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Curbed Philly Pocket Guide: Summer 2018

This is all you need to know about summer in Philly—where to go, what to see, how to cool off.

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Ah, summer. There's nothing quite like it in Philadelphia. There are endless parks and public spaces to enjoy the sun, pools to cool off, countless museums and historic sites to meander through, and sweat dripping down your back (Philly this summer is hot, if you haven’t heard). Despite the heat, there's a reason why this city was named last year as the second best city to visit in 2017 by U.S. News World & Report.

And this summer, there are plenty of opportunities to cross something off your Philly bucket list, whether it's something as traditional as jogging—though we would advise against it in these 95+ degree temperatures—up the Rocky steps, checking out the Museum of the American Revolution, or exploring one of the city's many, many parks and public spaces.

Here they are: all the places in Philly to visit this summer. Kick off your shoes (or don’t, if you’re in a museum) and embrace the heat and sun. It is, after all, “always sunny in Philadelphia”—at least for the month of July.

If we missed one of your favorite places, let us know in the comments!

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1. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

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8601 Lindbergh Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19153
(215) 365-3118
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Right by the Philadelphia International Airport is John Heinz, the country's first urban refuge that was established in 1972 when local residents fought to protect the land from being built up by I-95. Today, the refuge is made up of nearly 1,000 acres of woods, pond, marsh, and meadows dedicated to wildlife conservation and the environment. Got a canoe or kayak? There's a docking area to push off when the tide is high.

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2. The Navy Yard

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4747 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19112
(215) 843-9273
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Navy Yard has undegone one of the most fascinating transformations in recent years, drawing big-name designers to the campus. Bjarke Ingels' 1200 Intrepid recently opened right on James Corner's Field Operations' Central Green. And the campus of long-time tenants Urban Outfitters is always worth a visit, too.

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3. Bartram's Mile and Garden

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54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-5281
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This 45-acre National Historic Landmark was founded by John Bartram in the 18th century and it is a must-see for any Philadelphian. Today it features historic structures like Bartram's original home, a new Ann Bartram Carr flower garden, and views of Center City from the river's banks. Its much-anticipated Bartram's Mile is now open to the public, providing even more green space and walking paths along the west banks of the Schuylkill.

A view of Bartram’s Mile looking toward Center City skyline in Philadelphia. Photo by Melissa Romero

4. Washington Avenue Green

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Today, Pier 53 is known to most as Washington Avenue Green, an eco-conscious public park that juts out onto the Delaware River in Pennsport. It’s a relaxing and quiet oasis away from the busier pier parks further north, but still offers great views and a spot to dip your toes into the river. Fun fact: The pier is steeped in history, as it was once the third largest immigration port in the U.S.

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5. Penn Museum

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3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000
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Penn Museum is the largest university museum of its kind in the country, and you could easily spend a whole day here gaping over the treasure trove of this museum's roughly 1 million archeological artifacts. Or, enjoy the warmer weather by hanging out in Stoner Courtyard out front. Try to catch the Sphynx before it leaves on July 8.

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6. Independence Seaport Museum

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211 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-5439
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The Independence Seaport Museum is the region's main museum that documents the area's long-standing maritime history. There are three major ship vessels you can tour, as well fascinating exhibits like "Patriots and Pirates," which delves into the history of the United States' conflict with pirates. And when the weather's right, you can rent paddle boats to explore along the Delaware River.

7. Museum of the American Revolution

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101 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Museum of the American Revolution, opened last spring. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, it features thousands of artifacts dating back to pre-Revolutionary times, including some that were unearthed right on the actual site at 3rd and Chestnut when construction began. Also on display is George Washington's original marquee tents, which he lived and worked in during the war.

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8. Elfreth's Alley

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126 Elfreths Aly
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-0560
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No trip to Philadelphia is complete without a trip down Elfreth's Alley, even during the winter. The country's oldest continuously inhabited residential street is what Curbed readers consider one of the most beautiful in the city. Snap a selfie among the 32 idyllic rowhomes, built from 1728 to 1836, wander along some side streets, and bring a camera. It’s a popular place for engagement, wedding, and Instagram photos, so catch a shot before heading back inside.

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9. Benjamin Franklin Bridge

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Interstate 676
Philadelphia, PA 19105

For a true birds’ eye view of Philly, take a walk along the Benjamin Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River. When it opened in 1926, it had the title of the longest single span of any suspension bridge in the world. Today, you can walk across it—above the PATCO line and speeding cars—toward Camden every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting.

