There are a number of places to visit in the spring, both here in the US and abroad. Although many will want to plan a trip to a warmer climate during the spring months, the US shouldn’t be discounted. There are several cities in the US that are warm and in full bloom during the spring, such as New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. However, Philadelphia has a lot to offer as well. It’s a city built on a revolution, a new beginning. A place where people got together to create something new. This is evident not only in the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution but in the city itself. Philadelphia consists of beautiful squares and a waterfront that has something for everyone. In the spring, the temperatures are perfect for outdoor adventures with the vibrant colors of blooming plants and trees. Here are some places you need to check out during your spring getaway.
Independence Hall – A trip to Philadelphia is not complete without touring this historic building. Part of the National Historic Park of Pennsylvania, Independence Hall is the birthplace of our nation. It is housed in Independence Square where you’ll also find Congress Hall, the Great Essentials Exhibit in the West Wing, Old City Hall and the Museum of the American Philosophical Society in Philosophical Hall. Plus, there are several museums in the area, including the Liberty Bell Center and the Museum of the American Revolution. If you want an authentic 18th-century meal, head to City Tavern, which is not a far walk from Independence Hall.
Rittenhouse Square — It’s the most popular neighborhood in Philadelphia. You’ll find high-end boutiques and stores, fine dining, luxury apartment and hotels and more. The square itself is a park that has a gorgeous landscape. If you want a view of the city, go up to the observation deck in One Liberty Place. It offers a 360° view of the city and region, including the Delaware River and surrounding suburbs. You can also go shopping in One Liberty with its 42 stores along with two restaurants and a food court.
Society Hill — After an urban renewal in the 1960s, Society Hill became the neighborhood for the wealthy in Philadelphia. Historically-preserved brick homes are the signature of this area. During the spring months, a walk down the cobblestone streets is a must. There is also Headhouse Square and Washington Square (Named after George Washington). Washington Square is a favorite park among residents and visitors for its shade trees and monuments. The farmer’s market in Headhouse Square has a great selection of local produce and goods.
Penn’s Landing – This is the waterfront of the Delaware River, and houses Spruce Street Harbor Park. It’s a popular spot for many festivals, especially the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. You can also enjoy the urban beach and boardwalk. Summerfest takes place here at the Blue Cross RiverRink (ice skating in the winter). There are a number of piers (e.g. Morgan) that have their own activities along with restaurants and bars. If you’re in the mood to gamble, the Rivers Casino is located on the Delaware River waterfront in nearby Fishtown. Also, Penn’s Landing is a short walk from Old City and Independence Square.
These are just a few of the areas to visit in Philadelphia in the spring. There are several museums to explore, including running up the Rocky steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Don’t forget about the food scene! There several notable restaurants to experience along with breweries and bars. For your spring getaway, check out the many great places to see in Philadelphia.