1. You can step up your selfie game by posing in front of history at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
UHHHH…THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS MADE HERE! The actual U.S. of A. was made here. By signing the Declaration of Independence in THIS building in 1776, the country was born. Another national treasure forever sits across the street. With its iconic crack, the bell cast by Pass and Stow serves as a symbol of liberty. As if you needed any more of a reason to visit one of the most historic sites in the country…
2. You can harness your entrepreneurial mindset by getting involved with the thriving startup scene.
You won’t just be a business(wo)man, you’ll be a business, (wo)man. Philadelphia is quickly becoming a location for many of the nation’s fastest-growing businesses. Creating a culture of opportunity, there’s a large potential for incubating new business ventures, jobs, and internships in the city.
3. You’ll be able to satisfy your inner foodie at one of the amazing restaurants around the city…
With cuisines that span the full array of the food spectrum, you’ll be able to get a meal that will tickle your taste buds. Be sure to stop in for tapas at Amada, endless steak frites at Garces Trading Co., fish tacos at Buena Onda, or any of the other restaurants from James Beard Award–winning Iron Chef Jose Garces.
…or get your noms on with one of the many storied local eats.
Even with the city’s award-winning dining options, Philadelphia will be forever associated with its cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. At some point, you’ll definitely find yourself at Tony Luke’s, waiting to order a “whiz wit.” (Philly rule of thumb: When ordering a cheesesteak, state the type of cheese and if you want it with or without fried onions.)
4. Your new workout plan can include running along the Schuylkill banks and Kelly Drive…
Breathe In. Breathe Out. That’s right, put in work ‘til the sweat all falls down! Even if you have slow jams blastin’ through your headphones, running along the Schuylkill River will seem like you’re walking on graduation day with the amazing scenery in the background.
5. You can get inspired by the art in the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art…
Of course you can run up the steps and emulate Philadelphia’s most beloved fictional boxer. But after reaching that top step and snapping a pic, be prepared to get inspired by the thousands of exhibits housed in one of the largest art museums located in the U.S.
While cooling on South Street, be sure to stop by and marvel at the delight of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, the most prominent exhibit of award-winning mural artist Isaiah Zagar.
6. You can hang around with your bae at seasonal pop-ups like Spruce Street Harbor Park.
Located along the Delaware River, Spruce Street Harbor is one of the more popular hangout spots during the summer months. You can do EVERYTHING from swinging in hammocks to renting paddle boats and kayaks to relaxing on nets hanging over the water to eating and drinking at the various vendors that call Spruce Street Harbor home.
7. You can partake in all the festivities that take place at the Piazza…
Located in the heart of Northern Liberties, the Piazza has evolved into one of Philly’s best local hangouts. With numerous live events, restaurants, and bars, the Piazza is a great place to take a date, enjoy some wooder ice while watching the game on the big screen, or debate why jawn hasn’t incorporated itself into the national vernacular.
…or in Rittenhouse Square.
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool is what you’ll be doing at the park at 18th and Walnut. Home to annual flower markets, art exhibitions, and holiday decorations, Rittenhouse Square is fresh any time of year.
8. No matter who’s on your playlist, you can see your favorite musicians at venues like the Electric Factory and Union Transfer.
From classical to EDM, the city has music venues for every set of ears. In Philadelphia, you’ll be able to enjoy acts from headliner-filled annual music festivals to philharmonic performances.
9. You can stop for a bite to eat or get your weekly groceries at the Reading Terminal Market.
The Reading Terminal Market is one of the most famous urban farmers markets in the country. Filled with restaurants, fresh produce, meats, and kitchenware, Reading Terminal Market is the go-to destination for all your food needs.
10. You can get shook down the hall from Al Capone’s jail cell at Eastern State Penitentiary.
Opened in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was the most expensive prison of its day. Although many criminals were sentenced to serve there, its most famous inmate was American gangster Al “Scarface” Capone. The prison was closed in 1971. You can now get guided tours or experience its haunted house, Terror Behind the Walls, from late September to early November.
12. You can frolic through the fountains or skate on the ice rink at Dilworth Park.
Located next to City Hall, Dilworth Park is quickly becoming a hub in Center City. Over the summer, there are fountains to run through and lush greenery to lie out on. Over the winter months, you can strap on the ice skates and enjoy the seasonal rink.
13. You can feel the city’s brotherly love no matter where you are.
Whether you literally go to Love Park, watch a game at a local sports bar, or walk onto a college campus, you will definitely feel the love. Philadelphia is a historic city that pays homage to the past while keeping an eye to the future. There’s no doubt you’ll LOVE Philadelphia.