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10. Independence Hall

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143 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305
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This is a must-see for history buffs. This historic building is listed as a World Heritage Site and played a big role in Philly’s designation as a World Heritage City. You have to get a ticket from the Visitor's Center across the street go inside. While you're at it, check out the Liberty Bell across the street and National Constitution Center across the Mall. But if you’re a native Philadelphian, you know this already: Get in early. The crowds are big in the summer.

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11. The Philadelphia History Museum At The Atwater Kent

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15 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Any history-lovers in your life will appreciate the Philadelphia History Museum, which, as the name suggests, is the city's main history museum. Housed in a Greek Revival structure designed by John Haviland (who also designed Eastern State Penitentiary), the museum has countless historic photos of Philly as well as a helpful exhibit that serves as an introduction to the city.

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12. Philadelphia City Hall

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1 Penn Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 686-0321
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This one is a must. The Philadelphia City Hall is the largest city building in the country, with the iconic William Penn statue sitting on top of it. But don't just hang around the exterior: Take a walk through the courtyard and through Dilworth Park, where the fountains are back on through the summer. Or, take in the extraordinary architectural details inside the building's 700 rooms. Or, take a trip up to the top of the observatory deck for a great view of the city. There is an insane amount to see.

13. Masonic Temple Grand Lodge

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1 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Masonic Temple on North Broad is considered one of the great “wonders” of the Masonic world. So it’s no wonder Curbed Philly readers deemed it as having one of the most beautiful interiors in the city. The temple offers tours of its immaculate spaces multiple times during the day, from Tuesday through Saturday.

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  • 14. Comcast Center

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    1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    (215) 496-0610
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    Designed by Robert M. Stern, the Comcast Center features a public plaza and a mesmerizing 2,000-square-foot LED screen in the public lobby that plays regularly and shows scenes of everything you could imagine, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Restaurants and retail are on the lower level.

    15. One Liberty Observation Deck

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    1650 Market St
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    For many of us, the sight of this tower represents the center of our city. It’s our version of the Prudential Center in Boston. Need to get your bearings around this city? Ride the escalator up 57 floors to the top of One Liberty. The observation deck opened in 2015 and features some of the most incredible 360-degree aerial views of the city.

    16. Reading Terminal Market

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    51 N 12th St
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    (215) 922-2317
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    When you need to recharge, take a foodie break at Reading Terminal Market, which was recently named a top food hall in the U.S. The market first started out as the Reading Railroad Company terminal in the 1890s. Today, it features more than 75 food vendors, a farmer's market, movie nights, and the new Filbert Street Flower Market. Be sure to check out the original train shed above the market. Also, as Philly experts will tell you, grab a smoothie, some fresh fish and a good piece of chocolate.

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    17. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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    128 N Broad St
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    (215) 972-7600
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    The PAFA boasts what is undoubtedly one of the most stunning interiors in the city. The historic landmark building, designed by Frank Furness, features an array of exhibits on view year-round. Note: It's closed on Mondays.

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    18. The Franklin Institute

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    222 N 20th St
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    (215) 448-1200
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    The Franklin Institute is always entertaining for both adults and kids alike. For the 21+ club, don't forget about Science After Hours. Once a month, the institute hosts the event for adults, featuring demonstrations, games, and access to the exhibits, which includes the new Mirror Maze and Escape Rooms.

    19. Shakespeare Park

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    1901 Vine St
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    (215) 686-5322
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    The Shakespeare Park/Free Library Bridge has re-opened to the public, bigger and better than before. The site has been paved over and landscaped, and now features amphitheater seating and a large lawn. When it gets too hot, the Free Library’s gorgeous (and cool) interiors are just steps away.

    20. The Barnes in Philadelphia

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    2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
    Philadelphia, PA 19130
    (215) 278-7000
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    The astounding post-impressionist and modern art collection of scientist Albert Barnes is housed in this Tod Williams Billie Tsein Architects-designed museum, which Curbed readers recently nominated as having one of the most beautiful interiors in the city. Looking to enjoy the outdoors? The Barnes Arboretum is located in Merion and open for the summer season. Freebie alert: The Barnes is free on the first Sunday of each month.

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    21. Philadelphia Museum of Art

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    2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
    Philadelphia, PA 19130
    (215) 763-8100
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    Whether you go just to run the Rocky Steps or take a tour of the museum, visiting this historic museum is a must. The museum has started work on its much-anticipated renovations, designed by Frank Gehry. Discount alert: The art museum is pay-what-you-wish every first Sunday of the month and after hours on Wednesdays.

