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The 25 Most Popular Attractions in Philadelphia

A guide to the most visited sites in the area

With 42 million annual visitors, Philadelphia’s top attractions get a lot of well-warranted attention. Ever wonder which of the area’s spots get the most visits per year?

We’ve put together a guide (based on visitor numbers from 2016) of the most popular spots to put on – and check off – your to-do list, from food paradise Reading Terminal Market to iconic and beloved historical landmarks like The Liberty Bell Center to top art museums like the Barnes Foundation.

Whether you’re planning your first trip to Philadelphia, making a return trip or already live here, this guide will ensure you hit all of the can’t-miss attractions for which our city is known.

Reading Terminal Market

America’s oldest farmers’ market

Interior of Reading Terminal Market
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The number one most visited attraction in Philadelphia is Reading Terminal Market, the city’s famous indoor food paradise that’s a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and delicious sandwiches to artisanal cheeses and desserts. Close to seven million people(!) visited the market last year and for good reason – it’s amazing. Check out our guide on 10 great things to eat at the market before you go.

Where: Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets


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