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The Creative Traveler’s Guide to Philadelphia

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Bead Fest Philadelphia is just a little over a week away, and our excitement levels are skyrocketing out of control! We’re ready for an extended weekend of hands-on learning, shopping, inspiration and of course, having the chance to meet you in person!

When we travel to a Bead Fest event, we typically like to extend our stay and explore the city we’re visiting. Since it’s summer and we still have a little time before school starts back up, we figure this is a great time for all of us to indulge in our wanderlust and spend a day or two exploring the City of Brotherly Love– Philadelphia!

Today, we’re highlighting a few creative activities to do in Philly. We’ve all heard about the popular stuff, so we’ll be focusing on attractions that are not so common. Not only is our list filled with unique activities, it’s also crammed with inspiration!


Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens | Source

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens 

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is an immersive outdoor installation that spans half a block, and is intricately decorated with glowing glass and shiny mirrored objects. The entire garden looks like a lavish mosaic, and it’s a popular spot for weddings and photo shoots. Take your camera, and take in this glittering garden! We can’t think of a better way to continue on with fueling your inspiration after Bead Fest.

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Tiffany Glass Mural “The Dream Garden”

Going right along with our last must-see destination, the Tiffany Dream Garden glass mural museum simply cannot be missed! This masterpiece is constructed of 100,000 pieces of handblown glass. Yes, you read that correct! Designed by Louis C. Tiffany, the mural is 15 feet by 49 feet and features 260 color tones. Up until 2007, it held the record as largest mural in the country, and you can experience it for yourself!

Learn more about the history of this magnificent mural, and plan your visit!

The history of pizza on display at Pizza Brain | Source

Pizza Brain – The Museum of Pizza Culture

We can practically hear you all cheering right now. Who doesn’t love pizza?! Our fascination with the world’s most delicious triangle (or square) expands far beyond the delivery box, and we’re thrilled to see pizza honored in a museum setting. Pizza Brain serves delicious pizza, and it’s accompanied by a museum where you can see pizza products and antiques of all kinds.

Indulge in your love for pizza!

Shofuso Japanese Gardens | Source

Shofuso Japanese Gardens 

After you devour your (piz)ZA, find your inner zen at the Shofuso Japanese Gardens. The name Shofuso means Pine Breeze Villa in Japanese, and it was founded by Japanese architect Junzo Yoshimura in 1953. This peaceful paradise features calm waters, voluminous floral bushes and plenty of places to take a seat and surround yourself with nature.

For ticket information, history and events, visit Shofuso’s website!

Reading Terminal Market | Source

Reading Terminal Market 

Get a true taste of Philly and hangout with the locals at Reading Terminal Market! Philly’s historic market (named the third best food hall in the U.S.) offers a wide variety of restaurants, Amish-made goods and handcrafted treats all under one roof. So whether you’ve got a hankering for freshly-made fudge, produce from local farmers, straight-from-the-water seafood, or even a glass of wine, you can find it here!

For a list of merchants and directions, visit the Reading Terminal Market website!

Blood, Copper and Resin paintings by Jordan Eagles | Source

The Mütter Museum

A true odd ball, The Mütter Museum houses the finest collection of medical marvels of anywhere in the country. If you’re fascinated with the history of medicine and anatomy, you won’t want to miss out on this unique museum! More than just a place to snap some photos for your Instagram feed, the museum’s intentions are to educate the public about the human body and to help them better understand and appreciate the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Traveling with the family? Visitors of all ages can enjoy learning about medical history here!

Plan your visit today!

We invite you to extend your stay by visiting the City of Brotherly Love

Now that you’re inspired to take Philly by storm, go ahead and explore the city before heading home from Bead Fest. With countless historical sites, plenty of great food options and an abundance of unique activities, Philly is calling your name. For even more Philly travel tips, visit our Explore Philadelphia page.

2 thoughts on “The Creative Traveler’s Guide to Philadelphia

  1. Bummer. I spent 2 1/2 hours in traffic to find the place and then discovered it only has workshops on Wednesday! The schedule for the fest looks the same for all day…very misleading! Do the attendees a favor, put up more signs leading the way. And make the schedule clear. Expo, might be clear to you but not to visitors.

    1. So sorry you had a hard time finding the place. It is a little ways outside of Philly. We actually have a lot of signs up that say workshops, August 16-20 and expo August 18-20. It is also listed on our website. We do apologize if you had a hard time, but it should have come up in your Google or phone maps. We hope you get here ok and you can sign up for more workshops when you get here at the registration desk.

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