Museum Without Walls

Rittenhouse Square

Plaza and Park
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
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  • william penn
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Feb 14
  • 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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Feb 14
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nohra M.
    Nohra MuradJune 28, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • Natalie J.
    Natalie JezowskiMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    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
  • Glen G.
    Glen GilmoreDecember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
    JackMangini YourFriendlyCopperAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    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
  • 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).
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyApril 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FlanneryAugust 26, 2014
    Best park in Philly...bring a blanket and enjoy the people watching
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerDecember 9, 2015
    Very sweet park full of dog walkers and friends having a chat. Saturday farmers market.
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneSeptember 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The highlight of my commute to and from work. Seamless transition between the business district and the quiet streets of home.
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BlakeMay 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Look for the man with the two Bernese Mountain Dogs. They are so beautiful and if you ask he'll let you pet them!
  • Casey
    CaseyJuly 8, 2014
    Philly's most popular downtown park. A long walk from the venue, but head there after the conference or on the weekend.
  • PhillyGayCalendar
    PhillyGayCalendarSeptember 3, 2015
    Always a gaggle of gays hanging in the park on the weekends. Usually on the north side
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SmithJanuary 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice park to go to and read a book. In the summer they also have farmers markets!
  • David
    DavidOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Old timey swing band on Sundays around lunchtime, with a bunch of swing dancers and Lindy hoppers.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 19, 2013
    Head over to Federal Donuts and grab a few sweet snacks while you picnic in the park.
  • Andrickson C.
    A good place to visit with your family. The app that recommends me this place is amazing and free. Here is the link guys.
  • 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.
  • James G.
    James GittoApril 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Sadly it's one if the nicest parks in the city. Great for people watching
  • JackMangini Y.
    JackMangini YourFriendlyCopperAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    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
  • Nitha D.
    Nitha DMay 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    farmers market stands on Saturdays! Cheese, local honey, flowers, and herbs for your herb garden!
  • 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.
  • Todd H.
    Todd HarrisNovember 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    "Slice" just around the corner offers great pizza and delivers - perfect for late nights on work trips when staying at the AKA.
  • Steph P.
    Steph ParkerOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a book from the Barnes & Noble (and something from Starbucks) and enjoy a beautiful day on a bench in the square.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanNovember 10, 2015
    This park was planned by Will Penn as one of the 5 original parks in Philly.
  • Kitty G.
    Kitty GarrettSeptember 2, 2011
    Best place to relax and watch all the various types of dogs with their owners. Jolly good times
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LeahyAugust 16, 2011
    Love Park is my favorite place in Philadelphia. Very cute date spot during the day.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WardAugust 3, 2015
    Good for a picnic on a nice day or to sit and read a book
  • PhillyGayCalendar
    PhillyGayCalendarJuly 27, 2014
    The north side of the park is popular for picnickers and there are always a few gays boys enjoying the weather
  • Angelica D.
    Angelica DongalloOctober 31, 2014
    Great to chill, day or night. Any restaurant around the square is great for people watching.
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondJune 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Always good for a little picnic, or people watching. Farmer's market on summer weekends!
  • Mary P.
    Mary PresleyJune 26, 2013
    Beautiful area of town. Lovely landscaping. Some days you may run into the rich and famous.
  • Durrock K.
    Durrock KnoxJanuary 16, 2012
    Wonderful park and Nice scenery. One of the best things about Center City.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CDecember 28, 2014
    If visiting Philly around Xmas or New Years, stop by at nite to check out the holiday lights.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyJune 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Cathy H.
    Cathy HenryAugust 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun place on Saturdays!!! A lot of local farmers come to sale their produce😋😋😋
  • Joel B.
    Joel BautistaMarch 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    During the early part of the city's history, the park was used as a makeshift cemetery for slaves & impoverished whites.
  • Shellie W.
    Shellie WassAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Talk to a wealthy old man long enough and he could give you money and/or show you his sex toy collection!
  • Stefanie D.
    Stefanie DAugust 10, 2010
    loved this place. molton brown toiletries. everything is clean and calming and the neighborhood is sweet as hell.
  • Jessica
    JessicaAugust 31, 2014
    Lots of homeless people, lots of dogs, and lots of benches.
  • 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
  • Philadelphia Film Society
    Did you know 18th St and Walnut was where Billy Ray played by Eddie Murphy was seen legless in the opening scene of Trading Places?
  • Jackson I.
    Jackson IsaacsonMay 24, 2016
    Beautiful park with very European vibes.
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NickelOctober 15, 2014
    Gorgeous park! Lots of dogs, and a great location for craft fairs
  • Clay W.
