Philadelphia PA Attractions
For architectural elegance, art, music, and IQ, few cities can match Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, the Museum District, and University City.
Rittenhouse Square has been a fashionable address since the mid-1800s. The lovely city park is bordered by distinguished homes, apartments, and hotels. Delightful eateries and shops can be found along Rittenhouse Row between Avenue of the Arts (Broad Street) and 22nd Street.
In the Museum District at Logan Circle is the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Franklin Institute, founded in honor of Philadelphia’s most famous citizen. Northwest of Logan Circle is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a wide boulevard lined by stately buildings that runs through Fairmount Park to the Philadelphia Art Museum. Adjacent to the Art Museum are the hip Fairmount and Spring Garden communities, home of Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia’s fastest growing museum) and an assortment of neighborhood cafes, pubs, and restaurants.
Along the Schuylkill River in East Fairmount Park is architecturally diverse Boathouse Row, home to rowing clubs known as “the Schuylkill Navy.”
Across the river is University City, home to the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, several other academic institutions and their fine art galleries and museums.