What a First-timer Must Check Out in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has been named a top travel destination for a variety of reasons from best restaurants to its place in American history. With so much to do, this handy guide gives people some tips and tricks to use when they visit for the first time.

The American History Tour

Independence Mall, The liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center are three major spots to see when it comes to American history in the nation's cradle of liberty. The Independence Visitor's Center is located along the mall close to all three locations. The best way to see all three locations is with a free guided tour. Go to the visitor's center website for more.

Visitors cannot come to the city of Brotherly Love without a trip to Geno's or Pat's for cheesesteaks in South Philly. Located across the street from one another and open for 24 hours a day, it is up to the traveler to try both spots to compare or chose just one. The character and spirit of both places is quintessential Philadelphia. Remember to order a cheesesteak "wit wiz".

Pop-Up Parks

Only open in the summer months, there are pop-up parks along the Delaware River that are fun for adults and families. Spruce Street Harbor Park has a boardwalk with food stands and games along with hammocks, floating barge with a restaurant, beer garden and a beach. Another spot is Morgan's Pier. The pier has food, music, beer gardens and festivals. It seats over 500 on an outdoor deck. For the truly adventurous, the Blue Cross River Rink offers roller skating all summer and is located between the two pop-up parks.​

Stasia DeMarco is a native Philadelphian. She has been a freelance journalist and content strategist for 20+ years.​

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