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Rittenhouse Square

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Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
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  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 11, 2015
    Rittenhouse Square is 1 of the 5 original parks planned by Pennsylvania during the late 17th century. The square includes several of the city's outdoor sculptures like Paul Manship’s Duck Girl of 1911
    Upvoted Jul 19
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WolfAugust 7, 2014
    The best people watching in the city. This place always feels so welcoming and cozy, filled with all kinds of people. Bring a book, some food, or just yourself. You can always find a seat.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanNovember 10, 2015
    Originally called Southwest Square, Rittenhouse Square was renamed in 1825 after David Rittenhouse, a clockmaker and friend of the US Revolution, as well as an astronomer.
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganJanuary 30, 2012
    One of the five original open-space parks in the city. Grab a bench and people-watch in this bustling square, then head to one of the surrounding sidewalk cafes for lunch.
  • Nohra M.
    Perfect for people watching and summer wedding photos. The local church plays bells on the hour. Stop by the cafes nearby and sit on the patio.
  • NBC Philadelphia
    NBC PhiladelphiaJuly 27, 2011
    One of five original open-space parks planned by William Penn, this one is named after 18th-Century astronomer David Rittenhouse. It's now one of the most expensive areas to live in the city.
  • Natalie J.
    Natalie JezowskiMarch 8, 2011
    Be alert of the big rittenhouse bush rats!! They'll catch ya by surprise during warmer seasons. Btw bring a blanket, the ground is always moist for some odd reason, unless you enjoy muddy grass stains
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Walnut Street near Rittenhouse Square is a Philly Fashionista's stomping ground. Take a stroll through the park and hit your favorite boutiques and restaurants along the way.
  • Merrie D.
    Merrie D.October 8, 2011
    Absolutely stunning area with little gardens, fountains, and often several street musicians as well. great place to walk around, bring kids, or take a lunch break!
  • Glen G.
    Glen GilmoreDecember 20, 2011
    Easy parking in deck next to B&N. Enjoy the nice weekend farmer's market. Get a burger and fries at Rouge. Mojito at Alma de Cuba on Walnut. Romantic dinner at nearby Tria.
  • JackMangini Y.
    If u love ur kid or dog fer heavens sake don't let em go in the fountain which is not filtered or chlorinated n is the midnite homeless bathtub n drinking hole
  • Cal
    CalAugust 16, 2010
    Brought the GF out for a Saturday, it was gorgeous weather, we ate food we made and brought a bottle of wine, it was great, it was free and we could even hear some fantastic music being played
  • Michele B.
    Michele BlazerJuly 16, 2011
    Still awesome after all these years. Love the Farmer's market. Free wi-fi would be awesome. Affordable paid wi-fi would be a cost effective earned income stream for you (hint, hint).
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodJanuary 10, 2013
    Sometimes, late at night, you can see David Rittenhouse arguing with William Penn about placement of benches throughout the park. Nah, just joshin' ya.
  • Todd H.
    Todd HarrisNovember 15, 2010
    "Slice" just around the corner offers great pizza and delivers - perfect for late nights on work trips when staying at the AKA.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyApril 16, 2012
    Look for the Visit Philly crew near the goat at 4 pm on 4sqday (4/16 – get it?). They’ll have giveaways for the first 16 people to show them their check-in.
  • D. Gregory C.
    D. Gregory CarterNovember 7, 2010
    DO NOT FEED THE PIDGEONS. Watching them fly in formation to the peanuts that you probably got from the five guys near Liberty Place is one of the most frightening things I've ever seen.
  • Julian K.
    Julian KrinskyJune 18, 2012
    Make sure you check out the famous Billy Goat statue, located at the southwest point of the square! If you take a picture, send it to us on Twitter: @jkcp.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyJune 21, 2010
    Give a shine to the head, horns, and spine of Albert Laessle’s Billy, a two-foot-high bronze billy goat in a small plaza halfway down the southwest walk. Read more
  • Zack
    ZackJuly 21, 2010
    best place in the city to see the wealthiest and the poorest divided only by wooden bench dividers.
  • PhillyGayCalendar
    PhillyGayCalendarSeptember 3, 2015
    Always a gaggle of gays hanging in the park on the weekends. Usually on the north side
  • Joshua T.
