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TRAVEL NEWS: Logan Square Neighborhood Guide

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Named for a park-like oasis that is also one of Philadelphia’s five original 17th-century squares, Logan Square best known for the historic boulevard that bisects it. More than a century old, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s version of Paris’ Champs Elysées, stretches from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Preeminent museums such as the Barnes Foundation, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and The Franklin Institute line the Parkway, as do residences, hotels and vibrant green spaces. Just one block away, the new Comcast Technology Center is home to the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.

These attractions, along with iconic LOVE Park, keep Logan Square busy during business days and holidays, when it hosts major annual events such as Wawa Welcome America! July 4th festivities, Jay-Z’s Made In America concert (over Labor Day weekend) and the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Logan Square is located between Broad Street and the Schuylkill River and Market and Spring Garden streets. Public transportation options via the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) include ample buses, subways (nearest stop: City Hall) and regional rail (Suburban Station).

Hotels:

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Center City – The height of modern architecture when it was built as apartments in 1964, the circular, 27-story Embassy Suites stands out for its 288 two-room suites and excellent panoramic city views. In-suite pluses include dining room balconies—better to enjoy the scenery. 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 561-1776, embassysuites3.hilton.com
  • Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center – Atop the new-in-2019 Comcast Technology Center, the Four Seasons brings expected luxury with that begins with a sky lobby and continues with restaurants by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and James Beard Award winner Greg Vernick, two statement-making ballrooms, a sanctuary-inspired spa and pool overlooking the city, 219 unimpeachable rooms—and a renowned level of hospitality. 1 N. 19th Street, (215) 419-5000, fourseasons.com/philadelphia
  • Le Méridien Philadelphia – Steps from City Hall and one block from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a circa 1907 Georgian Revival-style structure houses an elegantly modern, French-influenced, 202-room Marriott property. Distinctive features include striking photo art, handsome original millwork, a grand ballroom overlooking City Hall and all-day French bistro, aMuse. 1421 Arch Street, (215) 422-8200, marriott.com
  • The Logan – Across the street from the stunning Swann Memorial Fountain, this hotel, a member of the Curio Collection by Hilton, offers 391 impeccable rooms and suites, Urban Farmer steakhouse, along with the hidden-away Underground Spa & Wellness, a serene space and pool that consistently earns the highest of ratings among patrons seeking hydrafacials, couples massages and nail services. 1 Logan Square, (215) 963-1500, theloganhotel.com
  • Philadelphia 201 Hotel – One block from Logan Circle, this contemporary, 757-room Marriott property stands in the heart of the neighborhood. The 201 offers just the amenities modern travelers have come to expect, plus 22 event venues (in 60,000 square feet of event space). 201 N. 17th Street, (215) 448-2000, marriott.com
  • The Windsor Suites Philadelphia – Another circular design, this one owned by Modus Hotels, plays up its views from each of its 199 Europe-influenced studio and one-bedroom suites. Each room has a full kitchen; the roof has a great outdoor pool. 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 981-5678, thewindsorsuites.com

Restaurants & Bars:

