How to spend 2 Days in Philadelphia : Including all the top attractions

how to spend 2 days in Philadelphia

My guide to travel in Philadelpia

Travel to Philadelphia is a interesting city break in the USA. Philadelphia is a city found in Pennsylvania, The United States Of America. Philadelphia has a population of 1,526,006 making it the biggest city in Pennsylvania.

The USA operates on the EDT time zone which means it is generally 4 hours behind UK but double check when you arrive due to clock changes both in the USA and UK.

Why visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a great destination for solo travellers or families and groups. I travelled as a solo female and felt quite safe.

It is a excellent place in the USA to visit if you love history due to the iconic liberty bell that is on display, the Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed.

Before my visit to Philadelphia I didnt know much about US history and learnt so much in the two days in Philadelphia plus I also visited Boston and Washington DC during this USA East Coast trip so I was continuously learning so much.

But to be honest the main reason I wanted to visit Philadelphia was to try a Philly Cheesesteak, I thought I would have ate loads but I only had time for one.

How long do you need in Philadelphia

When I was planning my trip to the East Coast of USA people were advising that I would only need 2 days in Philadelphia, and this would be plenty of time to see all the tourist attractions in the historial city, but I think I could have spent more time in Philly as there was still so much that I didn’t get to see.

During my 48 hours in Philadelphia I tried to visit as many of the local attractions as I could and share the best places to visit in Philly with you here including where to stay in Philadelphia and what foods to try in Philly. Making this a ultimate travel guide for Philadelphia. If you think I am missing a vital attraction or place to stay or eat then please do get in touch.

However, what I did see was interesting and as usual I did the hop on bus tours to get an overview of Philadelphia and also as a way of getting around. I also used the trollies and buses which were all easy to use. I didn’t realise there were so many museums and cool attractions to see in Philadelphia.

I would like to revisit Philadelphia and catch a show as they had some top west end style theatres. Ideally if you want to see a lot more then I would suggest 3-4 days in Philly just so you are not rushing around.

Interesting Fact : Philadelphia is where the board game monopoly was invented

I stayed in a homestay just outside of the city which was easy to get to by public bus and a lot cheaper than staying directly in the city centre.

I loved the architecture of Philadelphia especially when driving down antique row.  It just seemed so quaint and how I imagined old USA to look.

I found it interesting about how shutters were added to windows to avoid tax payments, so if the taxman could not see things he couldn’t make people pay tax on them so when the taxman was in town the shutters got closed. I like the architecture of all the places that I visited during my east coast trip.

Planning a trip to Philadelphia

Philadelphia has one international airport which is one of the top 20 busiest in the USA so it has excellent transport hubs if you are only visiting Philadelphia.

I had a few weeks exploring the East Coast of USA so I flew in and out of Boston. I then visited New York and got a coach to Philadelphia which was easy to arrange online and then I went on to Washington DC again easy to arrange and book online and I had no problems with the service. I preferred travelling overland in USA by road so I get to see more than from a airplane.

America uses the American Dollar which is easy to get in so many countries or get it when you arrive in the US from one of the many banks or ATMs. I also have a travel card that I pre load money on and this generally works in all cash points abroad.

You may require a visa to enter the USA as I am from the UK I need a ESTA which is so easy to get online. I Have done it a few times now and never had a problem. Make sure you go through your government website though as there are some companies out there that will try to charge you an extra fee for arranging your visa and this one is so simple you dont need support.

There are also some medications that are banned from being taken into the USA so check these out especially important if you travel with a chronic illness

For USA there are two associated plug types, types A and B. Plug type A is the plug which has two flat parallel pins and plug type B is the plug which has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin. USA operates on a 120V supply voltage and 60Hz. I have a multi travel plug that covers a lot of different countries but they are normally quite easy to pick up.

In fact I tend to forget mine so get another one from the airport so now I have a few, I try to be organised and keep all my travel things together when I am at home but it never quite works out.

