If you’re looking food, entertainment, and fun, University City has some of the finest culture in town. What are you in the mood for? Food? Numerous pizza joints, Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Indian restaurants are all here. Movies or ice cream? Head to The Bridge Cinema and Ben and Jerry’s both located at 40th and Walnut. Games? Drop by University Pinball at 40th and Spruce. Music? Visit the World Café found at 30th and Walnut. Parks? Clark Park is found at 43rd from Woodland to Baltimore. Truly, there is too much to mention here, so my advice is to get outside and explore for yourself, you will be sure to find something fun.
Rittenhouse Square/Love Park
Just looking to relax or take a stroll? These two parks are great spots to do so. Laced with trees and flowers, Rittenhouse Square is perfect for a walk or a picnic. Dip your feet in the fountain, catch some rays, and do some people watching at Love Park. Located within a few blocks of each other, one could easily visit both in the same day.
Philadelphia: the birthplace of freedom…and the cheese steak. Everyone argues who has the best steaks in town. Why not go and find out for yourself? As an added challenge, try them all in one day. Don’t worry, calories aren’t real.
Reading Terminal Market
You’ll never beat the aromas that fill the air at Reading Terminal Market. Baked goods, meats, seafood, produce, flowers, and ethnic foods are all here. Shop for groceries and cookware, or dine in at one of their countless restaurants. Come get fat and happy. Good times, good people, good eats.
Animal lovers beware: otters are even cuter in person. See hundreds of mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians at America’s first zoo. For those who are scared of the ground, the zoo even has a hot air balloon which provides a magnificent view of the zoo and the city skyline. Whether you are an avid biologist or a casual animal enthusiast, the zoo is sure to be a “wild” trip.
Penn’s Landing/Old City
Penn’s Landing is a great place to chill (Literally. Bring a hoodie, it gets a little breezy). Sit riverside and watch the boats go sailing under the Ben Franklin Bridge during the day. In the summer concerts are held here, and in the winter an ice rink is built for skating. Right next door is Old City, which has countless amounts of shops and restaurants. Spend a lazy afternoon and dinner here and go home happy.
With such a rich sports history, a stay in Philadelphia wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the game. Be sure to see the Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, Sixers, or Wings at some point during your time here. Even if sports aren’t your thing, everyone has to experience a raucous Philadelphia crowd once in their life. Just try not to get tasered.
Ben Franklin Parkway Museums
Be sure to plan a couple of days to visit the Ben Franklin Parkway and its three museums. The Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Art Museum are all located within a few blocks of each other, and always provide an educational and interesting visit. With rotating exhibits, there is always something new and exciting going on here.
Electric Factory/Kimmel Center /TLA/Tower/ Trocadero
Philly’s live music scene is one of the best out there. If you’re looking for local and small bands, mainstream bands, classical acts, comedy, or to see an old movie, there is almost always something happening. The TLA and Trocadero are smaller venues, which host movie nights and rising talent. The Electric Factory and Tower Theater usually present the bigger names, and classical music can be found at the Kimmel Center. Kick out the jams and forget your troubles.
Easily the most eclectic location in Philly, you might call it “the boardwalk away from the shore”. With tons of unique and trendy clothing stores, restaurants, and specialty stores, you could easily spend a whole day exploring what South Street has to offer. If you’re in the mood for getting a cup of Joe, refurnishing your stylish bedroom, or getting your tattoo touched up, South Street always satisfies.
And if all else fails, remember: Wawa is open 24 hours a day.