    22. Boathouse Row

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    Kelly Dr
    Philadelphia, PA 19130
    (215) 236-2011
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    You can get up close and personal to the iconic and historic boathouses along the Schulkill River by heading over to Kelly Drive. Before the Lemon Hill Estate became part of the Fairmount Park system in 1855, the leaseholder had allowed rowers to build what's been described as "ramshackle" boathouses along the Schuylkill River. These were later condemned by the City of Philadelphia, and later replaced in the 1870s by more sturdy stone boathouses built in various styles, from Victorian Gothic to Mediterranean to Colonial Revival. While you’re on Kelly Drive, don’t miss the 40-foot-tall public art sculpture Big Bling.

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    23. Eastern State Penitentiary

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    2027 Fairmount Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19130
    (215) 236-3300
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    It's known for transforming into a glorified haunted house during the Halloween season, but Eastern State Penitentiary is open year-round and offers audio-led tours. The colossal Gothic Revival prison in Fairmount is steeped in history, and when it opened in 1829 it became one of the most famous and expensive prisons in the world and the first penitentiary in the country. It's perhaps most known for the cell that housed Al Capone for some time, but there's new stuff to explore even if this isn't your first time here: The penitentiary recently opened its medical wing for the first time ever.

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    24. Philadelphia Zoo

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    3400 W Girard Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    (215) 243-1100
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    Spring in the city means it’s prime time to visit the Philadelphia Zoo, which was established in 1874 as the first true zoo in the country. Today, it's home to some 1,300 animals, as well as some architectural gems like a Frank Furness-designed gateway and the "Treehouse" by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Want a bird's-eye view? There's a 10-minute hot air balloon ride on site that lifts you 400 feet into the air.

    25. Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

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    Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
    (215) 878-5097
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    One of the many hidden gems in Fairmount Park is the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, designed by midcentury modern artist Junzo Yoshimura in 1953. The tranquil place is worth a visit; Curbed readers say it has one of the most beautiful interiors in Philly. While you're there, walk over to Fairmount Park's free Horticultural Center.

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    26. Penn Treaty Park

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    1199 N Delaware Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19125

    There are plenty of hidden gems and restaurants to check out in Fishtown, but when you just want to chill out and enjoy a good view, head to Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River. There are places to grill or lay out on a blanket and a tremendous view of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    27. Public pools

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    1800 Washington Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19146

    It is hot in Philly this summer and we wish we could say “pop a hydrant” like the “It’s Always Sunny” gang would, but unfortunately, that’s illegal. Instead, check out these public pools, which are free, and a refreshing way to cool down in the summer heat. We’ve listed only one, but there are many throughout the city, all of which you can check out here.

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    1. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

    8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19153

    Right by the Philadelphia International Airport is John Heinz, the country's first urban refuge that was established in 1972 when local residents fought to protect the land from being built up by I-95. Today, the refuge is made up of nearly 1,000 acres of woods, pond, marsh, and meadows dedicated to wildlife conservation and the environment. Got a canoe or kayak? There's a docking area to push off when the tide is high.

    8601 Lindbergh Blvd
    Philadelphia, PA 19153

    2. The Navy Yard

    4747 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19112
    Courtesy of Rasmus Hjortshøj–COAST

    Navy Yard has undegone one of the most fascinating transformations in recent years, drawing big-name designers to the campus. Bjarke Ingels' 1200 Intrepid recently opened right on James Corner's Field Operations' Central Green. And the campus of long-time tenants Urban Outfitters is always worth a visit, too.

    4747 S Broad St
    Philadelphia, PA 19112

    3. Bartram's Mile and Garden

    54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143
    A view of Bartram’s Mile looking toward Center City skyline in Philadelphia. Photo by Melissa Romero

    This 45-acre National Historic Landmark was founded by John Bartram in the 18th century and it is a must-see for any Philadelphian. Today it features historic structures like Bartram's original home, a new Ann Bartram Carr flower garden, and views of Center City from the river's banks. Its much-anticipated Bartram's Mile is now open to the public, providing even more green space and walking paths along the west banks of the Schuylkill.

    54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.
    Philadelphia, PA 19143

    4. Washington Avenue Green

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Today, Pier 53 is known to most as Washington Avenue Green, an eco-conscious public park that juts out onto the Delaware River in Pennsport. It’s a relaxing and quiet oasis away from the busier pier parks further north, but still offers great views and a spot to dip your toes into the river. Fun fact: The pier is steeped in history, as it was once the third largest immigration port in the U.S.

