Things to Do in Philadelphia

We’ve done some digging and have created a list of the top things to do in the Philadelphia area. At Winner Airport Parking we are proud of our city and want to share the best of the best with you. From historical attractions to museums to nightlife there’s something for everyone to experience in the city of brotherly love. If you’re heading to Philadelphia International Airport for your vacation or business trip don’t forget to park with us at Winner Airport Parking!

Things to Do in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Attractions

Attractions

  • Reading Terminal Market

    Located between Center City and Chinatown, Reading Terminal Market is one of the oldest and largest enclosed public markets in the country. Here, you can find a wide variety of local foods as well as local crafts and jewelry.

  • Philadelphia Zoo

    The Philadelphia Zoo opened back in 1874, making it the first and oldest zoo in the country. With 42 acres and more than 1,000 animals, kids and adults alike can enjoy lions, gorillas, bears, tortoises, birds, and much more.

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    This castle-like penitentiary opened in 1829 and was a former prison home to a variety of notorious criminals. It was in operation until the 1970s and is now an allegedly haunted attraction that visitors can tour.


Philadelphia Cafés & Restaurants

Cafés & Restaurants

  • Johnny Brenda’s

    This Fishtown neighborhood tavern is not only a gastropub, but also a 250-person live music venue. It features a menu that focuses on locally grown produce and meats as well as a variety of locally crafted beer.

  • Pat’s & Geno’s Cheesesteaks

    Located right across the street from one another, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks have been considered cheesesteak rivals for more than 50 years. Locals and visitors love trying both and deciding for themselves which is better.

  • The Sidecar Bar & Grille

    Just a few blocks from the Schuylkill River is this American restaurant that boasts a friendly atmosphere and a neighborhood vibe. Enjoy comfort appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, cocktails, and wine.


Philadelphia Historical Attractions

Historical Attractions

  • The Liberty Bell Center

    The Liberty Bell can be found in Old City in Independence National Historic Park. Weighing more than 2,000 pounds and boasting its famous crack, this piece of history resides in a glass gazebo that’s free to view.

  • Independence Hall

    Also located in Old City in Independence National Historic Park is the Georgian-style building where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were both drafted and signed. Admission is free, with a small handling fee.

  • Barnes Foundation

    This foundation was created in 1922 to promote the education and appreciation of art and horticulture. It owns more than 4,000 objects that you can visit, including over 900 paintings worth around $25 billion.


Philadelphia Museums

Museums

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    After recreating the famous steps-running scene from “Rocky,” visitors can view famous works of art by Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne, and more, as well as photography, and Asian structures from the 16th and 17th centuries.

  • Mutter Museum

    Housed within the College of Physicians, this museum is dedicated to medical oddities. On display are 20,000 preserved body parts as well as medical tools and devices, skulls, specimens, photographs, and more.

  • The Franklin Institute

    Visitors of all ages can visit this museum that focuses on science and technology. It boasts a variety of interactive displays, exhibits, escape rooms, artifacts, an observatory, a planetarium, and more.


Philadelphia Music/Theater Venus

Music/Theater Venus

  • Union Transfer

    Located in the Callowhill neighborhood, Union Transfer is housed within a historic building that opened in 1889. It operated as a railway baggage company until 1942 and became a music venue that holds 1,200 people in 2011.

  • Walnut Street Theater

    This theater in the Washington Square neighborhood is said to be the oldest continuously operating theater in the U.S. It’s operated by a non-profit organization and shows a variety of small, large, and independent productions.

  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts

    This non-profit performing arts center was built as the summer home for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Throughout the year, it hosts a variety of ballets, choirs, musical artists, orchestras, and more and has a total seat capacity of 14,000.


Philadelphia Nightlife

Nightlife

  • Chickie’s & Pete’s

    Chickie’s & Pete’s is a sports bar that features an array of seafood, pub grub, craft beer, and cocktails enjoyed by locals. It’s also a favorite place to watch local sports teams like the Phillies, Eagles, and 76ers.

  • Xfinity Live Philadelphia

    This establishment is one part restaurant, one part night club, one part sports bar, and one part music venue. Xfinity Live features a wide variety of events, entertainment specials, and sports showings year-round.

  • Helium Comedy Club

    The Helium Comedy Club is a popular choice for those who like to laugh. With weekly comedian appearances, open mic nights, comedy contests, and fundraisers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


Philadelphia Outdoor Spaces & Parks

Outdoor Spaces & Parks

  • Rittenhouse Square

    Once a grazing area for livestock, Rittenhouse Square features a seven-acre park that’s great for picnics, walks, jogs, reading, and simply relaxing. You’ll also find a large planter bed and a calm reflecting pool.

  • Fairmount Park

    At more than 14 square miles, Fairmount Park is more than 10x the size of New York City’s Central Park. It’s located in West Philadelphia and is cut in half by the Schuylkill River, giving people plenty of outdoor activity opportunities.

  • Penn’s Landing

    Situated along the Delaware River (which separates PA and NJ), Penn’s Landing is home to several seasonal parks and hosts a variety of events, classes, concerts, attractions, and entertainment all year long.


Philadelphia Sports Arenas/Stadiums

Sports Arenas/Stadiums

  • Wells Fargo Center

    This multi-purpose indoor arena is part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex and is home to the Philadelphia Flyers (of the NHL), 76ers (of the NBA), Soul (of the AFL), and Wings (of the NLL).

  • Citizens Bank Park

    Also part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex is this baseball park that’s home to the Philadelphia Phillies (of the MLB). It opened in 2004 and was built to replace the old football/baseball facility Veterans Stadium.

  • Lincoln Financial Field

    This 69,176-person stadium is home to the Philadelphia Eagles (of the NFL) and the Temple Owls football team of Temple University. It’s often called “The Linc” and is located along I-95 in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.


Philadelphia Tours

Tours

  • Walking Tours

    There are many different walking tours available in Philadelphia, from haunted tours to pub crawls to food/restaurant tours, and more. Each tour has its own appeal, own cost, and own hourly length.

  • Historical Tour

    With so much history in the city, it’s easy to find a historical tour to take. Consider the Constitutional Walking Tour, Founding Fathers Tour, Old City tour, a culture tour, or even a segway tour.

  • Double-Decker Tours

    Double-decker tours are great for those who want to see a variety of sights without walking too far. These tours allow you to “hop on and hop off” at various destinations as you learn about the city.


Philadelphia Transportation Information

Transportation Information

  • SEPTA

    The Southeastern Philadelphia Transportation Administration operates buses, subways, elevated rail lines, light rail lines, and trolley cars that travel throughout Philadelphia and to various outlying neighborhoods.

  • Philadelphia Bike Share

    A recent installment, the Philadelphia Bike Share program lets you rent bicycles from one bike station and drop them off at another station. This gives you an eco-friendly, exercise-encouraging way to explore the city.

  • Taxi Services

    There are a variety of taxi services available throughout Philadelphia. Some of the most popular include: Phila Taxi Service, Get a Cab, All City Taxi, and Airport Transportation and Car Service.