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PHILADELPHIA DAY TRIP IDEAS

Philadelphia is a beautiful city with many things to offer. If you are looking for day trip ideas in Philadelphia, this list will be the only guide you will ever need! You will find the must see attractions as well as everything from cool things to do as well as museums, parks and historical landmarks!


 - 5 stars denotes an absolute must see!


Top Attractions in Philadelphia


Eastern State Penitentiary 
2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 215-236-5111
One of the most unique museums on the entire East coast!


Ghost Tours of Philadelphia
5th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA, 215-413-1997
See and hear amazing history of about the city of brotherly love.

Penn's Landing
Delaware River from Market St. to Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-922-2386
Awesome events and music on the Delaware River throughout the year.


South Street 
Length of South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-413-3713
Shop and eat in one of the most cultural meccas in the world.


Old City Arts District
Box 111, 9 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215-440-7000
Classy restaurants and some great bars for couples!


Reading Terminal Market 
12th and Arch St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-922-2317
Try a roast pork sandwich at Tommy Dinic's roast pork. This is the best sandwich in the world! 

Independence National Park 
143 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-597-8974
This is where you can see the Liberty Bell Center & Independence Hall among other historic sites.


Independence Hall
Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets, Philadelphia, PA, 215-597-8974
This is part of Independence National Park.

Liberty Bell
6th Street Between Market and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA, 215-597-8974
Phily's most famous landmark of all! This is also part of Independence National Park.

Italian Market 
9th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-334-6008
Visit some famous Italian shops and buy some awesome produce in the streets!


Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site 
532 North 7th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-597-8780
The Edgar Allan Poe site is open Friday-Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM (closed from Noon - 1 PM).

Bartram's Gardens
54th & Linden Blvd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-729-5281
Visit an amazing National Historic landmark house and garden

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130, 215-278-7200
The best American educational art and horticultural institution on the east coast!

Elfreth's Alley
2nd St between Arch and Race St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-574-0560

Visit America's oldest residential neighborhood!

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, 215-733-0390
See amazing folk and mosaic art


Fun things to do with kids in Philadelphia


Philadelphia Zoo 
3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-243-1100
One of the best zoo's on the entire east coast!

Ride the Ducks 
6th and Market Street (next to the Independence Visitor Center), Philly, PA
Tickets - 877-887-8225 - Office - 215-351-9989
You will never laugh harder in your life. A MUST day trip attraction with kids!

Philadelphia Bike and Moped Tours
7th and Ranstead Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215-334-0790
Awesome bike tours and bike rentals in Philadelphia!

Please Touch Museum
210 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-963-0667
A top attraction if you have kids!

Franklin Institute Science Museum 
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215-448-1200
The whole family will have fun exploring the Franklin Institute science museum


Historic Sites in Philadelphia


Benjamin Franklin National Memorial Free Attraction!
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215-448-1200
The Memorial resides within the Franklin Institute museum

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site 
530-32 N 7th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-597-8780
Learn about the life of the world famous author Edgar Allan Poe!

Fairmount Park
4231 North Concourse Dr., Philadelphia, PA, 215-685-0000
A 10,000 acre park that is one of the nations largest urban green spaces.
 

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church
916 S Swanson St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-389-1513
Come witness the beautiful garden link tranquil setting!

Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
301 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-597-9618
Visit the home on the world famous military engineer Thaddeus Kosciuszko.

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Rt. 23 and Gulph Rd., Valley Forge, PA, 610-783-1077
Come see the home of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army.

Morris House Hotel
5442 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 215-596-1748
Experience Colonial residential architecture and overnight luxuries at its finest in Philadelphia.

Dream Garden Glass Mosaic
601-45 Walnut Street, Independence Square West, Philadelphia, PA, 732-604-3444
Come witness the amazing glass mosaic designed by artist Maxfield Parrish


Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA, 610-582-8773
Learn how American Industrialization began!
 


Philadelphia Museums


Please Touch Museum
210 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-963-0667
Best children's museum in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, 215-763-8100
One of the largest renowned art museums in the nation

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology & Anthropology 
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-898-4000
Explore one of the largest collections of Egyptian artifacts in the US

Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. Philadelphia, PA, 215-299-1000
Come see fossils up close and personal.

Franklin Institute Science museum 
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215-448-1200
Plan to spend the entire day as there is so much to see and do! 

Mutter Museum 
19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215-560-8564
Witness cool collections of specimens that reflect the human history of anatomy and medicine!

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-574-0380
Enjoy interactive exhibits of the amazing African-American heritage!

National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-923-3811
View awesome exhibits and collections that represent the broad spectrum of American Jewish life.

American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave., South Philadelphia, 215-389-1776. 
Come visit the oldest Swedish Museum in the nation.

Abington Art Center
15 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA, 215-887-4882
Sculpture park is where nature and art come alive.

Rodin Museum
Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19101, 215-763-8100
Experience first hand the beautiful sculptures and gardens

Simeone Foundation Museum
6825-31 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19153, 215-365-7233
See one of the greatest collections of racing sports cars
 


Top 10 places to eat in Philadelphia


If you are only able to come in for a day trip and you do not have time to find the best eateries, fear not. This list is a list of the must visit places to eat in Philadelphia. These restaurants are up-to-date and were just last updated on 2-10-15.

 
 
Jim's Steaks 
400 South Street., Philadelphia, PA 19147, 215-928-1911
By far the best of the best if you came to try a Philadelphia cheese steak!

Lorenzo and Sons
305 South Street., Philadelphia, PA 19147, 215-800-1942
Come experience the amazing sweet tomato sauce and overabundance of cheese. Extremely large slices!

The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd St, (between Lombard & Naudain Sts.), Philadelphia, PA 19147, 215-558-2471
Comfort food like no other! Try the biscuits & gravy, the shrimp & grits and the amazing artisanal cheeses!

DiNic's 
Reading Terminal Market, 1136 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-923-6175
This roast pork sandwich is the one I would pick as my last meal of all time!

Mirabella Meatball Company
1211 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-238-1833
Philly is not just a one sandwich town anymore!

Zavino
112 S 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-732-2400
Try the veal ricotta meatballs...and the pizza's.

L’Angolo Ristorante 
1415 W Porter St., Philadelphia, PA 19145, 215-389-4252
Traditional Italian in the heart of historic south Philly.

Amada
217 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-625-2450
Spanish Tapas from legendary chef Jose Garces
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Vernick Food & Drink 
2031 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103, Rittenhouse Square, 267-639-6644
An American gem in Rittenhouse Square!

Monk's Cafe
16th & Spruce Sts, Philadelphia, PA (City Center West), 215-545-7005
Known for its beer and amazing mussels. A must visit for the traveling tourist

Zahav
237 St James Pl., Philadelphia, PA, 19106, Society Hill, 215-625-8800
Maybe the best hummus in the world?

Ristorante Pesto 
1915 S Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 19148, 215-336-8380
This is where you would bring Grandma from out of town

Cafe La Maude
816 N 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19123
If breakfast is your thing, this is the place to be! French Lebanese fusion that will wow your date!

Ralph's Italian Restaurant
760 S 9th St., Philadelphia, PA, 19147, 215-627-6011
This is an editorial pick just because it is so wonderfully old fashioned. Come eat a piece of history!
 

Places to Stay in Philadelphia


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Morris House Hotel
5442 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 215-596-1748
Historic and wonderful in the center of the city!

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