Hidden Treasures in Philadelphia

Hidden Treasures in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia is a city overflowing with landmarks. Why constrain yourself to the most popular ones? See some of the lesser known monuments and visit of few of the well-hidden venues to get the full picture of Philly. Delve into the hidden treasures of Philadelphia with some help from our list.

Rocky Statue
Probably the worst kept, best-kept secret in Philly is the Rocky Statue outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Snap a photo of yourself raising your own fists in victory in front of Rocky—after you challenge yourself to the same iconic East Entrance Stairs he ran up during the movie.

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130 - MAP
Phone: (215) 643-2858
Web: www.visitphilly.com

9th Street Italian Market
Visit the 9th Street Italian Market for some of the freshest produce and most unique shops in the region. Although known for its Italian heritage, the Bella Vista neighborhood which hosts the market is one of the most ethnically diverse Philly neighborhoods. You can find everything from farmers' markets to restaurants, bakeries and cafés selling specialty foods from all over the world.

Address: 919 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 - MAP
Phone: (215) 278-2903
Web: www.italianmarketphilly.org

Bartram’s Garden
Set aside some time to visit the oldest surviving botanical garden in the United States. Bartram’s Garden covers 46 acres in Fairmount Park, and is open to the public for free admission. Try taking a tour inside the historic garden area (the original 8-acre garden begun in 1728), the historic stone house, through the elaborate grove and the largest variety of North American plants in the world.

Address: 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143 - MAP
Phone: (215) 729-5281
Web: www.bartramsgarden.org

Wagner Free Institute of Science
Learn about the natural world at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, established in 1855 by William Wagner. Wagner created this natural history museum as a way to offer free educational courses to the public. Today, the Institute continues to offer free science courses as well as public access to their library, lecture hall and museum.

Address: 1700 W Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121 - MAP
Phone: (215) 763-6529
Web: www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org

Travel across the globe when you enter Shofuso, also known as the Japanese House and Garden, located in Fairmount’s West Park. Leftover from the 1876 Centennial Exposition, this 17th century-style Japanese house and garden represents friendship between the US and Japan. Guests are welcome to find tranquility in the elaborate garden, koi pond and teahouse as well as participate in Shofuso’s festivals and events.

Address: Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131 - MAP
Phone: (215) 878-5097
Web: www.shofuso.com

Secret Cinema
You may have to join an emailing list to get up-to-date information about Secret Cinema—it’s one of the most secretive underground film events in the state! Despite being open to the public, Secret Cinema faces limited (and sometimes changing) venues. See some of the most unique movies, all shown in 16MM film on a giant screen (not video…not ever!).

Address: Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (215) 965-4099
Web: www.thesecretcinema.com

Anastacia’s Antiques
Discover rare arts and antiques at Anastacia’s Antiques. This unique little business began with humble sidewalk sales and has grown to fill a 2,400-square-foot showroom. With an ever-changing selection, you are sure to find all sorts of useful and interesting items that range from the mundane to the extraordinary.

Address: 617 Bainbridge St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 - MAP
Phone: (215) 928-9111
Web: www.anastaciasantiques.com