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Jorge David

Things to Do!

Experience the Historic City of Brotherly Love!
If you’re looking for things to do, places to sight-see, and ways to experience the uniqueness of our city, I’ve put together this list of our personal suggestions. Check out the map, as we’ve included suggestions that are within walking distance and some that are further out. We update it regularly as we discover new spots. Some of the suggestions are mainstream and touristy, others are hidden gems off the beaten path. Hope these help you experience the popular and historic sites of our city, and if you want a more authentic experience, some of our unique and local essence.
The Metropolitan Opera House is a historic opera house first opened in 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 858 North Broad Street. It has been used for many different purposes over its history. Now known as the Met Philadelphia, the theatre reopened in December 2018, after a complete renovation, as a concert venue
Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House
858 N Broad St
The Metropolitan Opera House is a historic opera house first opened in 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 858 North Broad Street. It has been used for many different purposes over its history. Now known as the Met Philadelphia, the theatre reopened in December 2018, after a complete renovation, as a concert venue
Vibrant Penn’s Landing attracts families to its stretch of parks and multicultural eateries along the Delaware River. The Great Plaza and Festival Pier are popular venues for outdoor summer concerts, while RiverRink offers ice skating in winter. Tourists visit the Independence Seaport Museum and historic warships, and enjoy dinner cruises on the Spirit of Philadelphia. SugarHouse Casino offers a glitzy nightlife scene.
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Penn's Landing
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Vibrant Penn’s Landing attracts families to its stretch of parks and multicultural eateries along the Delaware River. The Great Plaza and Festival Pier are popular venues for outdoor summer concerts, while RiverRink offers ice skating in winter. Tourists visit the Independence Seaport Museum and historic warships, and enjoy dinner cruises on the Spirit of Philadelphia. SugarHouse Casino offers a glitzy nightlife scene.
Bartram's Garden is a historic Philadelphia garden and arboretum. First opening in 1728, it is the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America. Located on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, it covers 46 acres and includes a historic botanical garden and arboretum.
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Bartram's Garden
5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
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Bartram's Garden is a historic Philadelphia garden and arboretum. First opening in 1728, it is the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America. Located on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, it covers 46 acres and includes a historic botanical garden and arboretum.
The Philadelphia Zoo, located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, was the first true zoo in the United States. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874.
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Zoo de Philadelphie
3400 West Girard Avenue
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The Philadelphia Zoo, located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, was the first true zoo in the United States. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an art museum originally chartered in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The main museum building was completed in 1928 on Fairmount, a hill located at the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an art museum originally chartered in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The main museum building was completed in 1928 on Fairmount, a hill located at the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval.
The Franklin Institute is a science museum and the center of science education and research in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is named after the American scientist and statesman, Benjamin Franklin, and houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.
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The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
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The Franklin Institute is a science museum and the center of science education and research in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is named after the American scientist and statesman, Benjamin Franklin, and houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.
Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It first opened in 1753. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Independence Hall
520 Chestnut Street
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Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It first opened in 1753. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Rodin Museum is an art museum located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris. Opened in 1929, the museum is administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Rodin Museum
2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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The Rodin Museum is an art museum located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris. Opened in 1929, the museum is administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and was operational from 1829 until 1971.
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Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue
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The Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and was operational from 1829 until 1971.
The Barnes Foundation is an art collection and educational institution promoting the appreciation of art and horticulture. Originally in Merion, the art collection moved in 2012 to a new building on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Fondation Barnes
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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The Barnes Foundation is an art collection and educational institution promoting the appreciation of art and horticulture. Originally in Merion, the art collection moved in 2012 to a new building on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Mütter Museum is a medical museum founded in 1858 and located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains a collection of anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
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Mütter Museum
19 S 22nd St
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The Mütter Museum is a medical museum founded in 1858 and located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains a collection of anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a non-profit organization, folk art environment, and gallery space on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To date, it is the largest work created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. The Magic Gardens spans three city lots, and includes indoor galleries and a large outdoor labyrinth.
