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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!


    Eastern State will be reopening on August 14!


    • 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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    The Gilbertsville Farm
    September 25th, 2020 - November 29th, 2020
    The Presidents by Madame Tussauds
    The Franklin Institute
    July 8th, 2020 - January 3rd, 2021
    Eastern State Penitentiary: Reopening August 14!
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    August 14th, 2020 - December 27th, 2020
    HOBART 2020 Indoor/Outdoor Art Show
    Snyder Design Studio LLC
    October 17th, 2020 - October 25th, 2020
    Donate Items for Our Troops!
    Battleship New Jersey
    October 4th, 2020 - December 27th, 2020
    KYL/D's Inhale on Camera
    Kun Yang Lin/Dancers
    October 24th, 2020
    The History of Plague in Philadelphia: Walking Tour
    Philadelphia Society for the...
    October 11th, 2020 - October 25th, 2020
    Andalusia Public Tours
    Andalusia Estate
    June 10th, 2020 - October 28th, 2020
    Halloween Haunted Walkthrough | Free
    Top Tomato Bar
    October 31st, 2020 - November 1st, 2020
    Virtual Book Event: There's No Place Like Home/Great Staycation Ideas in Philadelphia
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    October 19th, 2020 - December 7th, 2020
    Open Art Competition Exhibition: Embodying Masonic Values
    Masonic Temple
    October 6th, 2020 - December 5th, 2020
    NOON YEAR’S EVE @ Brandywine Zoo
    Brandywine Zoo
    December 31st, 2020
    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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