Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Philadelphia? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Philadelphia?”
Philadelphians aren’t afraid to go their own way. They invented the cowboy hat and popularized Cheez Whiz on sandwiches. They paint more murals than any other city. Their MLB mascot is a weird (but beloved) mash-up of animal features. And they’ve got so many “firsts” to their name — hospital, zoo, public library, general-purpose digital computer, the list is super long — that there are entire books on the subject. The point is, Philly is a visionary town. Whether you’re chowing down on hot sandwiches, admiring street art or searching for tucked-away BYOB restaurants, here’s your guide to the top things to do in Philadelphia right now.