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Must See Spots In Historical Philadelphia


AMERICAN HISTORY STARTS IN PHILADELPHIA:

Do your upcoming travel plans include a visit to Philadelphia? Are you a resident of Philly with out-of-town guests looking for something fun to do? Whether you’re a brand-new visitor to the city or you’re showing it off to someone else, here are some can’t-miss stops for your next tour of Philly.

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Historical Sites In PhiladelphiaMUST SEE SITES IN PHILADELPHIA:

If you know anything about American history, you know that Philadelphia played a key role in it’s beginnings. In fact, there is so much you could see, you would be hard pressed to fit everything in over a 2 week vacation.

Below we have listed the most significant locations in Philadelphia and this is where we recommend you start your sightseeing. And remember, we can provide you private car service and take you to all of these historic sites:

1. The Liberty Bell Center & Independence Hall

What are two of the top attractions in Philadelphia? The Liberty Bell (with its famous crack) and Independence Hall, of course! No tour of Philly is complete without a visit to them. The celebrated bell is displayed in the Liberty Bell Center, which is run by the National Park Service. When you’re done gazing at the bell, be sure to check out the exhibits and films. They provide the entire fascinating story on this simple object’s original function and its metamorphosis into a revered symbol of freedom for abolitionists and supporters of women’s suffrage.

If you were paying attention in history class, you’ll remember that Independence Hall (also managed by the National Park Service) is America’s birthplace. This is hallowed ground, where the Founding Fathers debated and signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. History buffs will want to allow plenty of time to explore everything here, including the Assembly Room, the Courtroom of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Long Gallery, the Governor’s Council Chamber, and the Committee of the Assembly Chamber.

Get more information by visiting these 2 sites:

  1. http://www.nps.gov/inde/historyculture/stories-libertybell.htm
  2. http://www.nps.gov/inde/historyculture/places-independencehall.htm

2. National Constitution Center

Remember learning about the U.S. Constitution in school? Wasn’t it incredibly exciting? Oh, wait – it wasn’t. Well, the National Constitution Center will change all of that. It’s the first and only institution in the country that was established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.” Although the description is, admittedly, a little dry (Congress did write it, after all), this place truly brings our Constitution to life. Interactive exhibits, thought-provoking conversations, multimedia platforms, live performances, and passionate debates will inspire you and make you re-think what it means to be an involved citizen. You’ll be so engaged at the Center that you’ll completely forget you’re having an educational experience. See? Civics really can be fun!

Additional Information: http://constitutioncenter.org/

3. The Rocky Statue, Steps & Tour

Looking for something a little more lowbrow for your tour of Philly? Then put on your sweats, lace up your running shoes, and pose for a photo in front of the Rocky statue. Then run up the famous steps (which are really the Art Museum Steps), throw some punches in the air, raise your arms over your head, and jump up and down just like The Italian Stallion did in the movie. Yes, it’s cheesy and super-touristy, but it’s also a blast – and there’s a great view once you’re at the top. Fun fact: Philadelphia did not commission the Rocky statue in celebration of the film franchise, as many out-of-town visitors erroneously assume. It was actually a prop that Sylvester Stallone donated to the city once the filming for Rocky III was wrapped. There’s even a Rocky-themed tour of Philadelphia for the most devoted fans. Who knew?!

More Information On These Sites:

  1. http://www.visitphilly.com/itineraries/philadelphia/quintessential-rocky-tour-of-philadelphia/
  2. http://www.visitphilly.com/museums-attractions/philadelphia/the-rocky-statue-and-the-rocky-steps/

4. Adventure Aquarium

O.K., full disclosure: Adventure Aquarium is technically in Camden, New Jersey – but because it’s just minutes from downtown Philadelphia, on the Delaware River waterfront, it makes our list. Since 2005, adults and kids alike have been discovering why this place is no run-of-the-mill aquarium. For starters, at Adventure Aquarium, you can walk through a glass tunnel of sharks swimming around and above you – how’s that for a thrill factor? The aquarium also has the distinction of being the only one in the entire world that exhibits hippos (they may not be fish, but they sure do love to swim). It also boasts the largest collection of sharks on the entire East Coast. The aquarium even offers its wildly popular behind-the-scenes animal adventures, which include the opportunity to swim with sharks! More than 8,500 aquatic species are waiting to meet you.

Additional Information On This Site: http://www.adventureaquarium.com/

5. The Please Touch Museum

This one is especially for the kids (and their relieved parents). Your family tour of Philly is not complete unless it includes the Please Touch Museum. Opened in 1976, it was the country’s first museum created expressly for families with children under the age of seven. Everything – and we mean everything – is kid-friendly and meant to be played with, picked up, prodded, and poked. Your little ones will have so much fun here that they won’t want to leave. Do you live in or near Philly? Purchase one of the museum’s family membership options and you’ll be able to promise the kids they can come back any time they want.

More Information On This Museum: http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/

6. James A. Michener Museum

If your tour of Philly allows for a side trip, then you’ll want to visit the James A. Michener Art Museum in nearby Doylestown, which is just an hour from Philadelphia. This wonderful museum opened in 1988 and is named for Doylestown’s Pulitzer Prize-winning native son, author James A. Michener. Although most people are familiar with Michener’s written works, including Hawaii and The Bridges at Toko-Ri, many are surprised to learn that he was an enthusiastic patron of the arts who championed the idea of a regional art museum. The Michener Museum is the culmination of the author’s dream. It is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of Bucks County’s art and culture. While you’re there, be sure to see the museum’s top-rated collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. Find a peaceful spot to relax and contemplate the statues in the outdoor gallery, or take one of the many classes offered to the public. Special exhibits are regularly featured, and you can even book the museum for wedding receptions and other private events.

Visit This Website For More Information: http://www.michenermuseum.org/


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