9 Amazing Secret Places In Philadelphia You Must See

Secret Places In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the largest cities in the USA. You might have lived there your whole life but still, miss several hidden gems. Center city is among the most popular destination for travelers. It’s the perfect blend of historical sites and modern skyscrapers. But what’s next once you have been to all the top sites?

You must explore all the corners in Philadelphia to uncover sites you never knew existed. If you are a visitor with some time on your hands looking to explore off the beaten path, here are the top hidden gems in Philadelphia.

1) Bartram’s Garden

Visiting Bartram’s Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the city can make a fun day out. It is home to an ancient riverfront and horticulture. You will enjoy the trees and wildflowers and learn about the garden’s history that stretches back centuries. There are descriptions of the different kinds of flowers and plants around the garden.

The old stone houses complete the picturesque view of the site. It will be a refreshing time away from your busy everyday life. John Bartram founded the beautiful garden in the early 70s.

Wildflowers In Bartram's Garden - The Oldest Botanical Garden In North America

2) Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum is also the best-kept secret in Philadelphia. Plan your visit to the beautiful 92-acre public garden. Take time to appreciate the jaw-dropping landscapes, trees, and rare plants. Those who have discovered the arboretum make it a go-to place whenever they want some outdoor fun.

The lovely place is great for nature walks and picnics. The site is always open except for major holidays. It makes it one of the best places to visit whenever you are in the city. You won’t have to spend much to have a great time.

Morris Arboretum - Hidden Gems In Philadelphia

3) Forbidden Drive

If you don’t check out this scenic trail close to the city, you are missing out on a hidden gem. Whether you enjoy walking, running, or biking, this drive has everything you want. It’s increasingly becoming the most popular trail in Philly.

A few hours at Forbidden Drive will help you clear your mind before returning to your daily schedule. If you are a visitor who doesn’t mind getting a bit dirty, this is the best place to go.

Forbidden Drive - Hidden Gems In Philadelphia

4) Fountain Street Steps

Fountain Street Steps are hands down one of the unique places in Philadelphia. The artistic steps were remarkably done by the artist, Paul Santoleri. They used to be trashed and littered, but now they have become a hidden attraction in the city.

The 70 stained glass mosaic steps are not something you see every day. Don’t complete your Philadelphia visit without stopping by Fountain Street to feast your eyes. These steps will make your day if you are artistic or enjoy quirky stuff.

5) Visit The Old City

This is another hidden gem filled with colonial-era sites. It’s almost like visiting a national memorial that will take you back in time. Whether you are experiencing the Old City District as a visitor or a city resident, there is always something new to learn and see.

It’s a charming national memorial, multi-layered, and creative district. The area has experienced much residential growth in the past few years. Even interacting with the locals can be an adventure. It’s a neighborhood in Center City with a lot to offer.

Elfreth's Alley Street- Hidden Gems In Philadelphia

6) Pennsylvania Hospital Garden

When you hear the name, you might be quick to judge. But the garden sits on the first ever hospital even before the American Revolution. The hospital is not operating anymore, but it’s still a nice place to explore. It’s among the most beautiful places because of the garden filled with greenery and flowers.

If you want to explore some history before the American Revolution or simply enjoy the natural resources, you will be at the right place. There is a statue of William Penn in the center. The site is open to the public and free to visit, yet most people don’t know.

7) Pizza Brain – Visit The First Pizza Museum

You can’t talk of hidden gems in Philadelphia without mentioning the first pizza museum in the world. You will appreciate their museum display and eat some of the best pizzas of your life. They have an array of pizza memorabilia and collectibles.

Pizza Brain can easily be your best spot in the city if you are a pizza lover. There are all sorts of items you can buy and go back with after your visit, including books and pizza-related toys.

Pizza Brain For Pizza Lovers

8) Shofuso Japanese Garden – A Unique Hidden Gem

Philadelphia doesn’t run short of beautiful gardens. The heavenly garden, Japanese house, and pond perfectly define a hidden gem. It’s the go-to place when you want to explore something you haven’t before.

You can walk through the Japanese house and see all the rooms and murals on display. Take your time, learn all the garden sections, and enjoy the pond.

The Best Japanese Garden In North America

9) The Pavilion In The Trees

It’s not every day you will find such a secluded and serene spot like this to appreciate nature, think, read or even paint. The trees around provide a shed to the observation deck; you can sit around and enjoy the views.

But chances are your mobile signal won’t work there, so carry a map, especially when visiting the Pavilion In The Trees for the first time.

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At Founding Footsteps we can help you explore some of these hidden gems in Philadelphia. We are the only ones in the city that provide a BYOB trolley experience.

Whether you are a local or a visitor, booking a tour with us is the best way to experience Philadelphia. You will hear all sorts of stories about the city and enjoy live entertainment.

Book your next adventure today and explore hidden gems and secret places in Philadelphia!

A Gazebo In West Fairmount Park Near The Rodin Museum


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