Name a movie or a TV series that makes you want to go to Philadelphia. Maybe “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, or maybe you're the 90s kids that still serenade the theme song of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and go all like, “In West Philadelphia, born and raised… On the playground is where I spent most of my days.” Even though you're not born and raised anywhere close to Pennsylvania.
Well, today is your lucky day because we're going to cover the city of brotherly love: Philadelphia! 😀
Thanks to Lance and Laura from Guide To Philly, we're going to find out how to explore the city for $10 or less! So, what could you get in Philadelphia for $10?
4 Things To Do on the Budget in Philly
Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in America. And while that history plays an important role in most visitors' experiences, this is a surprisingly modern and fun city to visit.
With a highly motivated population of younger, science-savvy people, Philly has become a major business center for the pharmaceutical, biotech, and chemical industries. It is a city that is growing, both in population and prominence. Often overlooked in favor of New York or Washington, Philly is coming into prominence as a major city…again.
There are a lot of free cultural attractions in the city. Philly is also known as the Garden Capital of America because of the many parks and formal gardens that are located throughout the city (again, many of them are free). So, what are the things to do in Philly under $10?
Did you know?
Philadelphia is a city of firsts. America's first hospital, first library, first bank, first post office, and first fire station were all located here. The city was also the first capital of the new United States of America, before the seat of government was relocated to Washington.
Visiting Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
These two sites are part of the Independence National Park and are among the top things to do in Philly. The large, brick building that is Independence Hall is one of the most important landmarks in the city. It was here, over 250 years ago that the concept of modern democracy was born. The building has come to represent the ideals of freedom, limited government, separation of powers, and the peaceful transition of power – all novel concepts two centuries ago.
Similarly, the Liberty Bell also represents freedom, but has come to be associated with the freedom of all individuals, regardless of their background. The bell with the famous crack is inscribed, “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”
Visiting both sites is free, but scheduling tickets in advance is required most of the year.
Neon Museum of Philadelphia
Just north of Center City in an area filled with breweries and hip restaurants, the cool Neon Museum showcases this bright and unique art form. From salvaged building signs to concept art, the tubes of glass filled with inert gases have dazzled the eyes and mesmerized the viewers. Some of the most famous neons have been gathered here.
Cost of entry is just $10, a bargain compared to many of the other expensive museums in the city.
Eat a Cheesesteak
There is no food more closely associated with Philadelphia than the cheesesteak. They were invented in Philly and there is a fierce debate on which shop has the best one. Families have been divided over this important question.
At their core, they are basically the same: a ribeye steak that is fried and frizzled on a grill, topped with your choice of cheese. And depending on which shop you visit, the experience varies greatly.
If visiting Philadelphia, stop by Sonny's Famous Steaks on Market Street, not far from the famous buildings in Old City. You can get a good fried steak topped with cheese for $10.
Explore Mural Arts
Philadelphia has one of the densest concentrations of urban street murals in the world. The Mural Arts Program has created over 3,000 official, large-scale murals in the city, but there are tens of thousands unofficial ones to brighten the city landscape. Best of all, the murals can be seen day or night – for free.
Contributor: Lance and Laura Longwell from Guide to Philly
Lance and Laura Longwell share their passion for the city that was The Birthplace of America on their site, Guide to Philly. From river to river, they share the best in activities and attractions, as well as food and culture.