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Things to Do and See

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own personality and highlights. Neighborhoods are often associated with one ethnic group or another, but the lines have become increasingly blurred. Here are some places to visit:

Center City

Center City is a river-to-river rectangle laid out by William Penn in 1682. North-south streets are numbered from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River. East-west streets are named, mostly after trees, with house numbers corresponding to the numbered cross streets.

City Hall

The center of Philadelphia’s government is the largest and most elaborate City Hall in the country.  Great views of the city can be had at the top of City Hall’s tower. Location: Broad & Market Streets. Call for tour information: 215.567.4476.

Dilworth Park

Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Park is the new home of the LOVE Statue and the Rothman Ice Rink

Reading Terminal Market

The nation’s only single-span train shed in existence now has an enormous farmers’ market selling everything from fresh sushi to fresh produce delivered from the Amish country. Location: 12th & Filbert to Arch Street.

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

A scenic tour through the cultural heart of Philadelphia. The Parkway is home of the Giant Clothespin sculptures, the Rodin Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the fountain at Logan Circle, the Franklin Institute, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


A host of restaurants, grocery stores, native language bookstores, and more cover this area. Visit the “pai lou” Friendship Gate at 10th & Arch Streets or the Chinese Cultural Center at 125 North 10th Street. Location: 8th to 11th Streets on Race Street. Bring an appetite!

Old City/Society Hill

At Philadelphia’s historic heart are the center city neighborhoods of Old City and Society Hill, which are bordered east-west by the Delaware River and 6th Street, and north-south by Race Street and Lombard Street. It contains the nation’s oldest residential street as well as many of the city’s art galleries. 

Independence National Historic Park

America’s most historic square mile is home to landmark buildings including the Liberty Bell Pavilion, Independence Hall, The Second Bank of the U.S., and Carpenters Hall. Come see the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the bell that rang for freedom!

Italian Market

The gem of South Philadelphia and the country’s largest outdoor market. Five blocks of the best vegetables, fruits, pasta, meats, and cheese Philly has to offer. Location: 9th Street between Wharton and Christian Streets.

South Street

Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, coffee houses and tattoo parlors? South Street is the place where the counterculture shops for black-leather catsuits, and where you can find vintage apparel and other specialty stores. It is easy to get to South Street by taxicab, or by taking the Subway (from University City, take the Blue Line toward "Market/Frankford," and stop at 2nd, 5th, or 8th Streets). Subway tokens cost $2.25 each. Location: South Street from 7th Street to Front Street.

For more information on Philadelphia, call or visit:
Independence Visitors’ Center, 6th and Market St
Phone: 800.537.7676 or 215.965.7676 
Or visit the Independence Visitor Center website

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