Once a high-security prison, Eastern State Penitentiary is picturesque with its stone walls and turrets. Visitors can expect to see amazing things from Al Capone’s furnished cellblock to history exhibits and art installations, and when there, definitely opt-in for the included audio tour narrated by Steve Buscemi. With so many it’s easy to spend a whole afternoon there. In July, visitors can take part in Bastille Day, and during the Halloween season, it turns into a horror house at night. Tickets for regular tours are $14 for adults and $10 for students or kids.
Hours: Daily 10AM-5PM
Watch out for: Historical info, Art installations
Address & phone number: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave Philadelphia, PA 19130 215-236-3300
This world-class art museum is one of the largest art museums in the United States and boasts over 227,000 objects, spanning from world-class European artworks to American paintings, prints, drawings and other decorative arts. The museum even houses Asian art from the third century BCE. For a fee, they also showcase around 25 special exhibits of world-renowned artists or movements. Patrons can see works from suits of armor to a Japanese tea house. Check out the breathtaking views of the cityscape or the Schuylkill River outside the architecturally stunning main building. Admission for adults is $20, and children 12 and under are admitted for free.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-5PM, Wednesday-Friday 10AM-8:45PM
Watch out for: Special exhibits, scenery
Address & phone number: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia, PA 19130 215-763-8100
Kelly Drive runs along the Schuylkill River and boasts some of the most scenic views in the city. It’s a perfect destination for many activities — throughout the year, it’s a popular destination for bikers and runners. As you walk down the path, you’ll make your way to the bike pier on the river with views of the Walnut and South Street bridges, but you can also find fishing spots, picnics and skate parks along the way. By the Art Museum, you can find the Schuylkill River Loop and Boathouse Row. Visitors can also find free parking behind the art museum on weekday afternoons. Further ahead, stop at spots like In Riva where you can grab a beer or oven-cooked pizza while watching the river.
Hours: Daily, 24 hours
Watch out for: Biking and outdoor activities
Address & phone number: 10 Kelly Dr Philadelphia, PA 19130 484-945-0200
The Rodin Museum boasts the second largest collection of Auguste Rodin’s work and is a tribute to every phase his artistry. The garden with its reflection pool is a main feature of the museum that showcases eight works, including ‘The Thinker,’ ‘The Gates of Hell’ and the return of ‘The Shade’ and ‘Adam’ sculptures. Inside the Art-Deco building, patrons can find Rodin’s paintings, the works of Honore de Balzac and over 140 bronzes, marbles and plasters. The tranquil setting and outdoor mirror pool is nice for a date spot. The suggested admission is $10 for adults and under $10 for everyone else.
Hours: Wednesday-Monday 10AM-5PM
Watch out for: The garden
Address & phone number: Benjamin Franklin Pkwy and 22nd St Philadelphia, PA 19130 215-763-8100
Located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes Foundation is admired for its collection of Post-Impressionist works and early Modern paintings including works by Renoir, Cezanne and Picasso which makes it one of the must-see attractions of Philadelphia and one of the top destinations in the world for art lovers. You can also find African sculptures, indigenous ceramics, jewelry and textiles, as well as American paintings and Mediterranean antiquities. On site, you can also find the Barnes Arborteum which contains more than 2,000 varieties of trees and plants—some of which are rare. Tickets are priced at $22-$25 for adults and $20-$23 for seniors. Although student tickets cost up to $10, everyone else can get in for free.
Hours: Wednesday-Monday 10AM-5PM, 6PM-9PM on First Friday
Watch out for: Post-Impressionist artwork, antiquities
Address & phone number: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia, PA 19130 215-278-7200
If you’re looking for a popular eatery in the Fairmount district, Iron chef Jose Garces’ Buena Onda is right by many of the major attractions. Buena Onda serves cuisine inspired by the Baja Penninsula’s favorite haunts. Guests can choose from nine different types of tacos, like the fish tacos hat come either battered or tequila glazed with jicama slaw, avocado and their mouthwatering chipotle remoualde. Don’t forget to try their raved-about guacamole as well. Plus, you can get a small, free beer while you wait. It’s also great that it’s budget-friendly.
Hours: Daily 11AM-9PM
Watch out for: Fresh fish tacos, beer while you wait
Address & phone number: 1901 Callowhill St Philadelphia, PA 19130 215-302-3530