Tourists may flock to the standard attractions in The City of Brotherly Love — the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Reading Terminal Market and more.
But what about the locals? Where do they go?
In all likelihood, some have found the best-kept secrets of Philadelphia. We put together a quick guide to Philly from the perspective of things to do from those who call it their home. It has something for everyone — athletes, sports fans, art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Here it goes…
For the Athlete and Sports Fan
- The Ben Franklin Bridge Run
Tired of the treadmill or the too-familiar run around your neighborhood? If so, it could be time to put on your sneakers and take in some spectacular scenery courtesy of the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway. The bridge crosses the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden. While many people know the bridge, what many out of towners don’t know is there is a pedestrian bridge known as the ‘pedestrian walkway’. The pedestrian bridge is about a three-mile run with an incline, enough to burn up some calories and give your heart a workout. Check the website for more information on hours and access.
- 2 Mile Storied Loop
If you’re a seasoned runner who needs more space to stretch your legs, there is a scenic loop along the banks of the Schuylkill River that goes from the Philadelphia Museum of Art through Fairmount Park and back. At the halfway point, you’ll cross the river and come back on the other side. The route is picturesque and includes mansions, waterfalls, storied Boathouse Row and Fairmount Water Works.
- Ice Skating Rink at City Hall
You don’t have to go to New York’s Rockefeller Center for ice skating in an urban center. Now the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink sits right in front of City Hall November through February. Complete ice skating rink with string lighting, holiday market, and a winter garden.
- Penn Relays
The Penn Relays do not happen every day, but they do occur every year. April 25, 2019 is the 125th anniversary of this legendary Franklin Field event. It’s the oldest track and field competition in the U.S. featuring 300 events and attracting athletes from all across North America.
- The Head of Schuylkill Regatta
- The Palestra
- Mitchell & Ness
Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company has roots dating back to 1904. This iconic sports brand has their flagship store right on Chestnut Street in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. This is a unique shopping experience for Philadelphia sports fans and all sports fans.
For Art Enthusiasts
- Mural in the Curtis Center
- The Rodin Museum
- Mutter Museum
- Barnes Foundation
Secret Gardens and Parks
- Chanticleer Gardens
- Bartram’s Garden
This 45-acre National Historic Landmark, once a family garden of John Bartram, rests on the western bank of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. It’s home to a diverse selection of plants, both native and exotic.
- Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
- Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
- The Rail Park Philadelphia
Lots To Do in Philadelphia
There is lots to do in Philadelphia. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, it may be time to dig a little deeper and find the hidden gems in the City of Brotherly love.
Check the websites and call ahead for the latest details and times and conduct your own research.