Things to do in Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love is calling! Whether you’re in Philadelphia for business or pleasure, Vinnie Van GO has pulled together his favorite spots for your trip to this historic city.

From the cheesesteaks to the Liberty Bell plus hidden gems galore – here is Vinnie Van GO’s guide to Philly! There's always something to do in Philadelphia... book a shuttle today.

Philly Annual Events

Philly Beer Week

For 10 days in early June, join beer enthusiasts from all over the world for this annual Philadelphia event. Join the throngs in tastings and beer-paired dinners. Buy your tickets now! Also, don’t forget to book your transportation with GO so you can enjoy all the beer you want.

Mummers Parade

This annual parade in January brings tens of thousands of men, women and children to dance and parade down one of Philly’s main streets in colorful costumes. Band troupes serenade the crowd with musical numbers accompanied by choreographed dances as the whole city comes out to party.

Roots Picnic

This Philadelphia festival was begun by the Grammy-award-winning hip-hop band, The Roots. Located every June at Penn’s Landing’s Festival Pier, the line-up of musical acts is always stellar. Buy your tickets well ahead of time, as this festival often sells out. And don't forget to reserve your festival shuttles with GO.

Philadelphia Arenas

South Philadelphia Sports Complex

The South Philadelphia Sports Complex is home to the Wells Fargo Center, the Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, and the Xfinity Live! Arena. The sports complex has been an entertainment facility for the Philadelphia area for more than 50 years. The Wells Fargo Center is home to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, the NBA’s 76ers, and more. The Lincoln Financial Field is home to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and Citizen Bank Park is a baseball field for the Phillies. The Xfinity Live! Entertainment center sees some of the biggest music performances throughout the year. Check the sites for tickets and book your shuttle ride to and from the sports complex ahead of time!

Philadelphia Landmarks

Philadelphia is known for its historic sites. Here are Vinnie Van GO’s absolute favorites, all within a short shuttle ride away from any Philly hotel.

Liberty Bell

The city’s crown jewel is an iconic symbol of independence for the United States. Located in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historic Park, the bell was commissioned in 1752 in England before being shipped to America. Once here, it received its iconic crack after being rung shortly after arrival. It was used to summon lawmakers and alert citizens to public meetings.

Independence Hall

A mere few hundred years ago, this was the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and where the Constitution was adopted. While the documents are now living in Washington DC’s National Archives, Independence Hall is still a national treasure, and houses an entertaining interactive hologram of Philadelphia native Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin Institute

This science and education center is one of Philly’s best, and perfect if you’re visiting town with the family. Named after one of Philadelphia's most famous residents, this institution, one of the oldest science centers in the country, is all about exploration and fun!

222 N 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Philadelphia Neighborhood Guides

If you’re looking to explore Philly by foot, Philadelphia Urban Adventures has the insightful historic tour for you. Another great option is Founding Footsteps. If you’re looking for less walking, and more food, City Food Tours Philadelphia will make sure you consume the best grub that the City of Brotherly Love has to offer! If you’re feeling more thirsty, Philly Brew Tours is another great option for those 21+.

Philadelphia is famous for having amazing food, and Vinnie Van GO has pulled together his favorite spots to try them.

For the best Philly’s cheesesteaks, try classic establishments and local institutions such as Pat’s Steaks or Geno’s Steaks. Begun in the 1930s, this sandwich is made with sliced beef and melted cheese, and is a Philly staple.

For the famous Philly-style soft pretzel, try any street vendor.This soft pretzel was begun in 7th century France, and was brought to Philly by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Avoid the touristy areas to grab yours where the locals do!

For some classic local institutions, try McGillin’s Olde Ale House. Opened in 1860, this 157-year-old bar is a must-visit. Another classic is Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, opened in 1900. Another Italian gem is Dante & Luigi’s, opened in 1899, and known for being a mob-favorite in the 80's.

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