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Holidays in Philadelphia

Easily explored by foot, with most of the sights situated within a mile of City Hall, this big city has small town charm. Lose yourself amongst the modern skyscrapers, cobblestone streets and thriving financial district on city breaks in Philadelphia.

Sample the famous Philly Cheese Steak at one of the city’s eateries or tantalise your taste buds at the Italian Market. Catch an outdoor movie screening in the summer – grab a blanket and something from a food truck as the locals do. Or opt for a popular tourist activity and take a horse-drawn carriage from outside Independence Hall. If you can, watch a Phillies baseball game at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia holidays we recommend

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Philadelphia Experiences

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Philadelphia hop-on hop-off tour.

Explore Philadelphia on this hop-on hop-off tour. Visit 20 top attractions including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House, while touring the city in a fun, fast and scenic way. Choose from a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket to ride on an open-top, double-decker bus, with live commentary from your on-board guide. Hop on the open-top, double-decker bus at any of the 20 stops around Philadelphia and ride the one hour thirty minute loop that stops at many exciting attractions.

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Philadelphia Duck Tour.

Enjoy this unique land and water experience, filled with information about the city's important sites and landmarks, fun stories, trivia and comical captains. Philadelphia's favourite tour travels from the historic district to museum district - and numerous neighbourhoods in-between- before splashing into the Delaware River for a 20-minute water tour.

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Sesame Place Theme Park.

Sesame Street comes to life at Sesame Place, with whirling rides, water slides, exciting shows and endless giggles. Dance and sing-a-long with your favourite furry friends in the Neighbourhood Street Party. As the little ones learn about letters, numbers and friendship at one of the two street-stopping parades. Sesame Place is located just 30 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes south of New York City. It is the country's only theme park based entirely on the beloved TV show Sesame Street.

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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia.

Experience the best of US history with a modern twist on this tour of Philadelphia. See where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, take a photo of the Liberty Bell, see where past presidents like George Washington lived, and learn about William Penn, Pennsylvania's founder. Discover the lively neighbourhood culture as you pass art galleries and cafes, and top off your tour with a refreshing drink at a local pub.

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The Philadelphia Pass.

Enjoy free admission or discounts to over 30 of Philadelphia's top attractions and destinations. So whether you prefer museums or malls, zoos or gardens, sport events or shopping excursions - with The Philadelphia Pass there really is something for everyone. Philadelphia is a city of endless options and the Philadelphia Pass has been designed to let you do as much or as little as you like, and at your own pace.

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Driving itineraries we recommend from Philadelphia.


Take a day trip to the capital of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. This historic city played an important part in shaping US history. Visit the ‘must see’ State Capitol Building and enjoy a free tour of this impressive domed building. Then cross the plaza to explore the State Library. This urban metropolis still retains its warmth and friendliness – combining a hub of family activities with quaint shops and galleries. Take a cruise down the Susquehanna River on a paddle wheeler boat or picnic in Riverfront park.


Hire a car and take a day trip to Gettysburg, the site of one of the most important battles of the US Civil War and the largest land battle ever fought in North America. Visit Gettysburg National Military Park Museum, see Lincolns Lost Treasure and catch a showing at Gettysburg Majestic Theatre. Just a two and a half hour drive from Philadelphia, tour the battlefields, stroll around the museums and stop in the towns many gift shops. If you have time, pass by nearby Harrisburg en route.


Approximately a thirty to forty-five minute drive from Philadelphia, Langhorne is the home of Sesame Place – a one-of-a-kind theme park that is based on the characters of the children’s show Sesame Street. This popular attraction boasts wet and dry amusement rides, games, shopping, live shows and musical parades.


Just under two hours from Philadelphia, Hershey is a city in the Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania. It has a rich history and cultural significance being the birthplace of Hershey’s Chocolate. One of the city’s well known attractions is Hersheypark, a theme park that’ll keep the whole family entertained.

Lancaster County – Amish Country.

Enjoy the scenic drive through the heart of Pennsylvania Amish Country on your day trip to Lancaster County. Take in the scenic sights of gentle rolling hills and lush farmland as you go – and admire the picturesque windmills that are dotted on the horizon. This area has become synonymous with the old-fashioned charm and simple way of life of the Amish. Buy a quilt, an example of authentic craftsmanship or enjoy a buggy ride.

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