Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: Photo Essay.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: Photo Essay.

South Street is an area familiar to most people who have visited Philadelphia, and rightfully so. But, if there’s one destination that must be visited on the street, it is Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

This unique art installation is one that must be seen, as magic is the perfect way to describe it. Entering the gardens feels likes stepping into an entirely new world, one where objects of commonplace are used in a whole new way and seen in a whole new light; it is truly a special place.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Artist, Isaiah Zagar, put together the gardens starting in 1994 in a vacant lot that was located near his studio, and over fourteen years, he worked to create the mosaics that decorate the 3,000 square foot space. While Zagar’s art covers many areas of Philadelphia, the Magic Gardens is his largest artwork and it covers both indoor and outdoor space, and it includes everything from bicycle wheels to statues and mirrors.

It is truly a unique spot that is fun to wander around, especially on a beautiful day. This is exactly what Lauren and I did on our walk down South Street, after admiring the work from the outside. It was almost impossible not to be drawn inside, and once in, it was hard to leave.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are truly special, but they must be seen to be understood and appreciated, which is why, if you find yourself in Philadelphia, you must make sure a visit here is one of your top priorities. Just have a look at the photos below to see why.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are the perfect escape in the city, and a place anyone who visits Philly should make an effort to see. It’s such a unique and special spot that makes you realize just how much the world needs art.

Where in the World is Lola? and The World Wanderer at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

I was a guest of Visit Philly on this trip, but as always, my opinions are my own.

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Comments (12)

  1. Lance | Trips By Lance

    Very cool. I love discovering unique finds like this in a city. One of the many things that makes travel great is seeing something that is unique to that destination.

    1. The World Wanderer

      It’s very cool and unique to the city. I’m sure you (and the family!) would definitely enjoy it.

  2. Craig Zabransky

    I don’t know which was more beautiful the art or the girl you traveled with 😉 I’ve been to south street many times, but never came here….Wow, I need to put this on my list next time I visit Philly. Thanks for opening my eyes to it.

    Stay Rediscovering America, Craig

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh, Craig, you are too cute! Definitely stop here next time. South Street is full of surprises. 🙂

  3. lola dimarco

    how cute are we?! loved the magic gardens and LOVED being there with you!

    1. The World Wanderer

      The cutest! Loved being there with you too. x

  4. Tom @ Waegook Tom

    This actually looks pretty cool! I skipped Philly on my US trip earlier this year, and now wish I’d gone. My main regret was not having a decent cheese steak, but the Magic Gardens look right up my street. I’d never heard of them before now!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I have to admit that I have never had a cheese steak in Philly…I know, I know, haha. But, aside from the cheese steak, this place is fantastic! You’ll have to make your way back. There’s really so much to see and do in Philly.

  5. Pola (@jettingaround)

    Very cool. I love mosaic and urban renewal efforts. Nothing like taking care of an empty lot and doing a creative project there!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yea, it’s pretty cool! I think you’d love it, Pola!

  6. Ron | Active Planet Travels

    Went up to Philly a few months back on my road trip up the East Coast with intention of stopping by this place. Sadly we timed it all wrong and they were closed though. :-/ Seems like we missed one hella cool place! Grrr…lol

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