76 Things to Do in Philadelphia for Visitors, in the Spirit of ’76
There are so many things to do in Philadelphia, that a visitor – especially a first-time visitor – may not be sure where to begin. And in the "Spirit of ’76", we’ve compiled this list of 76 Things to Do In Philadelphia, to get you started…
We'll start in Old City Philadelphia
1) Go to Independence Visitor Center, watch the movie, and obtain a free, timed ticket for Independence Hall...
2) Tour Independence Hall with your free, timed ticket.
3) Visit the Liberty Bell Center
4) Walk over to Washington Square and see the Grave of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution.
Go to the nearby Curtis Center and see Dream Garden, an incredibly beautiful, 19th-century glass mosaic by Tiffany, in the lobby. It was fortunate enough to remain in Philadelphia, only due to a protracted legal battle, so enjoy it...
Be dazzled with the mixture of 18th century history and 21st century technology at the Lights of Liberty show...
5) Walk to City Tavern Philadelphia and take a look inside - or have a meal in the authentic replica of the 18th-century tavern.
6) Cross the street to Welcome Park
see the giant city street grid embedded in the ground, and read the biography of William Penn - the city's founder - on the wall...
7) Head down to the Delaware River and enter Penn's Landing on the riverfront.
8) Visit the Independence Seaport Museum
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which the Founding Fathers occasionally visited.
11) Go underground to visit Franklin Court - before it closes for extensive renovation in fall 2010.
Walk down the cobblestoned street and enter Elfreth's Alley - the longest continually occupied residential street in America.
12) Walk over to Benjamin Franklin's Grave at Christ Church Burial Ground and take the tour. At the end, toss a penny onto
for good luck.
13) Visit the Philadelphia Mint - one of the largest in the world.
14) See the reconstructed Declaration House - at the location where Thomas Jefferson was living, while he drafted the Declaration of Independence - during the historic summer of 1776.
15) Take a tour of the Bishop White House.
Walk up to Arch Street between 3rd and 4th, and visit the Betsy Ross House
- where the first U.S. flag may have - but was probably not - created by Betsy Ross. However, the real Betsy Ross was a dedicated patriot, who buried two husbands who died in the American cause.
Visit the Free Quaker Meeting House, where Betsy Ross and other Quakers who supported the American Revolution, despite the pacifist tenets of their church, broke away from their own Quaker Meeting, as a result.
Learn more about the nation's most vital document by visiting the state-of-the-art The National Constitution Center - constructed in 2003 for a 21st-century America.
See Philadelphia's most bohemian street, by heading down to South Street - and visit Headhouse Square, located just above 2nd and South Streets.
10) See the restored Reading Terminal Headhouse, a tribute to Philadelphia's railroad past.
Eat lunch at the adjacent Reading Terminal Market - located at 12th and Arch Streets.
At 13th and Market Street, visit a piece of Philadelphia's magnificent history at what is now Macy's, but was for many decades John Wanamakers. Go inside and see the famous Eagle Sculpture.
Philadelphia City Hall
- and admire the incredible architecture of the largest stone-masonry structure in the world - and was the tallest building in Philadelphia for nearly a century, until 1987.
Take the elevator up to the hat brim of the gigantic
William Penn Statue
- and see the breathtaking view of the city from it.
Enjoy a walk through beautiful
- a center of high society.
Academy of Natural Sciences
- for all things dinosaur-related, as well as its tremendous scientific and biological collections.
Walk through the biggest heart in the world, literally, at the
Take a picture of the beautiful Swann Memorial Fountain in
- also known as Logan Square.
Visit the Rodin Museum.
See the unique collection of medical anomalies at the
- located at 22nd Street and ______.
Walk up the flag-lined, majestic
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- modeled on the wide boulevards of Paris.
Run up the Rocky steps at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art
, and take in its world-class art collection.
See one of the world's most historic and influential prisons, by visiting
Eastern State Penitentiary
Walk along the Schuylkill River and enjoy a walk along
- and admire its many sculptures.
Visit the most storied venue - and one of the oldest - in college basketball, the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania - which has hosted more NCAA tournament games than any other building in America.
See the city's beloved major league baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies, at gleaming Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004...
Visit the faithfully reconstructed Declaration House, a replica of the house where Thomas Jefferson lived, while writing the Declaration of Independence in 1776...
See the wonders of zoological diversity at the
- the first - and oldest - zoo in the nation...
Enjoy the city's most famous food - a cheese steak, at one of the many purveyors around Philadelphia...
Visit Congress Hall, an accurate restoration of the building where President George Washington was inaugurated for his second term in 1797, and the first home of the United States Supreme Court.
- which was constructed in 1770. Despite its name, this handsome Georgian structure is most famous for hosting the
First Continental Congress
in September 1774, nearly two years before the Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence...
While on the subject of misleading names, you should visit the
Second Bank of the United States
- built in 1824. It was originally a bank, of course, but it is now home to a superb art gallery, filled with portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Powel House, constructed in 1765, was home to a mayor of Philadelphia - Samuel Powel - who ended up being the city's final mayor under British rule. Powel intrigued on behalf of the patriot cause and entertained Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, among others, here...
Physick House, which was built in 1786, is one of the most stunning homes in Philadelphia. Its best-known owner, a Dr. Philip Syng Physick, who was - as his name implies - the "Father of American Surgery".
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