Rittenhouse Sq


One of five original squares planned by city founder William Penn in the late 17th century, and the most prestigious, this square was named after David Rittenhouse, the 18th-century astronomer, mathematician and clockmaker. It features a fine collection of bronze statues, a kids' wading pool and benches beneath shady trees.

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2. Rosenbach Museum & Library

0.22 MILES

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3. One Liberty Observation Deck


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4. Mütter Museum

0.36 MILES

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5. Comcast Center

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7. Clothespin


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8. Dilworth Park

0.42 MILES

On the west side of City Hall this compact public area includes the Rothman Ice Rink in winter, which is replaced by a fountain with dancing water spouts…