Philadelphia Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Philly; our list of the best things to see, including Independence Hall, Wells Fargo Center and The Philadelphia Zoo.
  • The best place in Philadelphia: Independence Hall

    Independence Hall

    540-558 Chestnut St
    M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa-Su 9AM-6PM. Free. The centerpiece of the park and arguably its most important building. Originally known as the Pennsylvania State House, this is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, and where the U.S. Constitution was drafted in 1787, among other momentous historical events. Visitors to the park are encouraged to take a tour of the interior of the building, which is furnished with period pieces, including the exact desk and chair the Declaration of Independence was signed. Timed tour tickets must be reserved in advance online or at the Visitor's Center in order to enter. Tickets reserved online have a $1.50 processing fee, but are free at the Visitor's Center.
    Fairhill food nearby
  • Wells Fargo Center

    Wells Fargo Center

    3601 S Broad St
    Also host to numerous concerts and other events throughout the year. [2]
    Marconi Plaza-Packer Park eat nearby
  • The Philadelphia Zoo

    The Philadelphia Zoo

    3400 W Girard Ave
    Open everyday except Thanksgiving, Dec 24, 25 and 31, and January 1. Adult-$18, Child (2-11) $15, Under 2 Free, $2 military discount with proper identification. The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in the United States and is located just across the Schuylkill River. Due to open on March 1859, the zoo's opening was delayed fifteen years because of the Civil War, finally opening for business July 1, 1874, with costs of only twenty-five cents for adults and ten cents for children, and opening to more than 3,000 guests. The Zoo welcomed nearly 1.2 million visitors in 2010, and remains a popular and prosperous tourist and local attraction. Physician, Dr. William Camac is credited with being the Zoo's founding father, along with many other historical landmarks in Philadelphia. Upon its opening the Philadelphia Zoo housed up to a thousand animals and wildlife, which has rose to nearly fifteen hundred today, and has become a large institution for breeding and housing various animals in captivity.
    Belmont restaurants nearby
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    26th StBenjamin Franklin Pkwy
    Tu-Th, Su 10AM-5PM, F 10AM-8:45PM. $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students, AAA discount $1. First Sunday of the month pay what you wish. Famous on the outside for the steps seen in the film "Rocky" and famous on the inside for one of the world's largest collections of art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is home to many rotating collections as well as a standard selection of pieces always on display. The permanent collection is especially strong in Asian and medieval art, impressionist paintings, and furniture. The museum was founded in 1876 in conjunction with the Centennial Exposition of the same year and is now among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. It sits on a hill overlooking the Schuylkill River at the end of The Ben Franklin Parkway, which was modeled after the Champs Elysees in Paris. There's an impressive view back toward City Hall from the top of the "Rocky" steps. In addition, the PMA is opening a new exhibition space in the Perelman Building on Pennsylvania Ave which will display sculpture, costumes, textiles, prints, photographs, and design.
    Fairmount-Spring Garden food nearby
  • Please Touch Museum

    Please Touch Museum

    4231 Ave of the Republic
    Daily 9AM-4:30PM, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. $9.95. A fantastic place to take young children. As the name says, everyone is encouraged to touch the exhibits.
    Wynnefield eat nearby
  • Philadelphia Flyers

    Philadelphia Flyers

    Hockey fans can also enjoy the city's NHL team, which shares Wells Fargo Center with the Sixers.
    Marconi Plaza-Packer Park restaurants nearby
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

    University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

    3260 South St
    Tu,Th-Su 10AM-5PM, W 10AM-8PM, M closed. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 children 6-17/students, children 5 and under free. Joint ticket with the Mütter Museum available for $20 adults, $14 concession. An anthropology and archeology museum run by the University of Pennsylvania,
    Cobbs Creek food nearby
  • Academy of Natural Sciences

    Academy of Natural Sciences

    1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
    M-F 10AM-4:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. $10 adults, $8 children/seniors/military/students, AAA discount $1. Not just a natural history museum, this institution also has an active research arm and library. Highlights of the museum include a 2-story dinosaur exhibit, a butterfly walk-through area, and a children's nature center with live animals. It is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas.
    City Center West eat nearby
  • Walnut Street Theatre

