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Ahhhh, the joys of Philadelphia. I’m from outside of Philadelphia, and it always seems like you take for granted the place where you live after you move. There are tons of fun things to do in and around the city. If you’re childless like me, then you probably want to take part in childless types of activities. Here are 20 cheap things to do in Philadelphia without kids:
1. Visit the Magic Gardens
If you’re looking for a place to take Instagram pics in Philly, this is the place to go. The Magic Gardens is located on South Street. It’s a magical (no pun intended) alley of mosaic colored glass. You can take a tour or just putz around for fun. Tours are $10 for adults.
2. Penn’s Landing
Penn’s Landing is a beautiful waterfront area where there’s a lot of stuff to do. Sometimes there are concerts and other events going on like festivals. Check the event calendar to see if there’s an event going on when you’re in town.
3. Have a Drink at R2L
R2L is a gorgeous root top restaurant in downtown Philadelphia. The restaurant isn’t cheap by any means. However, the location boasts panoramic views of the skyline and it is a fabulous place to get a before dinner or after dinner drink. Order a few drinks won’t be too hard on the budget.
4. Do the Historical Stuff
I’m lumping quite a bit of the historical stuff under one title because you and I both know there’s historical things in Philadelphia to do. You may or may not care about this stuff, so here’s a snapshot of historical stuff you can do for free:
- The Liberty Bell
- Independence Hall
- The site where George Washington’s executive mansion used to be
- The Independence Visitor Center
- United States Mint
Most of this is in the Old City area of Philly and you can do the rounds in a few hours. There’s also the Philadelphia Museum of Art that’s an affordable activity (but you know this so I won’t ramble).
5. Visit Elfreth’s Alley
Another historical thing but this one can make for another great photo opp. Elfreth’s Alley is the longest continually inhabited street in the country. It’s a cobblestone street with lots of cute houses that used to belong to artisans and trades people.
6. Gallivant on Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park is a cool area by the water with a boardwalk and festivities during the summer time. There are bars, restaurants, grass, hammocks, and cool lights that they put on at night. It’s a pop-up festival-like experience throughout the summer.
7. Visit the Rocky Steps
You can’t go to Philly without visiting these infamous stairs—for a photo opp and to get some cardio in.
8. Go Restaurant Hopping on Walnut Street
Walnut Street is a long drag in the center of the city with shops and restaurants. At night time, it’s bustling with activity. Chill out at Rittenhouse Square nestled at the intersection of Walnut and 18th.
9. Stay Away from Pats or Genos
Pats and Genos are two rivaling cheesesteak shops in South Philadelphia. These are the ones that are known nationwide. Most people from in or around Philly will not tell you that either one of these are their favorites. I recommend Jim’s Steaks or Ishkabibble.
10. Sip at a Brewery
For beer lovers, there are quite a few breweries and beer spots around town. Check out this roundup of a few to try.
That rounds out the list. Any cool places in Philly to share? Share below!
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