Everyone knows that Philadelphia was a pillar of the American Revolution, and a lot of its enduring attractions come from that time. But for those who want to look beyond the Liberty Bell, here are five things to see in Philadelphia that aren’t from the Revolution.

Social Media Feeds

One thing that definitely did not exist during revolutionary times was social media, however it is now one of the best ways to get in touch with the city and its offerings. For some examples, check out our guide to the best social media accounts to follow in town.

A Sports Game

In the centuries since the Revolutionary War, Philadelphia has grown and fostered a new identity in countless ways. One of the most notable of ways is that it became a serious sports town. Head out to a 76ers, Phillies, or World-Champion Eagles game during your next visit to get a taste for this contemporary obsession.

A Proper Cheesesteak

Cheesesteak is probably the most popular attraction associated with Philadelphia next to its Revolutionary roots and culture. For a delicious peak into this relatively modern craze, check out our list for five can’t-fail cheesesteaks in Philadelphia.

A Brewery

They were brewing beer back in the Revolution days, but the extensiveness and technology brought to it today would blow Sam Adams’ hat off. At the frontier of the ever-blossoming craft beer scene, Philadelphia is home to a number of excellent breweries worth visiting.

The New Philadelphia Rail Park

Much like the famous High Line Park in New York City, the new Philadelphia Rail Park is converting old, abandoned train tracks and creating a beautiful public space. This massive project is welcoming visitors for the first time, after years of construction, and you can learn more here.

The Biggest Names in Music

Each year, the end-of-summer Made in America Festival attracts some of the country’s top contemporary talents. This year, for example, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki minaj, Diplo, Janelle Monae, and Zedd are making appearances, bringing Philadelphia national recognition as a leader in the music scene.


So much attention in fact, that Condé Nast Traveler called out Philadelphia—and The Independent Hotel—as one of the country’s best destinations for Labor Day! Check out the link for more information!

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