Explore Philadelphia

Philadelphia on a Budget

The best things in life are priceless, and so is being a savvy traveler. In Philly, it's easy to spend multiple days at the many free exhibitions offered at local museums and attractions, allowing you to explore the city without flushing your bank account.

Whether you want to reenact your favorite Rocky scene, be captivated by an artist or learn about local breweries, your list of “to do’s” will be endless. Plus, in a city that is so rich in history, simply walking down streets gives you a great (and free) look into what Philly is all about. 

Between the history embedded in the cobblestones and the many museums and landmarks, there is something for every traveler. Being budget smart will help you enjoy the best this city has to offer by keeping you and your wallet happy.

Rocky Statue

In 2006, a nearly 10-foot bronze statue of iconic movie character “Rocky” took its permanent place near the famous front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The statue has become a popular spot for selfies, followed by a sprint up the steps just like Sylvester Stallone did in his Oscar-winning film.

Yards Brewing Company

Pennsylvania’s craft beer scene is thriving, thanks in part to Tom Kehoe, who founded Yards in 1994. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Pennsylvania’s first 100% wind-powered brewery, also one of the only breweries within city limits. Free tours are 30 to 40 minutes, and include a beer sample.

Mural Arts Program Tours

Explore the world's largest outdoor art gallery by taking a walking, trolley, train tour or Segway with alternating themes of interest. Experienced guides give visitors an insider's view of the murals, artistic process and community histories that the murals embody. Guided tour prices vary. Check website for details.

Pizza Brain

This socially and environmentally aware pizza shop is the world’s first pizza museum and has a claim to fame in the Guinness Book of World Records with the largest stock of pizza memorabilia. The restaurant also features vegan options and delivery. L, D (daily).

Independence National Historical Park

This park spans 20 city blocks (more than 55 acres) and includes Colonial sites like Independence Hall, Christ Church, Carpenters’ Hall, Old City Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Museum, not to mention the Liberty Bell.

Institute of Contemporary Art

On the University of Pennsylvania campus, this modern site features cutting-edge exhibits of contemporary and provocative visual art, plus artist talks, lectures, films and tours. Free. Open W-Su.

U.S. Mint

More than just the site where money is made, the U.S. Mint is also a museum where visitors can watch the production process and interact with audio/visual stations on a self-guided tour. Gift shop. Free. M-Sa 9 am-4:30 pm. 

Reading Terminal Market

Founded in 1893, Reading Terminal Market has evolved into one of Philadelphia’s major dining destinations, a food mecca where you can taste international and local specialties, including cheesesteaks and Pennsylvania Dutch treats.