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    Published: June 12, 2019

    By: Frances Ellison 

    • Photo by Eric Froehling on Unsplash

    Welcome to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love! Whether you're brand new to the area, or are a certifiable Philadelphian, being in a city this big can sometimes feel overwhelming. With neighborhoods changing every day, it can be hard to know where to go on a day out, but luckily, some Philly staples will never change.

     

    There's always a ton to do in Philadelphia, but here's our beginner's guide for top city experiences. From the world famous Liberty Bell, to some newer, more fun staples like the Rocky Statue, we have got you covered on your crash course of the city.

     

    Did we miss anything? Then let us know your top city experiences on FacebookInstagram and Twitter @Phillyfunguide!

    Eastern State Penitentiary, the world's first true penitentiary, was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.

     

    Why you should check it out: Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row. Just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art!

     

    • Rocky Statue
      26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Eakins Oval Philadelphia PA

    Created by A. Thomas Schomberg, the Rocky Sculpture sits next to the main steps (Rocky Steps) of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

     

    Why you should check it out: You know you want to do it. Run up those steps, raise your hands, then get down here and take your picture with Rocky!

    Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, the design of the American flag was agreed upon, the Articles of Confederation were adopted, and the U.S. Constitution was drafted and signed. Steps away from Independence Hall is The National Constitution Center: interactive museum and civic education headquarters dedicated to that sacred document. 

     

    Why you should check it out: See Freedom Rising, a 360-degree theatrical production, Signer's Hall: 42 life-size bronze statues of the founding fathers, and celebrate being an American!

    The Philadelphia Zoo has the distinction of being the first in America, founded back in 1874. Today it is a leading destination for people of all ages. See zebras and giraffes roam an African-type plain. Say hello to red pandas and clouded leopards. Watch polar bears splash in their chilly habitat. Come explore the magic and excitement of the Philadelphia Zoo.

    The Franklin is known for blockbuster exhibits and one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences. Founded in honor of America's first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin is to create a passion for learning about science and technology.

     

    Why you should check it out: Walk through the Brain exhibit, as well as other favorites like the Giant Heart exhibit, Sports Challenge, and Amazing Machine. Admission includes a show in the famous Fels Planetarium!

    Reading Terminal is a historic farmer's market in downtown Philadelphia, and is a favorite among locals as well as visitors.

     

    Why you should check it out: Choose among the homemade Amish specialties (Beiler’s Donuts!), fresh produce, fresh seafood, and tasty meats and poultry, browse the hand-made crafts, or visit one of the many restaurants.

    The Liberty Bell Center is open year round, and offers a video presentation (in many languages) and exhibits about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins. The Liberty Bell's inscription conveys a message of liberty which goes beyond the words themselves.

     

    Why you should check it out: No tickets are required. See the international icon of freedom in its magnificent glass chamber and find out how the bell got its famous crack!

    Check out more Philadelphia events below!

    Memberships and Subscriptions
    QUICK VIEW
    MUSEUMS
    Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia Membership
    Japan America Society of Greater...
    August 26th, 2019 - September 30th, 2019
    Memberships and Subscriptions
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    THEATRE
    Next Step Concert Subscription
    11th Hour Theatre Company
    August 26th, 2019 - September 30th, 2019
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    KIDS
    Animal Shows @ Brandywine Zoo
    Brandywine Zoo
    May 4th, 2019 - August 31st, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Living History Sundays
    Pottsgrove Manor Historic site
    August 4th, 2019 - August 25th, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    August Spotlight Tours: Wondrous & Strange
    The Barnes Foundation
    August 1st, 2019 - August 31st, 2019
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    KIDS
    Keeper Talks @ Brandywine Zoo
    Brandywine Zoo
    June 1st, 2019 - August 31st, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    January 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Signers' Hall
    National Constitution Center
    December 1st, 2013 - December 31st, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Voting Booth
    National Constitution Center
    January 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2019
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    KIDS
    Lila Liberty's Hero Quest
    National Liberty Museum
    February 2nd, 2019 - December 15th, 2019
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    OUTDOORS
    Chanticleer Garden
    Chanticleer Garden
    March 27th, 2019 - November 3rd, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Costuming THE CROWN
    Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
    March 30th, 2019 - January 5th, 2020
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    MUSEUMS
    XPN Welcomes: Hamilton and Burr: Who Wrote Their Stories?
    Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
    July 11th, 2019 - January 5th, 2020
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Cirque du Soleil: AMALUNA
    Cirque du Soleil
    July 24th, 2019 - August 25th, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Free August at NMAJH!
    National Museum of American Jewish...
    August 1st, 2019 - August 31st, 2019
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    TOURS
    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Philadelphia
    Urban Adventure Quest
    December 21st, 2017 - December 31st, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Escape Rooms at The Franklin Institute
    The Franklin Institute
    March 27th, 2019 - December 29th, 2019
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    OUTDOORS
    Festival of Fountains
    Longwood Gardens
    May 9th, 2019 - September 29th, 2019
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    TOURS
    Lady Changemakers of Philly: Women's History Tour
    Feminist Events in Philly
    June 4th, 2019 - September 30th, 2019
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Hidden Lives Illuminated
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    August 15th, 2019 - September 12th, 2019

    Frances Ellison is the Assistant Manager of Digital Marketing for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and handles all things Phillyfunguide, including all digital content, social media and of course, the weekly Funsavers email. If you enjoy irreverently yelling into the void, read her portfolio or follow her on Twitter. 

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