Brohammas’s Comprehensive guide to Philadelphia: only the cool stuff. Click on the headings to be taken directly to the applicable sites.

Independence Hall

Free admission but timed tickets must be ordered in advance.
City Hall’s Clock Tower

$5 for adults will take you 500 feet up inside City Hall’s clock tower where you get a 360 degree view of the city.
Elfreth’s Alley

United State’s oldest residential street

Betsy Ross house

Self guided tour $4

Ben Franklin’s house

Price= $free. print shop, view into excavated basement, occasional impersonator sightings.

Seaport Museum

Price= $12 admission to museum includes U.S.S. Olympia, Navy flagship 1895-1922. kayak or swan boats, $5.

Christ Church

“suggested donation”=$3 for adults. George Washington and the crew went to church here. They buried people in the aisles.

Fort Mifflin

adults=$6 I highly recommend going on “pirate day.”

Boathouse Row

Clubhouses for rowing teams. Catch the Dad Vail regatta or just look at the houses from I-76, MLK Drive, or Kelly Drive.

the “Rocky” steps

Not the art museum, just the steps in front of it. See the staue, run up the steps, shout “Yo Adriaaan!”. In the summer they screen the original Rocky movie outdoors, using the steps as an amphitheater. Free admission.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Adults=$16 to see Van Goh, Picasso, Matisse, Eakins, etc. “Art After 5” every Friday evening features live music and dining while you view the galleries.

Please Touch Museum

Admission=$15, I recommend a membership if you live here. Children’s museum housed in Memorial Hall from the 1876 World’s Fair. Your children will NEVER get tired of it.

Cliveden Mansion

Adults=$10. Built in 1763, was the sight and focus of the battle of Germantown (Revolution). Best historic house tour I have ever been on, hands down.

Girard College

K-12 boarding school for disadvantaged children, built in 1833, site of famous civil rights protest finally being integrated in 1968 (Stephen Girard’s will stipulated no Black children and no clergy allowed). Lots of artifacts housed in the building. Admission=$free, but you have to plan ahead.

Italian Market on 9th

Outdoor market open year round. DiBruno Bros. is my all time favorite, followed by that one guy that makes tortillas and tortilla chips on the spot.

Reading Terminal Market

Huge indoor food market with no chain restaurants. Chocolate covered onions, Amish vendors, and a pastrami sandwich the size of my face!

Rittenhouse Town

Founded in 1690, buildings dating to 1707. Fantastic location.

Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Adults=$10 My favorite building in the entire city. Mummies, Greek helmets, a sphinx… A SPHINX!

Mutter Museum

Museum housing medical oddities, including Einstein’s brain. Founded in 1858.

PAFA Art Museum

Adults=$15, but the alley outside is free. Founded in 1805, oldest art museum and art school in U.S.

Franklin Fountain

Soda fountain where you can get custom sodas or ice cream flavors, be served by someone with a handlebar mustache, or get my all time favorite Blenheim ginger Ale.

City Tavern

Built in 1772 was the unofficial meeting place of the first continental congress. You can still dine on colonial era cuisine, and it tastes fantastic. Great dining experience in a historic setting.

Masonic Temple

Built in 1873. $8 tours. Museum features George Washington’s Masonic Apron, Ben Franklin’s Masonic sash, and an original copy of the Book of Mormon.

Belmont Mansion Underground Railroad Museum

Adults=$6 Built in 1742 this home had as guests, George Washington, John Adams, and a number of escaped slaves.

Laurel Hill Cemetary

Free. Begun in 1835, and holds the remains of lots of famous dead people, including the fictional “Adrian” from the Rocky movies.

Smith Play House

Free, but no adults allowed without a child. Old mansion turned into a giant play house for kids. I recommend the giant slide.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Draconian prison opened in 1829 and housed the likes of Al Capone. Now a tourist attraction with a nationally renowned haunted house in October. For Bastille Day the prison is stormed and when Marie Antoinette shouts “let them eat cake!” over the ramparts, the crowd is showered with hundreds of Tastykakes.

Academy of Natural Sciences

Founded in 1812, full of dinosaur bones and Capt. cook’s cannons. $12 for adults

DiBruno Bros.

In the Italian Market, ask for Hunter Fike, $100 total and you and ten friends can have the store to yourself for two hours as two professional cheese mongers assist you in sampling THE ENTIRE STORE! Cheese, balsamic, olive oils, and prosciutto… man swoon.