  • aMuse Le Méridien hotel’s French brasserie serves French classics such as coq au vin, beef bourguignon and memorable steak frites in a sophisticated yet cozy setting, complete with fireplaces and a sleek bar. People stop in for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with pleasures of the liquid variety. 1421 Arch Street, (215) 422-8222, amusephiladelphia.com
  • Ánimo Guests at this juice/burrito bar indulge in burritos, made-from-scratch soups, fresh-squeezed juices, protein shakes and other organic items that are so yummy, it’s easy to forget they’re good for you. 1701 Arch Street, (267) 519-0949, animojuice.com
  • Assembly Rooftop Lounge – Polished atmosphere, top-shelf cocktails and deep lists wine lists are backdrops to a stunning skyline views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Perched atop The Logan, nine-story-high Assembly is open all year long, with both indoor and outdoor seating. 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 783-4171, assemblyrooftop.com
  • Bāo-logy – This casual eatery offers locally sourced ingredients highlighting Taiwan’s culinary traditions. Options from the all-day menu include Taiwanese-style gwa bao (sliders), ruen bings (stir fries in wheat wrappers) and seasonal vegetables, while dinner possibilities include Tawainese classics in three-cup chicken, Lu Rou Fan (braised pork rice bowl) and Hsinchu rice noodles. 1829 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (215) 999-2263, baology.com
  • Buena Onda – This Baja-style taqueria stuffs its corn tortillas with sustainable shrimp or perch, braised chicken, beef, pork, chorizo or grilled tofu and the freshest of avocado and fruit slaws. Fifty cents from every guacamole and bottled water purchase go to the Garces Foundation, benefitting the local refugee community. 1901C Callowhill Street, (215) 302-3530, buenaondatacos.com
  • CHOPS Restaurant & Bar – A steakhouse tucked inside the Comcast Center, CHOPS features a design-forward bar, fireplace and outdoor space offering an abbreviated menu. In the main dining room, guests can count on modern steakhouse staples and wine from a 100-plus bottle list. 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (215) 567-7111, chopsphilly.com
  • Cherry Street Tavern A local landmark since 1905, this low-key watering hole serves up a mean hot roast beef sandwich and seasonal brews. Sports fans come to catch the game on four super-sized TV screens. 129 N. 22nd Street, (215) 561-5683, cherrysttavern.com
  • City Tap House Logan Square Craft beers from local breweries and around the world, brick-oven pizza and elevated American pub fare makes City Tap House an updated gastropub. Popular here: weekday happy hour and weekend brunch. 100 N. 18th Street, (215) 587-9040, citytaphouselogan.com
  • Con Murphy’s This bi-level Irish pub serves steaks, seafood, pasta and cheesesteaks, but is best known for its draft beers, including six rotating local brews, Irish whiskies and bourbons. The outdoor patio is a great people-watching perch on warm-weather days, especially during happy hour. 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (267) 687-1128, conmurphyspub.com
  • Dim Sum & Noodle – Well known Chinese dishes, ramen bowls and, of course, dim sum are available here. Steamed Shanghai juicy buns and braised pork belly ramen are favorites among the regulars. 2000 Hamilton Street #104, (215) 515-3992, dimsumandnoodle.com
  • Doma – A small and sleek BYOB offers Japanese and Korean cuisine with options ranging from sushi to bibimbap. 1822 Callowhill Street, (215) 564-1114, domarestaurant.com
  • Goldie – A vegan Kosher falafel shop inside a Whole Foods comes from the team that brought Israeli cuisine to new heights via Zahav. Falafel sandwiches and salads, shawarma fries and tehina milkshakes make up the small but mighty menu. 2101 Pennsylvania Avenue, (215) 557-0015, goldiefalafel.com
  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese Barbecue This cozy neighborhood spot offers a Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbeque) experience. Personal grills encourage shared plates and communal dining. 1901 Callowhill Street, (267) 603-9482, gyu-kaku.com
  • Heffe Tacos Chicken, pork, beef, fish and octopus fulfill the “Tacos that don’t suck” motto at Heffe. Overstuffed burritos like the Willie Make It (spicy beef, black bean and chorizo chili, salsa, waffle fries and cheese) and Betty Won’t (quinoa, chickpeas, roasted tomato, almond and guacamole) represent the eclectic fusion this all-day spot is known for. 1543 Spring Garden, (215) 665-1397, heffetacos.com
  • James Named after James Logan, Colonial mayor of Philadelphia (and namesake of Logan Square), this cozy, contemporary restaurant serves fancy twists on Philly faves, like the Mac-n-Cheeseteak made with ribeye, a seven-cheese sauce and pretzel bread, and cheesesteak pierogi with sriracha mayo. At the bar, guests choose from local brews, six wines on tap and great cocktails; what’s more, the mirrors turn into TVs when there’s a game. 1835 Arch Street, (267) 324-5005, jamesphiladelphia.com
  • Jean-Georges Philadelphia – Michelin starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings all-day dining to the 54th floor of the Comcast Technology Center and home of the Four Seasons Philadelphia. Stunning views accompany impeccable service and signature Jean-Georges dishes, as well as new creations unique to the Philadelphia restaurant. 1 N. 19th Street, (215) 358-0688, jean-georges.com
  • JG SkyHigh – The Four Seasons’ 60th-floor sky lobby features premier cocktails, snacks from Jean-Georges—and stunning city views. 1 N. 19th Street, (215) 419-5059, fourseasons.com
  • Kellian’s Bar and Grill – This longtime neighborhood pub offers a rotating selection of affordably priced draft beers, along with stick-to your-ribs bar food, including the house specialty: fried pickles. 1549 Spring Garden Street, (215) 563-6990
  • King of Tandoor – An Indian eatery with a healthy twist, King of Tandoor serves chicken, lamb and seafood dishes, along with vegetarian options. Also available: a to-go lunch box. 1824 Callowhill Street, (215) 568-0750, kingoftandoor.com