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a non-profit organization, folk art environment, and gallery space on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To date, it is the largest work created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. The Magic Gardens spans three city lots, and includes indoor galleries and a large outdoor labyrinth.
The Independence Seaport Museum was founded in 1961 and is located in the Penn's Landing complex along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The collections at the Independence Seaport Museum document maritime history and culture along the Delaware River.
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Independence Seaport Museum
211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
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The Independence Seaport Museum was founded in 1961 and is located in the Penn's Landing complex along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The collections at the Independence Seaport Museum document maritime history and culture along the Delaware River.
The Museum of the American Revolution is a Philadelphia museum dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution. The museum was opened to the public on April 19, 2017, the anniversary of the first battle of the war, Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775.
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Museum of the American Revolution
101 S 3rd St
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The Museum of the American Revolution is a Philadelphia museum dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution. The museum was opened to the public on April 19, 2017, the anniversary of the first battle of the war, Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775.
The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Once placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House, the bell today is located in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park.
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Cloche de la liberté
North 6th Street
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The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Once placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House, the bell today is located in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park.
Philadelphia City Hall is the seat of government for the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The building was constructed from 1871 to 1901 within Penn Square, in the middle of Center City. John McArthur Jr. and Thomas Ustick Walter designed the building in the Second Empire style
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Philadelphia City Hall
1400 John F Kennedy Boulevard
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Philadelphia City Hall is the seat of government for the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The building was constructed from 1871 to 1901 within Penn Square, in the middle of Center City. John McArthur Jr. and Thomas Ustick Walter designed the building in the Second Empire style
The Please Touch Museum is a children's museum located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The museum focuses on teaching children through interactive exhibits and special events, mostly aimed at children seven years old and younger.
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Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
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The Please Touch Museum is a children's museum located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The museum focuses on teaching children through interactive exhibits and special events, mostly aimed at children seven years old and younger.
The Adventure Aquarium, formerly the New Jersey State Aquarium, is a for-profit educational entertainment attraction operated in Camden, New Jersey on the Delaware River Camden Waterfront by the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation.
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Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
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The Adventure Aquarium, formerly the New Jersey State Aquarium, is a for-profit educational entertainment attraction operated in Camden, New Jersey on the Delaware River Camden Waterfront by the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation.
The birthplace of American independence, this now modern neighborhood is best known for its major Colonial-era sites. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House are top area attractions. Many of Old City's residents live in restored 18th-century rowhouses that line some of the country's oldest streets. Nightlife options for fashionable crowds include trendy eateries and bars along South 2nd Street.
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Old City
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The birthplace of American independence, this now modern neighborhood is best known for its major Colonial-era sites. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House are top area attractions. Many of Old City's residents live in restored 18th-century rowhouses that line some of the country's oldest streets. Nightlife options for fashionable crowds include trendy eateries and bars along South 2nd Street.
The Betsy Ross House is a landmark in Philadelphia purported to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross lived when she sewed the first American Flag.
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Betsy Ross House
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The Betsy Ross House is a landmark in Philadelphia purported to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross lived when she sewed the first American Flag.
Elfreth's Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia, dating to 1702. As of 2012, there are 32 houses on the street, which were built between 1728 and 1836. The Elfreth's Alley Museum is located at #124 and 126. The alley is a National Historic Landmark.
Elfreth's Alley
Elfreth's Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia, dating to 1702. As of 2012, there are 32 houses on the street, which were built between 1728 and 1836. The Elfreth's Alley Museum is located at #124 and 126. The alley is a National Historic Landmark.
Love Park, officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza, is a plaza located in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The park is nicknamed Love Park for its reproduction of Robert Indiana's Love sculpture which overlooks the plaza.
Philadelphia LOVE Park
100 N 17th St
Love Park, officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza, is a plaza located in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The park is nicknamed Love Park for its reproduction of Robert Indiana's Love sculpture which overlooks the plaza.
Franklin Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn when he laid out the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682. It is located in the Center City area, between North 6th and 7th Streets, and between Race Street and the Vine Street Expressway.
