Top Things To Do In Philadelphia

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Few who visit the City of Brotherly Love will realize that this exceptionally walkable and charmingly intimate city is actually the fifth largest in the country. Thanks to the clever designs of founder William Penn, and with the natural boundaries of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers, Philadelphia feels comfy and homey … but with all the perks of modern-day life. And everything from the city’s modern aspirations to its rich history can be found at the top things to do in Philadelphia.

The Franklin Institute

Named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, Franklin Institute aims to inspire the same spirit of inquiry and discover that its namesake embodied. Founded in 1824, The Franklin Institute is one of the country’s oldest and best science museums.

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Philadelphia Zoo

Perhaps the best way to see this zoo is to follow the half-hour feeding schedule of animals throughout the park – African lions, vampire bats, penguins, giraffes, and polar bears, to name a few.

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Phila Trolley Works Tour & The Big Bus Company

With professional guides and someone else at the wheel, these organized tours are ideal for anyone looking for the full Philadelphia experience. You'll be able to see the main sights of Philadelphia at your own pace.

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Adventure Aquarium

Located just across the Delaware River on the Camden City, N.J., waterfront, Adventure Aquarium is the fifth largest in the United States and the only aquarium in the world to feature hippopotamuses.

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National Constitution Center

Located on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, this nonprofit, nonpartisan institution invites visitors to immerse themselves in the Constitution, its history and its ongoing significance.

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One Liberty Observation Deck

Get exciting views of the city from Philadelphia's tallest observation deck. At 883 feet high, One Liberty Observation Deck provides a truly unique view of Philly. No matter what time of day you go, you'll love seeing Philly from above.

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Please Touch Museum

The straightforward name of this museum is accurate: as the first museum in the nation to target children ages seven and younger, Please Touch Museum encourages the natural inclination of children to learn through active touching and doing.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

When it opened in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary featured an all-solitary confinement model and was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Closed in 1971, the penitentiary stands in ruin today but still retains much of it's eerie beauty.

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Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia opened to the public in April 2017, on the anniversary of the first battle of the revolution. The Museum of the American Revolution tells the story of the revolution through art, manuscripts and printed works from the 17th century.

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Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial

The US Battleship located in New Jersey is docked on the New Jersey waterfront shared with Philadelphia. Battleship New Jersey is renowned for being the only US battleship providing gunfire support during the Vietnam War.

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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The Academy of Natural Sciences is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas and is affiliated with Drexel University.

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Barnes Foundation

Located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, The Barnes Foundation is hailed for its timeless art collection and prestigious educational institution.

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Independence Hall

Considered the birthplace of the United States itself, this spot is a must-see. Get up close and personal with American history as you tour the building where the Founding Fathers talked, argued, and created a new nation.

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Liberty Bell Center

This impressive space showcases the Liberty Bell with Independence Hall as a fitting backdrop. Located on Independence Mall the Liberty Bell Center gives details on the myths and facts surrounding the Bell.

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LOVE Park (John F. Kennedy Plaza)

Located across from City Hall, this urban plaza is a welcoming oasis to locals and tourists alike. The park was originally designed as a terminus for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and it's official name is JFK Plaza.

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Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The mile-long stretch of scenic land known as Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the home to many museums and interactive experiences. This cultural hub features impressive architecture, historic monuments, and grand museums galore.

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Franklin Square

Family fun for Philly locals and tourists alike, Franklin Square features an 18-hole Miniature Golf course, the bright and colorful Parx Liberty Carousel, Franklin Square Fountain, and delicious food from SquareBurger.

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Reading Terminal Market

Nothing thrills the senses more than great smelling food and vibrant energy. At Reading Terminal Market, independent farmers and small businesses lay out savory goodies you can eat right then and there, and fresh, high-quality produce to take home and enjoy.

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Citizens Bank Park

Baseball, Philly Cheesesteaks, and Phanatics: everything you need to have a good time in Philadelphia is ready and waiting at Citizens Bank Park! Join the fans and experience the fun with a Phillies baseball game.

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Lincoln Financial Field

Fly, Eagles, fly…off to Lincoln Financial Field. Fans from Philadelphia and beyond have followed the Eagles for years, and a game at the Linc is always guaranteed to be a good time.

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Wells Fargo Center

Home of the NBA 76ers and the NHL Flyers, Wells Fargo Center is the perfect place to catch an exciting game. Flyers fans are as passionate as the players and 76ers are sure to entertain.

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The Rocky Steps

The famed set of stairs leading up to the Philadelphia Art Museum are known as the "Rocky Steps." The bronze hero welcomes you at the bottom of the staircase before you make the challenging trek.

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Philadelphia Mint

The United States Philadelphia Mint facility might not freshen your breath, but it will give you a unique, first-hand look at the coin-making process. Take a trip to the Philadelphia Mint to see where the change in your pocket comes from.

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To visit the best attractions in Philadelphia, use Philadelphia CityPASS and save nearly half off combined admission. You can choose from a pass that allows you to combine three, four, or five of your favorite attractions including Adventure Aquarium, The Franklin Institute, Philadephia Zoo, Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works, One Liberty Observation Deck, Eastern State Penitentiary, Please Touch Museum®, Museum of the American Revolution, Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, National Constitution Center, and Barnes Foundation. Some special exhibits are not included with the CityPASS and may require an extra fee.

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