Duration: 2 days 2 nights Philadelphia is a city overflowing with culture.
As one of America's oldest cities, Philadelphia will delight history buffs and art enthusiasts alike even in the dead of winter. This is where Betsy Ross stitched the nation's flag. It's the city where Rocky ran to the top of the Art Museum stairs. And it's a land of countless museums, theatres, and murals. Fill your thermos to the brim with a warm cup of Joe and get ready to hit the art and cultural destinations of Philadelphia.
Start your day with a trip down the Ben Franklin Parkway. This wide-open street flanked with colorful flags will guide you to the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a museum so great that even its stairs are famous. After you’ve done your best Rocky impersonation, step inside the historic halls and take a look around. You’ll see exhibits on Art in Revolutionary Philadelphia, tailoring, and more than 200,000 pieces of artwork. For a masterpiece outside the museum’s walls, walk out the front door and take in the Philadelphia skyline. While there, see if you can spot the next destination – the tallest building in town.Read More >
You don’t have to be in the city limits to get a glimpse of the Comcast Center towering over Philadelphia. Once you reach this 975-foot tall building, you’ll notice the giant 2,000 square-foot HD video screen. During the holiday season it puts on a merry display, a 15-minute spectacle filled with sights and sounds of the season. If you’re feeling hungry, stop by the Markets and Shops at Comcast Center for a sit-down snack. After that, you’ll hit the road and jingle a few blocks to your next destination.Read More >
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings. Known for its collection of 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculptures, the work of the region’s top contemporary artists hangs on the walls and sits on display waiting for your appreciation and admiration. Stop by and embrace your inner art critic - the artwork loves the attention. Then grab your gloves and hat as we head east toward the river to our next destination.Read More >
Just a short trip down Walnut Street takes you to our next stop. Over 100,000 pieces of hand-fired Favrile glass come together to make the enormous glass mosaic, Dream Garden. Artist Maxfield Parrish first produced this work of art in 1916 to be displayed in Philadelphia’s Curtis Building. Aficionados from around the world visit every day to get a glance at a masterpiece -join them and enjoy this one-of-a-kind piece of art.Read More >
Layer up and grab a warm cup of hot chocolate for this next stop, a unique walking tour of Center City’s 17 most iconic murals. Walk the streets of Philadelphia’s bustling commercial district and quaint residential alleys while soaking in the beauty of these vibrant murals. You can download a free podcast to listen to the story behind the paintings told through the eyes of the muralist or community members. Known as “The City of Murals,” this showcase of Philly’s finest public art will leave you inspired for your next destination.Read More >
There’s no better way to end a night in Philadelphia than with a show at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. From internationally acclaimed Broadway shows to world famous musicians, its stage is graced by unimaginable talent. Find out who’s on stage tonight and grab a ticket – you’re in for an amazing show.Read More >
If you haven’t heard of Iron Chef Jose Garces, then it’s time to familiarize yourself. Or better yet, just have a seat at his restaurant and sample the wares. Garces Trading Company multi-tasks as a café, bakery and wine shop. And despite their eclectic range of tastes and treats, they’ve comfortably mastered them all.Read More >
To enjoy a feast of many ethnic flavors, make your way to Reading Terminal Market. The historic farmer’s market in Center City opened in 1892 and operates today as one the most famous lunch stops in the city. Choose from homemade Amish specialties, fresh produce and seafood, and of course, Philadelphia cheesesteaks. After you’ve enjoyed your meal, browse the handmade crafts and stop by The Famous 4th Street Cookie Company on your way out the door for a sweet chocolate covered cookie.Read More >
In the heart of Philadelphia’s Old City, you’ll find the Penn’s View Hotel. Inside this boutique establishment you’re welcomed to stretch out in their cozy rooms with soft beds. And outside, your beautiful surroundings include the Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall, and countless shops and restaurants.Read More >
Philadelphia is a big friendly city with a lot of stories to tell. Surely you’ll need a second day to get a better idea of what the City of Brotherly Love is all about. The art scene here has been bustling for over 200 years. And that means you’ll never know where the next great masterpiece will pop up. Grab a sturdy pair of walking shoes and bundle up with your warmest jacket. We’re taking you on a tour of our founding fathers’ stomping grounds.Read More >
