7 reasons to visit Philadelphia in 2018

With direct flights from Dublin beginning in March and daily flights from May 2018, there’s never been a better time to plan a trip to Philadelphia.

History, culture and everything in between come together in Philadelphia. We recently visited the City of Brotherly Love. Check out our seven reasons why Philly should be on your list of places to visit in 2018.

View from Philadelphia museum of art

1. World-class museums

Philadelphia is filled with museums to cater to all interests. Here are our top three picks:

The Franklin Institute is a science museum filled with interesting and interactive exhibitions. Once you enter the museum you’ll be greeted by an imposing statue of Benjamin Franklin, the famous scientist and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Stair master inside the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia
Stair master inside the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

The iconic Rocky statue can be found at the base of the steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Take a compulsory selfie, then run up the steps and punch the sky before heading inside to explore the amazing collections.

The Barnes Foundation is one of Philadelphia’s hidden gems. The modern building is transformed once you step inside the reproduced Albert C. Barnes mansion. The walls are adorned with works from Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh and other masters.

2. Philly cheesesteaks

Philly Cheesesteak

The world-famous cheesesteaks are as synonymous with Philadelphia as the street-corner hot dog is to Manhattan. With so many speciality restaurants to choose from, it’s not easy to pick a favourite. After some debate, Campo’s Deli came out on top, with Steve’s Prince of Steaks a close second. Wash down with a Yuengling, Philly’s local beer.

3. Tax-free shopping

Get ready to shop ‘til you drop during your visit to Philadelphia. Clothing and shoes are completely tax-free in the city. Pack light to leave space in your suitcase for everything you pick up. The city has a great mix of downtown boutique shops and expansive malls that house all the top brands.

4. “The walkable city”

Ranked in the top-five walkable cities in America, Philadelphia is a walker’s paradise. No matter where you are in the city your destination is within walking distance. The grid street design makes it easy to navigate. For anyone who prefers to cycle, Philadelphia has a bike sharing scheme with stations located throughout the city and plenty of bike lanes.

5. The Fishtown neighbourhood

Fishtown Tram Philadelphia
Fishtown Tram

Hipsters and creatives are drawn to uber cool Fishtown. Nestled between galleries and studios, you’ll find some of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants. The vibrant nightlife includes hip bistros, beer gardens and an old-school arcade. The legendary Johnny Brenda’s gastropub draws indie bands from all over America.

6. Independence National Historical Park

Philadelphia Independence Hall
Philadelphia Independence Hall

Historic Philadelphia is the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The Independence National Historical Park is the most “historic mile in America”. It’s home to the iconic Liberty Bell, Old City Hall and Independence Hall, to name but a few of the top sights.

The newly opened Museum of the American Revolution has a collection of immersive exhibits infusing 18th-century history with 21st-century technology to bring a sense of shock and awe.

7. Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market
Reading Terminal Market

The famous indoor farmer’s market is one of the oldest public markets in America. Since 1892 it has featured stalls with fresh produce, meat, seafood and casual dining options. We recommend going on an empty stomach to fully enjoy your time here. The Famous 4th Street Cookies are not to be missed.

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