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Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is known for its important role in U.S. history, cheesesteaks, and “Rocky.” While these are iconic, there is so much more to the city. Philadelphia is easy to explore on foot. Stay at one of these IHG hotels near Philadelphia’s Old City for your convenience. With so many things to do in Philadelphia, here are the best things to do for every interest.
For the History Lover
History lovers can’t visit Philadelphia without heading to Independence National Historic Park. Anchored by Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, this area is the oldest part of Philadelphia. Take a free tour of the hall and see where the U.S. Constitution was debated and signed. Across the way, you can view the famed Liberty Bell. Nearby is a museum dedicated to the life and work of Benjamin Franklin. For a deeper look at the Constitution and how it came to be, head to the National Constitution Center.
For the Instagram Lover
Philadelphia is full of great views and interesting details for the Instagram lover. Head to the Magic Gardens where one artist, Isaiah Zagar, is brightening up the streets one tile at a time. Here, he created colourful mosaics with whatever he could get his hands on. He used wine bottles, bicycle wheels, and ceramics to decorate this stretch of South Street. Around every corner, there are great spots to appease any Instagram fan.
Of course, you can’t leave Philadelphia without climbing up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art à la Rocky for your shot down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway towards City Hall. Even if you don’t step into the museum, it’s still worth a climb for the great view of the skyline.
For the Art Lover
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the perfect place to visit for those who love the arts. The collection is so large that your ticket allows you entry to the museum and its annexes for two consecutive days.
Nearby, you can also visit the Rodin Museum, which is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of his works outside of Paris. Even if you don’t go inside, the outdoor French garden has several sculptures that the public can view for free. Also close is the Barnes Foundation, which displays works from famous artists like Cezanne and Renoir.
For the Food Lover
Cheesesteak is synonymous with Philadelphia, and where to find the best one changes depending on who you ask. While they’re delicious, the city also has a growing food scene. Stop by Sabrina’s Cafe for breakfast. The stuffed challah French toast is a good choice, but be prepared, as the portion is huge!
A visit to the Reading Terminal Market will leave you wishing you had multiple stomachs. Head to DiNic’s for a taste of the roast pork, which the Travel Channel dubbed “the best sandwich in America.” Be sure to stop by Termini Bros Bakery for a freshly filled chocolate chip cannoli for dessert.
Whether you’re in the city for just a couple of days or longer, there’s plenty to see and do in Philadelphia. Regardless of your interests, you’re bound to have a good time.