Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and there’s so much history in this amazing town that you’ll definitely want to add an assignment there to your bucket list.
You can see the Liberty Bell, the Rocky steps, and many other parts of American history in person. But, you’d better be ready to cheer on the Eagles and the Phillies because they have some die-hard sports fans out there!
We picked out a few of the top things you should go see or do while you’re on assignment in Philly.
Things to do in Philadelphia, PA:
- City Hall – Okay, we know, it’s a government building, but seriously this place is amazing. It’s beautiful building smack-dab in the middle of the city. The building has made an appearance in Rocky, Trading Places, 12 Monkeys, National Treasure (of course), and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. You can visit the William Penn Statue and all sorts of amazing historical artifacts in the area. It’s a must-see.
- Adventure Aquarium – Okay, technically, it’s in New Jersey… but it’s just a short bridge ride away. The Adventure Aquarium is home to over 8,500 aquatic species. They’ve got sharks. They’ve got penguins. They’ve got hippos. What else do you need? You can even do behind-the-scenes encounters with the sharks and rays, sea turtles, and the penguins. It’s an area favorite!\
- Please Touch Museum – Unleash your natural curiosity and let the kiddos run wild. The Please Touch Museum has two whole floors of totally unique interactive displays. Adults and kids are encouraged to step up and grab whatever peaks their interest. Ride the carousel, explore wonderland, and play in the river.
Where to eat in Philadelphia: Fond
The Fond features new American-style foods from a husband and wife team. It’s nested in a comfortable little neighborhood where everyone can have a good time. Bonus: they have a full-stocked bar where you can enjoy some of Philly’s own craft beers.
“Wow!! Everything we ordered was so interesting, thoughtful and delicious. Such a welcoming atmosphere—lovely decor, good music, and amazing service. Thank you!!!!!”
“Went for happy hour drinks and wish I had stayed! Cocktails were fantastic and the oysters and house-made mignonette hit the spot. Will definitely be back for a full meal!”
Mary Victoria O.
Where to get a sweet treat in Philadelphia: The Franklin Foundation
The bow-tie wearing staff at The Franklin Foundation will make you feel welcome as you pick out your favorite flavors of ice cream, candies, and even sodas! Their website puts it perfectly, “The Franklin Fountain aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.”
“If you are visiting the great city of Philadelphia, make time (and room in your belly) for this place. Truly one of a kind, everyone is all smiles, relaxed, and friendly. The prices are high, but worth it, portions are huge and the atmosphere is so fun. Plus, you can really taste the high-quality ingredients. Their menu offers a lot so don’t be afraid to pick up a menu and read it all before you order. They have gluten free options that I could safely enjoy, as well as vegan and dairy free options for my husband.”
“Never had a bad experience here. I visit every time I’m in town. Teaberry is my favorite flavor that’s off the beaten path. The old-school, soda fountain vibe is charming. Great place for a late night treat! Well worth the wait.”
Philadelphia is a great place to vacation and a great place for travel nurses. We asked our travelers who had recently taken assignments in Philadelphia what they thought:
“Philadelphia is such a beautiful city to photograph. This assignment has been great so far, but I’m having so much fun on my days off, I might never leave. “
“Okay, the food is amazing. The views are amazing. The people are amazing. I’ve loved every second of this assignment. I think I’ll try Hershey next.”