Be A Tourist in Your Own City This Fall

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With the hustle and bustle that comes with living in Philly, it can be easy to overlook all the treasures that bring millions flocking to our historic city every year. So with the cooler weather now upon us, why not strap on your sneakers and plan a date day (or a solo adventure!) to get to know the City of Brotherly Love a little better?

Here’s a game plan for your day as a tourist, but make sure to also check out all the hidden gems you may come across in your adventure!

Even though Philly’s a very walkable stretch, it’s a good day to start any trek with some stretching. Catch the free Yoga on the Pier classes at 7 a.m. weekdays or 9:30 a.m. weekends at Race Street Pier for some relaxation with a view! After that, head over to Old City, which was once the hub of Philly in the Revolutionary War era. Stop in to the Betsy Ross House to see where the American pioneer sewed the nation’s first flag and spend some time looking through the impressive collections at the newly opened Museum of the American Revolution (which houses the actual war tent used by George Washington!).

If all that history has you working up an appetite, grab a table at City Tavern. The reconstructed tavern will take you back in time with its colonial menu and servers in period costume. Once you’re refreshed, hop on a tour of Christ Church, a 17th-century church whose pews were graced by most of the nation’s founders and which is still a thriving faith community. Farther up Market Street, the Liberty Bell is of course a must-see; tickets to see the iconic structure are free but stop into the Independence Visitors Center to register for a time and cut down on the wait. Once you’ve grabbed a selfie in front of Independence Hall, stroll up to Reading Terminal Market for a snack at the massive food market, home to dozens of award-winning eateries.

Stop by Philadelphia City Hall for impressive views of the city’s government building, as well as spectacular photo opps looking south on Broad Street. At the adjoining Dilworth Plaza, kick back with a beverage from the Dilworth Cafe and people watch as residents and tourists alike enjoy the newly renovated park and its many art installations.

Art abounds on the nearby Parkway, which is home to the Barnes, the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the latter, don’t be surprised by the throngs of tourists dashing up the front steps in tribute to Rocky – and hey, why not join them!

 

Race Street Pier

Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-922-2386

 

Betsy Ross House

239 Arch St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-686-1252

 

Museum of the American Revolution

101 S. Third St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-253-6731

 

City Tavern

138 S. Second St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-413-1443

 

Christ Church

20 N. American St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-922-1695

 

Reading Terminal Market

51 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-922-2317

 

Dilworth Café

1 S. 15th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-587-2761

 

Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Philadelphia, PA 19130

215-278-7200

 

Rodin Museum

2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Philadelphia, PA 19130

215-763-8100

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Philadelphia, PA 19130

215-763-8100