    Walnut Street Theatre

    825 Walnut St
    America's oldest theatre celebrated its 200th anniversary season in 2009. Shows regularly sell out, and travelers are advised to buy in advance. The theater is a self-producing, non-profit regional theater.
    City Center East restaurants nearby
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

    118-128 N Broad St
    A school that has had an impressive roster of artist alumni in the past 200 years, including some of the best-known names in American art. Its museum shows works from past and present PAFA students and faculty, as well as regular special exhibits.
    City Center East food nearby
  • National Museum of American Jewish History

    National Museum of American Jewish History

    101 S Independence Mall E
    Near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the National Museum of American Jewish History is dedicated to chronicling the American Jewish experience.
    City Center East eat nearby
  • Liberty Bell Center

    Liberty Bell Center

    Independence MallMarket St, Between 5th St & 6 St
    M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa-Su 9AM-6PM. Free. The Liberty Bell once rang out public announcements from above the Pennsylvania state house (now Independence Hall). It became a public symbol of freedom when it toured the country after the Civil War to help mend political and social divisions. Returning to Philadelphia in 1915, it is now housed in the Liberty Bell Center where visitors can get an up close look at the 2000-pound bell and its mysterious crack.
    Fairhill restaurants nearby
  • The Betsy Ross House

    The Betsy Ross House

    239 Arch St
    10AM-5PM daily Apr-Oct; closed M Oct-Mar. Suggested admission $3 adults, $2 children. This house, more than 250 years old, was the home of Betsy Ross. In 1777, Ross sewed by hand the first American flag, with its distinctive circle of thirteen stars. Visitors may tour the house independently, or purchase an audio guide for $5, and afterwards "meet" Betsy Ross and other colonial craftsmen in the courtyard of the house. A fun, low-key activity for children.
    City Center East food nearby
  • Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

    Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

    East Fairmount Park Philadelphia, PA 19121-1095
    Playground Hours (for children 10 and younger) April 1 – September 30 Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm; October 1 – December 31 Friday – Sunday 10am – 4pm. Playhouse Hours (for children 5 and younger) April 1 – September 30 Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am – 6pm; October 1 – March 31 Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.. Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse is an enormous playground and historic play mansion located in Fairmont Park. The playground features a large selection of outdoor spinning and swinging equipment protected in a safe children only environment. A covered wood slide, ridden on burlap sacks, is a highlight for both kids and parents. There is much open and semi wooded space to explore just beware of poison ivy which is common in the area. The historic Playhouse is step back in time, built for just for kids and loaded with indoor activity toys. There is traffic themed play area in the basement which features riding toys. There are also party rooms available for rent both inside and on a large wrap-around porch.
    Strawberry Mansion eat nearby
  • Independence Visitor Center

    Independence Visitor Center

    One North Independence Mall West6th And Market St
    This national park, covering several blocks of Old City Philadelphia, includes some of the Philadelphia's most famous historic sites, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin's house and grave, and the house in which the Declaration of Independence was written. The park also includes a modern interactive museum, the National Constitution Center. The Independence Visitor's Center, where you must buy tickets to see Independence Hall, offers a wealth of information on historical sites and other attractions in the area. Costumed interpreters at the Visitor's Center are a great source of entertainment for children. The National Park Service provides a helpful map of the historical sites in the park.
    City Center East restaurants nearby
  • Rosenbach Museum & Library

    Rosenbach Museum & Library

    2008-2010 Delancey Pl
    Tu noon-5PM, W-Th noon-8PM, F noon-5PM, Sa-Su noon-6PM. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children/students, free for children under 5. Hourly tours (Tu-F, 11AM-4PM) take visitors through this fine old townhouse owned by a pair of rare-book dealers, which has grown into a museum and archive. The Maurice Sendak room, full of his sketches and pages, also contains Herman Melville's own bookcase, which holds the copy of Moby-Dick he inscribed to Hawthorne. A handsome double library on another floor holds Joyce's manuscript for Ulysses. On the top floor, poet Marianne Moore's Greenwich Village living room has been installed, to go along with the Rosenbach's trove of Moore papers.
    City Center West food nearby
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

    Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

    3830 Dorney Park Road
    Located on the west end of Hamilton Boulevard near Interstate 78, in Allentown, this popular amusement park and water park is home to at least six world-class roller coasters, including the 200 foot tall Steel Force, multi-looping coasters Talon and Hydra: The Revenge, and antique wooden roller coaster Thunderhawk. The park is open from early May to the end of October, and the waterpark is open from late May to early September. During the times that the waterpark is open, waterpark admission is included in the price of admission to the regular park, and guests can move freely back and forth between the two interconnected parks.
    Hunting Park eat nearby
  • Second Bank of the United States

