Six Fun Things to do in Philadelphia

Being a big fan of the Rocky movies I had always had Philly on my bucket list! When my husband and I finally checked it off, we had a wonderful time doing so. Philly is a city full of history and full of fun.  We stayed at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown and used the SEPTA for all of our transportation. The hotel was located in a great location directly across the street from the City Hall and right in the heart of downtown. Upon check in we were asked if it was our first time to the city and since it was we got upgraded to a room with a fabulous view of the City Hall building. Awesome.  Here is a list of our top six things to do while visiting Philly!



#1 – Rocky Stairs

Running up the “Rocky Steps” has been on my bucket list for at least 5 years. So when we arrived in Philly this was the first thing my husband and I did! We stood in front of the 72 stone steps that lead to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and huge smiles came across both of our faces. After a quick glance at each other we took off racing each other up the stairs – laughing and taking pictures of each other as we went.  This was AWESOME. Tons of people filled the stairs all running and jumping and taking photos. We hung out on top of the stairs for a while watching others and taking in the great view of the city. Also, don’t forget to take photos doing your best Rocky pose with the Rocky Statue at the bottom of the steps. This was a big check on my bucket list and a memory that will forever bring a smile to my face.




#2 – Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is a pretty obvious must see piece of history in Philadelphia. We had heard quite a bit about how long the lines would be to get in so we expected to have to wait. We arrived in the afternoon and were pleasantly surprised when we only had to wait about 15 min to get into the museum.  Once we were in, we had no problem getting up close to see the bell and take photos. This was pretty cool and something you definitely should not miss.


#3 – Penn’s Landing

Penn’s landing is filled with history and fun things to see and do! I would definitely recommend the paddle boats & kayaks! Also, take time to tour the old ships and submarines! There was so much to learn about and it is also a great place to sit down, relax and unwind!




#4 – McGillins Old Ale House

We were lucky enough to stumble upon this bar and I am so very happy we did! McGillin’s Olde Ale house opened the year Lincoln was elected president! Amazing! It is the oldest bar in Philadelphia. We had a great time here watching soccer and chatting with the regulars and the bartenders. It was a great stop for an ice cold beer on a hot day in Philly!



#5 – Find your favorite Philly cheese steak

My husband made this his goal while we were in Philly and from the moment we arrived he ONLY ate Philly cheese steaks. We started with one from a street vendor, later we headed to the world famous Pats as well as Geno’s. He finally found his favorite at Oscar’s Tavern – where you did not only get a Philly cheese steak but a Philly and a half for a better price than anywhere else in town! Oscars was also just a fun bar to hang out at making the experience by far our favorite on the quest to find the best cheese steak!


#6 – LOVE Park

LOVE Park, which is officially named JFK plaza, is located in Center City, Philadelphia. The park is nicknamed LOVE Park because of Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture that is displayed in the plaza. The park was once a very popular location for skateboarders and many professionals, including Bam Margera, made their names in the skateboarding industry being known because of their frequent use of LOVE parks great ledges and stairs. Nowadays, sadly skateboarding is illegal in the park. We enjoyed buying food from street vendors and having a nice relaxing picnic while listening to live music and people watching.


Philly was an excellent weekend adventure full of must see attractions. We had a lovely time and I would recommend that everyone visit this city at least once in their life! A mix of history and fun – nothing beats that!


Much Love & Happy Travels,


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  • Reply K E Garland

    Love Philly! It’s such an historic place to visit. These are great pictures.

    December 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply madeleine

    My home city! Love that you had a nice experience. I’d also recommend Blackbird for great vegan Philly cheesesteaks! 🙂

    December 29, 2016 at 7:37 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      We loved it there! Thanks for the recommendation!

      December 29, 2016 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply usfman

    I would add a night at a Phillies game . Great atmosphere for baseball.

    December 30, 2016 at 2:15 am
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      That sounds awesome! That will be on my list next time we visit!

      December 30, 2016 at 2:34 am
  • Reply icefogger

    I had a great time in Philly, and enjoyed your list. I might add Eastern State Penitentiary, but I did miss out on the Ale House. Next time!

    January 3, 2017 at 3:41 am
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Thanks for the suggestion! Sounds interesting! I’ll have to look into that next time I visit! Happy travels! 🙂

      January 3, 2017 at 3:44 am
  • Reply Anna Waldherr

    So glad you enjoyed Philly! I lived there for many years, and still love the city. Next time you go, try the City Tavern. The restaurant dates from the Revolution. <3

    January 4, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply ashleycarteryoga

    When did you actually come to Philly? I wish I had known, I live an hour away! 😀

    January 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      It was a few years ago! I’ll def let you know if I come back! We loved it

      January 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm
      • Reply ashleycarteryoga

        Please do. I’d come up to see you! My shala is up there. 😉

        January 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply jflem81

    Great tour of my favorite city. Hope you went to Independence Hall. Its the birthplace of America!

    I’m glad you a had good time here and put it on your blog for others to see. Come back soon!

    February 2, 2017 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Julia Dent

    I live in Philadelphia and you went to so many great spots!! And I love that you went to Penn’s Landing, it’s one of my favorite spots in the city! 🙂

    April 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      We had so much fun! I’d love to get back sometime! 🙂

      April 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Bidisha

    Seems like you had a wonderful time in Philadelphia. It sure does look loads of fun. Would love to visit someday.
    P.S. I love the name of your blog. 🙂

    April 22, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      Thank you so much!!!! 🙂 Philadelphia was wonderful!

      April 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Becky

    Ah so cool, I went years ago and also did the Rocky steps, so much fun! Penn’s Landing looks gorgeous, I think I will have to go back and visit again. I didn’t take many photos on my first visit so can make up for it now I have my new camera!

    April 22, 2017 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      It was all so much fun! I’d love to go back too 🙂

      April 27, 2017 at 3:49 pm

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