Things to do when visiting Hawk Hill for the first time…

The city of Philadelphia has many great attractions. For those who are not from the area it can be a bit overwhelming. There are the usual well-known historical sites, but Philadelphia is a gem with diverse options. If you are from the Philadelphia area you have the city at your fingertips, but for those new to Saint Joseph’s University it is new and unfamiliar territory. Being a student who was born and raised outside of the city limits, I have been asked several questions throughout the semester by my friends. The one question that is asked of me repeatedly is where someone should take his or her family when visiting Philadelphia. This blog will provide the newcomer to the City of Brotherly Love everything that someone should do when they come to visit Philadelphia for the first time.

Old City

There are very few cities in the United States as historical as Philadelphia. This as everyone knows is the city where our freedom as Americans was founded. Old City, being known as one of “America’s most historic square mile.” Old City offers many opportunities for a new-comer to the city, some of which include: The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Elfreth’s Alley, Benjamin Franklin’s House and grave. If you look closely, you may even see Ben Franklin himself walking the streets of Old City. For those with food in mind take a stroll through Headhouse Squares open farmers Market or enjoy the many different tastes of Philadelphia, with more than 80 Old City restaurants offering great cuisine. So head on down to Old City for a day of must see fun and history.


I don’t think there is any city that has as many unique museums as Philadelphia. Everyone who lives within and around the city has a favorite. For those interested in science, the city offers the Franklin Institute, Mutter Museum, and The Academy of Natural Sciences. Run through a giant heart, explore the history of medical oddities, or go back in time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. If art is what you desire, the city has that covered. Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or see the sculptures of Auguste Rodin at the Rodin Museum. No matter what your interest, these are by far the top museums for all to visit during their first time to the city.

Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market offers the chance to try the unique flavors of Philadelphia. Enjoy DiNics roast pork sandwich voted best sandwich in America or stop by Termini Brothers Bakery for a sweet treat. If you are looking for a place to eat around the city then this is the place for you. If you can imagine it, it is probably being sold at the Reading Terminal Market. Learn the history of Reading Terminal Market through a walking tour. If you truly want to get a unique taste the foods of Philadelphia, then this is the place for you.

Sporting Events

Interested in catching a game? This is the city for you. Many great sports teams, including: the Phillies, Flyers, Eagles and Sixers. Each team offers a historical perspective on sports, as well as a fun time. Philadelphia is one of the few cities with four major sporting teams. If you’re interested in the big game take a trip to South Philadelphia.

Philadelphia has something for everyone, from remarkable museums, centuries of history, and unique shopping experiences a visit to the City of Brotherly Love will make your day uniquely memorable.




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