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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 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!

    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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    VISUAL ARTS
    200 Years of Bucks County Art
    Bucks County Historical Society
    March 20th, 2020 - September 7th, 2020
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    MUSEUMS
    Donate Items for Our Troops!
    Battleship New Jersey
    July 6th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    TOURS
    Guided Tour of Historic Sugartown Reopen
    Historic Sugartown
    July 11th, 2020 - July 25th, 2020
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    OUTDOORS
    Hornblower Philadelphia is BACK with NEW Rooftop on the Dock!
    Spirit of Philadelphia
    July 9th, 2020 - July 11th, 2020
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    CULINARY
    Opening of Sweet Molly Mels, A Summer Ice Cream Pop-Up
    Miles Table
    June 10th, 2020 - August 30th, 2020
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    THEATRE
    The Phoenix Theatre's LIVE Virtual Production: As You Like It
    The Phoenix Theatre
    July 10th, 2020 - July 12th, 2020
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    MUSEUMS
    Brandywine at Home
    Brandywine River Museum of Art
    April 1st, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    FILM
    Virtual Screenings at the Colonial Theatre
    Association for the Colonial Theatre...
    April 24th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    MUSEUMS
    Barnes Takeout: Your Daily Serving of Art
    The Barnes Foundation
    April 7th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    FREE
    Betsy at Home
    Historic Philadelphia Inc. Center
    March 27th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    FREE
    The Betsy Ross House Virtual Tour
    Historic Philadelphia Inc. Center
    March 27th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    MUSEUMS
    Memento Mütter
    The Mütter Museum
    April 1st, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    MUSEUMS
    Franklin@Home
    The Franklin Institute
    April 1st, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    OUTDOORS
    Andalusia Public Tours
    Andalusia Estate
    June 10th, 2020 - October 28th, 2020
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    TOURS
    Murals on the Fly
    Mural Arts Philadelphia
    April 7th, 2020 - July 30th, 2020
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    THEATRE
    Pretty Woman: The Musical
    Academy of Music
    October 27th, 2020 - November 8th, 2020
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    KIDS
    Wild Kratts Live 2.0!
    Merriam Theater
    April 24th, 2021

    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. 

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