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!
UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN PHILADELPHIA ↓
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.