Explore Philadelphia

Cheesesteaks, Rocky, the Liberty Bell. These are the things that many people associate with Philadelphia, but there’s much more to the City of Brotherly Love than those iconic things. Philly is full of vibrant neighborhoods and great locally owned businesses. We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to fantastic restaurants and innovative chefs. With world-class museums and the nation’s largest public arts program, there is always something interesting happening here.

Our mission for Guide to Philly is to explore all the fun things to do, eat, and experience in this beautiful city and its surrounding area. We have checked hundreds of items off the list so far and add new articles every week. This page is intended to gather some of our favorite, most popular, and most useful articles in one place.

Whether you’re a local or someone visiting who wants to explore like a local, this is for you.

For Fun

Front of Philadelphia City Hall, as seen looking north on Broad Street with buildings on both sides

47 Fun Things to Do in Philadelphia

21 Date Ideas in Philly for a Remarkable Night

The support columns at the Philadelphia Graffiti Pier on the Delaware River.

Philadelphia Graffiti Pier: A Love Letter to the City’s Underground Arts

The Persistence mural in Fishtown

The Best Things to Do in Fishtown

Chairs, tables, and people on colorful floating platforms at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Things to Do at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia’s Fun Waterfront Park

Overhead view of the Schuylkill River crossed by a bridge in the distance

The Best Outdoor Activities in Philadelphia

16 Hidden Gems in Philadelphia: Beyond the Expected

Exterior of Independence Hall in historic Philadelphia

Things to Do in Historic Philadelphia

Good Eats & Drinks

Fried chicken sandwich and a donut on a Federal Donuts bag, one of the best places to eat in Philly

17 Iconic Philadelphia Foods to Try

The Best Cheesesteak in Philadelphia According to a Local

Asian food of chicken buns and lettuce wraps with cocktail at a Fishtown restaurant

Where to Eat and Drink in Fishtown

Hand holding a cocktail in front of a skyline view

8 Fun Rooftop Bars in Philadelphia

Exterior of Philadelphia Brewing Company
The Best Breweries in Philadelphia to Enjoy a Pint
Cup of iced coffee beside a bag of Greenstreet coffee
Best Coffee Shops in Philadelphia for Getting Your Caffeine Fix
Table with a dish of shrimp and grits, drinks, pastries, and a plate with eggs, potatoes and brunch items

20 Best Brunch Spots in Philadelphia

Two cocktails and a menu on a table in front of a mural showing a bottle of Bluecoat gin

10 Distilleries For Trying Great Craft Spirits

Seasonal Highlights

Line of cherry trees with pink blossoms

Where to Find Cherry Blossoms in Philadelphia

Best Beaches Near Philadelphia to Cool Off

19 Places to See Fall Foliage in Greater Philadelphia

Signs for Fuji apples beside trees in an orchard

9 Fun Places for Apple Picking Near Philadelphia This Fall

Pumpkins in crates near Halloween decorations

Best Fun Pumpkin Patches Near Philadelphia to Visit this Fall

Present light sculpture with I Heart Philly sign

17 Fun Ways to Experience Christmas in Philadelphia

People sledding down a hill near a large stone tower

16 Best Sledding Hills Around Philadelphia

Large Christmas tree covered in lights framed by an arched doorway

Where to See the Best Christmas Light Displays in Philadelphia

Skiers on a snowy mountain

The Best Skiing Near Philadelphia

For Visitors

Philly skyline at sunset

One Day in Philadelphia: Hitting the Highlights of the Historic City

Exterior of Independence Hall

Weekend in Philadelphia: A 2-Day Itinerary to See the Sites

Person in front of a brick building with an arched doorway and cupola

When is the Best Time to Visit Philadelphia?

People sitting at a bar at Philadelphia airport with lots of TV screens

Philadelphia International Airport Guide

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