to get a great scenic view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art right in this park.

 

Longwood Gardens

This is the largest and most grandiose gardens in the world. It has over 11,000 types of plants in 40 indoor and outdoor sustainable gardens. The garden also has a children’s conservatory, fountain displays, and live musical performances.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

It was the first real “penitentiary” in the world before it became open to the public in 1829. It is now considered as one of the most preserved historic sites in Philadelphia. Tours are available for visitors to go around the haunted structure that used to be home to some of the most notorious criminals like Al Capone. The audio tour is narrated by well-known actor Steve Buscemi.

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Mutter Museum

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Mutter Museum, or just Mutter Museum as more popularly known, is known for its display of medical oddities. A warning goes out to those with a faint heart or stomach as the display includes fetuses in jars, unusual body parts, Albert Einstein’s brain, conjoined twins, and more.

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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

This museum has the best collection of archeology and anthropology in the US. It has over 30 galleries that feature a variety of collected items around the world. There are Greek coins, Egyptian mummies, Native American totem poles, and more.

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Considered as the most world-class of all art museums, the Philadelphia Museum of Art holds art collections from legendary artists such as Monet, Picasso, Rodin, and Van Gogh. It has numerous theme rooms that hold ancient artifacts, such as the Asian pieces that dates back 8,000 years ago.

 

Barnes Foundation

This art museum used to be located at the western suburbs before its “controversial” move to downtown Philadelphia. It is the first ever LEED-gold certified institution in the United States. It features the Impressionist paintings of the late Dr. Alfred Barns. It also hosts events and exhibitions.

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The Reading Terminal Market

This indoor city market is a great place to to dine and shop. It features a variety of restaurants, bakeries, sandwich vendors, and organice produce. There are also shops that sell books, plants, houseware, and Pennsylvania Dutch products. The market has a public classroom where chefs and other culinary experts can host events and give cooking lessons and demos.

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Independence National Historical Park

Philadelphia’s important role in the history of the United States can be reminisced and learned here at the Independence National Historical Park. With an area of some 20 city blocks, the cobblestone streets gives a glimpse of colonies’ first education, culture, service, and religious institutions. The popular Liberty Bell can be found at the Independence Mall.

 

National Constitution Center

A visit to this center includes a multimedia theater presentation, a tour through the museum, and to experience the various interactive exhibits.

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