It’s your resident Philadelphian here at Sass Magazine and I would love to share my city with you all. Let me introduce you to some of the awesome things you can do here in the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection) on your Philadelphia weekend getaway.
You can come here for the history, cuisine, and the fun and not be disappointed. You’ll probably need more than a couple of days to take in all that the Philadelphia region has to offer but I wanted to give you a good starting point to enjoy some great places, amazing food, and bring home a wonderful experience that will have you planning your next trip back.
Here are a few starting points and ideas to consider when you plan your trip to Philly:
Where to Stay in Philadelphia
Staying in Philadelphia can be interesting because each neighborhood offers a bit of a different vibe depending on what you are looking for. If you are looking for the old city feel, then finding a hotel or Airbnb in the Old City, Queen Village, and Society Hill neighborhoods would be a great choice. Looking to be in on all the action? Make sure you are staying in close proximity to Center City for shopping, dining, and all the hustle and bustle. Hoping to get a more relaxed but equally “hip” vibe? Staying in Fishtown and Northern Liberties and also close to South Street can allow you to explore coffee shops, vintage stores, and some really cool eateries.
Enjoying Philadelphia’s History
If you are coming for the history, here is where you want to start when it comes to planning your Philadelphia weekend getaway.
Whether you want to see the Liberty Bell or just explore the old cobblestone roads and historic houses, Independence Mall should be your first stop. You can get an idea of all that Philadelphia has to offer and stopping at the Welcome Center can lead you on a lot of explorations through the small streets of Old City.
Historic Philadelphia Tours
Whether you know Philly or not, taking a tour can be a great way to get out there and see the city and learn the history. Founding Footsteps is one tour you need to check out because it combines history, comedy, and also there are some tours that allow BYOB. There is something for everyone and you will definitely laugh and learn something–I have learned so much even as a Philadelphian.
Philadelphia has no shortage of museums and whether you want to learn about history, art, or even science, we have a museum for that. Some museums not to be missed at the Franklin Institute, Mutter Museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Fun Things to Do in Philadelphia
Depending on when you are reading this, both Penn’s Landing and Dilworth Park offer both ice-skating in the winter and roller-skating in the summer. Get your skates and grab your friends and make your way over for some fun with views of either the Delaware River or City Hall.
If you have a car or want to grab a rideshare up to the Wissahickon Trail, you will not be disappointed. Still within Philadelphia limits, the Wissahickon Trail offers so much nature that you forget you are still in a city. Don’t forget to check out The Cedars House along the route for a smoothie or sandwich!
In the summer, you can kayak along the Schuylkill (don’t worry if you cannot pronounce it) with kayak tours. You get to glide along the water and float near the art museum and learn about the ecosystems in the waterways of Philly.
There is a beer garden in many different neighborhoods that may fit the bill for what you are looking for and where you are located. Check out some of the beer gardens near Independence Mall, head over to Manayunk to check out their offerings (along with a nice Main Street to stroll after), and also visit South Philly’s plethora of watering holes–and grab a cheesesteak while you are there.
The Food Scene in Philly
Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-lover, Philly has it all. Make your way down to South Street to try a multitude of different cuisines from sushi to Greek food and bar fare. Wander up Frankford Ave for some delicious meals in Fishtown, or even set your sights on some ethnic cuisine down Baltimore Ave. such as Lebanese food in West Philly.
Philadelphians are known for our intense love and dedication to our sports team and cheesesteaks, but there is so much more to offer within the city and surrounding area. Plan a Philadelphia weekend getaway and you will fall in love with the old city charm and modern adaptations to where our history began!
*Note at the time of this article, some restrictions may still be in place for specific locations and events. Please verify with the event or location as to what their current protocols are.