Philadelphia is one of those cities I never had on my list for some reason, but only because I had no idea what there was to do there. Once I visited for the first time, I was surprised at just how much there is to do. From craft breweries to seeing plenty of history, here are 10 things to do in Philadelphia.
1. Taste Craft Beer
I’m spoiled coming from Seattle, which I consider the craft brewery capital. Philadelphia has so many different breweries in the area, and it sounds like even more are coming. I’d recommend 2nd Story Brewing Co. and Philadelphia Brewing Co., but there’s plenty of other places I have yet to try
2. Eat a Cheesesteak
This is probably the most popular food that Philadelphia is known for, and it doesn’t disappoint. Asking a local where to find the best cheesesteak will get you a very opinionated answer – they all have a favorite. I don’t eat meat, but the place by my IHG Hotel had three different vegetarian and vegan options to try.
3. Learn About the Liberty Bell
You’re able to see the Liberty Bell by just walking outside the building, but I recommend taking the time to go in. They have a nice little exhibit set up so you can learn the whole history of how the bell came to be. Seeing the Bell in person and be able to stand next to it makes for a great picture too.
4. See Philly From the Top
Head to the top of One Liberty Place to see the best view in the city. You’ll have a 360-degree view of the area and can even see New Jersey from the platform. There’s information at each station to tell you what you’re looking at.
5. Visit Mac’s Tavern
If you watch the show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” you’ll be excited to learn that Rob and Kaitlin McElhenney from the show co-own this bar. There’s nothing special here, as it looks like a regular bar. Rumor is some of the cast has been spotted here from time to time, so keep your eyes open.
6. Explore the Waterfront
During the summer, walk down to Spruce Street Harbor Park. This boardwalk along the Delaware River has food trucks that are in huge shipping containers and a beer garden to relax in. I highly recommend trying the crab fries!
7. Stroll Around Colonial Homes
The old homes in the historic district are so beautiful, they seem like they’re out of a movie. I can’t believe what good condition they’re in for being hundreds of years old. If you pay attention to the homes, you’ll occasionally see a plaque indicating what famous person used to live there or what historical event happened.
8. Visit Love Park
Love Park was a famous skateboarding spot known for many skaters, including celebrities, coming to do tricks in the fountain during the periods it was empty for cleaning. Only skaters ended up using the park, so the city banned them amidst much backlash. When I was there, plenty of skaters were still there, but now people come to see the famous “LOVE” sign in front of it.
9. See the Betsy Ross Home
Betsy Ross was the lady who supposedly sewed the first American flag, and this home is where she did it. This is one of the most visited sites in the city, as everyone wants to see the inside of this tiny home from 1740. Her family has saved artifacts from the years so you can see many original pieces.
10. Walk Through the International District
While this may seem like an odd item to add to this list, I was impressed at the size of Philadelphia’s International District. I didn’t feel like I was in America with everything from Thai to Vietnamese to Japanese food. If you like dim sum, I recommend stopping at Dim Sum Garden. Just be prepared to wait due to its popularity.
Philadelphia is a city of many delicious foods, beer, and things to do. I’d love to go back again to spend more time exploring the history of the city. Maybe next time I’ll even catch a sports game since their three stadiums are all next to each other.
This post was in collaboration with CopyPress.
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