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Getting to Know Philadelphia, PA

Most everyone from Philadelphia affectionately refers to the "City of Brotherly Love" as simply "Philly." It's one of the country's most walkable cities, and is likewise popular with cyclists. Art and culture abound, and its job market is growing--good news for those looking to relocate. And while Philly is a central location in U.S. history (where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written), inhabitants and visitors find a modern, vibrant city that's proud of its past as it continues to evolve.  

 

Did You Know?
The Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Rocky Steps," were made famous by Sylvester Stallone's run to the top of the museum entrance in the movie Rocky.

 

Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Philadelphia offers excellent suburban options like Fishtown (to the northeast) and Fairmount (to the north and known as the "Art Museum Area"), ideal for young families and new professionals looking for green space and a slower pace outside the bustle of downtown. If being near all the hubbub is more your style, consider the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in the middle of the city, and bursting with little boutiques, cafes and galleries.  

 

Philadelphia Apartments

Whether you're looking for brand-new Philadelphia apartment complexes with amenities like a fitness center and rooftop pool, or you're seeking renovated factory lofts and high-rises with parking garages within walking distance of restaurants and bars, Philly delivers with a smorgasbord of great rental options.

 

Fun Things to Do in Philadelphia

Outdoor festivals abound in Philly, from the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the largest competitions in the world, to the Festival of Fountains at Longwood Gardens, featuring spring and summer performances and fountain displays set to music.

 

Free Things to Do in Philadelphia

With such a rich history, Philadelphia provides visitors and residents tons of free options for exploring and learning. Check out our list of free things to do:

  • Liberty Bell Center: For a great way to learn about Philly, peruse the historical documents and then get a selfie with the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence.
  • Curtis Institute of Music: Glimpse some of the world's up-and-coming young musicians at this conservatory in the Center City area. Student recitals are held several nights a week.
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park: Overlooking the Delaware River, this park is the perfect place to relax while you play a game of chess on the oversized board or grab a hammock in the summer to watch the city pass by.
  • Once Upon a Nation: Sit with your kids and listen to professional storytellers recount our nation's history at 13 charming benches scattered throughout the Historic District.
  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk: Breathtaking views of the city skyline await you on this 2,000-foot-long walkway that runs partly along the Schuylkill River.

 

Philadelphia Sports

Satisfy your love for sports with a trip to Citizens Bank Park, home to the Phillies MLB team, or gather around the gridiron to watch the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Hockey fans can support the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

 

Things to Do in Philadelphia with Kids

Treat your children to an outing at the Philadelphia Zoo, where you feel a part of the animals' habitats as they wander behind a see-through mesh trail system throughout the zoo and above pedestrian walkways, or take them for a round of miniature golf or a carousel ride at Franklin Square.

 

Top-rated School Districts in Philadelphia

Several Philadelphia school districts earned top marks in Niche.com's 2018 Best School Districts report, based on U.S. Department of Education data. Among those that made the A-List are: Tredyffrin-Easttown, Radnor Township, Lower Merion and Unionville-Chadds Ford districts.

 

Day Trips from Philadelphia

Living in Philly puts you within two hours distance of New York City and three hours away from Washington, D.C. If you're feeling lucky, you can also travel just over an hour to the exciting casinos and buzzing boardwalk in Atlantic City. Pack up the kids and your swimsuits for a family road trip to Ocean City, the closest beach to Philadelphia, with an amusement park on the boardwalk.