Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania. It has over 42 million tourists every year, making it one of the most visited places around the world. Planning to go? Here’s a list of popular tourist locations in Philadelphia.
1. Do a food crawl at Reading Terminal Market.
Reading Terminal Market is the oldest farmer’s market in America. It is considered as the number one most visited attraction in Philadelphia. It is an indoor market with numerous food stalls and stores selling local goods.
2. Learn about Philadelphia at Independence Visitor Center.
Independence Visitor Center is located at Independence National Historical Park at 599 Market Street. It is the place to go if you want to learn the history and other interesting facts of Philadelphia. There are tours available where they will guide and educate you throughout your stay.
3. Enjoy the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia.
Merriam Theater is the primary entertainment hub in the city for live shows. It is Philadelphia’s most continuous spots for touring or exploring Broadway show theatre, and was built in 1918. It is also formerly known as the Sam S. Shubert Theatre.
4. Take a picture of the Liberty Bell.
Visit the iconic Liberty Bell in The Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia. This human-size bronze bell is the symbol of American Independence. It is crowded especially during peak seasons, so you have to fall in line if you want to come near and take a picture of the Liberty Bell.
5. Explore the Penn Museum.
The Penn Museum is a must see if you love to explore and witness different artifacts. It has a collection of various renowned artifacts all over the world, and that includes Egyptian mummies, Chinese Buddhist, Greek sculptures, African masks and many more. The highlight of the museum is the 15-ton Egyptian sphinx, with massive columns from the Palace of the Pharaoh Merenptah on its sides.
6. Visit the Peddler’s Village.
Peddler’s Village is a small town that has small shops and inns. If you are traveling with your kids, Giggleberry Fair is recommended. The town is also famous for its festivals for every season.
7. Have fun at the Philadelphia Zoo.
The Philadelphia Zoo is the first zoo in America. It has over a million visitors every year. The main feature of the zoo is the Zoo360. It is a see-through mesh trail, where the animals can freely move and roam around the zoo.
8. Walk around the Independence National Historical Park
Independence National Historical Park or popularly known as the birthplace of American democracy is the second most visited place in Philadelphia. There are plenty of outdoor activities that you can do here such as jogging, biking, go picnic, play sports, and attend events.
9. Watch the Main Fountain Garden at the Longwood Gardens.
Longwood Garden is a 1,077 acres man-made garden. It has 20 outdoor gardens and 20 indoor gardens with over 10,000 different types of plants and trees. Its main attraction is the Main Fountain Garden that has 1,700 jets and streams which make the water soar up to 175 feet in the air.
10. Ride the carousel at the Franklin Square.
Franklin Square is a family park that has a mini-golf course and a playground. It is best if you are coming here with your family. Franklin Square’s best attraction is the old-fashioned carousel that features the Philly horses.
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