The Avenue of the Arts is a swath of central Philadelphia where most of the city’s major performing arts venues are located, and the name Avenue of the Arts was designated in the early 1990s. This 4.5-mile-long stretch of Broad Street is the perfect place for a highbrow night on the town. You can catch a show at the recently opened Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Visit America’s oldest art school, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Or see the Pennsylvania Ballet at the historic Academy of Music, the oldest opera house in the country. There’s also plenty of fine-dining and upscale nightlife nearby to create a full and fun evening rubbing shoulders with Philadelphia’s finest.
The Avenue of the Arts is located to the north and south of city hall, and it’s a 15-minute walk or an 8-minute metro ride from the Independence Mall area.