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Culture and history near Philadelphia vacation home rentals

The birthplace of democracy in the United States, Philadelphia is a captivating city, brimming with history and culture. Follow in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers as you navigate the quaint, cobbled streets, and take in the beautiful historic buildings that have wowed visitors for generations. A whole host of family-friendly attractions are never far from many Philadelphia vacation rentals, whether it’s checking out the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or just taking a stroll through beautiful Fairmount Park. Add to that the incredible shopping and dining opportunities, and you have all the makings of a truly unforgettable vacation.

Things to do

Places to visit near Philadelphia vacation rentals

While visiting Philadelphia, you shouldn't miss the range of fascinating attractions on offer. The Liberty Bell, which rang out when the Declaration of Independence was first publicly read, now sits in the Liberty Bell Center. After seeing this remarkable piece of history, cross the road and visit Independence Hall, where you can see surviving copies of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. With so much history, there’s a whole host of family-friendly museums on offer that are suitable for all ages, including the Please Touch Museum and the Franklin Institute Science Museum.


Things to do near Philadelphia vacation homes

There’s no better way to discover Philadelphia’s rich cultural heritage than by booking onto one of the many walking tours of the city. Knowledgeable guides take you around all the most important historical sites, giving you a fascinating insight into the birthplace of the United States of America. As you’d expect, a world-class city like Philadelphia plays host to world-class events. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, while the Walnut Street Theater is a superb place to catch a performance.


Local weather for your stay in Philadelphia vacation homes

Typically, Philadelphia has warm summers and cold winters. June through August is the most popular time to visit the city, thanks to its temperatures, which average around 70 degrees, so providing ideal conditions for exploring the city's charming cobbled streets on foot. May through September are also good times to visit, when the summer visitors have gone, but temperatures are still warm. The winter months may be cold, but these are ideal months to spend time visiting the many museums and spending quality time at the Philadelphia vacation rentals.

Natural features

An abundance of wildlife in the northwest of Philadelphia

Given that Philadelphia is such a vast city, you could be forgiven for thinking you wouldn’t be able to experience nature here. On the contrary, you don’t have to travel far from the array of Philadelphia vacation rentals to enjoy the great outdoors. Wissahickon Valley Park offers 1,800 acres of leafy woodland and marshes, which you can explore through the 50+ miles of trails. Keep your ears open for the sound of woodpeckers, just one of over 200 species of bird that live here. You’re also likely to spot many other creatures as you traverse this beautiful park.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Philadelphia

Fly into Philadelphia, PA (PHL-Philadelphia Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Philadelphia, PA (PNE-Northeast Philadelphia), which is 11.8 mi (19 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Philadelphia 30th St Station, Philadelphia University City Station and Philadelphia Temple University Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Philadelphia by catching a ride on the metro at City Hall Station, 13th St. Station or Walnut Locust Station.

Family friendly

Family fun near Philadelphia vacation homes

Philadelphia is a perfect place to make memories with the kids. Families with older children might enjoy touring Eastern State Penitentiary, a historic prison with tours of Al Capone’s cell, exhibits, and a haunted house. Vacation homes can also be found near kid-friendly attractions like the Philadelphia Zoo, a Victorian zoo with hundreds of animals, educational programs, and family events, and the Adventure Aquarium, a diverse aquarium with a theater and fish, hippos, stingrays, and an underwater shark tunnel.

Good for couples

Romantic Philadelphia vacation rentals

Couples can enjoy unique attractions in Philadelphia. Vacation rentals are available near places like Rodin Museum, a sculpture museum with a huge collection of Auguste Rodin masterpieces, and Reading Terminal Market, an indoor farmers market with diverse fare, housewares, and area specialties. You'll also like the Barnes Foundation, a center with world-class art exhibits by masters like Picasso and Renoir.

Where to stay around Philadelphia?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,219 vacation rentals near Philadelphia. From 308 Houses to 800 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Philadelphia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Philadelphia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Philadelphia:

  • Center City: 799 vacation rentals
  • North Philadelphia: 615 vacation rentals
  • South Philadelphia: 854 vacation rentals
  • Rittenhouse Square: 295 vacation rentals
  • West Philadelphia: 257 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Philadelphia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Philadelphia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pennsylvania Convention Center: 1,221 vacation rentals
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum: 1,221 vacation rentals
  • Philadelphia's Magic Gardens: 1,220 vacation rentals
  • University of Pennsylvania: 1,211 vacation rentals
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art: 1,097 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Philadelphia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Philadelphia?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 308 Houses in Philadelphia. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Philadelphia include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 800 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 64 rentals available
  • Studios: 751 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Philadelphia?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 73 vacation rentals with pool available in Philadelphia. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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