When is the best time to visit Philadelphia?

I visited Philadelphia in November and the weather was just starting to get very cold. I was told by locals that when it snows Philadelphia becomes gridlocked and even though they must be able to cope with the snow better than the UK where everything grinds to a halt I dont think it would be as much fun exploring the city if there was too much snow and it was just too cold.

When it snows in Philadelphia it might be a little harder to get around the city
When it snows in Philadelphia it might be a little harder to get around the city

Personally I would avoid going in winter unless it was for Christmas or thanksgiving and I was not planning on doing too much sightseeing.

Spring would be  great time to visit Philadelphia as it early Autumn for the changing of the leaves. Although summer isn’t majorly hot as the warmest month is July when it reaches mid 20s. Just ensure you pack correctly for which ever season you are visiting Philadelphia.

Is it safe to travel in Philadelphia

As mentioned previously I travelled in Philadelphia on my own. I am quite clued up when it comes to solo female travel and I know not to take unnecessary risks. here are some top tips for travelling safely in Philadelphia and most of them are common sense.

Trust your judgement is something doesnt feel safe get out of the situation. I avoid dark creepy looking alleys, I also dot go out at night as much on my own and if I need to I get a taxi rather than using public transport.

Like with all countries looks after our personal belongings there will be a lot of opportunities who will grab a bag if they think its got cash in so only carry around what you need and dont leave things unattended.

I would recommend a travel belt for your valuables and a slash proof backpack is good for travelling in crowds and now they are not as heavy of bulky as they used to be.

What to do in Philadelphia

Before my visit to Philadelphia I knew very little about the city, I now know a bit more but could still do with another visit as there is still so much to discover.

I didn’t realise Rocky was filmed in Philadelphia I don’t think I have ever even seen the film all the way through, but I do now the scene where Stallone runs up the steps and this was filmed at the Museum of Art.

rocky ran up these steps at the museum of art
Steps at Museum of Art where Rocky ran up

Now the Museum of Art seems to be more famous for this film rather than it’s Art which I also heard was good. There is a statue of Stallone that used to be at the top of the steps but apparently the art lovers of Philadelphia and the art Foundation said it was movie memorabilia and not art, so it had to be moved to the bottom of the steps.

Which was great for me as there was no way I could climb all those steps so at least I still got to see the Stallone statue which was very popular.

Rocky statue in Philadelphia
Rocky statue in Philadelphia

It was funny watching people running up the steps having their pictures taking posing like Rocky. I didn’t see many people go into the museum though.

Interesting Fact : This is not where Philadelphia cheese comes from, but the cream cheese was invented not too far away in New York

During my tour of Philadelphia tourist attractions, two names were mentioned a lot and these were Benjamin Franklin and William Penn. I have heard of both historic figures, but I was not aware of how much they actually did for the USA.

Benjamin Franklin was one of the founding fathers of America and did so much. He invented things such as Bifocals, he founded the first hospital in USA with Dr Thomas Bond and he founded the post office being the first post officer general in 1775 (this is the information I was given by tour guides I am not sure if is 100% legit so have included some links if you want more information)

benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin lived some of his life in Philadelphia

You can visit Franklins grave in the Christ Church burial ground. It is said to be lucky to throw a penny on it, which raises over $3000 per year for the upkeep of the graveyard, that’s a lot of pennies. 

William Penn is the founder of the state of Pennsylvania. Penns landing is more of a tourist attraction as this is not actually the place when Penn landed as it didn’t even exist back then.

Interesting Fact : Shane Candies is the oldest candy store in the USA

Tourist Attractions in Philadelphia

There are so many things to see and do in Philadelphia as it plays such a big part in USA history.

I as usual started with the hop on bus tours as they give me a insight into the city I am visiting. It also took me to most of the main Philadelphia historical sites. 