  • Kite & Key Named for Benjamin Franklin’s famous electricity experiment, Kite & Key quenches beer thirsts with one cask, 16 taps, countless bottles and even some cans of local, domestic and foreign beers. 1836 Callowhill Street, (215) 568-1818, thekiteandkey.com
  • LaScala’s Pronto – This quick-service spot offers more than 15 topping choices for its brick-oven pizzas—all of which are available with whole wheat dough. Homemade dessert—Italian lemon creme cake and cannoli—are also worth the indulgence. 1501 Spring Garden Street, (215) 751-0200, lascalapronto.com
  • Liberty Bar & Grill – This cozy bar is known for its friendly bartenders, DJs, happy hours and affordable and filling lunch specials. It’s also a great place to watch the games. 2204 Market Street, (215) 964-9455
  • Matt & Marie’s – Open weekdays for breakfast and lunch, Matt & Marie’s caters to people who care about sandwiches—and most Philadelphians do. Here, they come with top-quality meats, flavorful toppings and, perhaps most importantly, bread that’s the perfect mix of crispy and soft, including gluten-free options. 18th & Arch Streets, (267) 273-1940, mattandmaries.com
  • Maza Taza Mediterranean Kitchen Stuffed grape leaves, baba ganoush and chicken and steak shawarma are menu staples at this Mediterranean street food spot. 1519 Spring Garden Street, (215) 800-1509
  • McCrossen’s Tavern McCrossen’s consistently puts forth exceptional cuisine, along with a few classic favorites. A progressive beverage program is matched by friendly and informative service. 529 N. 20th Street, (215) 854-0923, mccrossens.com
  • Misconduct Tavern – The second location of this popular Center City pub is known for its business lunches, outdoor seating, dozen draft beers, 50-bottle beer list and giant HD TVs for game-watching. 1801 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (267) 928-4297, misconducttavern.com
  • Moustaki Authentic Gyros – Despite the goofy moustache on the door, Moustaki takes Greek cuisine seriously. The grandson of Greek natives, owner Pete Kada promises gyros, souvlaki, salads and sides that will transport diners to a Greek taverna. 161 N. 21st Street, (215) 964-9159, moustakigyro.com
  • Parkway Pub – An impressive selection of craft beers is available on tap or to take out at an eatery tucked inside the neighborhood’s sprawling Whole Foods. 2101 Pennsylvania Avenue, (215) 557-0015, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/phillycentercity
  • Pho Street Vietnamese – Tasty, casual Vietnamese fare—broken rice platters, pho, Vietnamese hoagies—is available for takeout or eat-in dining. 2104 Market Street, (215) 606-9960, phostreet.com
  • Pizzeria Vetri One of three Philly pizzerias founded by chef Marc Vetri is known for wood-fired pizza, calzones and other Italian-leaning fare, in a casual setting. 1939 Callowhill Street, (215) 600-2629, pizzeriavetri.com
  • Rose Tattoo Cafe – Family-owned and operated for nearly three decades, the Rose Tattoo serves American cuisine at its cozy bar and in its greenhouse-inspired dining rooms. Guests can choose from light bites, dinner and house-made desserts. 1847 Callowhill Street, (215) 569-8939, rosetattoocafe.com
  • Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too – One of five Philadelphia area locations, Sabrina’s has earned its reputation as one of Philly’s best brunch spots. In this location, hungry diners fill up on oversized comfort food portions and enjoy the customizable mimosa menu. 1804 Callowhill Street, (215) 636-9061, sabrinascafe.com
  • Thanal Indian Tavern – Recalibrated Indian cuisine fuses traditional flavors with innovative styles—and tinges of barbecue. Thanal’s creativity extends to the bar, where the menu includes the Cocktail Doctor, made with turmeric-infused gin, maple syrup, orange bitters and lime. 1939 Arch Street, (215) 515-2511, thanalphilly.com
  • Tir Na Nog Bar and Grill – Combine the warmth of an Irish pub with a weekly changing new American menu, plus more than 20 beers on tap, and it’s easy to see why Tir Na Nog has earned a rep for a great happy hour spot. In warm-weather months, the good times spill outside onto the patio. 1600 Arch Street, (267) 514-1700, tirnanogphilly.com
  • Unit Su Vege – The family behind Su Xing House brings its popular meat-free (and Kosher) Chinese cuisine to Logan Square. Familiar favorites are made veggie, like General Tso’s seitan, while vegan ice cream and water chestnut cake populate the dessert menu. 2000 Hamilton Street, (215) 988-1888, unitsuvege.com
  • Uptown Beer Garden – In the outdoor courtyard of the BNY Mellon building, this 9,000-square-foot seasonal beer garden makes the happy hour crowd, well, happier. During warm-weather months, Uptown Beer Garden’s two bars pour popular and craft beers, and the kitchen churns out summertime barbecue fare. 1735 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (215) 397-3308
  • Urban Farmer The Logan Hotel’s rustic-modern steakhouse is known for serving grain-finished Pennsylvania strip, a corn-finished California prime filet and a grass-finished North Carolina ribeye. Other standouts include oysters, candied bacon and a twice-baked fingerling potato tart. 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 963-2788, urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com
  • Vernick Coffee Bar – Out front, chef Greg Vernick’s mezzanine Comcast Technology Center is a modern coffee counter featuring elegant pour-overs, amazing juices, strawberry passionfruit kouign-amann (among other delightful pastry) and smoked beet Reubens. Just beyond, a 40-seat full-service restaurant serves elegant, approachable, seasonal breakfast and lunch. 1 N. 19th Street, (215) 419-5052, vernickcoffeebar.com
  • Vernick Fish – Vernick, a James Beard winner, also graces the Comcast Technology Center’s ground floor (and Four Seasons) with a modern seafood spot. With exciting takes on fish (crispy beignets with spicy crab ragu) and non-fish (pork Milanese) for lunch and dinner, Vernick Fish is an amazing option for daring and not-so diners. 1 N. 19th Street, (215) 419-5000, vernickfish.com
  • Yummy Sushi This neighborhood spot offers sushi, sashimi—and is popular for lunch. Fresh, high-quality ingredients and a modern interpretation of classic sushi dishes make Yummy stand out. 1807 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (215) 977-9999, yummysushiphilly.com

