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Out of Town Visitors

No visit to our fair city is complete without exploring the Parkway Museums District! Find a great hotel, stay in Philly for a night or two or a week, but be sure to set aside lots of time for the rich culture and unique collection of activities you’ll only find on the Parkway.

  • Transportation

    National & International

    Philadelphia International Airport



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    Local & Regional Public


    PATCO Speedline

    New Jersey Transit

    The seasonal PHLASH downtown loop uses distinctive purple trolleys to connect major tourist destinations between Penn's Landing and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is one of the best ways to get around to more than 25 locations in Center City and is just $2 each time you board. Details and a map can be found at http://www.visitphilly.com/tours/philadelphia/phlash

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  • Driving Directions

    Directions from New York and points North

    Directions from Maryland, Delaware and points South

    Directions from New Jersey and points East

    Directions from Harrisburg and points West

    The Parkway is also accessible by public transportation via SEPTA bus routes 2, 7, 32, 33, 48, the regional rail at Suburban Station, City Hall stop on Market-Frankford and Broad Street subway lines and PHLASH (May – October).

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    1. Take I-95 South toward Central Philadelphia
    2. Take Exit 22 toward Interstate 676 West/Vine Street Expressway
    3. Take the exit toward Ben Franklin Parkway
    4. Take I-95 North toward Central Philadelphia
    5. Take Exit 22 toward Interstate 676 West/Vine Street Expressway
    6. Take the exit toward Ben Franklin Parkway
    7. From 76 West take slight right onto I-676 North (signs for Camden/Ben Frankin Bridge)
    8. Take the exit onto I-676 West/US 30 West toward Central Philadelphia
    9. Continue over Ben Franklin Bridge
    10. Take the exit toward Ben Franklin Parkway
    11. Turn right onto North 22nd Street
    12. Take the first right onto Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    13. Take 76 East towards Philadelphia
    14. Take Exit 344 for 676 East toward Central Philadelphia
    15. Exit at Ben Franklin Parkway/23rd Street
    16. Turn left onto North 22nd Street
    17. Turn right onto Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Parking Locators

    Looking for off-street parking? Then visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority's (PPA) Parking Locator. Search the city's more than 200 off-street parking facilities for the best parking options based on price, proximity and hours of operation. http://www.philapark.org/locator/

    Research Parking lots closest to your destination & compare prices ahead of time: http://philadelphia.bestparking.com/

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  • Travel Advisories

    Concerned about bus detours or railway delays? Visit the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Web site at www.septa.org for current travel alerts and advisories. 

    Want to avoid congested roadways? Visit www.Traffic.com  or www.SmarTraveler.com  for up-to-the minute information. 

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  • Car Rentals

    2000 Arch Street

    123 S. 12th Street

    31 South 19th Street

    36 South 19th & Ludlow

    Philly Car Share


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  • Gas Stations

    Click to view on a map:  http://www.centercityphila.org/life/Guide.php?b1=66

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  • Parkway Museums District Dining Options

    Academy Café 
    Academy of Natural Sciences 

    Academy Café
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    Capriccio at Café Cret
    16th & Ben Franklin Parkway 

    Diamond Café
    (open mid April – mid October)
    Moore College of Art & Design

    Franklin Foodworks and Atrium Café
    The Franklin Institute 

    Garden Restaurant and Coffee Bar
    Barnes Foundation

    Granite Hill, Cafeteria and
    Balcony Café; Gallery Café
    (Perelman Building)
    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    H.O.M.E Page Café
    Parkway Central Library

    Milk & Honey Café
    Sister Cities Park
    18th & Ben Franklin Parkway

  • Additional Dining Options 

    Philadelphia is renowned for its fabulous food, and the options can boggle the mind. This site might help narrow it down a bit:   http://www.visitphilly.com/restaurants-dining/  

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  • Hotels

    Philadelphia also has a multitude of other hotel options. You’ll find them here: http://www.visitphilly.com/hotels/
    The Four Seasons Hotel is currently closed and scheduled to reopen under a new name in Late Fall 2015.

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