PHL Brag List: Attractions

Rittenhouse Square, above, helped get Philadelphia ranked No. 10 on Travel and Leisure’s list of America’s Most Popular City Parks.


Philadelphia has a lot to be proud of. Here’s a sampling.

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  • The Museum of the American Revolution was named the best new opening in the world in 2017 by Lonely Planet.
  • The Schuylkill River Trail was voted No. 1 in America by USAToday for best urban trail for 2015.
  • The Philadelphia Zoo’s Big Cat Crossing took the top spot in USA Today’s 10 Best Zoo Exhibits list of 2015. (National)
  • The Academy of Music was ranked as the 5th Most Popular Theatre in the world by Pollstar in 2015.
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park was named by Huffington Post as one of the Best Urban Beaches in the World (2014).
  • Conde Nast Traveler names the Please Touch Museum as one of the top 10 Best US Museums for kids (2014).
  • Travel + Leisure released the results of its annual America’s Favorite Cities survey in its 2014 issue. Philadelphia ranked: No. 2 for Historical Sites, No. 5 for Passionate Sports Fans, No. 5 for Pizza and No. 3 for Sandwiches.
  • Ranked by Parents.com as one of the “10 Best Cities for Families to Visit” (2013).
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University was ranked second among the best science museums, according to a survey by American Mensa (2013).
  • Philadelphia ranks 3rd in the nation among cities with the greatest number of historic sites, coming in with over 50 historic attractions (2013).
  • Philadelphia was ranked No. 10 on Travel and Leisure’s America’s Most Popular City Parks for Rittenhouse Square (2012).
  • Forbes.com’s America’s Coolest Cities ranked Philadelphia No. 15 (2012)
  • USA Today’s “10 great places to see art Enhance nature” listed Philadelphia and the Fairmount Park Art Association in October 2011.
  • Travel + Leisure’s June 2011 issue included Penn’s Landing’s Screenings Under the Stars in its list of “America’s Best Outdoor Movie Theaters,” which named 10 spots.
  • In March 2011, the Philadelphia International Flower Show and Longwood Gardens made the cut for CNN.com’s “12 places to see beautiful spring blooms.”
  • Budget Travel included Independence Hall in its March 2011 list of “15 Places Your Kids Should See Before 15.”
  • Sesame Place is the only attraction in the nation based on the popular PBS children’s show.
  • Philadelphia is the mural capital of the world, having more than 3,000 indoor and outdoor murals created by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
  • Fairmount Park is the nation’s largest municipal park —even bigger than New York’s Central Park — and features 10,000 lush acres and over 270 miles of hiking trails, according to Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.
  • The Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway houses one of the largest collections of Rodin’s works outside of Paris.

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