Top things to do

Top Choice Market in Chinatown & Center City East

Reading Terminal Market

Keeping the balance right between food market and dining destination, Reading Terminal Market dates back to 1893 and is a city institution. The 75 local stalls crammed into 75,000 sq ft provide a strong flavor of Ph…
Top Choice Museum in Logan Square & Fairmount

Barnes Foundation

In the first half of the 20th century, collector and educator Albert C Barnes amassed a remarkable trove of artwork by Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, Renoir, Van Gogh and other European stars. Alongside, he set beautiful …
Top Choice Museum in Logan Square & Fairmount

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The city's premier cultural institution occupies a Grecian temple–like building housing a superb collection of Asian art, Renaissance masterpieces, post-impressionist works and modern pieces by Picasso, Duchamp and …
Top Choice Historic Building in Old City & Society Hill

Independence Hall

The 'birthplace of American government,' this modest early 18th-century Georgian building is where delegates from the 13 colonies met to approve the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Expect a line out the…
Top Choice Park in Old City & Society Hill

Independence National Historical Park

This L-shaped park, spanning between 6th, 2nd, Walnut and Arch Sts, protects and honors the history and institutions that formed the foundation of the United States government. Stroll around and you'll see storied b…
Top Choice American in Philadelphia

Valley Green Inn

The welcome couldn't be warmer at this idyllic creekside inn that dates back to the 1850s and appears little changed since then. The menu is stacked with classic American comfort food such as grilled-cheese sandwich…
Top Choice Carnival in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

Mummers Parade

Uniquely Philly: a cross between Mardi Gras and a marching band competition, the elaborate costumes, music and deep lore of the various mummer divisions and brigades make this a must-see in the bracing cold of winte…
Top Choice Historic Building in Chinatown & Center City East

Masonic Temple

Although the fortress-like exterior of this 1873 building is pretty impressive, it's the spectacular interiors – which took a further 15 years to complete – that really blow visitors away. Fans of secret societies a…
Top Choice Park in Fishtown & Northern Liberties

Rail Park

The old Reading Viaduct is the location of the first phase of this ambitious project to reuse 3 miles of decommissioned rail lines between Fairmount Park and Center City. A bridge over N 13th St has been rebuilt, ol…
Top Choice Museum in Old City & Society Hill

Benjamin Franklin Museum

This underground museum is dedicated to Franklin's storied life as a printer (he started the nation's first newspaper), inventor (bifocals! lightning rods!) and political figure who signed the Declaration of Indepen…