I then walked around Philadelphia on foot. I was really surprised at how much there was to see in Philadelphia, it was originally just a stop on the way to DC but it is actually one of my favourite places I have visited in the USA.

This is only a list of Philadelphia attractions that I managed to see during my trip, I need to visit again as there is so much that I just didnt have time to see in Philadelphia but I dont mind visiting again as I really enjoyed it.

I mainly stuck to the best things to do in Philadelphia but I would be keen to go off the beaten track next time and see some more unusual places in Philadelphia so if you have any tips for where to visit on my next trip please do get in touch.

Sightseeing buses in Philadelphia

I did two bus sightseeing tours during my trip to Philadelphia. This is because I had already purchased one from Groupon at a discounted rate and then I was given a complimentary Philly Pass which had a different company Hop on Bus ticket included. That was OK though as I love hop on buses and it meant I got to experience the difference between the two.

I preferred the sightseeing bus to the Big Bus as the tour guides were just more interesting and lively whereas on the big bus it sounded more scripted and there was no interaction with passengers.

Both companies have a shuttle that goes to the Zoo as bigger buses are no longer allowed. This was fun and as I had a zoo ticket included in the Philly Pass I did go out there. However, the shuttles were only every hour, so you could be out there for a while I luckily timed it right, so I could visit the zoo and then I only had to wait 10 minutes for the shuttle bus.

This shuttle bus however is not well advertised, and I didn’t know about it the first three times on the bus it wasn’t until the 4th time that a guide mentioned the shuttle, so I got off and used it. (Yes, I went on the buses 5 times, I needed to get my monies worth).

Big Bus Tours 

Summer 9.30 to 6pm Fall/spring 9.30 to 5pm Winter 10 to 4pm
1 day, 2 and 3 day passes available with the option of combo 1 and 2 day passes with the night tour. See website for up to date prices.

This route has 27 stops stopping at or near all the top attractions in Philadelphia. There is a courtesy shuttle service from city centre locations, all universities, all airport locations and 30th street station.

This is the first time I have seen a shuttle service to get you to the bus stop. I missed the bus twice at stop 6 and the lady rang the shuttle service for me to take me to stop 1 which was really appreciated.

Carriage tours *prices correct at time of writing but please check website for up to date prices

20 minutes covers independence national historic park $40 for 1-4 people $10 per extra person

30 mins covers independence national historic park and society hill $50 or 1-4 people $10 per extra person

60 mins covers independence national historic park society hill and old city $100 or 1-4 people $10 per extra person

Tickets sold at or ask big bus people reservations recommended

Philly by night : 8pm 90 minutes Daily April to Oct – Thursday Friday and Sat in Nov $30
Visits = South street – Liberty bell – Independence hall – Philadelphia Museum of Art – Waterfront – Ben Franklin Parkway – Avenue of Arts – China Town

Philadelphia Sightseeing bus tour

Night $30 8pm May to Oct
1, 2 and 3 day passes available
28 stops Bus frequency 20 to 30 mins April to Sept – 45 to 60 mins Oct to Mar

Plash bus

The Plash Bus is a downtown service every 15 minutes. It however wasn’t operating when I visited Philadelphia so check the website for latest information. It is $2 per journey or a day ticket costs $5 so is good value if it is running when you are visiting Philadelphia.

Independence Hall

520 Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Independence Hall is a must see in Philadelphia. Entrance is free however a ticket is required. This needs to be collected from the Independence hall visitors centre available from 8.30am and at peak times they can all go by 1pm so best to get there early. If you want to avoid the risk of not getting a ticket you can pre-purchase on line or by phone for $1.50

The Independence Hall plays an important part in America’s history and it was very popular with tourists. Here you can see the room where the declaration of Independence and US constitution were signed.

The first floor of Independence Hall is accessible for those with mobility impairments. There is a photo album showing images of the upper floor for those not able to climb the stairs to the second floor.

