Philadelphia, America’s birthplace is an immersive experience as a city. Everything ranging from exploring the nation’s history with the Historic Mile, top-notch art and science museums, being the Mural Capital of the World, having the first Zoo in the USA to having the largest density of gardens in its outskirts of the city, there are more fascinating aspects of the city than you can imagine.
The city is also working together as the world moves forward to face a new normal with the reopening of some renowned museums and attractions in the region:
Fashion District Philadelphia – Open now
Spanning three city blocks in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, Fashion District Philadelphia is an immersive, metropolitan shopping experience that combines style, dining, entertainment, and arts.
Morris Arboretum – Open now (outdoors only)
Connected to the nearby University of Pennsylvania, the Arboretum serves as an interdisciplinary center that integrates art, science, and the humanities. Thousands of rare and lovely wooded plants, including many of Philadelphia’s oldest, rarest, and most magnificent trees, grow here.
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden – Open now
Shofuso, also known as the Japanese House and Garden, is a traditional 17th century-style Japanese house and garden located in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park on the site of the Centennial Exposition of 1876.
Longwood Gardens – Open now (indoors and outdoors)
Located in Chester County, PA, about an hour outside of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens boasts 11,000 varieties of plants spread out across more than 1,000 acres of gardens, meadows, woodlands, and elaborate horticultural displays.
Franklin Square – Open now
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares, Franklin Square is Center City’s favorite playtime oasis with fun for all! Centered around its beautiful, 100-year-old fountain, Franklin Square features the Parx Liberty Carousel, the one-of-a-kind Philly Mini Golf course, and the renowned SquareBurger.
Franklin Institute – Open now
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s most celebrated museums—a renowned leader in science and technology.
One Liberty Observation Deck – Open now
One Liberty Observation Deck, which opened in November 2015, provides Philadelphia with panoramic bird’s-eye views of the city from the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in downtown Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Zoo – Open now
One of the best laid-out and most animal-packed zoos in the country, the Philadelphia Zoo is set among a charming 42-acre Victorian garden with tree-lined walks, formal shrubbery, and animal sculptures. The zoo has garnered many “firsts” in addition to being the first zoo charted in the United States (1859)
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – Open now
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals.
Spruce Street Harbor Park – Open now
Lauded as one of the best urban beaches in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park offers visitors the chance to lounge on colorful hammocks, enjoy Philly-inspired eats on floating barges, cool off with craft brews in the beer garden and play games – bocce, shuffleboard and more – along a waterfront boardwalk.
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest – Open now
The area that houses winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest transforms into Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled lodge, a play area for kids, carnival-style fun, food and drink options and events throughout the season.
Cherry Street Pier – Open now. Cherry Street Pier is a year-round, mixed-use public space on the central Delaware River waterfront. Built into the shell of a century-old municipal pier, it is a reflection of Philadelphia today—creative, diverse, historic, adaptable, and inspired.