Last year, for Spring Break, my best friend and I decided to stay in Philadelphia for a few days. Both of us had previously visited the city, but we both decided it was a place we wanted to explore further. In order to save money, we decided to use CityPASS, which allows you to access multiple attractions as well as a bus that runs through the city for a discounted price. I recommend looking into these kinds of deals when visiting any major city because you can find some pretty good deals and the bus can be really helpful!
We started our trip by going to the Magic Gardens, which is an art museum and gallery. I highly recommend coming here if you’re in Philadelphia. There’s so much to look at! We walked through the whole thing a few times and I would still love to go back.
We then headed over to the One Liberty Observation Deck where you can get a breathtaking, 360-degree view of the city.
The next morning, we went on a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary, which was once the most famous prison in the world. For the tour, they give you a headset to listen to so you can move at your own pace.
Below is a picture of Al Capone’s cell when he was staying at the Penitentiary. The rest of the cells definitely did not look so luxurious. There were also art installations in some of the other cells which was interesting to see.
Of course we had to take a trip to the Rocky Steps. We didn’t go into the museum, but we hung out on the steps for a little while and enjoyed the view.
We also made a point to check out the LOVE statue in LOVE Park, another Philadelphia staple.
We also made sure to stop in Chinatown because we had to get a best friend picture under the Chinatown Friendship Gate.
Finally, we took a stroll through Elfreth’s Alley, which is known as “our nation’s oldest residential streets.” There is not much space at all in each home, but they are worth a lot of money because of the historical value. I really liked the style of the buildings and it was a pretty quiet area, so it makes for a nice, relaxing walk.