From cultural landmarks to renowned museums to citywide murals, there’s so much to explore in Philadelphia! Check out some of the must-see sites, then check back for additional details and registration options, coming in February.
Covering half a city block, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens glistens with creativity and showcases an urban renaissance movement. Isaiah Zagar, a local artist who began tiling South Street in the 1960s and never stopped, constructed the space with cement, bicycle spokes, bottles, ceramic shards and other knick-knacks.
This 10-block, open-air market features dozens of street vendors selling produce, meat and spices among brick-and-mortar specialty food shops and restaurants. Plus, you can feed your cheesesteak craving at either Pat’s or Geno’s – two of the world’s most famous purveyors – and sample international flavors including Korean barbecue, Mexican taqueria specialties and Vietnamese pho.
We’re betting you just can’t resist recreating “Rocky’s” iconic jog up the stairs at the east entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Once you make it to the top, tour the stunning museum that features 240,000 works spanning 2,000 years – and be sure to snap a picture with the Rocky statue.
Since 1984, Mural Arts Philadelphia has enabled professional artists and the city’s youth to beautify building exteriors citywide with their creations. With more than 4,000 murals throughout town, you can immerse yourself in a world of beauty, creativity and artistry thanks to walking and trolley tours.
Set on 4.5 acres of landscaped grounds, The Barnes Foundation boasts one of the world’s foremost collections of French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, including works by Renoir, Cézanne and Matisse. ISTELive attendees will appreciate the fact that the foundation was inspired by Dr. Albert Barnes’ desire to support cognitive development by considering innovative practices in education and inspiring critical-thinking skills through studying art.
An innovator in hands-on exhibits before they were “cool,” Franklin Institute is Philly’s most-visited museum. Stop in to explore interactive science attractions on everything from sports to space, and even engage with a giant heart and brain! Disney fans will appreciate the special exhibit featuring 10 themed galleries from Disney’s magical vaults!
Experience an “urban beach” along the Delaware River Waterfront where you can lounge on colorful hammocks, enjoy Philly-inspired food on floating barges, sip craft brews in a beer garden or play bocce, shuffleboard and more – all on a breezy boardwalk.
One of the nation’s oldest and largest public markets, Reading Terminal Market boasts over 80 diverse merchants and oh so many shopping and dining options. Stop in to enjoy sit-down eateries, fresh produce, exotic meats and seafood, cut flowers, sweet treats and handmade crafts.
Perhaps the most selfie-friendly spot in Philly is LOVE Park, home to Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue. This public art piece has become synonymous with Philadelphia’s identity, making it a perfect memory to add to your camera roll or your IG feed.