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Franklin Square
200 North 6th Street
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Franklin Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn when he laid out the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682. It is located in the Center City area, between North 6th and 7th Streets, and between Race Street and the Vine Street Expressway.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, formerly the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas. Founded in 1812.
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Académie des sciences naturelles
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, formerly the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas. Founded in 1812.
Rittenhouse Square is the name of both a public park and the surrounding neighborhood that is referred to also as Rittenhouse in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Rittenhouse Square
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Rittenhouse Square is the name of both a public park and the surrounding neighborhood that is referred to also as Rittenhouse in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
One Liberty Observation Deck, also called Philly From The Top, is an 883 ft high observation deck located on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in Center City, Philadelphia.
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One Liberty Observation Deck
1650 Market St
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One Liberty Observation Deck, also called Philly From The Top, is an 883 ft high observation deck located on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in Center City, Philadelphia.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology—commonly called the Penn Museum—is an archaeology and anthropology museum that is part of the University of Pennsylvania. It is located on Penn's campus in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia.
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Penn Museum
3260 South Street
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The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology—commonly called the Penn Museum—is an archaeology and anthropology museum that is part of the University of Pennsylvania. It is located on Penn's campus in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Built in 1889. The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The arboretum is open daily except major holidays; an admission fee is charged at the gate.
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Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 East Northwestern Avenue
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Built in 1889. The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The arboretum is open daily except major holidays; an admission fee is charged at the gate.
The Spruce Street Harbor Park is an urban "beach" located in Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Open during the summer, the place features a boardwalk along the Delaware River with a waterfront atmosphere.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park
301 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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The Spruce Street Harbor Park is an urban "beach" located in Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Open during the summer, the place features a boardwalk along the Delaware River with a waterfront atmosphere.
USS New Jersey (BB-62) is an Iowa-class battleship, and was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named after the US state of New Jersey.
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USS New Jersey
100 Clinton Street
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USS New Jersey (BB-62) is an Iowa-class battleship, and was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named after the US state of New Jersey.
South Street is a street in Philadelphia, which was originally named "Cedar Street" in William Penn's original street grid, it is an east-west street forming the southern border of Center City and the northern border for South Philadelphia.
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South Street
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South Street is a street in Philadelphia, which was originally named "Cedar Street" in William Penn's original street grid, it is an east-west street forming the southern border of Center City and the northern border for South Philadelphia.
The National Museum of American Jewish History is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum at 101 South Independence Mall East at Market Street in Center City Philadelphia. It was founded in 1976.
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National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall E
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The National Museum of American Jewish History is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum at 101 South Independence Mall East at Market Street in Center City Philadelphia. It was founded in 1976.
The Benjamin Franklin Bridge – originally named the Delaware River Bridge, and now informally called the Ben Franklin Bridge – is a suspension bridge across the Delaware River connecting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey.
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Ben Franklin Bridge
6 Linden St
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The Benjamin Franklin Bridge – originally named the Delaware River Bridge, and now informally called the Ben Franklin Bridge – is a suspension bridge across the Delaware River connecting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey.
Shofuso, also known as Japanese House and Garden, is a traditional 17th century-style Japanese house and garden located in Philadelphia's West Fairmount Park on the site of the Centennial Exposition of 1876.
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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Dr
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Shofuso, also known as Japanese House and Garden, is a traditional 17th century-style Japanese house and garden located in Philadelphia's West Fairmount Park on the site of the Centennial Exposition of 1876.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia is notable as the first museum funded and built by a municipality in 1976 to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.
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African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
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The African American Museum in Philadelphia is notable as the first museum funded and built by a municipality in 1976 to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.
Dilworth Park is a public park and open space along the western side of City Hall in Center City, Philadelphia. The one-half-acre park opened to the public on September 4, 2014.
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Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street
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Dilworth Park is a public park and open space along the western side of City Hall in Center City, Philadelphia. The one-half-acre park opened to the public on September 4, 2014.
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is a 1000-acre National Wildlife Refuge spanning Philadelphia and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania. Located in Tinicum Township, the refuge is adjacent to the Philadelphia International Airport.
