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!
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!
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.
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!
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 . 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!