Philadelphia’s central location on the East Coast—just 90 miles from New York City and 135 miles from Washington, D.C.—makes it a top pick for group planners. Here, groups can explore the nation’s most historic square mile at Independence National Historical Park, marvel at Philadelphia’s unparalleled collection of public art—including more than 4,000 colorful murals—view groundbreaking exhibitions at iconic museums, and enjoy waterfront vistas, community parks, and miles of trails in one of the largest city-owned urban park systems in the nation.
A UNESCO World Heritage City, Philadelphia is one of only three U.S. destinations—and one of only eight destinations around the globe—to make Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Gold List, thanks in part to the city’s 2,000-plus-acre Fairmount Park system, a bustling Chinatown, and the shimmering mosaics that fill Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.
Steeped in history, Philadelphia continues to grow adding new museums, restaurants, and attractions. From the newly unveiled 90,000 square feet Frank Gehry designed public and exhibition space at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the updated and expanded Reading Terminal, voted the best public market in the nation in 2022 by USA Today 10Best, there is something for everyone.
As one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., everything is just steps away. And now with the addition of six new hotels and the recently renovated Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia’s extensive portfolio of hotel options offer unique settings for groups to base their stay while also providing convenient access to the city.
Destination experts are ready to help you plan the perfect itinerary for your group. Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, 215-636-3405, discoverphl.com/group-tour
Faith and Liberty Discovery Center
Discover the inspiration behind key changemakers in America from the founding through today as you explore the relationship between faith and liberty in our nation right on historic Independence Mall. You’ll see history in a whole new light as you immerse yourself in this award-winning museum with interactive elements and a 360º theater where you will build colonial Philadelphia based on William Penn’s vision of religious freedom. Monday-Saturday 10-5.
Museum of the American Revolution
The American Revolution was dramatic, gritty, and full of uncertainty—an era of unparalleled political and social upheaval, even by today’s standards. Museum visitors are invited to explore this rich and complicated era and its connections to our world today. Through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. The museum is in the heart of historic Philadelphia, just steps from Independence Hall, The National Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House, and many more historic sites. For more information, contact Nina Giacobbe, manager of group and travel trade sales.
National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center brings together people of all ages and perspectives to learn about, debate and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. At the National Constitution Center, explore historic milestones in American history and discover how the U.S. Constitution is as important today as it was in 1787. The center’s must-see exhibits and live performances bring the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages.
Philadelphia Flower Show
From March 4–13 2023, the Philadelphia Horticulture Society (PHS) Philadelphia Flower Show will once again welcome guests to experience the first taste of spring indoors at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For first-time visitors and longtime Flower Show fans alike, this return indoors will offer a beautiful respite after a lengthy winter. The 2023 show will reveal the exciting, energetic and passionate side of flowers, gardens and horticulture. Group reservations are available in Fall 2022.