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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Boulevard
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The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is a 1000-acre National Wildlife Refuge spanning Philadelphia and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania. Located in Tinicum Township, the refuge is adjacent to the Philadelphia International Airport.
Scenic riverside site of historic boathouses for rowing clubs dating back to 1853.
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Boathouse Row
1 Boathouse Row
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Scenic riverside site of historic boathouses for rowing clubs dating back to 1853.
The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is a preserved home once rented by American author Edgar Allan Poe, located at 532 N. 7th Street, in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though Poe lived in many houses over several years in Philadelphia, it is the only one which still survives.
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
532 North 7th Street
The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is a preserved home once rented by American author Edgar Allan Poe, located at 532 N. 7th Street, in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though Poe lived in many houses over several years in Philadelphia, it is the only one which still survives.
Cool Fishtown is where Philly's culinary, art and music trends take off. A magnet for hipsters and creative types, the former working-class neighborhood marks the first Friday of the month by opening the galleries and studios along Frankford Avenue to the public. The vibrant nightlife includes hip bistros, beer gardens and a retro arcade. Indie bands perform at the landmark Johnny Brenda's, a lauded gastropub.
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Fishtown
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Cool Fishtown is where Philly's culinary, art and music trends take off. A magnet for hipsters and creative types, the former working-class neighborhood marks the first Friday of the month by opening the galleries and studios along Frankford Avenue to the public. The vibrant nightlife includes hip bistros, beer gardens and a retro arcade. Indie bands perform at the landmark Johnny Brenda's, a lauded gastropub.
The Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was Philadelphia's second municipal waterworks. Designed in 1812 by Frederick Graff and built between 1812 and 1872, it operated until 1909, winning praise for its design and becoming a popular tourist attraction.
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Fairmount Water Works
640 Waterworks Drive
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The Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was Philadelphia's second municipal waterworks. Designed in 1812 by Frederick Graff and built between 1812 and 1872, it operated until 1909, winning praise for its design and becoming a popular tourist attraction.
Carpenters' Hall is a two-story brick building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that was a key meeting place in the early history of the United States.
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Carpenters' Hall
320 Chestnut Street
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Carpenters' Hall is a two-story brick building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that was a key meeting place in the early history of the United States.
The Italian Market is the popular name for the South 9th Street Curb Market, an area of South Philadelphia featuring many grocery shops, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, cheese shops, butcher shops, etc., many with an Italian influence.
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Italian Market 9th Street
919 South 9th Street
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The Italian Market is the popular name for the South 9th Street Curb Market, an area of South Philadelphia featuring many grocery shops, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, cheese shops, butcher shops, etc., many with an Italian influence.
There are 57 miles of trails in Wissahickon Valley Park, a lush, 1,800-acre gorge, crossing forest and meadow before plunging down to the sun-dappled waters of the Wissahickon Creek. Visitors find themselves lost in a feeling of wilderness as they walk, bike or ride horse through this undisputed gem of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system. Permits are required to use the upper trails for off-road biking or horseback riding.
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Wissahickon Valley Park
Valley Green Road
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There are 57 miles of trails in Wissahickon Valley Park, a lush, 1,800-acre gorge, crossing forest and meadow before plunging down to the sun-dappled waters of the Wissahickon Creek. Visitors find themselves lost in a feeling of wilderness as they walk, bike or ride horse through this undisputed gem of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system. Permits are required to use the upper trails for off-road biking or horseback riding.
Passyunk Square is an up-and-coming neighborhood of brownstones and historic, narrow "trinity" houses. Affordable housing and diverse dining options attract hipsters and young professionals alike. East Passyunk Avenue is lined with vintage shops, gastropubs and Vietnamese pho soup spots, as well as cheesesteak rivals Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks. Outdoor street festivals are popular here during the warmer months.
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Passyunk Square
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Passyunk Square is an up-and-coming neighborhood of brownstones and historic, narrow "trinity" houses. Affordable housing and diverse dining options attract hipsters and young professionals alike. East Passyunk Avenue is lined with vintage shops, gastropubs and Vietnamese pho soup spots, as well as cheesesteak rivals Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks. Outdoor street festivals are popular here during the warmer months.