    Clay WilliamsOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cute park to hang out in. Get brunch across the street at Rouge.
  • 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.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AndersonFebruary 17, 2013
    Peaceful in the morning (great place to read) and social hub for city goers.
  • RC
    RCJune 15, 2015
    It is good for the area. People watching is fun but it gets a little shady at night.
  • blackstarr
    blackstarrJune 7, 2014
    Art show. Not the best time to chill. Overflowing with people. Still nice, though. V.
  • Catherine K.
    Catherine KeszeiJune 30, 2010
    Sit outside at Rouge, grab a drink, enjoy the scenery and people watch. Luxurious every time.
  • 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.
  • Gab B.
    Gab BonghiJuly 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Obviously, one of the best parks in the city. Grab some lunch and relax. Read more
  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo SeixasOctober 9, 2015
    Lovely square in upscale neighborhood.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AllenMay 26, 2010
    There are jack points / power outlets so you can charge your laptop and enjoy the green and calm
  • 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
  • Caitlin M.
    Caitlin MartinJanuary 24, 2012
    The best place to people (and puppy) watch in the city!
  • Kori M.
    Kori MooreJune 16, 2012
    Grab some lunch to-go from somewhere near the park, then chow down and people watch on a wall ledge
  • Tristan R.
    Tristan RhodesideOctober 5, 2016
    Great for people/dog watching, enjoying spontaneous live performances, and strolling arm in arm
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren ReillyAugust 18, 2010
    Come out to rittenhouse square Wed Aug 11, 18 and 25 for PW's Concerts in the Park! FREE Live music from 7-9 p.m.! Check in at PW Concerts in the Park! Read more
  • Sara A.
    Sara AllanApril 22, 2012
    Check out the Connecting the Dots event on May 5!
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MoffettAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    All sorts of people, go up and introduce yourself!
  • 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?
  • James G.
    James G.August 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Take a seat on a bench and do some people or animal watching.
  • Christopher S.
    Great for walking, take out lunch, and people watching. Read more
  • Valerie W.
    Valerie WilcoxApril 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Farmers market Saturdays and Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm
  • Auke T.
    Auke TouwslagerJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Vladimir V.
    Vladimir ValentineJuly 7, 2013
    new to philly looking for friends just moved here from texas 2 weeks ago
  • Hipster J.
    Hipster JewMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    In the summer all the hot moms sit over by the goat statue
  • JackMangini Y.
    JackMangini YourFriendlyCopperJune 20, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Ball in the square tonite was very nice and all the proceeds go back into maintaining the park.
  • Shereef Z.
    Shereef ZakiDecember 20, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Winter or summer, this is the best spot to drink some coffee and people watch.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JansenFebruary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to people watch in the summer.
  • Lisa
    LisaSeptember 13, 2011
    I just saw a guy from Time Cycle give the finger to a passing motorist and it kind of made me smile.
  • Lynne B.
    Lynne BaranApril 22, 2013
    A little bit of heaven right in the middle of everything!
  • Shawna C.
    Shawna CatarinicchiaApril 19, 2012
    Great place to sit and chill if waiting for doctor appts at PA hospital
  • Jo H.
    Jo HewittJuly 17, 2012
    Check out Barnes and Noble if you're still into actual books not all the computerized crap
  • Gillespie G.
    Lively park. Plenty of shade from the sun
  • Conner W.
    Conner WatsonAugust 11, 2015
    A perfect park in a perfect location.
  • elliott b.
    elliott bJune 20, 2013
    Come at night and watch the massive rats scurry through the park
  • Roxy L.
    Roxy LangeMay 31, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Beware of the gutterpunks (with their pitty dogs) and homeless weirdos.
  • Kelly P.
    Kelly PAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hang around in August to see the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride go by on 18th street.
  • Lynn L.
    Lynn LemyreJune 3, 2011
    The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is this weekend. Beautiful weather and beautiful art!
  • Museum Without Walls
    Museum Without WallsNovember 9, 2011
    Rittenhouse Square has 8 outdoor sculptures. Can you find them all?
  • Mariah W.
    Mariah WelchAugust 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Look out for the awesome flute guy and his drummer friend. They're an awesome duo.
  • 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
    Downvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Chuck B.
    Chuck BenemeritoJune 24, 2012
    Great place to propose to your special lady friend :)
  • Brette C.
    Great park to people watch and relax.
    Upvoted Feb 24
  • JackMangini Y.
    JackMangini YourFriendlyCopperAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Be careful laying on the grass several people contracted ringworm last year as a result of not using a blanket, I mean really where do people think the dog urine n feces goes?
  • Victor H.
    Victor HuangMay 30, 2014
    Quiet place in the midst of a busy city
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