Your Ultimate Philly Bucket List

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Philly Bucket ListPhiladelphia, PA - Philly may be the "City of Brotherly Love," but it's also got grit, a passionate arts scene, and some of the tastiest bites in America. From the iconic steps of the Art Museum to hidden cobblestone streets, there's adventure around every corner. Check off these Philly must-dos for the full experience:

Your Ultimate Philly Bucket List: History, Cheesesteaks, and Hidden Gems

Embrace the History

  1. Liberty Bell & Independence Hall: Stand where America's founding documents were signed and see the cracked Liberty Bell, an enduring symbol of freedom.
  2. Elfreth's Alley: Stroll down the oldest continuously inhabited street in the US, lined with 18th-century houses straight out of a history textbook.
  3. Eastern State Penitentiary: This once-revolutionary prison is now a crumbling relic. Grab an audio tour for tales of escapes and infamous inmates like Al Capone.
  4. Betsy Ross House: Learn where the first American flag was made, then step inside Betsy's tiny 18th-century home for a glimpse into her life.
  5. Reading Terminal Market: A foodie paradise since 1892! Sample Amish doughnuts, Pennsylvania Dutch specialties, and roast pork sandwiches piled high.

Iconic Philly Experiences

  1. "Rocky" Steps & the Art Museum: Channel your inner underdog and run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Then head inside to explore one of the nation's finest art collections.
  2. Cheesesteak Wars: The rivalry is fierce. Take a bite at Pat's and Geno's, the self-proclaimed kings of the cheesesteak, and decide who reigns supreme.
  3. 9th Street Italian Market: A century-old open-air market filled with colorful stalls, cheese shops, bakeries, and the irresistible aroma of fresh food.
  4. South Philly: Wander beyond the tourist zones and discover the heart of Philly's Italian community, red-sauce joints, BYOBs, and hidden murals.

Parks, Gardens, and Outdoor Fun

  1. Schuylkill River Trail: Run, bike, or stroll along this scenic path offering skyline views and a chance to see the historic Boathouse Row.
  2. Morris Arboretum: Explore Victorian-era gardens, a treehouse, and a miniature railway winding through this enchanting landscape.
  3. Spruce Street Harbor Park: Hammocks, waterfront beers, floating's the place to be on a sunny Philly day.
  4. Magic Gardens: A mind-bending explosion of mosaics, found objects, and whimsy, created by artist Isaiah Zagar on South Street.

Culture Beyond the Classics

  1. Mutter Museum: Medical oddities, anatomical specimens, and a touch of the macabre await at this one-of-a-kind museum.
  2. Barnes Foundation: A treasure trove of Impressionist masterpieces along with African sculptures and Native American jewelry.
  3. Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program: Buildings across the city become canvases for massive murals exploring social justice, history, and inspiration.
  4. First Fridays: On the first Friday of every month, Old City galleries open late, with pop-up markets and a lively art scene spilling onto the streets.

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