Elfreth’s Alley is known as our nation’s oldest residential street. But don’t let the age fool you, there’s a lot of hustle and bustle happening here. This little cobblestone alley dates all the way back to the early 18th century. Travel back a couple hundred years and you would find a variety of artisans and craftsmen residing here, often working and living in the same building. During the Industrial Revolution, immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and other parts of Europe took up residence here as they sought the American Dream. You can’t help but feel like George Washington himself as you stroll past these red brick buildings. For extra insight into this timeless alley, visit The Elfreth’s Alley Museum in homes 124 and 126 to experience tours of the building and hear several unique stories about early Philadelphia.Read More >
To get an inside peek into the woman who created our Stars and Stripes, meander over to the Betsy Ross House a few blocks away. This historic home is full of artifacts and stories interpreting the life of Betsy Ross. Don’t duck out before you get a full audio tour or a chance to witness an 18th century musical performance.Read More >
To experience the eclectic flavor of the infamous South Street, hop on over to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Not your traditional masterpiece, the gardens take the shape of artist’s Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic sculpture. It spans half a block and is full of hand-made tiles, glittering mirrors, bicycle wheels and folk art statues - a work of art you won’t want to miss. Mosey back to Old City afterwards for a chance to warm up.Read More >
Take a break from the winter chills and grab a steaming cup of coffee at this Old City establishment. Grab a seat and read the local paper as your hands thaw from the warm beverage in your hand. After you’ve recharged with some caffeine and a bite to eat, you’ll be ready to hit the road in no time.Read More >
Old City has an abundance of boutique shops and art galleries full of local treasures. Take a stroll down 2nd and 3rd Streets between Race Street and Market Street and you’ll find an abundance of cool things to buy, eat, or gawk at. More Than Old, a small shop along 3rd Street, is full of an eclectic blend of collectibles and antiques. The Clay Studio along 2nd Street is a vibrant spot where creative folk gather to take classes, listen to lectures, or create their masterpieces. Also along 2nd Street is the Artists’ House, where the work of emerging artists proudly hang on the walls. When the sun sets over Old City, the energy of Philadelphia nightlife sweeps through the streets. At places like Tin Angel Acoustic Café you’ll see musical acts take the stage for unforgettable performances. Be sure to check their calendar to see who’s in front of the microphone tonight. Afterwards, stop by the Ritz Theatre for a bag of popcorn and an independent film.Read More >
If you’re in the mood for some delicious, diverse, and nationally acclaimed cuisine (who isn’t?), then you’ll love Fork. This New American bistro offers a fresh, seasonal and inventive menu that starts with food from local farms. And after taking a look around, you’ll notice that the scenery is as awesome as the food.Read More >
We knew you’d love this hotel. That’s why you stay for a second night. Kick off your shoes and stretch out on the soft, cozy bed. Then wake up to stroll around the beautiful Old City surroundings.Read More >
If you want a change of pace, Hotel Palomar is one of the world’s only luxury hotels that is both LEED® Gold certified and pet-friendly. Not only does this hotel provide an eco-friendly environment for guests with a notable recycling program, organic coffee and sustainable practices, but it also offers packages featuring organic spa treatments and farm-to-table food. Prepare to be pampered during your stay at this beautiful boutique hotel.Read More >
This is where local artists come to show off their work. Paintings, sculptures, videos, and even live music just scratch the surface of what you’ll experience here.
Hundreds of events take place here every year. The Rotunda serves as a venue for everything from films and dance to music and spoken word. Drop by to see what’s in the plans for tonight.
Walnut Street Theatre
First opened in 1809, the Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest in the country. Stars from every era of American theatre have graced its stage including the Marx Brothers, Marlon Brando, and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner.
This museum proudly contains one of the finest collection of 19th and 20th century French paintings in the world. Renoir, Cezanne, and Matisse are just a few of names you’ll see hanging on these walls.
Blue Cross RiverRink
Philadelphia’s only outdoor ice rink provides a beautiful backdrop to one of winter’s favorite pastimes. With spectacular views of the Delaware River waterfront and the Ben Franklin Bridge, ice skaters will enjoy making laps around this rink. If you get a little too chilly, head in to the clubhouse for pizza, hot chocolate and arcade games.
Spring Mountain Adventures
Spring Mountain boasts eight trails, two snow tubing runs and a terrain park for skiers, snowboarders and snow bunnies to explore. Rentals and lessons are available for first-timers, so don’t miss out on Philadelphia’s destination for winter sports.