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  • Top Philadelphia City Experiences

    There's always a ton to do in Philadelphia, but here's our picks for top city experiences. Do you disagree? Then let us know your top city experiences via Twitter @Phillyfunguide!

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    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!

     

     

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      26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Eakins Oval Philadelphia PA
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    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!

     

     

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    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!

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    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. 

     

     

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    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 new 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!

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    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 ethnic restaurants.

     

     

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    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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    MUSEUMS
    Signers' Hall
    National Constitution Center
    December 1st, 2013 - December 31st, 2020
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    Voting Booth
    National Constitution Center
    January 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2020
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    The Giant Heart
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2013 - December 31st, 2020
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    Train Factory
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Franklin Air Show
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - January 31st, 2021
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    Amazing Machine
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    KidScience
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Space Command
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Changing Earth
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Sir Isaac's Loft
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Observatory
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Fels Planetarium
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    MUSEUMS
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    January 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Cultures at the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq
    Penn Museum
    April 25th, 2017 - November 25th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future
    The Academy of Natural Sciences of...
    October 10th, 2017 - October 4th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Racing: A Need for Speed
    Mercer Museum
    May 12th, 2018 - September 3rd, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Impermanence: Mystery, Transformation, Light
    Delaware Art Museum
    May 19th, 2018 - August 5th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    In Franklin's Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society
    American Philosophical Society (APS)...
    April 13th, 2018 - December 30th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Special Exhibit: Xtreme Bugs
    The Academy of Natural Sciences of...
    May 26th, 2018 - January 21st, 2019
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    TOURS
    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Philadelphia
    Urban Adventure Quest
    December 21st, 2017 - December 31st, 2019
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    TOURS
    History of Valley Forge Trolley Tour - early summer season
    The Encampment Store at Valley Forge...
    June 4th, 2018 - June 22nd, 2018
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    VISUAL ARTS
    Big Apple Circus
    Big Apple Circus
    May 23rd, 2018 - June 24th, 2018
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    TOURS
    Authentic Philly Food Tour In Manayunk
    Chew Philly Food Tours
    March 2nd, 2018 - November 11th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Art is Tasty
    Delaware Art Museum
    January 5th, 2018 - December 7th, 2018
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    OUTDOORS
    PECO Multicultural Series
    Delaware River Waterfront...
    June 8th, 2018 - September 14th, 2018
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    DANCE
    Dance 4 Life Experience
    Dance 4 Life Fitness Studios
    February 23rd, 2017 - August 23rd, 2018
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    THEATRE
    Champions of Magic
    Kimmel Center for the Performing...
    June 20th, 2018 - June 24th, 2018
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    OUTDOORS
    Think Outside the Room...An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt! DoTheSearch.com
    DoTheSearch.com
    May 25th, 2018 - December 31st, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights
    National Constitution Center
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