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Philadelphia City Hall

  • Attractions
  • Center City
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
philadelphia city hall
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Aby Jose

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Walk the halls of this magnificent Beaux Arts-style building, topped with a massive bronze statue of William Penn. It’s open for tours of its public rooms as well as to the observation deck for a tremendous 360-degree view of the city. On the apron of City Hall sits the recently renovated Dilworth Park. Go there for ice skating in the winter or live music, barbecue, beer and outdoor movie screenings in the summer. Across the street is LOVE Park, scheduled to reopen in September of 2017, after undergoing a thorough spiffing up. Its iconic Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture is set to return then, too. 

Written by
Sarah Jordan


1401 John F Kennedy Blvd
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm

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Mummers Parade

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Festivals

Since 1901, Philadelphians have gotten up bright and early on New Year’s Day to witness this unique spectacle that brings out dozens of performers dressed in lavish costumes to put on shows as they march down one of Philly’s busiest thoroughfares. There are three designated stages along the route—at City Hall and along Broad Street at Sansom Street and at Carpenter Street—so arrive early to stake out your spot for the day’s entertainment. Performances run the gamut from jester-like comedy routines and string band concerts to lavish song-and-dance shenanigans. It’s impressive how some of them can walk and play banjo and be drunk at the same time.

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