    Second Bank of the United States

    420 Chestnut St
    The Second Bank was chartered in 1816, five years after the First Bank lost its charter. Initally located a block away in the same building the First Bank was in (see above), it soon relocated to its permanent home. Its charter expired in 1836 and wasn't renewed; it then functioned as an ordinary bank until it went bankrupt in 1841. The building then served as the Philadelphia Custom House from 1845-1935; nowadays it houses a portrait gallery (the People of Independence exhibit) containing artwork depicting various colonial and federal leaders.
    City Center East restaurants nearby
  • Franklin Court

    Franklin Court

    316-322 Market St
    Printing office open M-F 10AM-3PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM; B. Free Franklin Post Office open M-Sa 9AM-5PM; underground museum currently closed for renovations until Spring 2013. Free. This area contains the remnants of Benjamin Franklin's house (torn down 20 years after his death), the first Post office (still in operation today), a Postal Service museum, an 18th century printing office, and a Franklin museum. U.S. Park Rangers conduct printing demonstrations and performances of Franklin's "Glass Armonica." Great for kids.
    City Center East food nearby
  • Congress Hall

    Congress Hall

    6th and Chestnut Sts
    This smaller building to the right of Independence Hall is where the U.S. Congress met from 1790-1800 when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital. The Bill of Rights was ratified here, and it was the site of George Washington's second inauguration. A tour of the interior is a must, since much of the furniture and decoration is original.
    City Center East eat nearby
  • Independence Seaport Museum

    Independence Seaport Museum

    211 S Columbus Blvd
    $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 children/students/military; Pay-what-you-wish admission on Su 10AM-noon. This museum has lots of interesting displays regarding the maritime history of Philadelphia, from colonial times through the days of slave-trading to the Industrial Revolution. Admission to the museum, which has some lively, but rather sparse exhibits, includes tours of the USS Olympia, built in 1892 and the oldest steel warship still afloat, and the submarine Becuna, used in the Pacific Ocean during WWII. Other highlights include a mockup of a navigation room and a place where you can view woodworkers handcrafting rowboats. Children will find touring the ships great fun, and adults may find the museum exhibits and the views of the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge interesting and relaxing.
    City Center East restaurants nearby
  • Eastern Mountain Sports

    Eastern Mountain Sports

    3401 Chestnut Street
    Excellent selection of Scott Bikes - Road bikes, Hybrids, and Mountain Bikes
    Cobbs Creek
  • Balcony at the Trocadero

    Balcony at the Trocadero

    1003 Arch St
    Typically features indie/alternative acts and local acts.
    City Center East eat nearby
  • Lincoln Financial Field

    Lincoln Financial Field

    Current home of the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) and the Temple Owls football team (NCAA). Also the host to numerous concerts and other events throughout the year such as the Army-Navy football game.
    Marconi Plaza-Packer Park restaurants nearby
  • Mütter Museum

    Mütter Museum

    College of Physicians of Philadelphia19 S 22nd St
    10AM-5PM daily, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. $15 adults, $13 seniors/military, $10 youth 6-17/students, children under 5 free. Joint ticket with the Penn Museum available for $20 adults, $14 concession. Originally open only to medical students, this collection of medical oddities is quickly becoming one of the city's most popular attractions. Not for the faint of heart, this museum includes lots of items in formaldehyde, lots of skeletons, and one of the only women to ever decompose into soap.
    City Center West food nearby
  • National Constitution Center

    National Constitution Center

    525 Arch St
    M-F 9:30AM-5PM, Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. $12 adults, $11 seniors, $8 children 4-12. Active military personnel and children under 4 enter free. This brand-spanking new museum, which opened its doors in 2003, bills itself as the most interactive history museum in America. A visit to the museum begins with a performance of "Freedom Rising," a multimedia presentation about the major themes and origin of the Constitution. Afterwards, visitors can experience the democratic process first hand and see exhibits like the 42 life-size bronze statues of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Fun for all ages. Upcoming special events and exhibits are posted on the Center's website.
    City Center East eat nearby
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