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    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!

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    TOURS
    Impressionist Art in New Hope
    Main Line School Night
    June 26th, 2019
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    OUTDOORS
    Festival of Fountains
    Longwood Gardens
    May 9th, 2019 - September 29th, 2019
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    TOURS
    Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly Exhibition and Tour
    Free Library of Philadelphia -...
    May 13th, 2019 - November 2nd, 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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    MUSEUMS
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    January 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2019
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    TOURS
    Taste of Philly Food Tour
    Reading Terminal Market
    January 12th, 2019 - December 28th, 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 Unity by Design: Midcentury Modernism at Winterthur
    Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
    May 21st, 2019 - July 28th, 2019
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    TOURS
    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Philadelphia
    Urban Adventure Quest
    December 21st, 2017 - December 31st, 2019
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    KIDS
    Keeper Talks @ Brandywine Zoo
    Brandywine Zoo
    June 1st, 2019 - August 31st, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    June Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine
    The Barnes Foundation
    June 1st, 2019 - June 30th, 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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    MUSIC
    XPN Welcomes: Music Along the Bank
    Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
    June 26th, 2019
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    2019 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square
    Historic Philadelphia Inc. Center
    May 1st, 2019 - June 30th, 2019
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    CULINARY
    Taste of New Hope at The New Hope Winery
    New Hope Winery
    June 26th, 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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    VISUAL ARTS
    The Bucks County Art Hotel Exhibition
    Gratz Gallery and Conservation...
    December 20th, 2018 - December 29th, 2019
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    MUSIC
    Philly’s Best Open Mic
    PhillyLocalIMPACTLive!
    March 7th, 2019 - December 26th, 2019

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