For those with hearing impairments, the “Birthplace of a Nation” pamphlet provides written information about the rooms shown on the tour. American Sign Language interpretation is available by request see website for more information 

Travel Tip : The Independence visitors centre has the only public toilet in the area so make sure you pay a visit whilst you are here. I did find it quite hard to find public bathrooms during my visit to Philadelphia. The best option is to go into a café and buy a drink to use the bathroom

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Independence Hall – Philadelphia

Liberty Bell

N 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

One of the most popular Philadelphia points of interest is the Liberty bell. The liberty bell centre is open 9am to 5pm most days, you can find out more details on the website. 

Admission into the Liberty Bell centre is free, and no tickets are required however it is a first come first basis so if you do want to see the liberty bell go early.

I managed to glimpse the liberty bell whilst I was on the hop on bus as it managed to stop where I got a great view, so I never visited inside the centre but still got a great view. This is one of the places I would explore more on my second visit to Philadelphia.

the liberty bell with a crack in philadelphia
Liberty Bell

Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W Girard Ave Philadephia, PA 19104 215-243-1100
March to Oct 9.30am to 5pm Nov to Feb 9.30am to 4pm

Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest in the USA. Opening in 1874 with 1000 animals costing 25cents for the entrance fee. It has certainly grown since then and so has the price.

Hippo at Philadelphia Zoo
Hippo at Philadelphia Zoo

It is not the biggest zoo I have ever been too but in good weather it was an enjoyable experience. I did smell the animals before I saw them though.

There was a baby gorilla that was being an acrobat for the audience whilst his mother and father just sat and ate. I could have watched them for hours. I also loved the hippos and the giraffes were so cute.

Giraffe at Philadelphia Zoo
Giraffe at Philadelphia Zoo

I saw my first sloth bear and spent some time watching this hairy bear exploring his surroundings, it looked like he was after something in the long grass and kept jumping and sniffing.

There were plenty of squirrels in the zoo that were tame and came right up to people. I visited on a Thursday afternoon in the beginning of November and no food stalls were open.

One of the things about this zoo that I don’t see often was the 360 where the animals go overhead so if you look up you could spot a tiger walking overhead. I didn’t see anything, but it was fun looking out for the animals.

Philly from the top – One Liberty Observation Deck

1650 Market Street, Philadelphia PA
Fall/Winter Hours 10 AM — 8 PM *Last admission at 7:30 PM

Philly from the Top was included in the complimentary Philly Pass that I had been given. I don’t think I would have paid $14 to go up 57 stories to see the view over Philadelphia but this is mainly due to being limited on time and pennies.

However, if you want an excellent view over the city then it is necessary as Philly from the top is currently the highest building in Philadelphia.

There was a vending machine with drinks and snacks, so I got some M&Ms and a bottle of water and had a sit down to look at the view. It is quite a nice place to sit.

There were board games available to play so you could spend some time here. Also, there was a free bathroom so perfect for a toilet break. There are many restaurants where you can also get good views of the city for more information see here.

Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
Open daily 10 to 5pm prices start at $14 – check wesite for latest times and prices

I was disappointed that I didn’t get time to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary as I do find prisons very interesting and this historic site had some very interesting stories. Prisoners were kept locked up for 24 hours a day, often with only a bible so a lot of them went crazy.

Al Capone was a resident here and it was reported that he started seeing ghosts, but it turned out he had a sexually transmitted disease which was causing hallucinations.

Tours are available of the prison with an audio guide and the option of a guide led tour. If you are visiting near Halloween, then I would recommend the Terror behind the wall people who did this said it was amazing and quite scary there is even the option to take part in the Hex Challenger where you will get an interacted experience and I heard this was very scary I don’t think I would be brave enough to do it.

al capone east state philidelphia
Photo Credit : Philadelpia Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA – check website for latest prices and opening times

If you are a fan of art, then the Museum of the Art is the place to visit with over 135,000 pieces to look at. There are a number of Art Museums in Philadelphia.