    5. Penn Museum

    3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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    Penn Museum is the largest university museum of its kind in the country, and you could easily spend a whole day here gaping over the treasure trove of this museum's roughly 1 million archeological artifacts. Or, enjoy the warmer weather by hanging out in Stoner Courtyard out front. Try to catch the Sphynx before it leaves on July 8.

    3260 South St
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    6. Independence Seaport Museum

    211 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

    The Independence Seaport Museum is the region's main museum that documents the area's long-standing maritime history. There are three major ship vessels you can tour, as well fascinating exhibits like "Patriots and Pirates," which delves into the history of the United States' conflict with pirates. And when the weather's right, you can rent paddle boats to explore along the Delaware River.

    211 S Columbus Blvd
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    7. Museum of the American Revolution

    101 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Courtesy of MOAR

    The Museum of the American Revolution, opened last spring. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, it features thousands of artifacts dating back to pre-Revolutionary times, including some that were unearthed right on the actual site at 3rd and Chestnut when construction began. Also on display is George Washington's original marquee tents, which he lived and worked in during the war.

    101 S 3rd St
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    8. Elfreth's Alley

    126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Photo by Melissa Romero

    No trip to Philadelphia is complete without a trip down Elfreth's Alley, even during the winter. The country's oldest continuously inhabited residential street is what Curbed readers consider one of the most beautiful in the city. Snap a selfie among the 32 idyllic rowhomes, built from 1728 to 1836, wander along some side streets, and bring a camera. It’s a popular place for engagement, wedding, and Instagram photos, so catch a shot before heading back inside.

    126 Elfreths Aly
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    9. Benjamin Franklin Bridge

    Interstate 676, Philadelphia, PA 19105
    Melissa Romero

    For a true birds’ eye view of Philly, take a walk along the Benjamin Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River. When it opened in 1926, it had the title of the longest single span of any suspension bridge in the world. Today, you can walk across it—above the PATCO line and speeding cars—toward Camden every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting.

    Interstate 676
    Philadelphia, PA 19105

    10. Independence Hall

    143 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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    This is a must-see for history buffs. This historic building is listed as a World Heritage Site and played a big role in Philly’s designation as a World Heritage City. You have to get a ticket from the Visitor's Center across the street go inside. While you're at it, check out the Liberty Bell across the street and National Constitution Center across the Mall. But if you’re a native Philadelphian, you know this already: Get in early. The crowds are big in the summer.

    143 S 3rd St
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    11. The Philadelphia History Museum At The Atwater Kent

    15 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Any history-lovers in your life will appreciate the Philadelphia History Museum, which, as the name suggests, is the city's main history museum. Housed in a Greek Revival structure designed by John Haviland (who also designed Eastern State Penitentiary), the museum has countless historic photos of Philly as well as a helpful exhibit that serves as an introduction to the city.

    15 S 7th St
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    12. Philadelphia City Hall

    1 Penn Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    This one is a must. The Philadelphia City Hall is the largest city building in the country, with the iconic William Penn statue sitting on top of it. But don't just hang around the exterior: Take a walk through the courtyard and through Dilworth Park, where the fountains are back on through the summer. Or, take in the extraordinary architectural details inside the building's 700 rooms. Or, take a trip up to the top of the observatory deck for a great view of the city. There is an insane amount to see.

    1 Penn Sq
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    13. Masonic Temple Grand Lodge

    1 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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    The Masonic Temple on North Broad is considered one of the great “wonders” of the Masonic world. So it’s no wonder Curbed Philly readers deemed it as having one of the most beautiful interiors in the city. The temple offers tours of its immaculate spaces multiple times during the day, from Tuesday through Saturday.

    1 N Broad St
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    14. Comcast Center

    1701 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Designed by Robert M. Stern, the Comcast Center features a public plaza and a mesmerizing 2,000-square-foot LED screen in the public lobby that plays regularly and shows scenes of everything you could imagine, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Restaurants and retail are on the lower level.

    1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    15. One Liberty Observation Deck

    1650 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    For many of us, the sight of this tower represents the center of our city. It’s our version of the Prudential Center in Boston. Need to get your bearings around this city? Ride the escalator up 57 floors to the top of One Liberty. The observation deck opened in 2015 and features some of the most incredible 360-degree aerial views of the city.

    1650 Market St
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    16. Reading Terminal Market

    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

    When you need to recharge, take a foodie break at Reading Terminal Market, which was recently named a top food hall in the U.S. The market first started out as the Reading Railroad Company terminal in the 1890s. Today, it features more than 75 food vendors, a farmer's market, movie nights, and the new Filbert Street Flower Market. Be sure to check out the original train shed above the market. Also, as Philly experts will tell you, grab a smoothie, some fresh fish and a good piece of chocolate.

