Weekend Getaways in Philadelphia

Weekend Getaways in Philadelphia - Ben Franklin Bridge at night

The birthplace of many famous faces, including Grace Kelly, Will Smith and Maggie Gyllenhaal Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded as the capital of a Quaker colony the city is steeped in history. It’s also the site of many firsts for the US – including the first zoo, hospital and library. With the GirlCrew app now in Philadelphia we picked out some of our faves from this bustling city.

Where to Stay

There are a lot of great places to stay in Philadelphia. Depending on what you want to see, each neighborhood has a unique quality to offer. Old city is the best place to stay if you want to see more historical attractions like the Liberty Bell. Center City is great no matter what you want to see as its close to lots of transportation. It’s also very close to Rittenhouse Square, one of the city’s biggest attractions. Washington Square West is popular with LGBT visitors as its close to the ‘Gayborhood’ and a popular spot during Pride. If you are looking for a romantic weekend away in Philadelphia, one hotel I recommend is The Logan. Close to Rittenhouse Square and has an amazing restaurant called Urban Farmer, apparently one of the best steakhouses in the city.

Meeting People

There’s nothing wrong with being a tourist in your own city. How else will you see all the best parts of your own town? Sometimes it can be fun to go for a wander solo, but company always makes these experience more fun. So whether you are a local or new in town, you can always download the GirlCrew app to meet others in the area. Philadelphia has just been added so this is your perfect chance to meet some locals, make some new friends and explore this great city!

Hop-On Hop-Off

The Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour, operated by Philadelphia Trolley Works, is one of the best ways to get to know Philadelphia and see all the top sights. Each bus has a tour guide who can tell you lots of history, the best places to eat and where to shop. You can stay on the bus for the full 90-minute loop or hop off and on at any time. Plus they have an app you can download in advance to see what stops you want to get off at.

Elfreths Alley

Elfreth’s Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia, dating from 1702. It is referred to as “the nation’s oldest residential street”. The alley is a thriving residential community which is home to artists and artisans, educators and entrepreneurs, and everything in-between. There are lots of events happening on the street every month.

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market is one of America’s largest and oldest public markets. The Market offers a massive selection of locally grown & exotic produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, plus the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods, and confections. You’ll find everything you need to create a memorable meal, from cookbooks, to table linens, to kitchenware, to fresh cut flowers, and more. Plus a wide variety of restaurants under one roof.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Named one of the best places to visit in Philadelphia, Spruce Street Harbor Park has lots of colorful hammocks, floating gardens, beautiful lights, and food from popular Philly restaurants, making it a summer gathering space for locals and visitors alike. There are always lots of events too including Univestival. This year, UNIVESTival features wirewalkers, live music, crafts, and a huge Univest Prize Vault where visitors have the chance to win BIG prizes.

Nights out

Weekend getaways in Philadelphia cant be complete without a night out. Time to dress up and get dancing. Take your pick of Philadelphia’s rooftop bars, outdoor beer gardens and cocktails clubs. In the mood for more a dive bar situation? Head to Dirty Franks. Local artists work is displayed on the walls and have an array of pints and pitchers.

Go Vintage

North 3rd Street is one of Philadelphia’s best shopping districts, packed with quirky vintage shops and indie boutiques. Vagabond for women’s clothing from designers like Loup and Rachel Comey; and Art in the Age for the shop’s own line of spirits, along with a Warby Parker showroom and cool accessories from brands like Three Potato Four and The Hill-Side. 

Did we miss anything on our list? What do you do on a weekend getaway in Philadelphia? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to download the GirlCrew app. Philadelphia has just been launched so don’t miss out!

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Ellie Smyth

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3 comments

  1. Who knew Philadelphia was so beautiful! I really must visit one day soon. Everyone here (in Toronto) always travels there for shopping weekends. Perhaps I’ll join them. Thanks for the beautiful guide.

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