Known as “City of Brotherly Love”, Philadelphia was the first capital of the USA and the setting of the movie Rocky. Brimming with colonial buildings and pretty parks, Philadelphia holidays have so much on offer.
Things to Do in Philadelphia
- Climb the iconic “Rocky Steps”. Movie buffs will recognise the steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art from the hit film Rocky. Get a photo with the statue of the man himself at the bottom of the steps, and of course of yourself at the top.
- Stop by the Reading Terminal Market for a Philadelphia cheesesteak. Roast beef, cheese, and fried onions, stuffed into a hoagie; this is an authentic taste of Philly.
- Take a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Believed to be one of America’s most haunted buildings, this prison once held some of the country’s most notorious criminals, including gangster Al Capone.
- Families with young children should visit the Please Touch Museum. Child-proof and boasting a plethora of interactive exhibits, children are bound to love this place.
Best Time to Visit
Sep-Oct: Less chance of rain and the temperatures are at the most comfortable. Summers in Philadelphia tend to be hot and humid with temperatures reaching up to 30°C in July. Winter however can often have freezing temperatures and snow is common.
Visit in January for the Mummers Parade. Running since 1900, this parade sees over 10,000 men and women dressed in elaborate attire march to City Hall for the official judging of their costumes.
Visit in early June for Philly Beer Week. The biggest beer festival in the USA, Philly Beer Week features pub crawls, brewery tours, and beer-tastings.
Sugar-lovers should visit in July for the Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice-Cream Festival. Unlimited ice-cream for $7 which goes towards childhood leukemia research, it’s a win-win.
Celebrate the 4th July at the home of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. This celebration features the largest free concert in the USA and an explosive fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Why We Love It“I absolutely love Philly. I go about twice a year! There is loads of sightseeing but for me the shops have it all. It is tax free on shoes and clothes. Check out the Premium Outlets and Philadelphia Mills, they’re both accessible by public transport and be sure to grab some bargains!”
Jennifer Kearney, Sales Executive
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