    Joshua TuscanApril 1, 2010
    Check out the goat statue on the near the southwest entrance. He's got a nice pair of surprises for you near his tail.
  • Debbie M.
    Debbie MooreJune 17, 2010
    Go to Rittenhouse Square to grab a bench and people-watch, then grab a bite at any of the restaurants surrounding the square. Read more
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerDecember 9, 2015
    Very sweet park full of dog walkers and friends having a chat. Saturday farmers market.
  • Filly C.
    Filly ChatterJanuary 17, 2011
    Bring a date, read a book or just relax. Hit 'More Info' to read more reviews and recommendations by university students. Read more
  • Stefanie D.
    Stefanie DAugust 10, 2010
    loved this place. molton brown toiletries. everything is clean and calming and the neighborhood is sweet as hell.
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FlanneryAugust 26, 2014
    Best park in Philly...bring a blanket and enjoy the people watching
  • koco
    kocoApril 3, 2009
    Hang out on a nice day until you've bumped into five people you know. If you've lived in Philly for even a little bit of time, this won't take long.
  • Maddie G.
    Maddie GrovesFebruary 18, 2012
    Bring a blanket and a book, sit in the grass, and people-watch. One of my favorite places in the city!
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BlakeMay 2, 2012
    Look for the man with the two Bernese Mountain Dogs. They are so beautiful and if you ask he'll let you pet them!
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SmithJanuary 10, 2012
    Nice park to go to and read a book. In the summer they also have farmers markets!
  • Thom V.
    Thom VenierAugust 14, 2010
    Good spot to watch weirdo pseudo gypsey people with hooks hoops and devil sticks. Just look out for a flying sock with a tennis ball stuck in it.
  • JackMangini Y.
    If u like hangin with degenerates who smoke pot n drink than this is the place fer u if not visit washington sq instead, more mello n quiet minus homeless n juvenile delinquents
  • Auke T.
    Auke TouwslagerJanuary 17, 2010
    Staying in Philly? Forget about a hotel room and get the comfort of a luxury furnished apartment with the style and service of an intimate hotel. Read more
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneSeptember 17, 2012
    The highlight of my commute to and from work. Seamless transition between the business district and the quiet streets of home.
  • Catherine K.
    Catherine KeszeiJune 30, 2010
    Sit outside at Rouge, grab a drink, enjoy the scenery and people watch. Luxurious every time.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MackMay 24, 2010
    Rub the parts of bronze statues that never get touched. The lion's fangs are clearly the popular piece to grab. Why not rub his belly?
  • Joel B.
    Joel BautistaMarch 2, 2011
    During the early part of the city's history, the park was used as a makeshift cemetery for slaves & impoverished whites.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AllenMay 26, 2010
    There are jack points / power outlets so you can charge your laptop and enjoy the green and calm
  • Kitty G.
    Kitty GarrettSeptember 2, 2011
    Best place to relax and watch all the various types of dogs with their owners. Jolly good times
  • U Y Ê N N A O M I B.
    U Y Ê N N A O M I B U INovember 21, 2015
    It's an amazing place to read a book or just relax and people watch.
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LeahyAugust 16, 2011
    Love Park is my favorite place in Philadelphia. Very cute date spot during the day.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanNovember 10, 2015
    This park was planned by Will Penn as one of the 5 original parks in Philly.
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 4, 2010
    The area is a fun place to walk around, window shop, stop for coffee or just sit in the park on a bench and read. - Nikki
  • Steph P.
    Steph ParkerOctober 6, 2011
    Get a book from the Barnes & Noble (and something from Starbucks) and enjoy a beautiful day on a bench in the square.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RailApril 22, 2013
    Make sure to enjoy the outdoor market on Saturdays when they have them. Awesome.
  • Jimmy K.
    Jimmy KastnerSeptember 5, 2014
    Great place for people watching on a nice day. Lots of interesting characters here.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WardAugust 3, 2015
    Good for a picnic on a nice day or to sit and read a book
  • Larisa G.
    Always good for a little picnic, or people watching. Farmer's market on summer weekends!
  • Angelica D.
    Angelica DongalloOctober 31, 2014
    Great to chill, day or night. Any restaurant around the square is great for people watching.
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