Welcome to Rittenhouse Square, one of the five total original open-space parks planned in the late 17th century by William Penn himself, alongside surveyor team Thomas Holme and Paul Cret. Located in Central Philadelphia, this seven-acre tree-filled park will give your group a much-needed break from the bustle of the city.
The square is surrounded on all sides by high-rise luxury apartments, office towers, popular stores, and of course, first-class eateries. While here you may want to venture over to Rouse, Devon, Parc, or Barclay for some seriously good food before you leave the area (that is if you still have any room left)! Be sure to wear your walking shoes and bring a camera, a perfect opportunity to squeeze in some exercise, a very important aspect of food tours, grab some iconic photos, and immerse yourself into the day-to-day local culture of Philadelphia.
You may also learn all about the history of the park itself, named after the famed astronomer and clock-maker, David Rittenhouse. In 1683 this park was a burgeoning social gathering and market space, today it's a very popular open green. Enjoy the manicured lawns and various sculptures throughout, a very family-friendly and peaceful place to read, paint, picnic, or relax. There are several annual flower and farmers markets, outdoor art festivals, and historical reenactments. Enjoy this opportunity to get some fresh air and get active, as you explore the diagonal walkways that center around the middle oval, in which there is a rather large filled planter bed and reflecting pool for your viewing pleasure.