24 Hours in Philadelphia

DAY ONE

City Hall & Observation Deck

City Hall’s observation deck, located underneath the statute of William Penn, offers breathtaking views of Philadelphia from the center of the city. Visitor Info.

John F. Kennedy Plaza — LOVE Park

A must see landmark and one of the City of Brotherly Love's most celebrated works of Pop Art.

"Your Move"

Located across the street from LOVE Park, Your Move transforms the Municipal Services Building plaza into a giant, childlike game board.

Reading Terminal Market

This historic, working market is full of energy and seriously delicious food at every stall. Try it all, we did. 51 North 12th Street.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Weird and wonderful. Spanning half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street, the museum includes an eclectic outdoor art installation and indoor galleries. 1020 South Street; Visitor Info.

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One Liberty Observation Deck

At 883 feet tall, One Liberty Observation Deck provides sweeping views of the city, including iconic sights like City Hall, the Ben Franklin Parkway, the Ben Franklin Bridge. 

Visitor Info. Tip: Time your ascent to sunset to get a view of the city by day and night.

Marathon

Delicious neighborhood restaurant perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner. 121 S 16th St.

Insomnia Cookies

The best cookies ever and well worth the 20 minute wait. 108 South 16th Street.

DAY TWO

Independence Hall

The Liberty Bell is the obvious star of the show and certainly impressive. It was also fascinating to learn more about the powerful symbol the Liberty Bell came to represent for women's suffrage advocates and Civil Rights leaders throughout America's history.

Visitor Info. Tip: We went early Sunday morning and the crowds were light.

Federal Donuts

Hot, fresh, to-die-for donuts, steps from Rittenhouse Square. 1632 Sansom Steet.

Philadelphia Museum of ART

And yes, running the "Rocky Steps" is a must-do.