There are so many attractions throughout Philadelphia and our PHL parking company suggests seeing them all! If you don’t have the time, however, here are a few of our favorites:
Reading Terminal Market
A visit to Philadelphia isn’t complete without strolling through one of America’s oldest and largest public markets. Started in 1893, Reading Terminal Market features a variety of locally grown produce, local meats, baked goods, cheeses, candies, ice cream, beverages, and more. You’ll even find things like candles, jewelry, and local crafts. And if you’re looking for a traditional sit-down meal, there are several restaurants inside the market. RTM is open every day, however, some merchants have their own hours that vary, and all Pennsylvania Dutch merchants are closed on Sundays.
The Philadelphia Zoo
What many people don’t know about the Philadelphia Zoo is that it’s the oldest and first zoo in the country. Commissioned in 1859 and opened in 1874, this zoo is a 42-acre garden that’s home to more than 1,300 animals. Discover a variety of exhibits with rare and endangered reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Or get closer to wildlife than ever before with Zoo360 trails – a network of see-through mesh trails that let the animals roam around the zoo. You can even book your own private event, such as a birthday, fundraiser, picnic, or a sleepover.
Eastern State Penitentiary
If you like history and ghosts (like many of our PHL parking members), take a trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary. Once one of the most famous (and expensive) prisons in the world, the penitentiary held a number of criminals from 1829 to 1971. Some of the most well-known include Al Capone, William Sutton, Morris Bolber, Leo Callahan, Victor Andreoli, and Freda Frost. Today, the building is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and is a nonprofit organization. The penitentiary is open to the public for tours, interactive experiences, history exhibits, and a series of art installations.