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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!

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    KIDS
    Shark Summer
    Adventure Aquarium
    July 11th, 2021 - September 6th, 2021
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    MUSEUMS
    Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition
    The Franklin Institute
    February 13th, 2021 - November 28th, 2021
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    MUSEUMS
    Unseen Opening Weekend!
    The Mütter Museum
    February 5th, 2021 - September 30th, 2021
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    MUSEUMS
    Night Tours: Summer Twilight
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    May 7th, 2021 - September 4th, 2021
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    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
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Ales & Petals British Car Show at Hope Lodge
    Friends of Hope Lodge and Mather...
    August 7th, 2021
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    MUSEUMS
    Northlandz Car & Music Show at Flemington New Jersey
    Northlandz
    August 7th, 2021
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    MUSEUMS
    Big Ideas for Little Learners featuring the Positive Movement Drumline
    National Liberty Museum
    August 7th, 2021
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    MUSEUMS
    Open House Days
    Pottsgrove Manor Historic site
    August 7th, 2021 - August 28th, 2021
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    TOURS
    Underground Railroad Walking Tour
    Chester County History Center
    August 7th, 2021
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Swipe Black Saturdays Retail Popup
    Kloset Goals
    February 6th, 2021 - December 25th, 2021
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    OUTDOORS
    Friends & Family Kayaking - Beginner/Intermediate Level
    Center for Aquatic Sciences
    July 18th, 2021 - August 8th, 2021
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    OUTDOORS
    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial
    Valley Forge Chapter Daughters of...
    August 13th, 2021 - August 15th, 2021
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    OUTDOORS
    Sunset Back Channel Paddle - Intermediate Kayak Level
    Center for Aquatic Sciences
    July 29th, 2021 - August 13th, 2021
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    TOURS
    Sick in the City: Plague and Pestilence in West Chester Walking Tour
    Chester County History Center
    August 13th, 2021 - August 14th, 2021
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    SUMMER
    One Africa! One Nation! Uhuru Flea Market
    One Africa! One Nation! Uhuru Flea...
    May 15th, 2021 - October 16th, 2021
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    MUSEUMS
    Through the Lens: Modern Photography in the Delaware Valley
    James A. Michener Art Museum
    February 5th, 2021 - August 15th, 2021
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    MUSEUMS
    The Power of Art: Express Yourself, A FREE two-day workshop for teens
    National Liberty Museum
    August 19th, 2021 - August 20th, 2021
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    SaikouCon 2021
    SaikouCon Anime Convention
    August 20th, 2021 - August 22nd, 2021
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Princeton Photo Workshop: Old City Philadelphia
    Princeton Photo Workshop
    August 21st, 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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