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5 Great Ways To Spend A Day In Philadelphia

Enjoy a day spent uncovering Philadelphia's cultural gems and historical charm as you fall in love with the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia, with its plentiful historical sites, eclectic arts scene, and diverse culinary offerings, provides the perfect backdrop for a day of exploration and enjoyment. From morning ventures in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers to evening entertainment that caters to every taste, get ready to spend a day discovering the best of Philadelphia!

1. Spend the Morning Exploring the History of Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to many of the nation’s most iconic historical landmarks, and for those looking to start the day with a step back in time look no further than the iconic Independence National Historical Park, just east of Center City. There you can walk the open, green grounds or tour Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. For those looking for a little more, or to educate their little ones, the Constitution Center also offers a variety of family-friendly activities.

To round out a quintessential Philadelphian morning, just a short walk away, you will find all of the inviting and bespoke cafes and breakfast nooks that Old City has to offer. From a casual coffee and croissant at Cafe Tolia to a full blown brunch at Talula’s Garden.

2. Check Out Philadelphia’s Art and Culture Scene

Philadelphia is known for several things, history, dining, and the art and culture presence. As you enter the city, you are welcomed by the silhouette of warm yellow brick, belonging to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, perched along the Schuylkill River. The impressive building is famed for the “Rocky Steps” which visitors take turns running up and down, and can raise a triumphant fist next to the statue of Rocky Balboa that sits right next to the museum. Inside the museum itself are a host of incredibly diverse and rotating art exhibits, from Renaissance to Impressionism. After strolling the marble hallways of the museum, you can wander up Fairmount Avenue, the main commercial corridor of the family friendly and quaint Fairmount neighborhood. Home to small bakeries, cafes, and cozy taverns, there are plenty of places to grab a drink or a bite to eat. We recommend trying out Zorba’s Tavern for authentic Greek, or Tela’s Market for casual market style fare. Following lunch, we invite you to wander down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and into Center City which hosts a variety of additional restaurants, shopping, museums, and parks.

3. Take an Afternoon Stroll through Old City

Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood, Old City boasts narrow cobblestone streets, charming brownstones and plenty of 18th century charm. Wander down Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest residential street in the U.S. and enjoy the historical architecture and impeccably preserved homes. Attributing to its charm, Old City has a smattering of eclectic boutiques with clothing, keepsakes, art, and fine wine and culinary delights. 

4. Relax on Philly’s Waterfront

Philadelphia features two unique waterfronts, from the Schuylkill, known for Boathouse Row and the apparently never-ending Schuylkill River Trail to the Delaware River which boasts Penn’s Landing and an additional walking path. For those looking to hang out and relax along the water on a beautiful Spring or Summer afternoon, Spruce Street Harbor Park offers hammocks, swings, and a variety of artisanal food and drink trucks all stationed along the water. Offering a little bit of everything, it is a wonderful place to unwind after a long day of exploration.

5. Enjoy Some Evening Entertainment in Philadelphia

The nightlife in Philadelphia is wonderful in its diversity. Each neighborhood has its own feel, and therefore there is something for everyone, from the pub crawler to the mocktail connoisseur. In Fishtown, you will find Frankford Hall–perfect for those looking to grab a pint, Garage for a brightly hued fishbowl cocktail coupled with arcade games, and Two Robbers–boasting its famous seltzers. And in Rittenhouse, you will find upscale cocktail bars and speakeasies, dimly lit, with patrons dressed to the nines. For entertainment, the Kimmel Center offers plays, ballets, and orchestral performances. Or for those looking for a more intimate feel, check out a comedy show at Helium Comedy Club or Punchline. 

From the iconic landmarks of Independence National Historical Park to the cultural richness of Fairmount Avenue, the City of Brotherly Love has something for everyone. 

Philadelphia, with its rich cultural offerings and welcoming spirit, stands as a testament to the endless opportunities that await both residents and visitors alike. As you navigate the city's various facets, consider not just experiencing the magic but making it a part of your everyday life. Reach out to us at MUVE PHL, and let us help you find your perfect place in this extraordinary city. Your dream home in the City of Brotherly Love awaits!

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