One of the most visited attractions in Philadelphia. The city’s famous indoor food paradise that’s a one-stop shop for local produce, delicious sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries and artisanal cheeses available from dozens of vendors.
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Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street
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One of the most visited attractions in Philadelphia. The city’s famous indoor food paradise that’s a one-stop shop for local produce, delicious sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries and artisanal cheeses available from dozens of vendors.
This popular casino on the Delaware River waterfront has 1,891 slots, over 100 table games, a 28-table poker room, seven restaurants and bars.
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SugarHouse Casino
1001 North Delaware Avenue
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This popular casino on the Delaware River waterfront has 1,891 slots, over 100 table games, a 28-table poker room, seven restaurants and bars.
No battles were fought in Valley Forge, but the time the Continental Army spent here went down as one of their most trying periods. Exhibits, artifacts, replicated huts and the original headquarters tell the story of the pivotal winter that George Washington and his troops endured at the site. The 3,600-acre Valley Forge National Historical Park — a magnet for runners, bicyclists and picnickers as well as history buffs.
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Visitor Center At Valley Forge
1400 N Outer Line Dr
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No battles were fought in Valley Forge, but the time the Continental Army spent here went down as one of their most trying periods. Exhibits, artifacts, replicated huts and the original headquarters tell the story of the pivotal winter that George Washington and his troops endured at the site. The 3,600-acre Valley Forge National Historical Park — a magnet for runners, bicyclists and picnickers as well as history buffs.
Peddler’s Village offers small-town colonial charm just one hour from Center City Philadelphia. With festivals for every season, 60-plus stores for shopping and the just-for-kids Giggleberry Fair area.
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Peddler's Village
2400 Street Road
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Peddler’s Village offers small-town colonial charm just one hour from Center City Philadelphia. With festivals for every season, 60-plus stores for shopping and the just-for-kids Giggleberry Fair area.
1,100 acres in Kennett Square, PA that are filled with stunning gardens, woodlands, meadows and fountains. The horticultural haven also hosts hundreds of events each year, including fountain shows, gardening demonstrations, educational programs, activities for kids, concerts and musical theater.
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Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd
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1,100 acres in Kennett Square, PA that are filled with stunning gardens, woodlands, meadows and fountains. The horticultural haven also hosts hundreds of events each year, including fountain shows, gardening demonstrations, educational programs, activities for kids, concerts and musical theater.
This historic building housed U.S. Congress from 1790 to 1800, during the time when Philadelphia served as the temporary capital of the United States. Originally built as the Philadelphia County Courthouse.
Congress Hall
This historic building housed U.S. Congress from 1790 to 1800, during the time when Philadelphia served as the temporary capital of the United States. Originally built as the Philadelphia County Courthouse.
Built to be Philadelphia’s City Hall, Old City Hall was used by the U.S. Supreme Court from 1791 until 1800 while Philadelphia was the nation’s temporary capital. The Supreme Court made some of its first decisions here.
Old City Hall
Built to be Philadelphia’s City Hall, Old City Hall was used by the U.S. Supreme Court from 1791 until 1800 while Philadelphia was the nation’s temporary capital. The Supreme Court made some of its first decisions here.
Christ Church — once the tallest building in North America — is where colonial America made its historic break with the Church of England. Just a few blocks away at 5th & Arch streets is the church’s burial grounds, where visitors can view the graves of Benjamin Franklin and his wife as well as those of several signers of the Declaration of Independence and other early American leaders.
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Christ Church
20 North American Street
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Christ Church — once the tallest building in North America — is where colonial America made its historic break with the Church of England. Just a few blocks away at 5th & Arch streets is the church’s burial grounds, where visitors can view the graves of Benjamin Franklin and his wife as well as those of several signers of the Declaration of Independence and other early American leaders.
Second Bank of the United States, which today paints a picture of America’s roots with walls lined with more than 150 portraits of the nation’s earliest movers and shakers. (Just steps away, the First Bank of the United States — although closed to the public — also has a photo-worthy exterior.)
