Tom Crane Photography

Who’s ready for a Philadelphia Road Trip?

There’s nothing like a great road trip to make forever memories. If you’re thinking of setting off to explore new lands, or revisit familiar ones, a perfect summer destination is waiting for you in Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love is an ideal trip for New York, Tri-state, and Washington Metropolitan area tourists looking for a memorable and convenient getaway. As a visitor to Philly, you can easily explore the city on foot or take advantage of convenient access to major highways – through a car or Philadelphia’s robust transportation system, SEPTA – granting you pathways to all corners of the city and surrounding suburbs.

Philadelphia Road Trips

This summer, join tourists from all over the world visiting Philadelphia to discover its wonders. The city offers an enriching experience for individuals and families alike.

  • You can learn more about how our great nation began in Philadelphia’s Old City. Explore historical treasures like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Betsy Ross House.
  • Sports fans will love a trip to South Philly to explore the Sports Complex to see where Philly’s sports teams: The Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers play. As well as a run through the Italian market and eventually up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, just like Rocky.
  • There is beauty to behold at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Christ Church, Mother Bethel AME Church, and the Free Quaker Meeting House.
  • And something for everyone at the various museums like The Franklin Institute, The Barnes Foundation, and the Mutter Museum.

But maybe it’s time you consider taking a closer look at some of Philly’s unique gems on the road less traveled. Give yourself a treat by looking at our great city from a different point of view. From a location you’ve never been, or from one you’ve never appreciated … until now.

Check out these great Philadelphia Road Trips:

  • Andalusia Historic House, Gardens & Arboretum

    Andalusia Historic House, Gardens & Arboretum is a beautiful 19th-century mansion located on the banks of the Delaware River. The mansion is surrounded by 50 acres of lush gardens, woodlands, and waterfront. Visitors can tour the mansion and gardens, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

    The mansion is filled with antiques and collectibles, including Voltaire’s complete works edition of 1785. The gardens are home to a variety of flowers, trees, and shrubs, and there is even a greenhouse. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds.

    Andalusia is a great place to spend a day exploring history and nature. It is located just a short drive or train ride from Philadelphia, making it a convenient day trip.

    Andalusia is open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding holidays. Admission to tour the gardens has been reduced to $15 per person. Guided tours of the Historic House are offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and cost $30 per person.

    Philadelphia Road Trip

    Tom Crane Photography

  • Independence Seaport Museum

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    The Independence Seaport Museum is a must-visit spot on the Delaware River waterfront. It’s home to one of the world’s largest collections of maritime artifacts, and it’s located in the historic Penn’s Landing area of Philadelphia.

    Visitors of all ages can enjoy exploring the museum’s historic ships, the Cruiser Olympia and the Submarine Becuna, as well as its award-winning interactive exhibits. During the summer, the museum offers expanded hours and guided tours of the ships, so you can spend even more time exploring this amazing place.

    Here are some of the things you can do at the Independence Seaport Museum:

    • Tour the Cruiser Olympia, the oldest floating steel warship in the world.
    • Explore the Submarine Becuna, a World War II-era submarine.
    • Learn about maritime history at the museum’s exhibits.
    • Take a walk along the Delaware River waterfront.
    • Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants in Penn’s Landing.

    The Independence Seaport Museum is a great place to spend a day learning about history, exploring the waterfront, and having fun with your family. For more information on tickets and general admission, click HERE.

    Philadelphia Road Trip

    Independence Seaport Museum

  • The Clay Studio

    The Clay Studio is a great place to learn about and experience ceramic art. It’s located in the charming neighborhood of South Kensington, just a short walk from Philadelphia City Hall.

    The Clay Studio is currently hosting an exhibition called Small Favors featuring nearly 400 small artworks, each measuring just four inches on a side. The pieces are made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, glass, fiber, paper, paint, and clay. Artists from all over the world have submitted pieces for this exhibition, including Japan, China, Hungary, and the United States.

    All exhibitions are free to view, and The Clay Studio is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is ideal for visitors interested in shopping for unique creations and discovering the world of clay.

    Catalina Carlton - Shake When Sad - $600

    Catalina Carlton – Shake When Sad – $600 (Photo The Clay Studio)

  • Museum for Art in Wood

    The Museum for Art in Wood (141 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106) is a great place to learn about and experience wood art. The museum is located in Philadelphia and has a global audience. It is committed to building a democratic and inclusive community by keeping its resources free and available to the public.

    The museum’s latest exhibition is called The Mashrabiya Project. It is an international exhibition that showcases the significance of the mashrabiya, a lattice screen often attached to windows or interior spaces. Mashrabiyas have practical uses, such as conducting airflow and providing privacy from public view. They are also beautiful works of art.

    The Mashrabiya Project features commissioned, never-before-seen works from six international artists. It also includes hybrid programming to encourage further public engagement and discussion. A cornerstone of The Mashrabiya Project is the multi-disciplinary exhibition titled Seeing Through Space. Art enthusiasts can marvel at the designs of Islamic-styled artistry as interpreted through various mediums, such as sculpture, painting, and photography.

    The Mashrabiya Project is on display through July 23, 2023.

    Museum for Art in Wood

    The Mashrabiya Project featuring works by (L to R) Susan Hefuna, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, and Majida Khattari
    (Photo Museum for Art in Wood)

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