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Things to Do in Center City, Philadelphia

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As the heart of downtown Philadelphia, the Center City district houses a variety of activities and attractions to make for a memorable vacation. Our prime location in Rittenhouse Square offers seamless access to some of the best cultural institutions and happenings that characterize Philadelphia’s historical charm. Browse through our selection of the best things to do in Center City, Philadelphia, found near our luxury hotel.

Attractions

The Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, 19130 (215) 278-7200.

The 93,000-square-foot, two-story building, designed by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, is described as a “gallery in a garden, a garden in a gallery.” The Barnes Collection features works by some of the most famous artists in the world, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso.

National Museum of Jewish History

101 S. Independence Mall East Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 923-3811

A modern cultural institution, The National Museum of Jewish History lies near a number of hotels in Center City. Explore the rich history of Jewish immigrants to the United States and reflect on how their histories and identities have helped influence the American experience. View over 1,200 artifacts and original documents as well as a library of media that captures the Jewish American journey.

City Hall

Broad St. and Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 686-2840

This architectural masterpiece represents Philadelphia in its classic age. Built in Second Empire architectural style, City Hall features a statue of city founder William Penn sitting atop the house’s tower surveying his creation. Explore the building with a tour to fully enjoy this Philadelphia mainstay.

Events

Center City District Sips

Various bars and restaurants

Every Wednesday all summer long, Center City lights up as the district’s best restaurants open their doors for a city-wide happy hour. Mingle with locals over cocktails, fine wines, and hand-selected brews while sampling hors d'oeuvres from refined establishments such as Chops Restaurant and Marathon Grill.