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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Philadelphia

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4.5/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
Covering half a city block of indoor and outdoor space, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens glisten with creativity and urban renaissance. Artist Isaiah Zagar began tiling South Street in the 1960's and never stopped, eventually building a mosaic garden out of ceramic shards, broken mirrors, bicycle spokes, and vivid splashes of dyed cement. The tiled passages of the Magic Garden weave over and under ground, and perhaps more than anything through the mind of a dedicated and obsessed artist.
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  • The Magic Gardens are a must-see in Philly! Anyone visiting the city should make some time to explore South Philly, and $10 admission to the Magic Gardens should absolutely be budgeted. You'd never kn...  read more »
  • we ubered here and they let us out right at the gardens. i didn't see the big attraction to south street kind of ran down if you ask me but maybe we just went on the wrong day. the gardens are closed ...  read more »
  • A work of art in the open. Different and innovative design. The artist used to assemble garbage decorate your home. It's something different to see, if you have interest. Price of $ 8 to enter. Quick tour
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  • Very cool place! The art is unusual and it's worth going there. Expect to spend one hour there. If you will walk on south street you will see other similar art from the same person. Don't set high expectations. It's more like a small maze outside behind the gates and some are inside including some paintings and tiles.
  • Unique artistic attraction, memorable due to both aesthetics and its positive impact on the neighborhood. Make sure you also check out the smaller mosaics, made by the same artist, which are scattered on the nearby streets.
  • Friday August 5th we arrived just as they closed. We went in and asked the 2 women at the desk if we could quickly go through the exhibit while the others were finishing up and the women didn't even think about it they just said NO! I'm from Boston and hoped to see this unique art. So this rating is for those 2 girls not the art. In the future hire help that wants to share what you created not turn them away.
  • Magic gardens and the surrounding streets are beautifully designed with mosaic artwork. The immense size of the art/ collection is astounding. I overlooked this spot on my first few trips to Philly and ever since I visited it's the first thing I recommend to anyone visiting the city. It's an incredible sight to behold. It really feels like Magic!
  • There's so much history in this place. The artist has taken an old trash dumping ground and made it something amazing. I'm sure other big cities have similar spaces, but this is uniquely Philly.
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