Top Activities To Do In Philadelphia Apr 8, 2016 by Ian (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Philadelphia is the only World Heritage City in the United States and, while we think there should be a few more added to the list, it’s easy to see why Philadelphia made the cut. There are 67 National Historic Landmarks in the city including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Philadelphia is one of our stunning summer cities this year, with an amazing system of parks overflowing with festivals, arts, and culture. So head down to Philly for a long weekend this summer and check out these top activities.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
One of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has a prodigous collection of paintings and artworks from around the world. The statuesque gallery has collections of Asian, European, and American art as well as pieces from modern artists. History buffs might be interested in exhibits exploring the crafts of Pennsylvania. For the price of admission, you can also visit the Rodin Museum, an annex of the main gallery with one world’s best collections of the iconic sculptor's works, including the “The Thinker.”
The Franklin Institute
One of the many museums located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Franklin Institute is one of the oldest scientific centers in the United States. Founded in 1824 to foster the spirit of scientific discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the museum houses a variety of fascinating exhibits including an observatory and airplanes flown by the Wright Brothers. The Institute also has a memorial to the eponymous inventor and scholar, the city’s most famous son and renowned ambassador.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Exit the Franklin Institute and just keep strolling. This beautiful avenue runs through the cultural heart of the city, connecting Philadelphia’s most famous museums and institutions. Lined with fountains, shady trees, and public sculptures, taking a stroll down the Parkway is a great way to tour the city for the first time. Duck inside the opulently decorated Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and splash in the Swann Memorial Fountain before ambling towards your next destination.
Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
Philadelphia was one of the spiritual centers of the American Revolution and served as the first capital of the United States after the war. You have to see the Liberty Bell across the street from Independence Hall where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Both are located in Independence National Historic Park in the heart of the old city of Philadelphia, along with other colonial landmarks. Relive the history of the Revolution at the nearby City Tavern, a favorite meeting place of the Founding Fathers with an authentic 18th century dining room and recipes.
Reading Terminal Market
The Reading Terminal Market is housed inside a former train terminal in downtown Philadelphia. The palatial building is a great home for the market stalls and picturesque shops inside, including grocers, bakeries, and artisans selling cheese, ice cream, books, and clothing. There’s a handful of unique treats you can’t find anywhere else in the city, and the market is perfect for souvenirs. Head to the market between Wednesday and Friday to find the Pennsylvania Dutch selling traditional goods and crafts.
Catch a ballgame at Citizens Bank Park and see the oldest one-name, one-city team in America. With no moves and no breaks, the Phillies have played uninterrupted in Philadelphia since 1883. The Phillies won the World Series in 2008, and they’ve had a great run at the Divisional title, and the team is known for its passionate fans and infamous mascot, the Phillie Phanatic. Chow down on some classic grub and don’t forget a Philadelphia Cheesesteak!
There’s so much to do in Philadelphia, especially during the summer when the streets are full of patio parties and live music. Philadelphia is a world-class city with amazing arts and culture, fine food, public art, and an adventurous spirit.