Make the Most of a Short Philadelphia Visit

Whether you have 48 hours in Philly or just a long layover, the city of brotherly love is all about top-notch choices for fun and recharging. Consider these options for a part-tourist/part-local way to experience the city in small doses.

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Whether you have 48 hours in Philly or just a long layover, the city of brotherly love is all about top-notch choices for fun and recharging. Consider these options for a part-tourist/part-local way to experience the city in small doses.

Rodin Museum

With 140 sculptures and other works situated in an intimate space, the Rodin Museum is perfect for a quick half-hour visit. Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish, while the flowering garden area, with statues that include the famous The Gates of Hell and The Thinker, is always free. Even if you stop by after hours, The Thinker is outside and accessible for a great photo opportunity. You can also peek through the gates to see the other seven statues displayed.

Rocky’s Steps

Iconic Rocky Balboa statue glistening in the morning sun just outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Close to the Rodin Museum is the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you feel the urge to run triumphantly up the steps made famous by Rocky Balboa, you probably won’t be alone. There’s often a line to take a photo with the Rocky statue on the museum grounds, but you should wait anyway, it is Rocky Balboa after all.
From the top of the steps, take in the great view of the green Benjamin Franklin Parkway and a bit of the Schuylkill River. Bonus points if you can pronounce it and impress the locals (SKOO-kull).

Reading Terminal Market

A golden pig statue detail inside the Philadelphia market during its bustling lunch hour.

Food, food, and more food. Philly has awesome food. Go to Reading Terminal Market for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a snack. With so many mouth-watering options available, it may be hard to choose, but the roast pork sub at Tommy DiNic’s has been perfected over four generations and is always a hit. When you’re satisfied and done exploring, pick up some cookies to take home at the Famous 4th Street Cookie Co.

Mural Arts Program

Black Seventh Ward neighborhood mural shines in the afternoon sun in South Philly.

Philly is a great city for wandering, and you’re likely to see murals everywhere you go. Once you notice them, your eyes automatically start searching for more. If you have a few hours free, take a Mural Arts official tour. Not enough time for a full tour? Just pull up the murals on the organization’s online map to learn more when you see one.

Shane Confectionery

Hit up Shane Confectionery to find delicious client gifts and decadent treats to take home to your family. This old-fashioned candy store, which features both familiar items and things you haven’t seen before (like maple and pumpkin malt balls), makes many of its chocolate and sugar treats onsite. In cold weather, refuel with a warm mug of ginger-honey drinking chocolate. The honey is harvested from special rooftop hives.

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