One of America’s most historic cities – founded in 1682 – Philadelphia is a destination with so much to explore. Visit landmarks from the birth of the United States, along with world-famous art museums. Discover dozens of diverse neighbourhoods, including Rittenhouse Square, Old City, Society Hill and Queen Village. From your convenient home base in Center City, our Four Seasons concierge team will guide you to all the top things to do in Philadelphia.
STAY FOR THE WEEKEND TO EXPLORE AMERICAN HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING DINING.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
This museum’s vast collection makes it a must-see on the city’s cultural circuit. The front staircase is famous from the movie Rocky.
THE BARNES FOUNDATION
In its new building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Barnes offers more than 3,000 masterpieces, including Renoirs, Cézannes and Picassos.
Just a ten-minute walk from Four Seasons, Rittenhouse Square features a charming park surrounded by high-end shopping, restaurants and spas.
INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
America’s most historic square mile includes the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin Museum and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were adopted.
Visit the house of worship attended by 15 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Founded in 1695, the church features brass plaques marking pews once occupied by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross.
KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
One of the nation’s largest performing arts complexes, the Kimmel Center is home to the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Opera Company of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Ballet perform at the adjoining Academy of Music.
Experience the sculptures and drawings of artist Auguste Rodin in the largest collection of his work outside Paris. Pieces include The Thinker and The Gates of Hell.
PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM
The nation’s first museum for children under seven, this learning-through-play centre introduces kids to the museum experience with a variety of interactive cultural, art and science exhibits.
READING TERMINAL MARKET
A focal point for Philadelphia’s lively food scene, this downtown farmers’ market opened in 1892 and is one of the country’s oldest daily markets. Find more than 80 merchants and several sit-down eateries.