The Perfect Philly Itinerary (as Picked by the Mayor)

Before he could wrap up eight years governing the city, we asked Mayor Michael Nutter to share his plan for the perfect day exploring Philadelphia.

Mayor Michael Nutter completes eight years in office at the end of this month, and he’s endeared himself to constituents with his charisma and engagement with the city’s youth.

"Philadelphia is a great, historic, incredible city, and at the same time, it is dynamic, diverse, ever-changing, and presents opportunities for a wide variety of people," he says. "The big interest in Philadelphia is diversity of population, generally great weather, perfect location between New York and Washington—you can get to either in less than 90 minutes."

Specifically for the holidays, the Mayor suggests LOVE Park for its Christmas Village and Dilworth Park for its ice skating rink. For visits at any time of year, Nutter's recommendations include Philly staples and a few hip hot spots.  

Michael Nutter's Guide to the Perfect Philadelphia Day

Morning: Exercise and a Little History

A bike ride: "The new Schuylkill Banks boardwalk on the Schuylkill River is beautiful and accessible—folks should certainly it check out."

Interact with history: "I always encourage folks to check out the Please Touch Museum located in Memorial Hall, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city."

Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia

Mid-day: Exploring the City's Walkable Grid

Lunch: "Reading Terminal Market is a great spot for any meal of the day, [and offers] an exciting variety of international food."

An afternoon stroll: "Philly is a really walkable city—our street grid designed by William Penn has served [us] tremendously well."

Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia

Evening: Dinner and a Show

To close the day, Mayor Nutter recommends a food and jazz combo. The Bynum brothers—owners of the renowned Warmdaddy's—have opened a new restaurant called South, which in the evenings transforms into a classy jazz parlor.