Philadelphia has a lot of great things, but one secret that we think is particularly amazing is its diversity. Whether you’re looking for a spot to go running or a place to go out with friends, there’s always somewhere new and exciting in Philadelphia. Even if you’re not from here, there are tons of places you can visit that will make you feel like you’re home.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite hidden gems in the city below:
The Library Company Of Philadelphia
The Library Company of Philadelphia is a private library founded in 1731. It’s located at 1314 Walnut Street and has a collection of over 100,000 books.
The Library Company was established by the city fathers to support education and culture within their community, but it didn’t start out as an actual library—it began as a reading room where people could gather to discuss current events with other members of society. Over time, this evolved into what we know today: an institution dedicated to preserving knowledge through its collections (which includes works on philosophy, religion and science).
The hidden courtyard at Stone House in Roxborough
The hidden courtyard at Stone House in Roxborough is a lovely spot to visit on a warm day. Built in 1825, the house has been restored and preserved as a museum by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Inside you’ll find exhibits about life in 19th century Philadelphia, including furniture left behind after an auctioning spree by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
The grounds are also worth exploring: there’s a small pond where you can stroll along paths or enjoy views of Philadelphia Tower rising above other buildings nearby.
The Lily Pond at Bok
The Lily Pond at Bok is a hidden gem in Roxborough. While it’s not easy to get to, it’s worth the effort. The pond is surrounded by trees and flowers, making it a great place to relax or take pictures. It’s also ideal for walking around—you can enjoy all three seasons here!
The Spring Garden Tunnel
The Spring Garden Tunnel is a tunnel that runs under Spring Garden Street, connecting the two sides of the street. It was built in 1893 and it was built to help with traffic congestion on Spring Garden Street. The city of Philadelphia built this tunnel as well as other tunnels throughout their city at that time.
The Art Balcony of Pafa
The Art Balcony of Pafa is a hidden gem in Philadelphia. Located in the Roxborough neighbourhood, it’s one of only two public art galleries in the city and features works from nearly 50 local artists. The space itself is small but charmingly intimate—a perfect place to enjoy some free time with your friends or family (or if you’re like me, both).
It’s open Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 6:00pm; admission is free!
The Santee Alley in Chinatown
The Santee Alley is one of the best places to eat and shop in Chinatown.
This narrow street runs between 10th Street and 11th Street, which makes it perfect for both walking and shopping. The alley is lined with shops, restaurants, and cafés that make it a great place to grab dinner or snack on some food for the road.
The Santee Alley also has an interesting history—it was once home to several opium dens and so on.
The Kelly Drive Row Houses Underground Tunnels
The Kelly Drive Row Houses Underground Tunnels are part of a well-known Philadelphia architectural landmark. They were built in the early 1900s by the Roth family, and they’re considered some of the most beautiful row houses in Philadelphia.
The style of these houses is similar to that used at select English towns like Oxford or Cambridge: white stucco walls with grey accents and pargeting around windows and doors. The underground tunnels connect each building with one another through a series of stairs built into the side walls; it still remains unclear how they fit together.
The Shofuso House
The Shofuso House is a Japanese style house built in 1954 that’s located in the Japanese Friendship Garden. This replica of a Japanese home is one of the most popular attractions for tourists visiting Philadelphia, and it was built by the Japanese American community of Philadelphia.
The Shofuso House came about when members of the community wanted to preserve their culture after World War II ended, so they created this replica for others to learn about their heritage through art and architecture.
Penn Museum is a museum of archaeology and anthropology, located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It is one of the oldest and largest university-based cultural institutions in the United States.
The Penn Museum houses over 1 million archaeological artefacts from around the world to provide visitors with an understanding of human history over time through its exhibitions and educational programs. The museum’s mission statement states that it seeks “to educate people about our cultural heritage through interactive exhibitions that engage all learners.”
Penn Treaty Park
Penn Treaty Park is located in the heart of the city, and it’s a great place to go if you want to get out of the city without being too far away. As a visitor, this can be a bit tricky—you have to take public transportation or drive yourself there—but it’s worth it if you want an escape from your busy schedule!
The park itself has many things going on inside and outside its borders: there are trails for hiking and running, an outdoor theatre plays shows every weekend (including Shakespeare), concerts happen throughout most months at various points throughout campus life (more info here), and there are also several museums nearby including The Franklin Institute Science Museum and American Philosophical Society Museum which both have interesting exhibits about science history & culture respectively.
If none of this sounds interesting enough for you then maybe we should talk about something else…
The Morris Arboretum is an amazing place to visit, especially if you’re in the Boston area. It’s a National Historic Landmark and one of the largest arboreta in the world. It has been open to the public since 1873 and is located in Chestnut Hill.
The park contains over 10,000 trees, shrubs and vines from around the world, including some rare or endangered species. The architecture is beautiful and peaceful, with beautiful gardens and walkways throughout. There are also many activities for children—including pony rides and train rides—and adults can enjoy birdwatching or hiking through the forested areas of the park.
If you love nature or just want to spend some time in a tranquil setting, this is definitely one place where you should visit!
The Rodin Museum
The Rodin Museum is located in the centre of Philadelphia, and it’s free. The museum is open to the public from 10am to 5pm every day.
The Rodin Museum was founded by John Sartain and opened its doors in 1936 as an art gallery that showcased works from several different artists including Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Auguste Rodin himself. Today it houses over 2,000 pieces including paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn (who lived nearby), Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Salvador Dalí among others.
John F. Collins Park
John F. Collins Park is a public park located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The park is located at the corner of 22nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, in the Logan neighbourhood of Philadelphia.
The park was named for John F. Collins (1833-1905), who served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1892 to 1895 and was instrumental in creating many early health care facilities within the city during his tenure as mayor. The park includes playground equipment for children and their parents/guardians to use while they enjoy playing together or just relaxing by themselves after work or school hours have come to an end
The Ranstead Room
If you’re a fan of hidden rooms, then the Ranstead Room is for you. The Ranstead Room is a secret room in the Art Institute of Chicago. It was built in the 1920s and hidden behind a bookcase that can only be opened with two keys: one belonging to its original owner and another belonging to his son.
The main attraction here is not only how cool it looks with its wooden shelves filled with books—but also because it makes such an interesting story about privacy and art museums!
Philadelphia is a city that’s full of hidden gems. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to relax or a lively spot to celebrate, there are plenty of places in Philadelphia where you can find it all. And if you need some help finding the best spots, just keep an eye out for our secret places feature!