There is an accessible entrance please see website for more details :
• Adults: $20
• Seniors (65 & over): $18
• Students (with valid ID): $14
• Youth (13–18): $14
• Children (12 & under): Free
• Members (Join): Free
Pay What You Wish Admission : First Sunday of the month 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and every Wednesday 5:00–8:45 p.m.

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ 08103, USA – check website for more details

I wanted to visit the Adventure Aquarium in Philadelphia as they have a hippo called Jenny and my mum loves hippos and my name is Jenni, so I wanted to get a picture.

Unfortunately, it is over the river and the ferry stopped 2 days before my visit to Philadelphia which did make it harder to get to. It is still possible to get to but because I was short of time and didn’t have any transport I went to the Zoo instead.

Franklin Museum Institute

222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA – website for exhibition information

The Franklin Institute is a science museum and the centre of science education and research in Philadelphia. I heard so many good things about this and really wanted to go but time just ran away with me, so I didn’t get time.

If you visit though I would suggest going after 3pm when the schools have visited as I went past a couple of times and there were coaches and coaches full of school children.

Travel Tip : 3rd wed after 5pm entrance is free

Philadelphia City Hall

1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

The City Hall is something you must stop and look at as the architecture is beautiful. The city founder William Penn has a 37-ft. bronze statue at the top of the building.

We were told that the News crews in Philadelphia do not film the city hall from a certain angle as Penn can look a little indecent.

william penn on top of city hall in philadephia
ooo err Mr William Penn showing too much on top of city hall in Philadelphia

You can walk through the City Hall which was nice, and you can even do a tour. There are also things going on outside the City Hall such as in summer they have a water park and in the winter, there is an ice rink. They also show free movies on a Friday night.

The Mint

151 N Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

You can do a free self-guided 45-minute tour  Monday – Friday of The Mint in Philadelphia if you want to find out more about how coins are made in the USA. I was told you leave with a bag of shredded money as a souvenir.

The Mint in Philadelphia makes the Purple Heart Medals.

China Town

The China Town in Philadelphia is the 3rd largest in the USA after San Francisco and New York. A great place to wander and maybe get some delicious Chinese food.

The Friendship gate over the entrance to China town was donated by sister city Tianjin in China. It has no nails and is put together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Friendship Gate at China Town in Philadelphia
Friendship Gate at China Town in Philadelphia

Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

The Barnes Foundation is an art collection worth over 33 billion dollars and is open Wednesdays to Mondays only. It is quite pricy at $30 but if you have a passion for art then this is the place to go.

Rodin Museum

2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

The Rodin Museum is a showcase of the work of Auguste Rodin’s it is open Wednesday to Mondays with the suggested entrance fee of $10. The outside of the museum is a popular place for newly weds to have their photo taken.

There is a gated archway where they pose, and it is quite ironic as these are called the “Gates to Hell”.

Mütter Museum

19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm $18 You can save $2 on Monday and Tuesdays
The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia is a medical museum and sounds right up my street with abnormal exhibitions.

It has specimens in jars, atomically correct models and a large collection of medical apparatus.

Betsy Ross House

239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Betsy Ross was famous for sewing the first American Flag. Self guided tours from $5 and audio tours $7 open daily 9am to 5pm please check website for up to date information. It has an exciting interactive historical program which makes learnig about Betsy Ross very interesting.

Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia
Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia

Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

It is not often you can touch things in a museum but The Please Touch Museum is just like its name and it is about touching the exhibitions they want people to explore what they are seeing so it is a great way to learn.

The museum is near Fairmount park so combine both of these activities for a perfect few hours in Philadelphia.

Vietnam war memorial

Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Vietnam War Memorial contains 648 veteran names. The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was dedicated in 1987. The memorial includes the names of 648 servicemen who were killed in action or listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War from Philadelphia.

