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Things to do while in Philadelphia.

Updated January 6, 2017
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    When asked what’s there to see and do in Philly, the first answer is almost always the Liberty Bell. And often, the first thing to see in Philly, before going on to other attractions. Brief history - Commissioned in 1751, the bell was rung to ma…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    No visit to Philadelphia would be complete without a visit to Independence Hall, which was where America was born. Independence Hall was built between 1732 and 1753, originally as the State House of Pennsylvania during colonial times. But it was …
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    A place of worship for the Quakers, the Arch Street Friends Meeting House (sometimes just "Arch Street Meeting House") is definitely worth a stop along the way, in Old City. Located on the corner of Arch and 4th Street, it is a short walk from the ma…
  4. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Opened in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was considered one of the first American prisons, and the one that other prisons modeled after. Considered state of the art during its time, as it did have running water, and was able to control room tempera…
  5. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    This review will be about the attraction at face value. In other words, what we actually see at the attraction, and whether or not it is worth visiting. It will not take into account on whether Betsy Ross really designed the first American flag or no…
    This review was featured on Sunday November 3rd, 2013
  6. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Once known as the Atwater Kent Museum, the Philadelphia History Museum seems to be a different type of history museum, as it seems like it is more for locals than for visitors. The building is about a block away from Independence Square and the Li…
  7. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    The Philadelphia Zoo is often advertised as the nation’s first zoo. It was chartered in 1859, but would not open to the public until 1874, due to the Civil War. By then, the Central Park Zoo had already opened in 1864. So is the Philly zoo really t…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Located along the Ben Franklin Parkway, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is a Catholic church that is worth a look, if along the way. Built from 1846 to 1864, it is the largest Catholic Church in the state of Pennsylvania. And has b…
  9. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Located about a block away from the main historical sites, the Declaration House is a small attraction that has gone through many changes in its history. Sometimes referred to, as the Graff House, since it was first owned by Jacob Graff, Jr. The …
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Right in the middle of the historical area of Philadelphia, the Second Bank of the United States serves as a portrait gallery. Built after the War of 1812, more about the history of this place in the blog. Located a block away from Independence Hall,…
  11. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Located in Old City, the Franklin Court is the only attraction that focuses on the Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, who made a name for himself when he moved to Philadelphia. There are 2 entrances on each side, with a passageway from the Market St…
  12. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Across the street from the Independence Visitor Center, the National Constitution Center is a museum that tells the story of the United States Constitution throughout the country’s history. It starts with a 17-minute presentation called “Free…
  13. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Located in the historical area of Philly, Carpenters’ Hall is an old building that is operated by the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia. This company is an association of not only carpenters, but also architects and engineer…
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    The Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is a small museum that serves as a tribute to a Polish military engineer, who helped the American cause during the Revolutionary War, and what he stood for. Being out of the way from the main sights, and …
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Located north of the historical area, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is one of those attractions that is definitely off the beaten path. Getting there would take some effort, as you would be better off going there by bus, when coming from…
  16. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a museum that contains artifacts from around the world. More commonly known as the Penn Museum for short, as the actual name is a bit of a mouthful to say. Located on the Uni…
  17. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Located next to Independence Hall, Congress Hall was once the home of US Congress when Philadelphia was the capital, from 1790 to 1800. The entrance is only accessible, after you went through security to get into the Independence Hall area. Origin…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Located in the West Wing of Independence Hall, the Great Essentials Exhibit in the West Wing might as well be a separate attraction, as there is a different entrance to enter. This part of the building, houses the copies of the following documents…
spocklogic says:
Quite the backyard - Bravo!
Posted on: Jan 01, 2016
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