Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia has long been one of my favorite cities in the world. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and booming food scene, Philly has many things to see and do!
The Ultimate Vacation Guide in Philadelphia
My first trip to Philadelphia was as a kid with my parents as part of a school field trip. It was to learn about America's founding fathers. We visited all the major historical sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which were interesting for me even at that young age.
This city is so much more than just history. It's a hub for artists and musicians who bring their unique cultural vibes to the streets of Philly. Let me show you some of my favorite things about this amazing city!
Old City Philadelphia
Old City Philadelphia is the historical center of the city. It is the oldest part of Philadelphia, with a history that dates back to 1682, when William Penn settled here. He established his colony here and founded what would become one of America's most iconic cities.
Old City also has some pretty cool museums for history buffs like me to check out as well as some amazing restaurants to eat at! The weather in Philadelphia for most of the year is ideal for taking a walk and enjoying these places in your leisure time.
If you're into shopping, then Old City has plenty of artisan shops with all kinds of local goods, from handmade jewelry to handcrafted furniture or even locally grown flowers too!
The Liberty Bell is a symbol of American independence. It was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Colony to declare religious freedom for all citizens. The bell was officially named the State House Bell because it hung in Philadelphia's Independence Hall from 1753 until it cracked in 1824.
The bell weighs roughly 2,080 pounds and measures approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall by 4 feet 5 inches wide at its mouth and base, respectively. Its copper clapper (the part that makes the sound when struck) is about 9 inches long with an estimated weight of 9 pounds.
Its width ranges from less than half an inch to about 3/4 inch thick at different points along its length due to wear over time due to use as well as weather conditions over time since then. It is due to oxidation caused by elements like air pollution or humidity changes over centuries since they were made hundreds of years ago!
Now that you've learned about the history of Philadelphia, you can't go wrong with a trip to the Franklin Institute. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, this museum is dedicated to science and industry. You'll be able to learn about everything from astronomy and medicine to electricity and transportation. The museum has over 300 exhibits that will keep kids interested for hours and it's also great for adults!
The Franklin Institute offers something for everyone. If you want to explore science first-hand, visit their "Open Saturdays" program where they invite visitors into labs and research facilities.
If you're more interested in learning how things work than how they're made, check out their "Behind the Scenes" tours. There they share stories behind some of their most famous attractions like "The Liberty Bell."
And if hands-on fun is what matters most then try out one of their many interactive exhibits like those found at The Butterfly Garden or The Waterworks Gallery.
Independence Hall is the site of many important events in American history. The Declaration of Independence was signed here, and it's also where the Constitution was written. It's one of two sites where the Liberty Bell is located and houses a museum devoted to explaining all three documents.
If you're looking for a more relaxing day trip in Philadelphia, take a stroll through Independence National Historical Park with its lawns, gardens, and historical sites. Snack on food from local restaurants while touring historic landmarks like "Independence Hall" (where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution were signed) or "Congress Hall" (where Congress met).
Lincoln Financial Field
The stadium is located in South Philadelphia, at the intersection of Pattison Avenue and W. Lincoln Financial Field Way. It’s a good idea to take public transportation if you can, as traffic can be heavy. The stadium is easily accessible by SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway or Regional Rail service from any station along this line.
Inquirer & Daily News
If you want to learn about the history of Philadelphia and its citizens, you need to look no further than The Inquirer & Daily News, which have been chronicling the city since 1829. They're the oldest active newspaper in the United States and have an archive that spans more than 200 years of news stories, photos, and other historical items.
The archive is open to the public at 60 N. Broad St., located in what was once The Daily News building. Visitors can take a walking tour of historic Philadelphia. They can also simply browse through their vast collection of microfilm reels while sitting at a desk equipped with comfortable chairs and natural light.
Rocky Steps - Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Rocky Steps are a famous landmark in Philadelphia and a popular tourist destination. The steps are located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which was used as the backdrop for many scenes in the movie Rocky. As such, it's no surprise that this is an ideal place to take pictures!
You can pose with Rocky or in front of his statue, or simply enjoy the view while waiting for your friends to arrive. If you're not into selfies (and why would you be?), then take advantage of your surroundings. The steps provide stunning views of Philadelphia's skyline and surrounding area.
The National Constitution Center of Philadelphia
If you're interested in learning more about the Constitution, the National Constitution Center of Philadelphia is a great place for history buffs. The museum offers interactive exhibits and multimedia presentations that will help you understand how our founding fathers created the framework for our nation's government.
You'll also be able to explore themes like civil rights and democracy and how their impact has been felt around the world over time.
Food You Must Try in Philly
While we're on the subject of food if you're in Philly and you want to try something new, there are lots of delicious options. One of our favorites is a cheesesteak sandwich. A classic Philly staple that's made with a steak and melted cheese inside an Italian roll.
Soft pretzels are another must-eat while in Philadelphia. They're served hot out of ovens at street carts all over town, so they'll only take a few minutes to get ready for eating. However, they'll taste better than anything you've ever eaten before!
Gelato is also very popular in Philly. It's ice cream without any eggs, or dairy products added. You can find gelato at many different restaurants throughout the city.
Pizza may not be considered "ethnic cuisine." However, it certainly fits into this category since it's one of America's most popular foods (and was invented here).
Your journey to Philadelphia is going to be a blast. There are so many fun activities that you can do in the city, like visiting the Liberty Bell or even taking a boat ride on the Delaware River. The best way to enjoy your vacation is by staying active and having fun!