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Things to do in Philadelphia

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The top 126 attractions in Philadelphia

Shopping Malls in Philadelphia
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Of Cultural Interest in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Chinatown
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Any self-respecting American city should have its own Chinatown and Philadelphia is no exception. Philadelphia's Chinatown is one of the most authentic in the USA. As you drive under the famous arch, you'll immediately be welcomed to the neighborhood with dozens of shops and restaurants that make you feel like you've been transported to another world entirely. Chinatown in Philadelphia has its own rules and this is not just a figure of speech. You'll notice upon entering the difference in their waste removal service as here it is controlled by the shops in the neighborhood. They Mayor of the city is kept out of this and other services. One of the more famous bars there is "Dirty Frank's."
Concerts in Philadelphia
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
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The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia is a huge theater with two rooms in which events are held simultaneously. To be able to enjoy a concert in one of its rooms is an amazing experience. The center boasts superb acoustics. This performing arts center regularly features concerts from the most important orchestras in the world, and in the case that you do not want-or do not have time-to stay for a performance, you can visit the center and see its impressive structures from within.
Tourist Information in Philadelphia
Independence Visitor Center
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First things first, the visitor center has public toilets (essential information!). But generally it has everything you might need to learn more about Philadelphia: brochures on museums and other attractions, maps, and also the odd souvenir for sale. This is also where you have to get a ticket to gain entry to the building of independence / constitution (admission is free but seating is limited, thus you need a ticket - go early in the morning to avoid missing out!). The center also has a lounge where you can watch a short film on about independence (in English, unfortunately for those who do not speak that language!). Located in Independence National Park, the visitor center is adjacent to a cute outdoor cafe open during the summer, and wide spaces of grass.
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Museums in Philadelphia
Carpenters' Hall
The Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, was founded in 1724. This building housed the 7 weeks of sessions of the First Continental Congress that met there in 1774. In later years, the building served as Customs, a bank, it organized the first commercial trade show in the country and it was an auction house. During these years The Hall was visited by presidents, kings, Supreme Court judges and dignitaries from all over the world. It's open every day, except Mondays, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Of Touristic Interest in Philadelphia
Liberty Place
Liberty Place in Philadelphia consists of two skyscrapers: One Liberty Place and Two Liberty Place. The first is the tallest skyscraper in the city at 297 meters high, and the 17th tallest in the United States, based on New York's Chrysler Building. Two Liberty Place was measures 258 meters high. The two skyscrapers are connected by a shopping mall called Liberty Place. Philadelphia, with its two skyscrapers, has become a real modern city in the United States.
Historical Monuments in Philadelphia
Philadelphia City Hall
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In the winter Philly still lives on day and night. A fountain accidentally left on at night turns into frosted art of angles with icicle wings being watched by City Hall.
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Streets in Philadelphia
Elfreth's Alley
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Elfreth's Alley is the most ancient street in the United States. Today it is a really nice residential area with colorful houses. The Elfreth Alley Museum is located at No. 124 and 126. The alley is a National Historic Landmark and is located between the North 2nd Street and North Front Street, in the block between Arch and Race Streets in the Old Town district. On your way, don't forget to visit the Mantua Maker's House Museum.
Streets in Philadelphia
South Street
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South Street borders the south side of downtown Philadelphia, and is notable for its constantly changing scenery. It begins in a dynamic neighborhood teeming with bars and restaurants, but gradually transforms into a crossroads where different cultures meet, with old shops, colorful houses with huge murals, and finally ends at a pier on the river, which has been renovated for pedestrians. In this large metropolis packed with skyscrapers, there are even some allotment gardens along South Street!
Gardens in Philadelphia
Rittenhouse Garden
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The planned cities of the United States are so different from the more chaotic old cities of Europe, and every American city is full of pleasant parks. In downtown Philadelphia, a short walk from City Hall along Chestnut Street, you'll find Rittenhouse park, located in one of the most expensive and exclusive neighborhoods in the city. The park is free of course, and here you'll find joggers, street performers, old people on benches, and students lounging on the lawn.
Museums in Philadelphia
The Franklin Institute
In honor of Benjamin Franklin, a renowned scientist and inventor who lived in Philadelphia from 1723 until his death in 1790, this institute was founded in 1824. It was only opened to the public in 1934, and became the first science museum in the US. Today the institute and the museum are perfect for a dynamic, fascinating visit, with a wide range of exhibitions, conferences and debates on contemporary science. In particular, there are initiatives aimed at young people, and ongoing collaborations with schools and colleges. The museum is an interactive experience for families and students, researchers and scientists and ordinary citizens of all ages. Temporary exhibitions also explore historical themes and science fiction; we saw an exhibit of mummies and a collection dedicated to Star Wars.
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Palaces in Philadelphia
First Bank of the United States
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The First Bank of the United States is on the corner of Third Street, and was built and founded with the aim of formalizing a single currency for the United States of America that would replace all the different coins being used at the time. It was a very important step for the unification of the country, that was then slowly abandoning the idea of different colonies.
Zoos in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Zoo
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Here you will find exotic animals of all kinds, as well as endangered species, which are carefully preserved by the zoo authorities. They carry out programmes to raise awareness of environmental contamination and unfair hunting of animals.
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Museums in Philadelphia
Mutter Museum
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The Mutter Museum (Philadelphia) houses a collection of medical monstrosities including pathological specimens, long ignored by the general public, such as Chevalier Jackson's collection of objects swallowed and later eliminated. There are also brains of murderers and epileptics on display, and malformed livers.
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Squares in Philadelphia
Love Park
Love Park is actually a nickname given to the JFK Plaza because of the famous sculpture "LOVE" by Robert Indiana. The park is located near the City Hall and the Financial District. You can see the sculpture with the fountain in the background, and the Museum of Art beyond that. The place is popular with skateboarders because of its large flat and curved granite surfaces. It's a nice place to go on sunny days to rest and admire the cityscape around you.
Museums in Philadelphia
American Philosophical Society
It is one of the most amazing places to visit, which has played a very important role in American culture for over 250 years. You will surely be impressed by all the history it contains. You will be very relaxed due to its great atmosphere.
Museums in Philadelphia
Please Touch Museum
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The Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia) was recently expanded and provides play experiences in each exhibit area, paying special attention to young visitors, with areas for children throughout the museum. The Please Touch Museum inspires creative play for babies, toddlers and children of all ages. Thematic exhibitions features toys, timeless children's books, classic games, creative puzzles and unique gifts in the store.
Churches in Philadelphia
Historic St. George's United Methodist Church
The Historic St. George's United Methodist Church is a wonderful place where you can go with your friends or family, (or everyone all together) and stay awhile. It is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States). I will keep a nice souvenir from here.