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A Day Trip Through Historic Philadelphia

10 Apr 2006  former Philadelphian
2.5 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

When it comes to historic houses and buildings, there is a lot to see in Philadelphia--history was indeed made here, and Philadelphia's colonial past is on proud display throughout many of its neighborhoods. This list takes a selective historic tour through the city, starting in West Philadelphia, heading east, and taking time out for shopping and coffee!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Philadelphia
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Brunch at the White Dog Café
    White Dog Cafe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Nestled in a side street that straddles the campuses of Penn and Drexel, the White Dog is a West Philadelphia institution, renowned for putting on a stellar brunch. The atmosphere is cozy, warm, and intimate, and most importantly, the food is great.

  • 2. University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Work off your brunch with a stroll through Penn's gorgeous, sprawling campus, and if you're in a museum mood, hit Penn's Archaeology Museum or the Furness Library with its fine arts collection.

  • 3. Bartram's Garden
    Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Still in a walking mood? Grab a nearby trolley and head out to Bartram's Garden, located in northwest Philadelphia. Located in an unlikely industrialized neighborhood, this garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the country, and includes the oldest building in the city: the home of 18th-century botanist John Bartram. A must see in the spring.

  • 4. Antiques Row
    Antique Row, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    After exploring West Philly, head into the heart of Center City and onto Pine Street. You'll avoid the touristy, mainstream vibe of South Street while getting in some quality shopping and people watching in this quiet, lovely residential part of the city.

  • 5. Ray's Café
    Ray's Cafe & Tea House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    If it's time to rest those feet, drag yourself up to Ray's Café in Chinatown, where you can get the best cup of coffee in the city, rivaled only by local favorite La Columbe, which is located near Rittenhouse Square.

  • 6. Old City Arts District
    Vetri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia's Chinatown is cheek to cheek with the Old City neighborhood, which is chock-a-block with galleries and boutiques, all within the cobblestone haven that is the oldest part of the city.

  • 7. Powel House
    Powel House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Also located in Old City is this colonial historic house, once the home of Philadelpha mayor Samuel Powel.

  • 8. Christ Church
    Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Founded in 1695, this church is a marvelous example of colonial architecture. Famous members of its congregation include Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross.

  • 9. Dinner at Vetri
    Vetri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    One of Philly's best Italian restaurants. Great wine selection, romantic, and well worth the price.

  • 10. Penn's Landing
    Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Nothing is more perfect than watching the sun set over the Delaware River before going home.