Philadelphia: Places to Explore


  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Alive with colorful flowers, flags, and fountains, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway stretches northwest from John F. Kennedy Plaza to the Kelly (East) and West River drives. This 250-foot-wide boulevard is... Read more

  • Center City

    For a grand introduction to the heart of the downtown area, climb the few steps to the plaza in front of the Municipal Services Building at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. You'll be standing... Read more

  • Fairmount Park

    Stretching from the edge of downtown to the city's northwest corner, Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped city park in the world. With more than 8,500 acres and 2 million trees (someone claims to have... Read more

  • Historic Area

    Any visit to Philadelphia, whether you have one day or several, should begin in the city area that comprises Independence National Historical Park. Philadelphia was the birthplace of the United States... Read more

  • Manayunk, Germantown, and Chestnut Hill

    Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy are very pleasant, predominantly residential neighborhoods. Travel to downtown Philadelphia is easy by car or train. Restaurants and shops run all along Germantown Avenue in... Read more

  • Northern Liberties

    Gentrification continues to transform the Northern Liberties neighborhood from a light industrial area to a hipster artist enclave and popular center for nightlife, restaurants, and shopping. Still, the... Read more

  • Old City

    In Colonial days the rich folks in residential Society Hill whispered of those who lived "north of Market," for this area, between Front and 5th streets and Chestnut and Vine streets, was the city's commercial... Read more

  • Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront

    The spot where William Penn stepped ashore in 1682 is the hub of a 37-acre riverfront park that stretches from Market Street south to Lombard Street. Walk along the waterfront for a view of pleasure boats... Read more

  • Queen Village and South Philadelphia

    Two of the city's most interesting neighborhoods lie south of South Street—Queen Village (also known as Southwark) and South Philadelphia. Queen Village, stretching from Front to 6th Street and from South... Read more

  • Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South

    Rittenhouse Square, at 18th and Walnut streets, has long been one of the city's swankiest addresses. The square's entrances, plaza, pool, and fountains were designed in 1913 by Paul Cret, one of the people... Read more

  • Society Hill

    During the 18th century Society Hill was Philadelphia's showplace. A carefully preserved district, it remains the city's most photogenic neighborhood, filled with hidden courtyards, delightful decorative... Read more

  • University City

    University City is the portion of West Philadelphia that includes the campuses of the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and University of the Sciences. It also has the University City Science... Read more


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