Second Bank of the United States
420 Chestnut Street
Second Bank of the United States, which today paints a picture of America’s roots with walls lined with more than 150 portraits of the nation’s earliest movers and shakers. (Just steps away, the First Bank of the United States — although closed to the public — also has a photo-worthy exterior.)
Housed in a 19th-century stone mansion on six acres in the city’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood, the Woodmere Art Museum focuses on art and artists from Philadelphia, while bringing together this art with nature in a collection that highlights historical and contemporary art and outdoor sculpture. The museum, which also offers exhibitions and programs for all ages throughout the year.
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Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Avenue
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Housed in a 19th-century stone mansion on six acres in the city’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood, the Woodmere Art Museum focuses on art and artists from Philadelphia, while bringing together this art with nature in a collection that highlights historical and contemporary art and outdoor sculpture. The museum, which also offers exhibitions and programs for all ages throughout the year.
Set inside an 848-acre French Creek State Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site offers visitors a glimpse of daily life at a colonial-era village dedicated to producing iron.
Hopewell Furnace Visitors Center
2 Mark Bird Ln
Set inside an 848-acre French Creek State Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site offers visitors a glimpse of daily life at a colonial-era village dedicated to producing iron.
Belmont Mansion is a historic mansion located in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Built in the early 18th century, the mansion is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the United States.
Belmont Mansion
2000 Belmont Mansion Dr
Belmont Mansion is a historic mansion located in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Built in the early 18th century, the mansion is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the United States.
Spectacular views of the city skyline, trails, diversity and one of the most romantic and free places in the city. Breathtaking both day and night.
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Belmont Plateau
1800 Belmont Mansion Dr
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Spectacular views of the city skyline, trails, diversity and one of the most romantic and free places in the city. Breathtaking both day and night.
There are many great parks in Philadelphia, but none are quite like Cira Green. That’s because Cira Green is a park built on the roof of a 12-story parking garage.Despite being located 100 feet above the ground on top of a concrete structure, Cira Green feels very much like a park. There are walkways, benches, and even several sections of grass that are perfect for relaxing. While Cira Green is only a little over an acre in size, it’s well worth taking the time to see if you are looking for one of the best outdoor spots in Philadelphia.The entrance is located on 30th Street between Chestnut and Walnut Street.
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Cira Green
80 S 30th St
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There are many great parks in Philadelphia, but none are quite like Cira Green. That’s because Cira Green is a park built on the roof of a 12-story parking garage.Despite being located 100 feet above the ground on top of a concrete structure, Cira Green feels very much like a park. There are walkways, benches, and even several sections of grass that are perfect for relaxing. While Cira Green is only a little over an acre in size, it’s well worth taking the time to see if you are looking for one of the best outdoor spots in Philadelphia.The entrance is located on 30th Street between Chestnut and Walnut Street.
Mount Moriah Cemetery is a historic cemetery in southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along Cobbs Creek. It was incorporated on March 27, 1855 and established by an act of the Pennsylvania Legislature. Opening in 1855, it had an ornate Romanesque entrance and gothic mausoleums that rivaled the great cemeteries of Greenwood in Brooklyn, and the famous Pere LaChaise in Paris. Eventually expanding to nearly 400 acres, it was Pennsylvania’s largest burial site. What’s perhaps most unusual about the cemetery is that no one actually owns it. When the last member of the original governing Mount Moriah Cemetery Association passed away a decade ago, the already neglected cemetery was left abandoned.
Mount Moriah Cemetery Association
Mount Moriah Cemetery is a historic cemetery in southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along Cobbs Creek. It was incorporated on March 27, 1855 and established by an act of the Pennsylvania Legislature. Opening in 1855, it had an ornate Romanesque entrance and gothic mausoleums that rivaled the great cemeteries of Greenwood in Brooklyn, and the famous Pere LaChaise in Paris. Eventually expanding to nearly 400 acres, it was Pennsylvania’s largest burial site. What’s perhaps most unusual about the cemetery is that no one actually owns it. When the last member of the original governing Mount Moriah Cemetery Association passed away a decade ago, the already neglected cemetery was left abandoned.