Cafes:

  • Bimini Juice Bar – This take-out cafe serves made-to-order juices, coffee and tea, smoothies, açai bowls, salads and other wholesome eats. 1819 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (215) 309-2280, biminijuice.com
  • Capŕiccio Café and Espresso Bar at Café Cret In a glass pavilion with views of LOVE Park, City Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Capŕiccio offers hot and cold beverages, fresh breakfast options, soups, salads and sandwiches, along with ice cream and other snacks. In warm weather, al fresco happy hour turns this coffee bar into a cocktail bar. 16th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 735-9797, capricciocafe.com
  • Classic Cake Company – Esteemed pastry chef Robert Bennett runs this 40-seat, all-day cafe connected to Suburban Station. The day’s menu begins with espresso drinks, pastry and breakfast sandwiches before transitioning to big salads, Le Bec-Fin crab cakes (and more) sandwiches, and so, so many specialty cakes. 1617 JFK Boulevard, (215) 999-CAKE, classiccake.com
  • Cosmic Café – Enjoyed by runners, dog-walkers, bikers, power walkers and tourists alike, this Fairmont Park eatery is a great place to refresh and grab a healthy bite during athletic or sightseeing pursuits. The food is local, organic and sustainably prepared. On Thursday nights, there’s a pop-up beer and hard cider garden, and from May to October, a schedule of live music on weekends. 1 Boathouse Row, (215)-978-0900, cosmicfoods.com
  • Sister Cities Café – Directly in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, this casual, kid-friendly cafe serves breakfast, soups, sandwiches, pizzas and a kid’s menu, daily. Floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor seating offer beautiful views of Logan Square, the Swann Memorial Fountain and Parkway museums. Adjacent to the cafe, a visitor center sells tickets for museums and attractions. 200 N. 18th Street, (215) 665-8600, centercityphila.org

Shops & Markets:

