For their Philadelphia travel guide, editors from U.S. News analyzed data on weather and prices to recommend the best times to visit. The results? March, April and May are the three optimal months to visit Philly.
During these months, the city’s weather warms up pleasantly, you’ll avoid summertime mobs at popular sites like the Philadelphia Zoo, and hotels offer moderate room rates before summer spikes in prices.
Pro tip: Avoid the fourth of July in Philadelphia unless you’re looking for huge crowds, crowded festivals and loud fireworks shows!
Know Your Walking Route
Many areas of Philadelphia aren’t well delineated – as U.S. News puts it, “nice neighborhoods sidle not-so-nice ones.” It’s easy to wander off course and get lost in the city.
So if you’re touring Philly on foot, make sure that you know your route ahead of time, and keep your phone charged up so that you can check maps if needed.
Plan for Emergencies
Accidents happen, especially when you’re travelling and visiting a new area. Make sure to plan for the worst-case scenarios so that you feel covered.
Bringing back-ups of medication, glasses/contact lenses, bottled water and even snacks can help you to feel prepared for long lines, a ripped contact lens or an allergic reaction. And keep the phone number of a locksmith in northeast Philadelphia on hand in case you lose your keys!
Keep an Eye Out for Public Art
The City of Brotherly Love is known for its unique public art, from sculptures to fountains to murals that take up larger-than-life walls. In fact, Philly’s Mural Arts artists have created more than 3,500 murals throughout the city.
Classic works of public art include the 45-foot steel Clothespin across 15th street from City Hall and the LOVE statue in John F. Kennedy Plaza.