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Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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  • Ben Franklin Parkway - Kelly Drive
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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Time Out Says

5 out of 5 stars

Philadelphia may be more commonly known for its grit than its grandeur, but in the 100 years since it was paved, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—the stately one-mile boulevard that connects LOVE Park to the Philadelphia Museum of Art—has earned its place as a bona fide Philadelphia cultural icon. Stroll the length of it on either side to glide past some of the best Philadelphia museums, such as the Franklin Institute, the Barnes Foundation and the Rodin Museum. There is also tons of green and public space, like Logan Square smack in the middle of the boulevard and Sister Cities Park. The thoroughfare also hosts major events throughout the year—most notably Jay-Z’s massive Made in America music festival over Labor Day weekend.

Josh Middleton
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Josh Middleton


Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cross street:
between N 16th St and Art Museum Dr

What's On

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Festivals

This is the oldest parade of its kind in the country (take that, Macy’s). Starting at 20th and Market streets and promenading along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the 1.4-mile procession includes lively floats and gigantic balloons that make their way along the route, stopping once in a while for spectators to have a good peek—or to give celebrity guests a chance to belt out a holiday tune. The spectacle ends with the arrival of Santa, a sure-fire sign that Christmas is just around the corner.

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