  • Du Jour Market and Cafe – Inside a high-traffic office center, Du Jour caters to customers who are on tight schedules. Still, the cafe delivers a delicious selection of items for breakfast and lunch and great deals on wine, beer, cocktails and appetizers during nightly happy hour. Commerce Square,
    2001 Market Street, (215) 735-8010, dujourphilly.com
  • Pagano’s Market & Bar Open weekdays, this part market, part cafe, part bar has long been a one-stop shop where folks can linger over a meal, meet friends for lunch or shop for dinner and cheese to take home. Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, (215) 523-6200, paganosmarketandbar.com
  • Book Corner – Around the corner from the Free Library of Philadelphia, this bookshop is the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s outlet for book donations. A large and frequently changing selection and great prices ($3 and less) make it a must for bookworms. Records, DVDs and CDs add to the eclectic mix. 311 N. 20th Street, (215) 567-0527
  • The Market and Shops at Comcast Center Those on the go can satisfy just about any culinary craving—burritos, panini, salads, shumai, curry, cannoli—at this upscale eat-in/take-out food court, which also features fresh produce and seafood, along with last-minute dinners and desserts to-go. 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, themarketandshopsatcomcastcenter.com

Parks & Outdoors:

  • Eakins Oval Named for esteemed Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, Eakins Oval is the exclamation point on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it’s dominated by a large sculpture dedicated to George Washington and includes several pools representing America’s four great waterways: the Mississippi, the Potomac, the Delaware and the Hudson. In summer, the space comes alive with pop-up beer gardens and entertainment. Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street, theovalphl.org
  • Anne D’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden This one-acre terraced garden, dedicated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s late director, brings art to the outdoors with works by Noguchi, Oldenburg, LeWitt and others. It’s free, open to the public and offers a spectacular view. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org/sculpturegarden
  • Dilworth Park – Formerly a concrete sweep, the multi-use space on the western apron of Philadelphia’s City Hall is now home to tree groves, benches, two coffeeshops and a large programmable fountain that transforms into an ice rink in the early winter. 15th & Market Streets, ccdparks.org
  • Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza – This expanded memorial pays tribute to the 6 million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. Six paired pillars contrast American constitutional values with incidents of the Holocaust, original train tracks from the railroad adjacent to the Death Camp of Treblinka and other symbolic features. 16th & Arch Streets, (215) 717-2299, philaholocaustmemorial.org
  • Logan Circle Also called Logan Square, this park gives the neighborhood its name, and for good reason. One of city founder William Penn’s original five squares, the park contains one of the most striking features of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—Swann Memorial Fountain. The fountain, a popular cooling-off spot during the summer, is named for Dr. Wilson Cary Swann, the founder of the Philadelphia Fountain Society. 19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • LOVE Park – LOVE Park—officially John F. Kennedy Plaza—is best known for the Robert Indiana sculpture it’s nicknamed for. Still undergoing renovations—Loveluck, a restaurant from chef Marcie Turney and Val Safran, is expected in summer 2020—the park serves as an entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which stretches 10 blocks to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is a popular spot for food trucks, photo opps, entertainment and relaxing by the fountain. 16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, myphillypark.org
  • Schuylkill River Trail – Whether by bike, foot, Segway or rollerblades, people can join the trail behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and follow it east all the way to Phoenixville and beyond (more than 30 miles), or west to the Schuylkill Boardwalk and South Street Bridge. The scenic trail has a paved surface through Philadelphia and Montgomery counties and turns to crushed stone in Chester County. schuylkillrivertrail.com
  • Sister Cities Park and AMOR Sculpture Sister Cities complements the grandeur of its neighboring Benjamin Franklin Parkway attractions. The contemporary, eco-forward pavilion, which houses a cafe and a visitor center, is surrounded by the Children’s Discovery Garden, a boat pond and a fountain that pays tribute to Philadelphia’s 10 sister cities. The AMOR sculpture is a must-Instagram highlight. 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway. ccdparks.org

Arts & Culture:

