Philadelphia or “Philly”(mostly locals refers with this name) is America’s historical city with significant role in Independence of America. History buffs would really enjoy this place and have a look on Best Things to See in Philadelphia. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by defying King of England. After 11 years of independence, 12 Heads of States of US, held a meeting to form U.S. Constitution at same place. So Philadelphia is also known as Birthplace of American democracy.
Best Things to See in Philadelphia
The Liberty Bell Center – Home of International Symbol – Liberty Bell in Philadelphia symbolizing freedom attracts large number of visitors all year around. Liberty Bell is kept in Liberty Bell Center at Independence National Historical Park. Liberty Bell is well preserved underneath a huge glass gazebo and open for viewing from 9:00A.M. to 5:00P.M. from September to May and till 7:00P.M. from May till September. No entrance fees for viewing but general security screening is required.
Liberty Bell was first rung during the first public reading of Declaration of Independence. Last chimes were heard on George Washington’s birthday. After that bell developed a crack and then onwards it is unusable but a symbol of freedom and have witnessed the creation of big nation.
Independence National Historic Park – This Park is America’s most historic park surrounded by many famous and iconic monuments like Independence Hall, Congress Hall, The Liberty Bell Center and other important historic buildings besides the cobbled-stoned streets in Old Philadelphia town. There is a small garden between all these historic monuments.
Independence Hall – Iconic red-bricked, Georgian styled historic building located in Independence National Historic Park in Old City is the place where Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 4th, 1776. The peculiarity of this monument is Assembly Hall where many famous meetings were held to discuss the desire of Independence from British, signing of Declaration of Independence, choosing of George Washington as a Commander-in-Chief of Continental Army.
In West Wing’s Great Essential exhibit, you can see well preserved copies of declaration articles of Confederation Constitution. Also see the room where Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution papers were signed. A guided tour can be availed to understand the minute details of America’s history. Tickets are free but required for admission. During busy/peak seasons, tickets are gone till 1:00 P.M., so better to book in advance or visit in early morning. Independence day opens all days and it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Philadelphia City Center – Philadelphia’s city Center is having a blend of old and new. The main attractions of this area are Gothic Tower, The Arts Museum, China town and other architectural wonders. To the west of city-center lies Independence Historic National Park.
Philadelphia City Hall – Philadelphia is the birthplace of America and so it has one of the largest Municipal building of USA , even bigger than U.S. Capitol Building. Located in main City-center area.
Gothic Styled Arch Street Methodist Church – Located in City-center with a facade of white Italian marble was built in 1869-70. This is built in Gothic Revival style.
Famous Museums of Philadelphia – Philadelphia is known for famous museums like Franklin Institute Science Museum, Rodin Museum(bronze sculptures from France), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Please Touch Museum, Mutter Museum. Unfortunately due to lack of time, I could not visit these museums.
Reading Terminal Market – Satisfy your taste buds with 100 different cuisines from all over the world.
Masonic Temple – Just near to Reading Terminal market, it is a hidden gem of Philadelphia. It is a sturdy stone temple, and was once meeting place of history’s legendary organizations. There are 7 meeting rooms dedicated to Oriental, Iconic, Corinthian, Renaissance, Egyptian, Gothic style of architecture.
Philadelphia Zoo – It is one of the first and oldest zoo of America. Almost 2000 animals of different breeds reside here in 42 acres facility.
Elfreth’s Alley – Oldest residential street of America, which was built in 1728 amd 1836. This place is inhabited for 300 years. This alley is known for beautiful houses with lovely doors and windows.
Facts regarding Philadelphia-
Philadelphia lies on East Coast of U.S..
Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city and sixty most populous city of USA.
Great place for history buffs and culture lovers.
Visit during Spring and Fall is recommended to enjoy temperate climate with blooming cherry blossoms. Can be visited during America’s Independence Week to witness special events.
Many monuments and museums are free to enter. Check special dates and timings before planning.
Enjoy lively streets specially in evenings.
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