Many things to do and see in Philadelphia
Many things to do and see in Philadelphia Reviews
Mar 19, 2006
When I was in Philadelphia, i never went to see the Liberty Bell. Plus, when we passed the center housing the bell, people were standing in lines around the block to get in to see it. I believe it is free, but not worth standing in line for. On that note, here is a long list of other exciting things to do and see in this beautiful city.
Startwith Elfreth's Alley,street thatstill whispers colonial,where you can visitthe Betsy Ross House, where the first American flag was made. On the day that we were there, a man in 18th century dress was sitting in the courtyard carving, and informed us that betsy was inside today.
City Hall is a must,with its tower and a statue of William Penn. Edgar Allan Poe's house has also been preserved, and the historic 18th-century houses in the Society Hill section are additional attractions for those that are interested in the architechture. In the area are also America's second bank, the first library (founded by Franklin), and the Carpenter's Hall.
Fairmount Park was my favorite area of the city,as it also contains the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You can't miss it, with its roman columns, statuary, and the large steps leading up to it. (the ones rocky was running up and down on) ThePennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the Academy of Natural Sciences, The Rodin Museum, the American Philosophical Society; and the Science Museum of the Franklin Institute are also found here. The Franklin museum is another amazing building, and this is where we went to the "Body Worlds" exhibit, which is no longer there - but inside the museum is the larger than life statue of Franklin, seated in a chair and lit up in a soft orange glow. Surrounding him are kites on the walls...
Across from the Science Museum is the splendid cathedral basilica of Saints Peter and Paul,which is also worth a walk-through, with decadent wall murals and gold shimmering ceilings.
The Reading Terminal market was second favorite, as this three hundred year old marketplace featured foods from around the world, including quaker goods from the farm, fresh seafood, dutch pastries, ice cream, middle eastern, and vegetarian. Highlights: organic grass fed dairy cheese, paired with a local sweet white wine.
For those interested in war history, and battlefields, Valley Forge National Historical Park is a must see.
"Of all the places associated with the American War for Independence, perhaps none has come to symbolize perseverance and sacrifice more than Valley Forge. The hardships of the encampment claimed the lives of one in ten, nearly all from disease. Despite the privations suffered by the army at Valley Forge, Washington and his generals built a unified professional military organization that ultimately enabled the Continental Army to triumph over the British." (cited http://www.nps.gov/vafo/)
Another site outside of the busy city isGraeme Park, a historical site ofan 18th century colonial mansionthat has remained nearly intact since then. Out in the country, thereare 42 acres of park, picnicking, and trails.
German Town,the old capital and home of George washington,is another must-see.Full of historical buildings and cemeteries, old cobblestone streets, there are a number of sites to visit. Make sure to see the "Deshler-Morris" house, an 18th century home built by a merchant, and future residence of George Washington. The house eventually came to be known as the white house, as he conducted business here and met with his cabinet members Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, to name a few. Also visit the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, a breath-taking victorian era house, and Grumblethorpe, John Wister's 1740s summer home and orchard.
If you are intersted in knowing what it was like in the days of the Revolution, visit the General Lafayette Inn and Brewery,builtin 1732.The battle of Barren Hill was fought nearby, and the inn was used as headquarters.Featuring a bar and restaurant, one canget a taste of colonial pub fare.
The Awbury Arboretum is another gorgeousoutdoor site, with ponds, rolling green lawns and meadows, and a victorian era house. Wildlife, nature, flowers, all in abundance here.
Lastly, there is a town outside of Philadelphia, called Fallsington, which has stopped still in time. This 300 year old quaker village has survived intact through the wars, and houses from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries can be seen here.
Part of the St. Patrick's Weekend in Philadelphia travel blog
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