Rittenhouse Square

#5 in Best Things To Do in Philadelphia
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Key Info

18th and Walnut Streets

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

While it was once a grazing area for livestock, Rittenhouse Square is now one of the swankiest areas in the city. Named for David Rittenhouse, the first director of the United States Mint, this neighborhood – several blocks southeast of the Mütter Museum – now features plenty of top-notch restaurants, elegant stores and trendy nightlife venues. The park itself is a great place for a picnic or an outdoor stroll.

Recent visitors enjoyed taking a break from the city life and sitting back to relax in the area. Reviewers described it as "charming" and "lovely," though some also warned of panhandlers. The area is also a featured stop on many of the best Philadelphia tours.

You can reach Rittenhouse Square via the City Hall and Walnut Locust metro stops. The park is located Walnut Street between North 18th and North 19th Streets. It is free to visit and accessible 24/7.

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