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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Philadelphia

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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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  • Located on the South Street - an artist suffering from depression turned a junk yard into a whimsical garden of mosaic! It's pretty small but you can definitely kill good hour walking through the gard...  more »
  • Creativity, Amazing Art and interesting place to visit in Philadelphia city area. A magical place in the city  more »
  • Make your way over to South Street to check out the Magic Gardens. It is actually amazing what has been done with so many random things and how beautiful it turned out to be. Just be sure to get your ...  more »
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  • This is a great place to walk through and think about life and art...I'm glad I got to visit, and I hope I get to come back one day. Such a great masterpiece. The staff were warm and friendly too!
  • Philadelphia Magic Gardens is very small, bit it's impressive. Depending on how much time you like to spend at artsy places, you can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours here. My boyfriend and I were visiting Philly for the weekend and our Airbnb happened to be right across the street. I had no idea you could buy tickets ahead of time until I happened to look on the site that morning. Well we really lucked out because there was only one time slot left, which was for 11:30. That worked out perfectly because we were planning to go when they opened, which is 11 am. Tickets are $12 or if you have a student ID, it's $8. When we showed up, there was barely anyone there. It wasn't until we left at around 12:30 did the crowds really start pouring in. There was a huge line out the door. So bottom line - go early, and buy your tickets ahead of time.
  • Very interesting and impressive place to visit in Philadelphia. The first time we went there the exhibition was sold out so we went home to order tickets online for the following day. Worked out perfectly... I would definitely suggest to order your tickets in advance so you get in... The exhibition itself is absolutely worth visiting! It really gives you a "magic" experience... :)
  • This place makes you feel like if you are in someone's imaginary garden, except this is real! I loved spending time throughout the garden reading small phrases here and there. I will definitely be back!
  • Absolutely stunning. Pictures hardly do it justice. The artist has over 100 murals that you can set when walking around South Street.