The Rosenbach is a stunning library hidden in plain sight in the heart of Philadelphia which contains an almost unbelievable collection of rare books ranging from a hand-written copy of Ulysses to the first book ever published in America.
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The Rosenbach
2008 Delancey Place
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The Rosenbach is a stunning library hidden in plain sight in the heart of Philadelphia which contains an almost unbelievable collection of rare books ranging from a hand-written copy of Ulysses to the first book ever published in America.
The first American department store, and home to the largest operating musical instrument in the world.
The Wanamaker Building
100 E Penn Square
The first American department store, and home to the largest operating musical instrument in the world.
Sometimes dubbed the “fort that saved America,” this site is one you probably didn’t learn about in history class. Built by the British in 1771 to protect the wealthy colonial city of Philadelphia, Fort Mifflin was in American hands when the seeds of revolution took root.
Fort Mifflin
Sometimes dubbed the “fort that saved America,” this site is one you probably didn’t learn about in history class. Built by the British in 1771 to protect the wealthy colonial city of Philadelphia, Fort Mifflin was in American hands when the seeds of revolution took root.
The Frankford Avenue Bridge, erected in 1697 in the Holmesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, is the oldest surviving roadway bridge in the United States. The American Society of Civil Engineers describes the bridge as the first known stone arch built in the U.S., and probably the oldest stone bridge in the country.
Frankford Avenue Bridge
8300 Frankford Ave
The Frankford Avenue Bridge, erected in 1697 in the Holmesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, is the oldest surviving roadway bridge in the United States. The American Society of Civil Engineers describes the bridge as the first known stone arch built in the U.S., and probably the oldest stone bridge in the country.
You won't want to miss this hidden gem that is only a few blocks from your stay. Make sure to bring your camera! There is a bike share site for those who want to continue exploring.
Drexel Park
3100 Powelton Avenue
You won't want to miss this hidden gem that is only a few blocks from your stay. Make sure to bring your camera! There is a bike share site for those who want to continue exploring.
Walk up the street from your stay and take a calming stroll down Baring Street. It is definitely one of my most lovely streets in the neighborhood and Philadelphia. You will appreciate the architecture in this oasis after a busy day in Center City.
Baring Street
Walk up the street from your stay and take a calming stroll down Baring Street. It is definitely one of my most lovely streets in the neighborhood and Philadelphia. You will appreciate the architecture in this oasis after a busy day in Center City.
Great for a walk, run, or bike ride! Awesome views of the river and great atmosphere!
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Kelly Drive
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Great for a walk, run, or bike ride! Awesome views of the river and great atmosphere!
Tucked away in a remote section of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, you’ll find the “Kelpius Cave,” an enhanced cave built into the side of a hill, with a stone frame entrance marking what’s believed to be the 17th century home of America’s first cult of mystics to predict the imminent apocalypse.
Hermit's Cave
Tucked away in a remote section of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, you’ll find the “Kelpius Cave,” an enhanced cave built into the side of a hill, with a stone frame entrance marking what’s believed to be the 17th century home of America’s first cult of mystics to predict the imminent apocalypse.
Designed by Louis C. Tiffany and based on a Maxfield Parrish landscape, it took 6 months to install in 1916. The mural is 15 feet by 49 feet made up of 100,00 pieces of glass in over 260 color tones making it arguably the largest Tiffany piece in the world (though the Tiffany art glass dome located in Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural center certainly has a claim.) Dream Garden was the largest glass mural in the country until 2007 when it was surpassed by the Wing Lung Bank Mural in Alhambra, CA.
The Dream Garden
601 Walnut St
Designed by Louis C. Tiffany and based on a Maxfield Parrish landscape, it took 6 months to install in 1916. The mural is 15 feet by 49 feet made up of 100,00 pieces of glass in over 260 color tones making it arguably the largest Tiffany piece in the world (though the Tiffany art glass dome located in Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural center certainly has a claim.) Dream Garden was the largest glass mural in the country until 2007 when it was surpassed by the Wing Lung Bank Mural in Alhambra, CA.