Discover Philadelphia with your student
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
4 minute drive
$14 and up
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a downtown landmark. Jog up the wide front steps, famed for their appearance in the Rocky films (then try to get that theme music out of your head). Highlights of the permanent collection include works by Marcel Duchamp, Van Gogh and Claude Monet and a major collection of photographs by Paul Strand. Your admission ticket, good for two days, also provides entrance to the only Rodin Museum outside of France and the historic colonial Cedar Grove house.
51 North 12th Street
13 minute drive
Free if you’re just looking!
This historic market (established in 1680) is a popular destination for tourists and locals — in fact, 100,000 people visit every week to shop for fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers, Amish specialities, ethnic foods and more. If a sit-down restaurant is what you’re looking for, you’re in luck — there are dozens. Don’t miss the 75-minute walking tours of the Market, led by a food writer, held each Wednesday and Saturday.
6th and Market Streets
13 minute drive
This is where it all began. All visitors to Philadelphia must see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed. Although the bell no longer rings, computer modeling allows you to hear what it would have sounded like. Numerous other historic destinations located throughout Independence National Historic Park offer hours of entertainment and education. No tickets are needed to see the Liberty Bell; timed entry tickets are required to tour Independence Hall from March through December.
1650 Market Street
5 minute drive
Travel up 57 floors and see the Philadelphia skyline from the One Liberty Observation Deck, located in Center City Philadelphia and near top attractions like the Ben Franklin Institute and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Day or evening, it’s the best view of Philadelphia and a perfect backdrop for your family photo. The Deck is open every day of the year and is included in both the CityPASS and Philadelphia Pass.
One South 15th Street
6 minute drive
Done with sightseeing? Take a break in Dilworth Park. With shaded seating areas, places to eat, free WiFi and an interactive fountain that transforms into a skating rink in the winter, the Park hits the spot pretty much every day of the year. In the summer months, you might catch some live music or an outdoor movie screening. Adjacent to City Hall and built over a major transit hub, the Park is convenient to everywhere else you’ll want to go in Philadelphia.