9 Fun Activities In Philadelphia For Adults For The Perfect Outing

Fun activities in Philadelphia for adults are abundant. Whether you’re searching for the perfect date night or fun things to do with a group, you’ll find it all. Explore the tourist attractions, indulge in Philly cheesesteak, and get lost in the city with all of the fun things to see and do.

 

1) Have Some Old School Fun

One of the most fun things to do in Philadelphia for adults is to have some old-school fun. Play around South Philly and Downtown Philly as though you were kids.

You could lock yourselves in a room, use clues, and work together to get out. Olde City Escape Games allows you to choose an escape room based on the number of players you have (between 2 and 10+). The best part is that the escape rooms are private, so you’re never playing with strangers.

Interested in arcade games? Philadelphia has a long list of places to go to, including:

  • RAM Arcade

  • Barcade

  • Tap Esports Center

Check out some of the local breweries where you can enjoy a flight of IPAs and lagers while playing board games, too. A few of the best are:

  • Good Dog Bar

  • Thirsty Dice

  • The Board & Brew

  • Love City Brewing Company

Most of the escape rooms require advanced reservations, but you can walk into any arcade or brewery with ease.

Escape Room In Downtown Philadelphia

 

2) Explore The Independence Mall

In the heart of the city are some of the most historic parts of Philadelphia. This is a grassy area that encompasses approximately four blocks.

The Independence Mall encompasses:

  • The Liberty Bell

  • Independence Visitor Center

  • Independence Hall

  • Independence National Historical Park

One of the best ways to see the area is with a walking tour, which should be booked in advance.

Independence Hall Philadelphia

 

3) Discover At The Benjamin Franklin Museum

The Benjamin Franklin Museum is so much fun because of the many interactive exhibitions as well as the artifacts on display. The museum allows you to learn about his life as well as his time as a statesman.

Don’t forget to check out the “ghost house” out front, which is an outline sculpture of his home and print shop.

Benjamin Franklin Museum

 

4) Visit Penn’s Landing

Penn’s Landing is named in honor of William Penn’s landing in the city in 1682. Situated on the Delaware River, it offers access to some of the most exciting attractions that are open year-round:

  • Cherry Street Pier

  • Independence Seaport Museum

  • Race Street Pier

  • Top restaurants

There are also a few seasonal fun activities that happen here, including concerts, art exhibitions, and farmers’ markets. You’ll also find plenty of street food as well as restaurants that take the BYOB approach to serving alcohol.

Penn’s Landing In Center City District, Philadelphia

 

5) Tour The Haunted Attractions

With such a historic city, you had to know that there would be spirits and ghosts lurking about, right? Various ghost tours will guide you through the different attractions so you can have the best chance of seeing a ghost during your time in Philly.

Here’s where you’re most likely to see some restless spirits:

  • American Philosophical Society Library

  • Betsy Ross House

  • Bishop White House

  • Cruiser Olympia

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

  • Elfreth’s Alley

  • Grumblethorpe

  • Philadelphia Zoo

Throughout the month of October, there are a number of themed fun activities that cater to the haunted, scary, and downright mysterious. This includes Halloween Nights at the Eastern State Penitentiary and Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres.

Betsy Ross House

 

6) Capture The City Skyline

While you can glimpse the city skyline from a number of places, there are a few places where you can get an epic view by going up.

The Philadelphia City Hall has an observation deck that places you 548 feet above the city. While there, you can also tour the art, architecture, and history of the building.

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, built in 1926, is one that allows you to walk or bike ride across. While it only places you 135 feet above, you get amazing views of the skyline as well as the Delaware River waterfront.

The Bellevue Hotel also offers a restaurant, XIX, on the 19th floor. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide an epic background while you feast on their fine dining menu and incredible cocktails.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge And Philadelphia Skyline

 

7) Walk Around Spruce Street Harbor Park

An impromptu date night can be created simply by walking along the Delaware River waterfront. You’ll find craft beer, amazing food, and trees that are adorned with lights. There are all sorts of events happening throughout the year. Some things to look for include:

  • Live music

  • Craft fairs

  • Beer gardens

Be sure to book one of the relaxing hammock lounges to ensure you have a fun way to take in the stunning views of the Delaware River.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

 

8) Take A Walk Down South Street

You can find a bit of everything when you stroll down South Street. It’s the melting pot of the area, so whether you want to find a Philadelphia museum or the edgiest new coffee shop, you’ll find it here.

It’s where you can find an authentic Philly cheesesteak, find outdoor activities during the summer, and shop a variety of independently owned stores.

Hint: If you want to know if your cheesesteak is truly authentic, it will arguably be made with sliced and chopped ribeye steak, fried onions and peppers, and Cheez Whiz. Of course, you’ll find plenty of restaurants putting their own spin on the classic.

