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
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.
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.
Cafés & Restaurants
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Outdoor Spaces & Parks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.