Korean war memorial

Philadelphia, PA 19106

“The memorial includes the names of more than 600 servicemen who were killed in action or listed as missing in action during the Korean War from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Veterans Day and Memorial Day services are held annually at the site” (Source: Wikipedia)

korea war memorial in philadelphia showing bronze soldiers
Korea war memorial in philadelphia showing bronze soldiers. It is quite thought provoking to see in real life

Fairmount Park

Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19119

I came across Fairmount Park by chance when I was on the hop on bus and I wish I had seen it earlier so I could have spent some time there as it looked a great place to sit and relax.

Ways to save money on attractions in Philadelphia

People were in the park playing games. Check out their website as they do have lots of activities going on in the Park.

I was given a complimentary Philly Pass which saved me some pennies and if you are going to visit the attractions on it then you will save money as it currently costs $55 and alone these attractions would cost $98

It includes the Franklin institute, Big bus 1-day tour, One liberty observation deck and Adventure aquarium or the Philadelphia zoo. I had to do the Zoo as the ferry had stopped running to the aquarium 2 days before I arrived, and it was further out of the city, so I didn’t have time or transportation to get there. You can see if you will save money by getting a Philly Pass here

Transport in Philadelphia 

I found Philadelphia easy to get around using public transport. There was a lot of traffic on the roads so like any city I would avoid driving and use the public transport.

I used buses to get around and a underground trolley, there is also a large train station and coach depot. The buses were accessible and I saw a number of wheelchair users getting on and off the bus with no problems.

It is important to have the correct change as you put it in a slot when you get on the bus. For latest timetables and information check out the Philadelphia Transport Website.

Food in Philadelphia

The food in Philadelphia all sounded and smelt amazing I wish I was in Philadelphia for more than 2 days so I could have eaten in a few more places. I definitely wanted to try their pizzas as people kept raving about them and of course would have been great to try a few more Philly cheesesteaks.

Reading terminal market

Read terminal market is a food market in the heart of Philadelphia with over 80 stalls. It is well worth a visit as they are selling everything from cheese steaks to candy.

It was amazing I loved walking around and visited 3 times to get some lunch and then went back for some cake. If I was in Philadelphia longer I am sure I would have worked my way round more of the stalls.

reading market in philadelphia
Reading Market in Philadelphia is easy to find and a must go to place for some tasty food in Philly

Some of the stalls were so cheap I got some cold meats and fresh bread for lunch which worked out so much cheaper than going to a café or diner for a sandwich.

I also tried my one and only cheese steak here in a cool bar where I sat at the counter. It was so popular I was lucky that as I was walking past someone was leaving and I managed to grab that seat lots of people were queuing for tables, so it must have been good.

I found my cheese steak was nice, but it had a strange cheese sauce on it and wasn’t what I was expecting but it must have been the type of cheese I ordered.

Apparently, no cheese steak in the city is the same as another so if I visit Philadelphia again I will try some more Philly cheesesteaks.

philadephia cheese steak
The Philly Cheese Steak I tried

Philly Cheesesteak

Old city Sonny’s is famous for its cheesesteaks and burgers. This was mentioned to me a few times for the best place to go for a cheesesteak in Philadelphia

Cheesesteak corner – Tourist place is cheesesteak corner and has Pats King of steak or Genos that are said to be in competition with each other. Apparently every cheesesteak in the city tastes different in some way.

Although locals say this is more of a tourist place the queues say different

Hard rock Cafe

1113-31 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hard Rock cafes are always a fun place to eat I love all the rock memorabilia. 

The Victor Cafe

1303 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This is an Italian restaurant where the waiters are opera singers and do live performances, what a cool way to have an evening meal in Philadelphia I have not heard of restuarnats like this on my travels so this is definately a unique restaurant in Philadelphia. Every 20 minutes a bell rings and they burst into song.

Bassetts Ice Cream Parlour

45 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Bassett ice cream was the first vendor in the USA and today is still a popular place to get some creamy delight with all their amazing flavours.