The area spans approximately 14 blocks, covering Front Street to Broad Street.

It’s also worth noting that you’ll find plenty of fun activities in Philadelphia for adults around the Red Light District of South Street after dark. Just wander a bit north of where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is, and you’ll find the adult entertainment you may be after.

South Street, Philadelphia

 

9) Snap A Few “Must-Take Photos

Did you know that there are more than 1500 statues and public monuments around the city? That means that you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities. Ask a friend to snap photos of you with the statues or pose for a selfie.

Here are the top 5 places where you should be taking photos:

  • In front of the Liberty Bell (and it’s free to see it)

  • Pose with the Rocky Statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (bonus points if you yell, “Yo, Adrian, I did it!)

  • In front of the Eastern State Penitentiary (and it’s only a 15-minute walk from the museum)

  • In front of the LOVE sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza

  • Around the premier horticultural displays of Longwood Gardens

Philadelphia Attractions - Liberty Bell

 

Explore Philadelphia With A Local Tour Guide

What if you could tour the city, enjoy live entertainment, and do all the fun activities at once? It’s possible with Founding Footsteps. There are a variety of historic walking tours available, as well as the only BYOB trolleys in Philadelphia.

Tourists and locals alike have fallen in love with these tours because it’s an escape from the “typical” history tours. We offer more fun activities in Philadelphia for adults, and you can make it a date or a group activity.

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A Taste of History Tour

There have been plenty of food tours launched in Philly but none have combined the history of Philly foods along with stops at many of the city's top eateries. Oh and did we mention being driven to various neighborhoods in a BYOB trolley? A food & history tour of Philly neighborhoods making stops at Reading Terminal Market, Little Italy, and other surprise spots. Guests will sample local sandwiches, cheesesteaks, pizza, beer and desserts throughout the tour. Well, Founding Footsteps is poised to launch the first-of-its-kind food tour that combines history and food, along with the sights & sounds of Philadelphia.

A Taste of History food tour will officially launch on June 29th and will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through August 31st. Taking place from 1 pm - 4pm, this three hour tour will take guests to three of Philly's top foodie neighborhoods with over ten stops along the way.

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Old City Historic Walking Tour

Explore historic Philadelphia on this walking tour of the Old City District, a quick and convenient introduction for first-time visitors. See Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenters’ Hall, and more. Then wander down Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street. Plus, choose from multiple departure times to suit your needs. Our storytelling guide will cover famous historic moments in American history as well as the history that you won't see in textbooks!

Our Old City Historic Walking Tour can also be booked as a private tour!

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Historically Hilarious BYOB Tours of Philadelphia

An entertaining, comedic story-telling adventure through Philadelphia, covering the city's major attractions. Tours runs for 2 hours. All ages are welcome. 21+ to drink.

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Tipsy Trolley Karaoke 21+ BYOB Tours of Philadelphia

Experience an adult-exclusive, entertaining, comedic storytelling adventure through Philadelphia, complete with lively karaoke sessions. Explore the city's major attractions on this 2-hour tour, enjoying drinks along the way with BYOB. Participants must be 21 years old and above to join this adult-only, fun-filled journey through the heart of the city! <><><><> 21+ only. <><><><>

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School Tours for Students

At Founding Footsteps, we take pride in creating tours that are not only educational, but also immersive and captivating for students. Our tours are thoughtfully designed to bring Philadelphia's fascinating history and rich culture to life, providing students with an interactive learning experience that goes beyond the walls of the classroom.

We believe that learning should be engaging and memorable, and our tours are crafted with this principle in mind. We strive to make history come alive for students by incorporating interactive elements and engaging storytelling throughout our tours. By doing so, we hope to instill a lifelong appreciation for history and culture in our young learners.

We understand that budget constraints can be a major concern when planning school trips. That's why we offer competitive pricing options, making our tours accessible to as many students as possible. We believe that every student should have the opportunity to learn and explore outside of the classroom, and we aim to make that possible by providing affordable and high-quality tours.

At the heart of everything we do is our passion for education and our commitment to providing students with an unforgettable experience. We take great care in creating tours that are not only informative, but also engaging and fun. We believe that learning should be an adventure, and we invite students to join us on a journey through Philadelphia's vibrant history and culture.

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Brewery/Bar & Restaurant BYOB Tour

An entertaining, 3 hour adventure through Philadelphia or surrounding areas, covering the city's breweries/bars/restaurants of your choice. You chose the destinations, and the time you spend there. Bring your playlist because we have speakers on the trolley! We will pick you up and drop you off! Tours runs for 3 hours+. 21+ to drink.

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