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Popular amenities for Philadelphia vacation rentals

Stay near Philadelphia's top sights

University of Pennsylvania165 locals recommend
Philadelphia International Airport102 locals recommend
Pennsylvania Convention Center155 locals recommend
Wells Fargo Center124 locals recommend
Philadelphia Museum of Art1,164 locals recommend
Citizens Bank Park161 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Philadelphia

  • Total rentals

    7.9K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    314K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.1K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    2.5K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    340 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    4.2K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Philadelphia

All About Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the birthplace of The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and you can experience the special place it holds in history at numerous sites around town. Visit Independence Hall, where those important documents were crafted, and the Betsy Ross House, where the seamstress is said to have sewed the first American Flag. You can also explore the city’s rich past at places like Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the nation, and Congress Hall, the original meeting place of congress before Washington, D.C. Philadelphia was also the first city to build a museum dedicated to the life and work of African Americans, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, while The Colored Girls Museum in Germantown displays artwork and tells the history of Black women and girls.

Towering skyscrapers along the Delaware River waterfront dominate downtown Philadelphia’s skyline. The city’s ultra-modern city center hosts the Avenue of the Arts, with numerous performing arts institutions, galleries, and a Walk of Fame canonizing musicians who’ve contributed to the city’s reputation as a music destination. You’ll find a thriving nightlife scene in Philadelphia rife with trendy bars and clubs adjacent to cultural sites like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its iconic grand staircase — where there’s a statue of a boxer from a famous movie filmed here.

Between visiting museums and historical sites — and enjoying some of the city’s many green spaces — opportunities for culinary delights abound. Award-winning restaurants, beer gardens, and late-night corner shops selling the city’s famous cheesesteak sandwiches rub shoulders throughout the modern and historically celebrated city.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city that experiences four distinct seasons, with wide-ranging temperatures and weather conditions accompanying each of them. Pink cherry blossoms bloom in the spring, and warm temperatures make this the perfect time to head outside to the local parks or to take a walking tour of Philadelphia’s many historical landmarks. The pleasant weather runs well into the fall, when amber and sepia tones dominate the cityscape. Winters tend to be fairly quiet, with chilly temperatures that hover just above freezing, along with the occasional snowfall.

Get your vacation rental in Philadelphia in the summer for events such as the folk music festival which brings together internationally renowned and regional acts for a weekend of festivities and live music in August, or the city’s famed Fourth of July celebration, which sees crowds gathered on the banks of the Delaware River for a fireworks display over the water.


Top things to do in Philadelphia

Bartram’s Garden

Founded in 1728, Bartram’s Garden is the oldest botanical garden in North America. It is so old, in fact, that it was started by the personal botanist of King George III, from whom America won its independence. This 50-acre public garden in southwest Philadelphia has riverfront walking paths, a medicinal plant display, and the oldest living Ginkgo Tree on the continent. Plaques and educational centers throughout the grounds provide botanical and ecological lessons on the native flora found in the gardens.

Independence Hall

In 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed in the Georgian-style Independence Hall, cementing the United States as an autonomous nation. It was also here in this hall that the first drafting of the U.S. Constitution took place. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site with its red brick façade and ornate clock adornments for a firsthand look at the iconic Liberty Bell and a visit to the Assembly Room, the very site that saw the birth of America.

Reading Terminal Market

Set underground beneath an old railway station, the Reading Terminal Market hosts a brilliant display of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and artisanal goods for purchase from over 80 vendors. The industrial and neon aesthetic makes for a lively and unique stop to stock up on food for your Philadelphia vacation home or to enjoy a meal from one of the dozen restaurants and open-air eateries located here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Philadelphia?

    Philadelphia experiences a humid subtropical climate. The summers, from June to August, are typically hot and humid with temperatures often reaching 85°F (29°C). Winters, from December to February, are usually cold with temperatures dropping below 30°F (-1°C), and snowfall is also common. Spring and fall provide moderate temperatures and are often considered comfortable for exploring.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Philadelphia?

    Philadelphia invites visitors to explore its rich history at sites like Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell Center. Art lovers can appreciate the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Barnes Foundation. For family fun, try visiting The Philadelphia Zoo or The Franklin Institute. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Fairmount Park and Schuylkill River Trail.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Philadelphia?

    The most popular time to visit Philadelphia is from March to May when the weather is comfortable. Spring also hosts the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, one of the largest and oldest indoor flower shows in the world. Another popular event is the Philadelphia Marathon, which takes place in November.

  • What are the best places to stay in Philadelphia?

    Center City, the heart of Philadelphia, is a preferred neighborhood due to its proximity to many attractions. Old City is beloved for its historic charm and cobblestone streets. For a hip, artistic vibe, consider Fishtown or Northern Liberties. Rittenhouse Square offers upscale shopping and dining options.

  • What are the best places to visit in Philadelphia?

    Popular places to visit in Philadelphia include Independence National Historical Park, home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Fans of art can explore Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation. For a taste of Philadelphia's vibrant food scene, visit Reading Terminal Market.

  • What are some hiking trails in Philadelphia?

    Philadelphia is home to numerous hiking trails such as the Wissahickon Valley Park trails, which include the scenic Forbidden Drive. The Schuylkill River Trail offers stunning river views, while Pennypack Park provides habitats for diverse wildlife. For a tranquil experience, explore the paths in Fairmount Park.

  • What are some family activities to do in Philadelphia?

    Philadelphia has a variety of family-friendly activities. The Please Touch Museum is designed specifically for children, while The Franklin Institute sparks curiosity about science. Spend a day at the Philadelphia Zoo, or explore history at the Independence Seaport Museum. Don't miss the Adventure Aquarium, just across the river in Camden, New Jersey.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Philadelphia?

    Popular day trips from Philadelphia include a visit to the Brandywine Valley for its beautiful landscapes and historic sites. The historic town of Gettysburg is also within reach. For beach lovers, the Jersey Shore is just a short drive away. Or explore the scenic Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, with numerous outdoor activities available.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Philadelphia?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 4,220 vacation rentals in Philadelphia featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Philadelphia?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Philadelphia. From over 260 condo rentals to over 2,670 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

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