Things to do in: Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the most popular cities to visit in the US, and it’s easy to head straight to the major sights – Independence Hall, Reading Terminal Market, and the Rocky steps. Once you’ve hit up the must-sees, head to these other must-sees: the top 5 hidden gems in Philadelphia.

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5. The Mutter Museum

The Mutter Museum is a medical museum that contains a unique collection of medical rarities. The original collection was meant for medical research, founded by Thomas Dent Mutter. If you’re looking for an unusual and different museum to visit, this is it.

4. Tin Angel Acoustic Cafe

The Tin Angel Acoustic Cafe is a seriously unique café that offers acoustic shows of blues, bluegrass, and overall relaxing music. Known for their top-notch sound quality, the setting at Tin Angel is like no other in the city, and some world renowned performers actually come through.

3. Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is part of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network to end the graffiti problem in Philadelphia. It has been extremely successful, and there are now over 3,000 murals in Philadelphia. The content and style of these murals vary greatly, and really add character to Philly’s image.

2. Bartram’s Garden

Bartram’s Garden is the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America. It covers 46 acres, and also has a gorgeous arboretum.

1. Magic Gardens

Another garden, but of a different variety, Magic Gardens is a mosaic masterpiece located on South Street. Magic Gardens is a sight to see, and is an essential part of Philadelphia’s community. It’s one of the hidden gems we most often recommend visitors check out, because it’s unlike anything we’ve seen anywhere else.

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All of these hidden gems are great things to do before or after our Philadelphia tours, and our guides are happy to point out even more hidden gems and must-sees for your vacation in Philly. If you’re really pressed for time, check out our guide to 24 hours in Philadelphia.


Director of Operations & Tour Guide @ Urban Adventures. New York native and Philly adopted, loves all things off the beaten path, obsessed with traveling to new places, hiker, tennis player, big fan of food and sports.

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