Philadelphia

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Antique Row

One of the nation’s oldest and most famous antique districts has block after block of antique shops full of treasures (and sometimes junk).

Pine St. between Broad and 9th Sts., PA, www.antique-row.org
Tags: shopping | things to do | eclectic | antiques

Independence National Historical Park

Everything Philly first-timers need to see: Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Christ Church, and the National Constitution Center. Get your bearings (and hard-to-score tickets to Independence Hall) at the Independence Visitor Center.

143 South Third St., PA, 215-965-2305, www.nps.gov/inde
Tags: family | things to do | history

Italian Market

Ninth Street in South Philly is lined on both sides with hundreds of vendors selling pasta, cheese, meats, and other foodstuffs; there are also several clothing and home goods stalls.

9th St., PA, www.phillyitalianmarket.com
Tags: family | shopping | things to do | culinary | clothing

Jewelers Row

Diamonds, gold, pearls, and precious stones are all sold on this brick-paved street for discounted prices (some as low as 50 percent below market value).

S. 8th St. and Chestnut St., PA,
Tags: shopping | things to do | jewelry

National Liberty Museum

See the moving displays promoting tolerance and artwork honoring the nation’s heroes – people who’ve stepped outside their comfort zone for the greater good.

321 Chestnut St., PA, 215-925-2800, www.libertymuseum.org
Tags: family | things to do | history | museum

Penn's Landing

Come in winter for the ice skating – in summer for the free concerts, movies, and waterfront activities along this ten-block stretch fronting the Delaware River.

PA, www.pennslandingcorp.com
Tags: things to do | outdoors | ice skating

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Yes, the Rocky statue is back, but after a photo-opp and a run up the famous steps, explore the 200 galleries inside, including the collection of local revolutionary-era furniture.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th St., PA, 215-763-8100, www.philamuseum.org
Tags: family | art | things to do | history | museum

Stroll South Street

Philadelphia’s most tourist-y street is definitely worthy of a stroll. Sure it’s like an outdoor shopping mall – think the Gap and Foot Locker – but there’s great people-watching and a sprinkling of fun bars and bohemian boutiques.

PA, www.southstreet.com
Tags: things to do | outdoors

The Barnes Foundation

Outside the city limits but worth the trek (and the months-in-advance reservation), this 12-acre arboretum houses one of the world’s most important private art collections including Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and Modernist works.

300 North Latch's Ln., PA, 610-667-0290, www.barnesfoundation.org
Tags: smart splurge | art | things to do | museum

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

No matter your age, the hands-on displays, planetarium, IMAX theatre, and outstanding visiting exhibits (like King Tut) at this museum are a hit every time. The Franklin is a larger-than-life exploration base where ongoing installations fearlessly tackle phenomena like space travel, electricity, and the laws of physics with zeal and precision. 

222 North 20th St., PA, 215-448-1200, www.fi.edu
Tags: family | things to do | museum | science

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The museum’s ongoing collection span three floors, showcasing thousands of artifacts, from ancient Egypt to the Native-American Southwest. The changing installations, many of which are the labors of Penn Museum experts, chronicle contemporary social trends, as well as historical marvels, through paintings, photographs, and multimedia displays.

3260 South St., PA, 215-898-4001, www.penn.museum
Tags: family | art | things to do | museum | archeology

Walnut Street

Many of the city’s upscale shops – think Tiffany & Co. and Burberry – are located along this thoroughfare near Rittenhouse Square.

Walnut Street, PA,
Tags: luxury | shopping | expensive | things to do | designer

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