Here at Winner, we love the city of Philadelphia and are proud to offer Philadelphia International Airport parking to both locals and visitors of the area. The city of brotherly love is full of culture and history and if you haven’t thoroughly explored it, we highly recommend doing so. Here are some of our favorite, must-see things in the city:
The Liberty Bell
Whether you’re in the same room with it and see it in person or you skip the line and see it from the outside through the room’s glass window, seeing the Liberty Bell is something you simply have to do while you’re in Philadelphia. It’s not only a historical piece of the city, but also a symbol of American independence.
If you’re a music lover, make sure you see a concert at one of Philadelphia’s newest (and coolest) venues – Union Transfer. The building was erected in 1889 as the Spring Garden Farmer’s Market, but was changed to the Union Transfer Baggage Express Co. in 1918, which held bags and luggage for the railway company. Today, the architecture has been preserved and the place is full of character – not to mention a double-level bar and a wrap-around balcony.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
If you’ve ever seen the movie Rocky, you probably remember the inspirational scene when the amateur boxer runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during his training. Today, the museum is largely known for that film (there’s even a Rocky statue at the bottom of them), but the museum itself (built in 1877) holds more than 225,000 pieces of artwork from European and American artists.
Eastern State Penitentiary
One of the more eerie pieces of history that’s worth a visit is the Eastern State Penitentiary- built in 1829 and considered to be the world’s first true penitentiary. Some of the most well-known inmates who served time there include Alphonse “Scarface” Capone, William Francis Sutton, and Charles Yerkes. The penitentiary is said to be haunted and around Halloween every year, visitors can participate in the popular “Terror Behind the Walls” event.
Reading Terminal Market
If you’re a foodie, you’ll love the Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia. The market is located in Reading Terminal’s former train shed and features over 100 merchants selling everything from fresh fish to cookies to iconic steak sandwiches. The terminal is always bustling but is especially busy on weekends, so if you go on a Saturday or Sunday, we suggest getting there as early as possible.
The Singing Fountain
Located in East Passyunk, this fountain is known as the epicenter of the area and is the spot for many different events and gatherings, from beer festivals to performances to farmer’s markets. The fountain does “sing” – it plays music from the likes of every decade, and is a great place to relax and soak in a day of beautiful weather.
If you like gardens, you’ll like the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America. Planted in the late 1720s by famous botanist John Bartram, the garden features 45 acres of flowers, trees, and bushes – many of them originally discovered by members of the Bartram family. While there, you can also visit the original stone Bartram house and the Bartram meadow, which offers a beautiful view of the Philadelphia skyline.
When people think of Philadelphia, they often think of the big red sign that spells out the word “Love.” Located in Center City, the park features curved granite steps and a tall fountain behind the popular piece of architecture. A photo in front of the sign is a must if you’re visiting the city.