Philadelphia, or “Philly”(mostly locals refers to this name), is America’s historical city with a significant role in the Independence of America. History buffs would really enjoy this place and have a look at Best Things to See in Philadelphia or things to do in Philadelphia this weekend.
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by defying the King of England. After 11 years of independence, 12 Heads of State of the US held a meeting to form U.S. Constitution at the same place. So Philadelphia is also known as the 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 many visitors all year round. Liberty Bell is kept in Liberty Bell Center at Independence National Historical Park.
Liberty Bell is well preserved underneath a vast 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 the first rung during the first public reading of the 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 a 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 beside the cobbled-stoned streets in Old Philadelphia town.
There is a small garden between all these historical monuments.
Iconic red-bricked, Georgian-styled historic building in Independence National Historic Park in Old City is where the 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 for Independence from the British, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and choosing George Washington as a Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army.
In West Wing’s Great Essential exhibit, you can see well-preserved copies of the Confederation Constitution declaration articles. Also, see the room where the 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 the early morning. Independence day opens all days, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Philadelphia City Center
Philadelphia’s City Center has a blend of old and new. The main attractions of this area are the Gothic Tower, The Arts Museum, China Town, and other architectural wonders. To the west of the city center lies Independence Historical National Park.
Philadelphia City Hall
Philadelphia is America’s birthplace, so it has one of the most significant municipal buildings in the USA, even bigger than the U.S. Capitol Building. Located in the 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 created in the Gothic Revival style.
Famous Museums of Philadelphia – Philadelphia tourist attractions
Philadelphia is known for famous museums like Franklin Institute Science Museum, Rodin Museum(bronze sculptures from France), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Please Touch Museum, and Mutter Museum.
Reading Terminal Market
Satisfy your taste buds with 100 different cuisines from all over the world.
Just near Reading Terminal market, it is a hidden gem of Philadelphia. It is a sturdy stone temple and was once a meeting place for history’s legendary organizations. There are 7 meeting rooms dedicated to Oriental, Iconic, Corinthian, Renaissance, Egyptian, and Gothic styles of architecture.
Philadelphia Zoo – Best Things To See In Philadelphia
It is one of the first and oldest zoos in America. Almost 2000 animals reside here on 42 acres of the facility.
Elfreth’s Alley – Best Things To See In Philadelphia
Oldest residential street in America, which was built in 1728 and 1836. This place has been inhabited for 300 years. This alley is known for beautiful houses with lovely doors and windows.
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Facts regarding Philadelphia | Best Places To Visit In Philadelphia
- Philadelphia lies on the East Coast of the U.S..
- There are many picnic spots in Philadelphia, including many beautiful parks and vibrant squares.
- It can be reached through road journeys from Washington, New Jersey, New York City.
- Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city and the sixth most populous city in the USA.
- Great place for history buffs and culture lovers. If you love National Parks, there is a famous national park nearby – Valley Forge National Historical Park. Click here to read more on it.
- Visit during Spring and Fall is recommended to enjoy a temperate climate with blooming cherry blossoms. It 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, especially in the evenings.
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