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University At the oldest natural history museum in the Americas, people of all ages experience natural science in a fun and engaging way. Visitors can stroll through a tropical butterfly garden, touch live animals, get face-to-face with a towering T. rex, dig for fossils, explore dioramas and even meet scientists. 19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 299-1000, ansp.org
  • Barnes Foundation The Barnes is home to one of the world’s most important collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modernist paintings—including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, seven Van Goghs—and African sculpture, all collected by the late Dr. Albert C. Barnes. The gallery space is part of a stunning, contemporary 93,000-square-foot building, which also includes a changing exhibition gallery, conservation lab, auditorium, library, cafe and gift shop. The Barnes hosts cultural events and offers an array of classes, preserving Barnes’ belief that art should be accessible to all. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org
  • Fairmount Water Works – This National Historic Landmark behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art was built in the early 1800s to provide safe, clean drinking water to a growing city. Today, Fairmount Water Works is dedicated to fostering stewardship of shared water resources by encouraging informed decisions about the use of land and water. Visitors can discover the past, present and future of water through interactive exhibits, hands-on programs and guided tours. 640 Water Works Drive, (215) 685-0723, fairmountworks.org
  • The Franklin Institute This renowned institution is dedicated to creating a passion for science by offering access to hands-on learning—through blockbuster exhibitions, engaging theatrical experiences, compelling permanent exhibits and widely respected community outreach. In the entrance lobby, a massive memorial dedicated to Philly’s favorite Founding Father (Ben Franklin) welcomes curious visitors. On the roof, an observatory provides a great space for star-gazing, and, o222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
  • Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch The gorgeous Beaux-Arts building serves as the heart of the Philadelphia library system, which includes more than 50 libraries citywide. Parkway Central invites book lovers to peruse its massive collection, explore rare collections, attend their popular author readings and lectures, enjoy special exhibits and events and celebrate the joy of reading—and free literature. 1901 Vine Street, (215) 686-5322, freelibrary.org
  • Moore College of Art & Design Founded in 1848, Moore is the first and only women’s visual arts college for undergraduates in the country, and it offers programs for both men and women through its graduate studies, continuing education and workshops. Art appreciators can browse The Galleries at Moore, where admission is free, to see works by established and emerging artists and designers, and then visit The Art Shop to take home original artwork by Moore students and alumni. 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 965-4000, moore.edu
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) Two distinct buildings comprise PAFA, the nation’s oldest art museum and school. The original building’s elaborate Frank Furness architecture is as compelling as the American art on display within. One of Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of George Washington is a highlight, as are other well-known paintings by both classic and contemporary artists such as Winslow Homer, Kehinde Wiley, John Singer Sargent, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper and Cecilia Beaux. 118-128 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600, pafa.org
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art This major art museum rises majestically at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Inside are vast collections, including Renaissance, American and impressionist art. The one-acre Sculpture Garden extends the museum’s galleries to the outdoors; the building is currently undergoing a major renovation by architect Frank Gehry, set to complete in fall 2020. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
  • Rodin Museum The only dedicated Rodin Museum outside of France greets visitors with bronze casts of The Thinker and The Gates of Hell. The gallery collection includes a stunning marble copy of The Kiss, while the garden features the cast of The Burghers of Calais. 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, rodinmuseum.org
  • Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building Housed in a 1927 Art Deco building, the Perelman Building showcases selections from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s costume and textile collection, as well as more than 150,000 modern and contemporary prints, drawings and photographs. The building also includes a comprehensive collection of modern and contemporary design, hosts traveling exhibitions and provides invaluable scholarly resources for the region’s students and faculty. An Art Museum general admission ticket includes entrance to the Perelman Building. 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Architectural Stunners:

  • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul – The largest brownstone structure in Philadelphia—and the largest Catholic Church in Pennsylvania—the Cathedral Basilica was modeled after the Lombard Church of Saint Charles (San Carlo al Corso) in Rome. Inside, visitors stand in awe of various shrines, including one to Saint Katherine Drexel, altars, statues and paintings by Constantino Brumidi, famed painter of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 561-1313, cathedralphila.org
  • City Hall Covering more than 14.5 acres, the all-masonry City Hall is one of the largest municipal buildings in the U.S.—and one of the most elaborate. The National Historic Landmark’s Second Empire exterior features Alexander Milne Calder’s sculptures representing the continents and people of the world, allegorical figures, heads and masks. The most notable sculpture is the one at the very top: a 37-foot, 27-ton statue of 17th-century city founder William Penn. Tours of the building and the tower are offered every weekday and select Saturdays, and both include a view from the observation deck, weather permitting. Broad & Market Streets, Room 121, (215) 686-2840, phlvisitorcenter.com/CityHall
  • Comcast Center At one of two across-the-street corporate headquarters for Comcast, visitors stop in the public lobby for The Comcast Experience, an original show screened on the world’s highest resolution LED display—five hundred times sharper than high-definition. 17th & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, visitphilly.com/comcast
  • Comcast Technology Center – Philadelphia’s newest and tallest skyscraper is the latest home for media and technology giant Comcast, NBC 101/Telemundo 62, tech upstarts, the landmark Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia and the Universal Sphere, a virtual reality experience that screens an inspirational free film every 15 minutes on weekdays. Lord Norman Foster is the architect behind the 60-story, 1,121 building, the tallest between New York City and Chicago. 18th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, comcastcentercampus.com

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