    51 N 12th St
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    17. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    128 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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    The PAFA boasts what is undoubtedly one of the most stunning interiors in the city. The historic landmark building, designed by Frank Furness, features an array of exhibits on view year-round. Note: It's closed on Mondays.

    128 N Broad St
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    18. The Franklin Institute

    222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    The Franklin Institute is always entertaining for both adults and kids alike. For the 21+ club, don't forget about Science After Hours. Once a month, the institute hosts the event for adults, featuring demonstrations, games, and access to the exhibits, which includes the new Mirror Maze and Escape Rooms.

    222 N 20th St
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    19. Shakespeare Park

    1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    The Shakespeare Park/Free Library Bridge has re-opened to the public, bigger and better than before. The site has been paved over and landscaped, and now features amphitheater seating and a large lawn. When it gets too hot, the Free Library’s gorgeous (and cool) interiors are just steps away.

    1901 Vine St
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    20. The Barnes in Philadelphia

    2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
    Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation

    The astounding post-impressionist and modern art collection of scientist Albert Barnes is housed in this Tod Williams Billie Tsein Architects-designed museum, which Curbed readers recently nominated as having one of the most beautiful interiors in the city. Looking to enjoy the outdoors? The Barnes Arboretum is located in Merion and open for the summer season. Freebie alert: The Barnes is free on the first Sunday of each month.

    2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    21. Philadelphia Museum of Art

    2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Whether you go just to run the Rocky Steps or take a tour of the museum, visiting this historic museum is a must. The museum has started work on its much-anticipated renovations, designed by Frank Gehry. Discount alert: The art museum is pay-what-you-wish every first Sunday of the month and after hours on Wednesdays.

    2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    22. Boathouse Row

    Kelly Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130

    You can get up close and personal to the iconic and historic boathouses along the Schulkill River by heading over to Kelly Drive. Before the Lemon Hill Estate became part of the Fairmount Park system in 1855, the leaseholder had allowed rowers to build what's been described as "ramshackle" boathouses along the Schuylkill River. These were later condemned by the City of Philadelphia, and later replaced in the 1870s by more sturdy stone boathouses built in various styles, from Victorian Gothic to Mediterranean to Colonial Revival. While you’re on Kelly Drive, don’t miss the 40-foot-tall public art sculpture Big Bling.

    Kelly Dr
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    23. Eastern State Penitentiary

    2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
    Wikimedia Commons

    It's known for transforming into a glorified haunted house during the Halloween season, but Eastern State Penitentiary is open year-round and offers audio-led tours. The colossal Gothic Revival prison in Fairmount is steeped in history, and when it opened in 1829 it became one of the most famous and expensive prisons in the world and the first penitentiary in the country. It's perhaps most known for the cell that housed Al Capone for some time, but there's new stuff to explore even if this isn't your first time here: The penitentiary recently opened its medical wing for the first time ever.

    2027 Fairmount Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    24. Philadelphia Zoo

    3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Spring in the city means it’s prime time to visit the Philadelphia Zoo, which was established in 1874 as the first true zoo in the country. Today, it's home to some 1,300 animals, as well as some architectural gems like a Frank Furness-designed gateway and the "Treehouse" by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Want a bird's-eye view? There's a 10-minute hot air balloon ride on site that lifts you 400 feet into the air.

    3400 W Girard Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    25. Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

    Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs, Philadelphia, PA 19131
    Courtesy of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

    One of the many hidden gems in Fairmount Park is the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, designed by midcentury modern artist Junzo Yoshimura in 1953. The tranquil place is worth a visit; Curbed readers say it has one of the most beautiful interiors in Philly. While you're there, walk over to Fairmount Park's free Horticultural Center.

    Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs
    Philadelphia, PA 19131

    26. Penn Treaty Park

    1199 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

    There are plenty of hidden gems and restaurants to check out in Fishtown, but when you just want to chill out and enjoy a good view, head to Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River. There are places to grill or lay out on a blanket and a tremendous view of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    1199 N Delaware Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19125

    27. Public pools

    1800 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146

    It is hot in Philly this summer and we wish we could say “pop a hydrant” like the “It’s Always Sunny” gang would, but unfortunately, that’s illegal. Instead, check out these public pools, which are free, and a refreshing way to cool down in the summer heat. We’ve listed only one, but there are many throughout the city, all of which you can check out here.

    1800 Washington Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19146