Things To Do in Philadelphia: Visit the Famed Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall

After spending some time in Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, we went onwards to the Philadelphia City Hall which is known to be the largest municipal building in USA. I was meaning to visit it to access its observation deck which apparently gives you a breathtaking city skyline view of Philadelphia however, it was already closed when we arrived. I was extremely disappointed since I was looking forward to it the most – to be able to get a photo of Philadelphia skyline.

Philadelphia City Hall

With a heavy heart, I still went on and explored the City Hall while my sister looked for a parking lot nearby. Parking in Philadelphia is so bad that my sister ended up parking in a private spot with her hazzard lights on and her not leaving the car at all. She waited for me patiently as I finished exploring the area of City Hall with public access at the time.

Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall

What I love about Philadelphia is the city’s architectural design is a fusion of the modern and the old – it blended so perfectly well which gives it an incredible atmosphere. You face one side of the street and you’d feel like you’re in the Renaissance period in Europe with its classic architecture and then you can face the other side and a high rising glass-paneled building is what’s in front of you. The City Hall area is a good example of this great fusion of the old and the new.

Philadelphia City Hall

Inside the City Hall was a small courtyard where a giant Christmas Tree was in place. Around it were a few tables where people would drink their hot chocolate and eat their pretzels. It was packed when I went and the atmosphere was lively and joyful. I just wished that it wasn’t so hard to find a parking space in the city so that my sister would’ve been able to join me as I walked around the courtyard.

Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall

All photos are taken using gopro Hero4.


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  • G. Maria February 16, 2015 at 02:24

    Never been to Philadelphia! I don’t know why… Great GoPro pics – I’m still trying to get used to mine :/
    Will need to make a note to visit City Hall!


    • Pinay Flying High February 16, 2015 at 09:00

      Philadelphia’s now my second favorite city in the USA. 🙂 it’s really lovely.

      I’m still trying to master the gopro, not yet really good on it. :-/

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