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How to Spend 1 Day in Philadelphia

How to Spend 1 Day in Philadelphia

The nation’s first capital, Philadelphia is home to a number of important attractions, from Independence Hall—where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed—to the Liberty Bell. One day is enough to see Philly’s historical highlights while also enjoying a cultural immersion. Here’s how to plan the perfect itinerary.

Morning: Get Acquainted with the City of Brotherly Love

Make the most of your Philadelphia day out, and kick off your explorations with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Center City is packed with major historical landmarks and other recognizable attractions, and a bus tour provides one of the simplest and speediest ways to see the sights. Most itineraries include stops at the National Constitution Center, City Hall, Betsy Ross House, and more. Alternatively, Segway tours offer another entertaining way to zip around town.

Afternoon: Hit the Museums

Philadelphia is no slouch when it comes to cultural offerings, and afternoon is the perfect time to hit one of the City of Brotherly Love’s world-class museums. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a popular choice: Housed in a neoclassical Greek temple, the museum displays thousands of masterpieces across various genres, cultures, and eras. As a bonus, it also offers exceptional views overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and City Hall beyond (and its famous stairs are certain to appeal to Rocky fans). For a cultural outing of a different stripe, visitors can also drop by the National Liberty Museum, the Independence Seaport Museum, or one of dozens more options.

Evening: Enjoy a Classic Philadelphia Dining Experience

Philly is nearly as renowned for its vibrant food and drinks scene as it is for centuries-old landmarks—and dinner time is the perfect excuse to go on a tasting tour. South Philly is home to some of the city’s most destination-worthy dining destinations, from Passyunk Avenue—a thriving “restaurant row,” thanks to its numerous delicious eateries—to the traditional Italian Market. For an especially memorable outing, you can also book a dinnertime ride aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia, which combines waterfront sightseeing with a tasty buffet dinner.

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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

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Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit Philadelphia’s top attractions—like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall—on a full loop. Select from a 1-, 2-, or 3-day pass. Board at any of the stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live commentary. A route map and courtesy shuttle from Center City hotels are included.
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  • 2 hours
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Spirit of Philadelphia Signature Dinner Cruise with Buffet
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Spirit of Philadelphia Signature Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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This dinner cruise on the Delaware River features a delicious buffet meal, an amazing DJ, and dancing. Enjoy the view of the Philadelphia skyline or head to the dance floor. Bring that special someone or a group of friends for three hours of fun on the water.
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  • 3 hours
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Philadelphia Segway Tour

Philadelphia Segway Tour

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Experience Philadelphia like never before on this educational and entertaining guided small-group Segway tour. Learn about Philadelphia’s important history and visit popular locations like Penn’s Landing, the Historic District, the Italian Market, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Society Hill on a 5- or 10-mile loop around Center City. Guided Segway training and photos from the tour are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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  • 2 hours
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$55.00
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Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Bus Tour of Philadelphia

Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Bus Tour of Philadelphia

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Philadelphia has it all, from major historical sites to art museums and pop culture landmarks. Optimize your sightseeing experience with a hop-on hop-off bus tour that lets you see all of the City of Brotherly Love’s most famous attractions while getting off to explore on foot as much as you wish.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Go City: Philadelphia Explorer Pass - Choose 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions

Go City: Philadelphia Explorer Pass - Choose 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions

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See some of Philadelphia's top attractions at a discount with The Philadelphia Pass. Select your choice of three, four, five, or seven activities from a list of options and get direct entrance after you save your pass on your mobile device. Use your pass for touring options such as the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour, or for entrance tickets to venues such as the African American Museum or Betsy Ross House. Passes are valid for one year from purchase date and you have 60 consecutive days from first use. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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Independence Seaport Museum Admission

Independence Seaport Museum Admission

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Celebrate the maritime history of Philadelphia and major urban ports along the Delaware River at the Independence Seaport Museum. Located at the Penn's Landing complex in Philadelphia, the museum houses Cruiser Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, plus Submarine Becuna, and much more.
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Chef-Led Italian Market Dinner Tour

Chef-Led Italian Market Dinner Tour

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Everyone's favorite dinner tour is back! Did you ever wish you could eat dinner like a local South Philly Italian? Now you can! We shop, stroll and eat dinner at the Italian Market, on this fun food/progressive dinner tour. This is a BYOB food tour, feel free to bring your favorite bottle of wine or beer. We will meet local craftspeople, chefs, artisans and their staff. You'll enjoy Italian favorites on this dinner tour featuring cheeses, salumi, homemade gnocchi, homemade bread, meatball, salad, Italian dessert and coffee! We will break bread, socialize and share our favorite food and family traditions and stories. After dinner, we will take the traditional "passeggiata" (stroll). Our last stop will be at a local Italian café to experience "La Dolce Vita" first hand with coffee and dessert.
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