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    Published: March 15, 2021

    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 native 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!

     

    *Please be sure to view and participate in these activities safely. For up-to-date information on the City of Philadelphia's COVID-19 restrictions, visit their official website.

    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!

     

    Eastern State will be reopening on March 12!

     

    • 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 Constitution Center officially reopened on August 5; check their official website for safety guidelines.

    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.

     

    Check the Zoo's website for their safety guidelines before visiting.

    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!

     

    Opening hours and safety information can be found on The Franklin Institute's website.

    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! While tours of the Liberty Bell have not yet resumed in-person, you can tour the Liberty Bell virtually any time!

    Check out more Philadelphia events below!

    QUICK VIEW
    MUSEUMS
    Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition
    The Franklin Institute
    February 13th, 2021 - July 18th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    FREE
    Trivia at Top Tomato
    Top Tomato Bar
    February 3rd, 2021 - April 28th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    MUSEUMS
    Unseen Opening Weekend!
    The Mütter Museum
    February 5th, 2021 - September 30th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    MUSEUMS
    Virtual Tour - Highlights of Central Court at the Mercer Museum
    Bucks County Historical Society
    March 4th, 2021 - May 1st, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    The Barn Shop & Art Gallery at Echo Hill Farm - no tickets - OPEN Fri- Sun
    100 Years of Spring
    December 4th, 2020 - December 31st, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    KIDS
    Pony Rides
    Linvilla Orchards
    April 10th, 2021 - April 25th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    TOURS
    Old Bethlehem Walking Tour
    Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites
    April 3rd, 2021 - April 25th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Swipe Black Saturdays Retail Popup
    Kloset Goals
    February 6th, 2021 - December 25th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    FREE
    The Grouser Girls Live at Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery
    Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery
    April 17th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    MUSEUMS
    Fern Coppedge: New Discoveries
    James A. Michener Art Museum
    September 12th, 2020 - April 18th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    KIDS
    Elmo's Eggstravaganza
    Sesame Place
    April 1st, 2021 - April 18th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    OUTDOORS
    The Cannabis Night Market
    Northwest Learning Hub
    April 23rd, 2021
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    KIDS
    Mummers Music Weekend
    Sesame Place
    April 24th, 2021 - April 25th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    KIDS
    Wild Kratts Live 2.0!
    Merriam Theater
    April 24th, 2021
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Pizza & Brew Fest Philly
    Top Tomato Bar
    April 24th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    Small Favors 2021
    The Clay Studio
    March 5th, 2021 - May 2nd, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Cinco de Mayo Event Philly! 5/1
    Top Tomato Bar
    May 1st, 2021 - May 5th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    OUTDOORS
    Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Stroll
    Chestnut Hill Business District
    May 2nd, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    NWLH: Spring Art Expo
    Northwest Learning Hub
    May 7th, 2021 - May 9th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    MUSEUMS
    Night Tours: Summer Twilight
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    May 7th, 2021 - September 4th, 2021

    Frances Ellison is the Digital Content Manager 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. 

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