Philadelphia Sights

Today you can find Philadelphia's compact 5-square-mile downtown (William Penn's original city) between the Delaware and the Schuylkill (pronounced skoo-kull) rivers. Thanks to Penn's grid system of streets—laid out in 1681—the downtown area is a breeze to navigate. The traditional heart of the city is Broad and Market streets (Penn's Center Square), where City Hall now stands. Market

Street divides the city north and south; 130 South 15th Street, for example, is in the second block south of Market Street. North–south streets are numbered, starting with Front (1st) Street, at the Delaware River, and increasing to the west. Broad Street is the equivalent of 14th Street. The diagonal Benjamin Franklin Parkway breaks the rigid grid pattern by leading from City Hall out of Center City into Fairmount Park, which straddles the Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Creek for 10 miles.

Although Philadelphia is the fifth-largest city in the nation (about 1.5 million people live in the city, 6.4 million in the metropolitan area), it maintains a small-town feel. It's a cosmopolitan, exciting, but not overwhelming city, a town that's easy to explore on foot yet big enough to keep surprising even those most familiar with it.

Read More

Browse Sights

View All 15

(15 out of 15 results)

Fodor's Choice

Area

View All 153

Historic Area 24

Fairmount Park 20

Old City 15

Society Hill 15

Manayunk, Germantown, and Chestnut Hill 12

[+]

Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy 3

Germantown 9

Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South 11

Center City 11

Queen Village and South Philadelphia 10

Benjamin Franklin Parkway 9

Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront 8

University City 6

Show More +
Category

View All 141

Archaeological Site/ Ruins 1

Arts/ Performance Venue 3

Bridge/ Tunnel 1

Building/ Architectural Site 7

Cemetery 2

Convention Center 1

Garden/ Arboretum 4

Government Building 2

Historic District/ Site 3

Hospital–Sight 1

Hotel–Sight 1

House/ Mansion/ Villa 19

Information Center 1

Jail 1

Library/ Archive 6

Market/ Bazaar 2

Memorial/ Monument/ Tomb 1

Military Site 1

Museum/ Gallery 38

Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 1

Nautical Site/ Lighthouse 4

Neighborhood/ Street 7

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 1

Park/ Playground 6

Plaza/ Square/ Piazza 3

Promenade/ Boardwalk 1

Public Art (Mural/ Sculpture/ Statue) 5

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 11

Restaurant–Sight 1

Store/ Shop/ Mall 1

Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 2

Zoo/ Aquarium 3

Show More +
Best For

View All 23

Family 17

Advertisement

Philadelphia Sights

Showing 15 out of 15 Results

Filter Results
Clear All Filters

Sort By:

  • Alphabetical
  • Fodor's Choice

African American Museum in Philadelphia

  • Museum/Gallery

The centerpiece of this museum is "Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776–1876," a permanent exhibit that uses video...

Arch Street Meeting House

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Constructed in 1804 for the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends, this building of simple lines is still used for that...

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

  • Bridge/Tunnel

When the bridge opened in 1926, its 1,750-foot main span made it the longest suspension bridge in the world. Paul Cret, architect of...

Betsy Ross House

  • Museum/Gallery

It's easy to find this little brick house with the gabled roof: just look for the 13-star flag displayed from its second-floor window.

Christ Church

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The Anglicans of the Church of England built a wooden church on this site in 1697. When they outgrew it, they erected a new church, the...

Christ Church Burial Ground

  • Cemetery

Weathered gravestones fill the resting place of five signers of the Declaration of Independence and other Colonial patriots. The best-known...

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

  • House/Mansion/Villa

One of America's most original writers, Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49), lived here from 1843 to 1844; it's the only one of his Philadelphia...

Elfreth's Alley

  • Historic District/Site

This alley is the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America, dating back to 1702. Much of Colonial Philadelphia resembled...

Fireman's Hall Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Housed in an authentic 1876 firehouse, this museum traces the history of fire fighting, from the volunteer company founded in Philadelphia...

Free Quaker Meeting House

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This was the house of worship for the Free "Fighting" Quakers, a group that broke away from the Society of Friends to take up arms against...

Advertisement