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Historic Philadelphia – A Traveler’s Guide to 5 Must-See Attractions

Philadelphia residents are proud and honored to live in such an exciting and historic city – so many of America’s great beginnings have taken place right here in our locale.

Our many visitors from all over the United States (and locations throughout the world) quickly begin to adopt the same sentiments after having experienced this city for the first time, and in our 20 years’ experience providing ground transportation services in the Philadelphia area, we’ve noted that many of our first-time visitors quickly become frequent travelers. They simply can’t get enough of this amazing city!

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience Historic Philadelphia, (or if you’ve had a taste and want even more), take a look at this quick reference guide to 5 must-see Historic Philadelphia locations – you can print it out and bring it along with you the next time you’re in town!

Historic Philadelphia – A Traveler’s Guide

Franklin Square

Franklin Square is 8 acres of fun for the entire family. It is one of the original 5 open-space squares in central Philadelphia, planned by William Penn during the late 1600s. Located at 6th & Race Streets, the Square is right across from the National Constitution Center and mere blocks away from the Betsy Ross House and Historic Philadelphia Center.

The grand centerpiece is the magnificent Franklin Square stone work fountain, and an all-time favorite with children and adults alike is the beautiful Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel. In addition to the sprawling natural beauty of the park, visitors can also enjoy…

  • Philly Mini-Golf
  • The Living Flame Memorial
  • Franklin Square Playground (one of the top 5 playgrounds in the U.S.!)
  • World Famous Philly SquareBurgers

For more information about the park, tickets and operating hours, visit Franklin Square online.

The Betsy Ross House

Revered for being the birthplace of the American flag, The Betsy Ross House is located at 239 Arch Street in Philadelphia, and offers group tours and historical programs surrounding the life and times of the famous woman who sewed the original Stars and Stripes. Here are some things to do and see at this memorable landmark…

  • Mother’s Day Tea with Betsy
  • Flags to Riches: The Stories of Rebecca Franks and Betsy Ross
  • Meet Betsy Ross in Her Upholstery Shop

For a virtual tour and ticket information, visit The Betsy Ross House online.

Independence National Historic Park

There’s so much to see and do here, we recently wrote an entire separate article on this location. Here’s a quick re-cap of what’s in store at Independence National Historic Park:

  • Liberty Bell Center – The Liberty Bell is proudly displayed here, in a magnificent glass viewing case
  • Independence Hall – The location where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed
  • Independence Visitor Center – Visitor services, tickets , maps and brochures, event listings, historical films and gift shop.

For tickets and information visit the Independence National Historic Park web site.

Valley Forge National Historic Park

Located on North Outer Line Drive in King of Prussia, this site is where the Continental Army set camp for the winter in 1777-78. Valley Forge National Historic Park honors the sacrifice, perseverance and ability to overcome adversity during the Revolutionary War.

Some of the recreation options available at Valley Forge include…

  • Guided walking tours
  • Recreational hikes
  • Living history demonstration
  • Trolley tours
  • Special Events
  • Field Trips
  • Education Programs

For more information and tickets, visit the Valley Forge National Historic Park web site.

Lights of Liberty

Inside the Historic Philadelphia Center, across from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall on 6th & Chestnut Streets, is the 360-degree PECO theater where Benjamin Franklin himself guides an inspiring tour of exploration through the stories behind American symbols such as the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty and the bald eagle. The dazzling “Liberty 360 3D Show” is the only 3D show in Historic Philadelphia.

For more information and tickets, visit the Lights of Liberty web page.

There are so many more amazing places to visit in Historic Philadelphia and throughout the tri-state area, and we’ll be back with future posts to tell you all about them, (so be sure to subscribe to this blog and stay tuned!)

Historic Philadelphia Area Airport Transportation

Traffic in and around Historic Philadelphia and area airports can be congested at times, particularly for those unfamiliar with travel routes and rush hour traffic patterns. If you want to immerse yourself in the city’s great history without worrying about traffic, consider hiring a Philadelphia round-trip car service to handle your transportation, and to be your guide to all that historic Philadelphia has to offer. Not only do our hired drivers have a great deal of experience and familiarity with area roadways and travel routes, but we also love showing off our great city to visitors!

If you need round-trip car service to and from Philadelphia area airports, and a ride to Historic Philadelphia attractions, get a no-cost, hassle-free rate quote online, just to see how affordable it can be…

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Come and visit historic Philadelphia… we promise you’ll want to come back again – and again!


Historic Philadelphia – A Traveler’s Guide to 5 Must-See Attractions

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