Launched in 1904, this ship, now a restaurant, is the world’s largest four masted sailing ship still afloat. the desserts and the view is fantastic.

University of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1740 this institution predates our constitution. Tuition is expensive but the tours are free. Lots of cool places to visit… or you can just follow the blog.

30th Street Station

The building is free to visit, but is the central hub of the regions regional rail lines. Completed in 1934 it is Philly’s art deco answer to NYC’s Grand Central. Good spot to people watch.

Free Library

I suppose you could go to check out a book, but this building, completed in 1927 is fun to explore and the library hosts lots of events. Almost all, as the name would suggest, free.

Rodin Museum

Suggested $5, but the Thinker is outside on the curb. Great sculptures, serene setting, worth the money.

Fairmount Waterworks

City water supply pump since waaay back, tourist attraction since the 1870s. Free museum downstairs, gazebos and views on the cliff side, and possibly my favorite picnic spot in the city.

Navy Yard

$Free navy graveyard. Destroyers, two eras of aircraft carriers, and the Urban Outfitters headquarters.

Max Brenner

A place where chocolate is treated as food. Need I continue?

First Fridays

$Free, the first Friday of every month “Old City” hosts open art galleries from 4-9pm, along with street vendors and performers=fun.

Bobby’s Burger Palace

Bobby as in “Bobby Flay”, from TV. Burger with goat cheese, sweet potato fries, and a dark chocolate shake.

Urban Saloon

“Urban Bean” burger with bacon and peanut butter sauce. No joking, this is fantastic.

Super Scooper, all you can eat ice cream, July 4th

Every 4th of July weekend at Penn’s Landing. You pay $7, they hand you a spoon and let you into the giant tent, aka heaven.

South Street

approximately 2 miles of shops. Some great, some sketchy, but always lots of people of all sorts. This is where Purple hair, tattoos, and ties come to coexist.

Love Park

Officially JFK Plaza, this world famous statue and fountain are a great photo op, and one of the hearts of Philly public gatherings.

Mother Beth El A.M.E. Church

Church founded by freed slave Richard Allen (who is laid to rest here) in 1787. This plot of land is the oldest parcel continuously owned by Black people in the Unites States.

Old Pine St, Presbyterian

Founded in 1768 Graveyard has signers of the Constitution resting in it.

Mummers Museum

For $3.50 you can uncover the strange mystery of the Mummers, a Philadelphia tradition of marching bands that include banjos, accordions, clarinets, upright bass, lots and lots of sequins. Unfortunately the museum reveals some truly racist roots as well. But no matter what it is, it remains very, VERY, entertaining.

The Academy of Music

Built in 1857 it is the USA’s oldest continually operating opera house and concert hall. It is the home of the Pennsylvania ballet and Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Las Bugambilias

My wife’s favorite restaurant in the city. Get the mole’.

Morning Glory

Popular brunch and breakfast spot, be prepared to wait for a seat if it is warm outside, cash only… and completely worth it. They make their own spicy ketchup that is great on “morning potatoes”..


Another great breakfast/brunch place. I have never heard of anyone having a bad meal here… EVER!

Tommy DiNic’s

Sliced pork with broccoli-rabe.sold at DiNic's in the Reading Terminal Market, was named the country's best sandwich by the Travel Channel.
Sliced pork with broccoli-rabe, sold at DiNic’s in the Reading Terminal Market, was named the country’s best sandwich by the Travel Channel.





9 thoughts on “Philly

  1. I didn’t even know this was here. Meghan and I have a hat that we draw out of every Sunday with something random to do the following weekend. This has added quite a few pieces of small folded paper to the “hat” and will fill multiple saturdays with smiles. Thank you! Great pictures as well!

  2. Loved the list. Glad to see many of our favorites made the list, especially Sam’s! My all-time favorite place is the Barnes Foundation. It is awesome and well-worth a visit. The audio tour is superb. If you get the chance to visit before they move to the new building, go. You won’t be disappointed.

    1. Liz, unfortunately the Barnes has already closed. the new building is almost complete. It will be on the list once it is back up and running. great tip though, ten points for Liz!

  3. I’m headed out for the temple open house. Glad I ran across this for restaurants and touristy things to do while I’m out there with my wife and friends.

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