Philadelphia Attractions

Once home to the founding fathers, Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States and the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Most of the city's tourism revolves around these historic events and sites, while the Philly Cheese Steak shouldn't be underestimated.

Top attractions in Philadelphia include the Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom across the country, and Independence Hall. The National Constitution Center boasts a number of historical exhibitions, while Franklin Court is the former location of Benjamin Franklin's house.

Elfreth's Alley is the oldest residential street in the USA, while Christ Church, founded in 1695, is where many of the country's leaders are buried. However, this is just a smattering of what the city has to offer and sightseers will have their hands full.

The Philadelphia CityPass saves visitors about 45% on admission to some of the city's top attractions, with the added bonus of allowing holders to skip entrance queues. The pass is purchasable online via the official website.



Governor's Council Chamber

Independence National Historical Park

On 8 July 1776, the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall summoned citizens to hear the first reading of the Declaration of the Independence. Today, the building stands proudly and is revered as the birthplace of the American nation. The Independence National Historical Park is...  see full details



Franklin Institute

Franklin Institute Science Museum

One of Philadelphia's most frequented museums, the Franklin Institute on Benjamin Franklin Parkway opened in 1934 and fast became recognised for its innovative and imaginative exhibits, demonstrating the influence of science in our lives. The museum complex divides into various sections. Firstly, the Franklin National...  see full details



Art Museum Pediment

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Established in the 1870s, the elegant Philadelphia Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of more than 225,000 works in 200 galleries. The museum is recognised as being one of the finest art collections in the USA. Exhibits include not only magnificent paintings, but...  see full details



Franklin Court

Franklin Court

The part of the Independence National Historical Park between 3rd and 4th Street is where the home of Benjamin Franklin once stood. While the actual house no longer exists, a 54-foot-high (16m) steel skeleton ghost structure covers the remaining courtyard. It provides a novel and...  see full details



Tigers

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo opened in 1874, the first of its kind in the USA. Today, it's one of the world's most renowned zoological gardens, replete with animal exhibits, award-winning education and conservation programmes, recreational opportunities, and scientific accomplishments. More than one million visitors flock to this...  see full details



Dentzel Carousel

Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum is located in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and is a shining example of what must be one of the rarest cultural attractions anywhere in the world: a museum where children are actually encouraged to lay their hands on...  see full details



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