However their first flavour was yellow tomato, I am not sure I would have liked that one. But I am happy to try some more palatable flavours.

Where to stay in Philadelphia 

I used when I visited Philadelphia and it was perfect for a solo traveller. I stayed just outside the city, about 10 minutes ride on a local bus and the lady I stayed with was a great host. I had my own space and bathroom and saved a few pennies.

However if you want to indulge The Rittenhouse Hotel has excellent reports on TripAdvisor although it is very expensive. It would be best to stay somewhere central so you can get the most out of your sightseeing if you are only in Philadelphia 2 days.

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What to do in Philadelphia at night 

Watch a show

There are so many things to do in Philadelphia at night from seeing a show to gettting a great view over the city.

South Broad street is also known as the Avenue of the Arts. This is where you are going to find the west end shows and it has street lights at night so worth a visit.
This is where you will find the Bellevue Hotel which is the most expensive place to stay in Philadelphia and home to Tiffany’s.

This avenue also has a walk of fame where you can see some very famous names such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and Boyz 11 men lol sorry, but I am not a huge music buff, and these were some of the only names I recognised but you can find a full list here.

Ghost tour

I loved ghost tours and so gutted I never got to do one whilst I was in Philadelphia. For $17 you can do a candlelight tour every night from 7.30 reservations are required.

Movies filmed in Philadelphia

I love it when the guide points out places that have been featured in movies when I am touring I am not sure how factually these are, but it was fun to hear anyway.

There are many movies filmed in Philadelphia the most famous being Rocky which I have already mentioned. There was a scene from Ghostbusters where the Marshmallow man climbs up the building this was filmed here and when our guide pointed out the building I recognised it straight away. It was also a grey day so looked quite fitting.

I went past a house which was the scene in the 6th sense when they go into the house after the funeral and he sees his first ghost.

House featured in 6th Sense
House featured in 6th Sense

Macys is where mannequin was filmed

Brown building trading places Dan Ackroyd

Nicholas cage national treasure

God father 2 on the ship it’s now a floating restaurant

12 Monkeys features the City Hall

Visit Philly is a great resource if you are planning a trip to Philadelphia for up to date information and itinerary ideas.

I had a great time visiting Philadelphia and I wish I had more time to explore and try some of the great food so hopefully I will go back one day.


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  1. Philadelphia looks like somewhere that I would love to go. I love the fact that it’s so cultural rich and the architecture is just amazing. The museums look very educational too!

  2. I have traveled through Philadelphia on any number of occasions but haven’t done anything on your list except for the Cheese Steaks but they were excellent. Even the Philly airport has a decent shop that’s worth stopping at if you’re passing through. I think the cheese steak adventure I’ll remember most was when my local navigator was directing us to “the best shop in town” that was almost in the shadow of the football stadium. The traffic was harrowing but dang, that was good eating. I salute your idea tasting many different shops. When in Rome…

  3. We visited Philadelphia when I was a kid and I loved it then so I know I’d love it now. I’m a huge history nerd so I’d love to go back to the places we visited and add in some others that you mentioned like the Eastern State Penitentiary, The Mint, and City Hall. Thanks for the guide, it will come in handy when I make it that way.

  4. The only thing I associate with Philadelphia is Rocky. I didn’t know about all of the Franklin history and the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall. I’d find so many things on your list interesting. The observation deck gives a great view and who doesn’t want to try a proper Philly cheese steak?! I would look up the candlelight tour as a must if I visit

  5. I’ve been to Philadelphia a few times since my son-in-law moved there for his Residency. Usually it’s so cold that we can’t walk as much as I’d like to. Loved the Barnes for the architecture as much as the quirky collection. There’s so much history that I’d like to take a proper bus tour as you have too.

  6. I didn’t know that monopoly was invented in Philadelphia. Thanks for this information & i would definitely try Philly Cheesesteak.

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