Philadelphia Neighborhoods Guide – Where to Go & What to Visit for Tourists

Planning a trip to Philadelphia? We highlighted a handful of the top attractions, places to see, and which neighborhoods in Philly to visit during your vacation.

Logan Square

Located in the northwest corner of Center City, this vibrant neighborhood is full of businesses, luxurious skyscrapers, arts, and nature. This neighborhood can really fit any kind of vibe as it has a great combination of urban features and nature.

Below are a few suggestions for fun activities. For more, check out our post on things to do in Logan Square for tourists.

Things to Do in the Logan Square

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  • Head to the Franklin Institute Science Museum, one of the oldest museums of science and educational centers in the entire United States. The giant heart is a favorite of visitors, you can actually crawl through to see the ins and outs of the human heart.
  • Experience the Barnes Foundation, featuring over 2,000 masterpieces from artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and many more.
  • Enjoy the outdoors in Logan circle, located at 19th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The circle includes Swann Memorial Fountain, a must-see for anyone visiting Philly.
  • Trek into the Academy of Natural Science, and come face to face with a giant T-rex skeleton. Some of the top exhibits at the museum are the tropical butterfly garden, Dinosaur Hall, The Big Dig archaeological experience, and many more.

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  • Enjoy some coffee in Sister Cities Park, a new café just opened up in this beautiful park, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy your morning cup of joe.

Center City

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See the heart of Philly in its downtown area, densely packed with tons of culture and entertainment.

Below are some things to do and tips for navigating Center City, if you want a more expansive guide you can find it here.

Things to Do in Center City

  • See Philly from above at One Liberty Observation Deck, the tower rises 57 stories above the ground and will provide you with some of the best views of Philadelphia.
  • After you’ve seen Philly from above, see it from street level on a Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour which will take you around to key landmarks all over the city.
  • Snap a photo at Love Park, also known as JFK Plaza, provides one of the best photo ops in the entire city.

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  • Grab something to eat; Center City is one of the best places to eat in the city, Philly has some of the italian food in the United States.
  • Roll around on some skates at Blue Cross’ RiverRink Summerfest, there are also many other activities if skating isn’t your thing.

Old City

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Aptly nicknamed “America’s most historic square mile”, the neighborhood is jam-packed with museums and historic sites.

Old City Philadelphia spreads from 6th Street westward, Front Street eastward, Walnut Street and Dock Street to the South, and Florist Street to the north. Some also include the area located above the Ben Franklin Bridge and the waterfront area along Delaware Avenue as part of Old City.

For a more detailed list of things to do in Old City Philadelphia, in addition to the suggestions below, check out our Old City neighborhood guide.

Things to do in Old City

  • Of course, you’ll want to see the Betsy Ross House while you’re in the area, the legendary home of America’s most famous flag maker.
  • Visit the first African American Museum in the United States, which has kept the history of African Americans in this country and in Philadelphia since its opening in 1976.
  • See the Liberty Bell; one of the most iconic American sights and located right in Old City, you won’t want to visit Philly without getting a picture of this famous bell.

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Known as one of the best urban, public areas in the United States, this one square block is full of culture and beauty.

The park itself always has something going on, as it’s such a great place to relax and soak in the city of brotherly love.

Things to do in Rittenhouse Square

  • Do some shopping on Walnut Street, in the popular Rittenhouse Row which feature high-end boutiques and trend-setting shops.
  •  Treat yo’ self to some of the delicious eating and drinking options in the neighborhood, there definitely is no shortage of delicious cafes.

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  • Play doctor at the Mutter Museum, this unique museum which is dedicated to medicine and was actually founded to help train future doctors. This is a must see if you’re interested in medicine, or even just geek out on Grey’s Anatomy.

Save on Attraction Admission in Philadelphia Neighborhoods

If you’re exploring Philadelphia neighborhoods, you’re bound to do a little sightseeing – make the most of your time and save on admission to popular attractions, tours, museums, cruises, and more with The Philadelphia Pass.

Many of the great activities and attractions mentioned in this post are available on our Philadelphia attractions passes, where you can save up to 45% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

 

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