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Philadelphia Day Trip Ideas

Philadelphia is a beautiful city with many great attractions for singles, couples, and families alike. This quick guide has dozens of trip ideas in and around Philadelphia. You will find the must-see attractions such as cool museums, things to do with kids, parks, historical landmarks, and the top restaurants to eat in! Also included are the top neighborhoods and sections of Philly to hit up!

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Top Attractions in Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130


Once the most expensive and famous prison in the world, it now stands with crumbling cell blocks. Enjoy a daytime tour including discussions, interactive tours, and history exhibit. You can also opt for their Terror Behind the Walls event where it transforms into America's largest haunted house, right in time for Halloween!

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

5th & Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Discover the secrets hidden in the shadows of the historic and haunted city of Philadelphia! Take a candlelit walking tour up and down back streets and secret gardens where spirits lurk.

Penn's Landing

301 South Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106


Spend a day at the Penn's Landing Marina enjoying the surrounding restaurants, theaters, shops, museums, and more. It is only steps away from a number of different attractions so there will be something everyone in the family can enjoy. You can also paddle your way around the marina in one of their Swan Boats!

South Street

South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


With over 400 shops and restaurants, this Philly district is guaranteed to fill your whole day with fun. Take in its unique charm and personality as you wander up and down the hippest and most eclectic street in town!

Old City District

231 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19108


As America's most historic square mile, there a number of historical and art attractions that your family can enjoy. Whether you're interested in performing arts, fashion, art, or food, there will be a place for you to stop by that you will remember forever.

Reading Terminal Market

51 North 12th, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Reading Terminal is one of the largest and oldest public markets in the country with historical buildings, local and exotic produce, the finest meat and seafood, and fresh cut flowers. Spend a day perusing the good Mondays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Independence National Park

41 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Visit a number of historical attractions such as the Liberty Bell Center or Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed. Perfect for a family trip for history buffs!

Italian Market

919 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Taste classic Italian flavors and products from a variety of shops and dining options. Buy produce to make your own dishes or sit down with family or friends to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner!

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

143 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Poe has engaged and inspired readers and writers from all over. Explore his humble home of six years in Philadelphia, where he created a number of masterpieces that are still read around the world!

Bartram's Garden

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143


This garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark. Its legacy of discovery, gardening, and art lives on and is enhanced year by year. Explore the world of nature or participate in programs to learn more about the world around you.

Barne's Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130


Barne's holds a number of exhibits that you can walk through on your own or on a tour with a group. The mission of the foundation is to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.

Elfreth's Alley

Between North 2nd and North Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Take in a dose of history as you walk the nation's oldest residential street surrounded by 32 Federal and Georgian residences. Stop by the Museum House on the weekend to go on a walk through tour and observe the history of residence in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Philadelphia's Magic Gardens inspire creativity within the community by educating the public about folk mosaic and visionary art. Appreciate one of the most scenic and artistic places in the city.


Fun Things to do with Kids in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104


The Philadelphia Zoo is open almost every day of the year. Join the zoo for free admission and a number of other perks. In the zoo you will find a number of animals from giraffes to flamingoes as well as spots for dining and shopping!

Bike and Moped Tours of Philadelphia

15 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Rent a bike for the day to enjoy a relaxing tour of some historic and scenic spots in the city. Different tour packages are offered so you can choose one that better suits your preferences for the day! 

Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131


For your curious little ones that can't keep their hands off everything they see, this museum is perfect! Let them roam around and explore exhibits and activities scattered all over the museum. They can take charge and go wherever they please, finding fun around every corner.

Franklin Institute Science Museum

271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


The Franklin Institute is a family's dream! From escape rooms to exhibits, to a planetarium and live science shows, they have everything you need to spend a whole day having fun. Perfect for something to do indoors on a rainy day.


Historic Sites in Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


This 20' statue commemorates our former statesman, writer, and inventor who has had a significant impact on our country's history. Take a picture with the beautiful marble statue!

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

143 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Walk on the very floors that this famous poet and writer used to walk during the time span he spent in the city of Philadelphia. Read your favorite Poe piece in the Reading Room and discover more about Poe in a completely new perspective.

Farimount Park

4231 North Concourse Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19119


As the largest municipal park in Philadelphia, Fairmount provides 10,000 acres of trails, woodland and waterfront areas, hills, and picnic spots. Take in the beautiful landscape around you as you reconnect with the world.

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church 

916 Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


This church is surrounded by spacious and elegant grounds and historic buildings providing a beautiful environment. Establishing a close and friendly community is important to the church and they do their best to organize events uniting locals!

Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

301 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 


Kosciuszko was a Polish freedom fighter that lived here during the American Revolution. Hear all about his military engineering skills were vital for designing fortifications used in the revolution.

Valley Forge National Historic Park

1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406


Visit the grounds where the Continental Army camped in the winter of 1777-1778 during the Revolutionary War. Walk the same territory that George Washington and his troops did while fighting for the freedom of the U.S.

Morris House Hotel

225 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


See history and luxury merge in this beautiful boutique hotel in Philadelphia. Escape the busy streets and take in the beautiful hotel and its exquisite courtyard garden. With a colonial theme and top-tier decor and service, this is perfect for romance or for a family stay. 

Dream Garden Glass Mosaic

601-45 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


This stunning piece is located in the lobby of the Curtis Center. An expansive 15 by 49 feet it occupies an entire wall and has become a favorite historical attraction for art enthusiasts. It was produced in 1916 using over 100,000 pieces of favrile glass, hand-fired to perfection.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520


Established in 1938, the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site showcases a 19th century rural iron plantation. Observe an early American industrial landscape that was in operation from 1771-1883 and has been conserved to remain a historical site.


