Philadelphia is a city full of history and delicious cuisine. Places like the Liberty Bell and LOVE Park are within walking distance of the city center, and there’s plenty city parks to sit at to rest when you’re tired. The city is also known for its wide-variety of craft beer, and of course, cheesesteaks. With so much to do and eat, it’ll be hard to get bored.
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Visit LOVE Park
If this park sounds familiar, it’s probably due to its controversial past with skateboarding. Hundreds of skaters enjoyed skating here until 1995, when the city deemed it illegal. After people still didn’t listen, the city put up barricades and had guards watching it at all times. While it’s long been abandoned, you can still see the site of the original LOVE park. The LOVE sign is now in the city center in front of a fountain.
See the City From Above
For an amazing 360 degree view of Philadelphia, head to One Liberty Observation. There’s interactive maps showing you where and what you’re looking at. You’ll see the suburbs of the city, and even the state of New Jersey just off in the distance. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the giant head of Ben Franklin while you’re up there.
Try a Cheesesteak
When in Philly, you have to try at least one cheesesteak. Where to go for the best one is highly controversial depending on who you ask though. Some of the most highly recommended ones come from Shank’s Original, Geno’s Steaks, and Tony Luke’s. Wherever you go, you won’t be disappointed.
Cheesesteak isn’t the only food that the city’s known for though. Ted Kaplan elaborates:
“Philadelphia is a great place if you love food. Our city is known for its eclectic and wide ranging foodie options, everything from a Philly cheesesteak, through fine dining options throughout the town. A favorite gem is a French-Moroccan inspired brunch place called Cafe La Maude, in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. If you check it out you need to try the the Parisian Za – you wont be disappointed!”
One of the most commonly known attractions, the Liberty Bell resides in a small museum. It explains how the bell came to be and all the history around it. If the line is too long, you can still view it by going to the side of the building, where it can be seen day or night. Admission is free.
Hang Out in the Beer Gardens
The city is overflowing with places to drink beer, and many of these restaurants have beer gardens to sit in during the hot summer months. While there’s plenty of places to choose from, there’s unique ones like Independence Beer Garden, which is actually in a garden. It’s also right across the street from the Liberty Bell – you can’t get a better location than that!