Welcome to Philadelphia!
Hidden under the shadow of New York, the City of Brotherly Love is the perfect off-the-beaten-path destination while retaining a bustling east coast metropolitan vibe. A modern city with a rich history, Philadelphia is full of hidden gems among the towering skyscrapers and historic buildings. From the well-loved Philadelphia Eagles to the animals in the Philadelphia Zoo, there is much to love and experience here. With a progressive music scene, hip neighborhoods, and cobblestone streets, worldwide locals can experience America’s birthplace with this insider’s guide to the city of Philadelphia.
Artsy Things to Do in Philadelphia
Once you’ve settled in your Philadelphia hotel, get out and see the artistic side of the city. View the dazzling mosaics and murals of the Magic Gardens. Situated in an abandoned neighborhood that was doomed to be destroyed, the artist Isaiah Zagar transformed the area into the heart of peculiar art which ended up saving it with the help of the community. Opened in 2008, you can walk through Gaudi-esque designs across the park and indoor galleries serving as an inspiration to all the creative minds that visit Magic Gardens. Make sure to purchase your tickets online as they sell faster than hotcakes.
Worldwide Local Tip: The locals in Philadelphia love their beer and it is no coincidence that the craft brewing scene is burgeoning in the city. The Yard’s Brewing Company has been one of the forefathers of the creation of Philadelphia’s craft beers dating back to 1994. Take a free tour around the wind-powered brewery and sample homegrown flavors of the thriving beer scene.
Eat Like a Local in Philly
Many foodies embark on a pilgrimage to Philadelphia to savor the taste of the authentic, legendary sandwich, the Philly cheesesteak. A local staple of the city, you can see all forms of the sandwich in different places. From street food carts to restaurants adding their own little twists, it can be hard to find the best version. Locals are torn between Jim’s Steaks and Dalessandro’s Steaks for the reign of the deli, but both provide a taste of the quintessential cheesesteak. Part of the journey is to discover the best, and it is your duty to crown a champion.
Worldwide Local Tip: Take the scenic route on two wheels and cycle along Kelly Drive, complete with a backdrop of the tranquil Schuylkill River. A perfect activity during the warmer months, you can take a relaxing ride along the banks of the river and see magnificent views of the city skyline.
Enjoy the Philadelphia Weather in Rittenhouse Square
Rittenhouse Square is the social hub of the city, where both locals and visitors rub shoulders and relax in a peaceful area. Surrounded by lush greenery, it is an ideal spot to people watch or to get to know the Philadelphia natives while taking in the relaxing sounds of the plaza’s fountain. New York has the Upper East Side, but locals are proud of the humble Rittenhouse Square as their favorite places to spend time with their friends.
Worldwide Local Tip: Philadelphia has an eclectic collection of fascinating museums, from history to natural science and art. Locals take advantage of discounted days when visiting museums to save on admission prices. There are off peak times where the entrance fee is discounted with some offering $2 less during a weekday. The most notable one is the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a pay what you like during the first Sunday of every month and Wednesday between 5 pm until it closes.
Enjoy Your Stay!
From the founding of the constitution to Rocky’s ascent to those infamous steps, Philadelphia is one of America’s most important cities both historically and in modern mainstream mediums. A vibrant, bustling city with a small town charm, ‘Philly’ is a worldwide local’s playground to explore.