Philadelphia Museums

Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131


Enjoy a museum where your kid can take charge! Have them roam around exploring their curiosities in a number of interactive exhibits and activities. Their creativity and imagination will be stimulated while you watch them have a blast!

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130


Discover works of art of all different styles and era in one of the most renowned museums in the country. With beauty, and enchantment, your day will be filled with international masterpieces you are sure to remember. 

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Explore a number of artifacts from all different time periods and places all over the world. This museum specifically has one of the largest and finest collections of Egyptian artifacts. See tools and objects that were actually utilized by our ancestors from centuries ago.

The Academy of Natural Sciences

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, 19103


As a part of Drexel University, this museum is dedicated to advancing research, education, and engagement in the world of biodiversity and environmental science. Visit to see some of their exhibitions or opt to attend one of their many programs and events for kids and adults alike!

Franklin Institute Science Museum

271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


Spend a day learning about all the fun science offers by going through a number of exhibits and enjoying activities and shows put on just for you. There is enough to occupy you and your family for the whole day! 

Mutter Museum

19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


Explore medical history in a way you never have before. Mutter is the finest museum dedicated to just that, showcasing preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments. Have a look into the medical world.

African American Museum in Philadelphia

701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


This museum in Philly houses and interprets the life and work of African Americans. Experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture come alive in four exhibition galleries.

National Museum of Jewish American History

101 South Independence Hall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106


In the heart of Philadelphia's historic district is the Museum of Jewish American History. Learn about the history and culture of Jewish Americans over the years. You can explore on your own or opt for a sixty minute, free public guided tour.

American Swedish Historical Museum

1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145


Explore cultural identity through the story of Swedes and Scandinavians in America. There are twelve exhibition galleries that include photography, artifacts, stories, art, and so much more.

Abington Art Center

515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046


Right on a historic 27-acre campus, this art center provides the public with exhibitions, programs, and events centered around the world of the arts. Their focus is on creating an interactive and exclusive for you to engage in. 

Rodin Museum

2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130


The Rodin Museum offers an intimate setting for you to enjoy some of the world's most renowned masterpieces of sculpture. Take advantage of the Garden Bar where you can enjoy beer, wine, outdoor music, and gallery access.

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

6825 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19153


On display here, you will find a number of racing sports cars. The evolution of sports care is due to the "spirit of competition", a theme in this museum. The exhibits are always rotating, so be sure to stop by and see what has changed, or visit for your first time.


Top 10 Places to Eat in Philadelphia

Jim's Steaks

440 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 


Jim's serves up some of the finest hoagies that will leave you feeling more than satisfied. This is the place to go for an authentic Philly cheesesteak that you will continue to come back to every time you visit the city!

Lorenzo and Sons Pizza

305 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Lorenzo's has placed in one of the Top 101 Pizzas in America. They live up to their reputation with their no-frills yet astoundingly flavorful pies. Try it for yourself and be the judge!

The Twisted Tail

509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Get the best of both worlds as you enjoy the classic restaurant scene mixed with the bar scene supplemented with live blues. For an unforgettable experience and some of the finest dishes, Philly has to offer, stop by The Twisted Tail.

DiNic's Roast Pork

51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


DiNic's roast pork sandwich won the Travel Channel's "Best Sandwich in America" award and has been drawing crowds ever since. Enjoy their simple menu that is filled with flavors and favorites like slow-roasted brisket and Italian-style pulled pork.


112 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Zavino specializes in pizza that has been created with ideal flavor pairings and innovative combinations using only the highest quality ingredients. They also offer a number of smaller dishes including meats and cheeses, salads, and pastas. 

L'angolo Restaurant

1415 West Porter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145


L'angolo features authentic Italian cuisine concentrating on the flavors of Puglia. With fresh ingredients and classic combinations, this restaurant will not disappoint. Don't forget to BYO!


217-219 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Enjoy the flavors of Spain in this restaurant exploring the rich tradition of Spanish tapas. Come by for their weekday happy hours from 5-7 or their chef tastings for a unique experience.

Vernick Food & Drink

2031 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


Vernick is a renowned and acclaimed Philly restaurant featuring an honest, no-fuss new American menu. The menu changes frequently to accommodate to in-season ingredients to guarantee the best and freshest flavors!

Monk's Cafe

264 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102


To taste authentic and soulful Belgian food right in Philadelphia, visit Monk's. They offer some of the finest beers from around the world and their food is housemade daily. The menu is offered until 1 a.m. every night, making it the perfect late-night eat!


237 Saint James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Zahav is a modern Israeli restaurant bringing authentic flavors and the cultural heritage of Israel right to Philadelphia. Relax and enjoy hearty meals and refreshing drinks including one of the largest selections of Israeli wines outside of Israel!

Ristorante Pesto

1915 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148


From fine Italian to simple pasta dishes, Ristorante Pesto offers it all. This is perfect for families since there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Varallo family bring authentic flavors of Italy into all of their dishes.

Cafe La Maude

816 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123


Experience the feel of an authentic Parisian cafe. The dishes are inspired by the owners' mother Maude's homecooked meals from Lebanon with a colorful menu that feeds both the eyes and tastebuds!

Ralph's Italian Restaurant

760 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Ralph's has been providing the same fine Italian fine-dining since 1900, all the while ownership remaining within the same family. Acclaimed and renowned, this restaurant serves quality Italian cuisine. 


Places to Stay in Philadelphia

Morris House Hotel

225 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


The Morris House Hotel is a favorite of visitors and locals. History and luxury merge to provide you with an enchanting atmosphere for you to enjoy. Escape the busy streets and enjoy the hotel's courtyard garden. With a colonial theme and stunning decor, this is the perfect place for romance or for a family stay. 

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