|The Top Ten 10 Must Visit Cities In America - Philadelphia
Top Ten Must-Visit Cities in the USA
It's The Cradle Of Liberty! It's Philly! It's Fascinating!
Philadelphia is famous for its history - this is where The Declaration Of Independence and The
U.S. Constitution were written. Philadelphia is also known for its arts and culture and its gorgeous
open spaces. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any city in the USA, and
Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. Philadelphia is
an all-year destination, with plenty to see and do, whatever the weather.
The Top Ten Things To Do In Philadelphia
Independence Hall & Independence Historic National Park
Probably the most important historic place in America. This is where The Declaration
Of Independence was written, and The U.S. Constitution. And this is where the actual
Liberty Bell can be found. For those reasons alone, every American should visit
Independence Historic National Park. Entry to the park and the hall is free, but you
need to get a ticket to enter the hall, either by lining up on the day, or by paying $1.50
to book in advance online. Open every day of the year. Guided tours led by Park
Boasting over 1000 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows, this is one of the
premier botanical gardens in the United States. Open all year-round. A wealth of exotic
plants. 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, lots of events, seasonal attractions, as well
as educational lectures, courses, and workshops. Longwood's conservatory is one of
the world's greatest greenhouse structures, housing over 5000 different plants.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the biggest and best art museums in the
world. It has collections of more than 227,000 objects including a world renowned
collection of post-impressionist paintings. Works by Dali and Picasso are among the
favorite exhibits here. Entry is around $20 but there are lots of concessions. Fabulous!
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
This scenic boulevard runs through the historic and cultural heart of the city. It starts at
City Hall, then around Logan Circle, and ends in front of the Philadelphia Museum of
Art. This one mile walk will take yo past many of the city's most famous sights.Basilica
of Peter and Paul, Swann Memorial Fountain, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the
Franklin Institute, Moore College of Art and Design, the Academy of Natural Sciences,
the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One
of the finest and most enjoyable city walks in America.
The Franklin Institute
Founded in 1824, the Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and best-loved centers of
science education and development in the United States. The Franklin Institute
Science Museum seeks to inspire an understanding and a passion for science and
technology. Among it hundreds of exhibits, is the world's largest collection of artifacts
from the Wright brothers' workshop. A fascinating museum, and a must visit.
The Barnes Foundation
The main attraction at The Barnes Foundation is its world-beating art collection,
featuring 181 paintings by Renoir, 69 by Cézanne, 59 by Matisse, 34 by Van Gogh,
plus works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Titian and Picasso. One of the world's greatest
art collections, and a must-see for art lovers. You haven't seen a Van Gogh until you
come face to face with the real thing! The Barnes Foundation is set in four and a half
acres of fabulous gardens, on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Adventure Aquarium, on the Delaware River, just a few minutes from downtown Philly,
where you can walk through a tunnel of sharks, get friendly with a hippopotamus and
enjoy dozens of fun and fascinating exhibits. Adventure Aquarium has one of the
largest collections of sharks in the USA, and is the only aquarium in the world to
house hippos. Open 365 days a year, from 10 am to 5 pm. Sensational fun!
Philadelphia Zoo was America's first zoo, and is now one of the premier zoos in the
world for breeding animals that are difficult to breed in captivity. The zoo also works
with many groups around the world to protect the natural habitats of the animals in
their care. The zoo is 42 acres and is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of
which are rare and endangered. There is a children's zoo, a paddle-boat lake, a
rain-forest carousel, and lots of interactive and educational exhibits.
Take A Guided Tour
The best way to get an overview of this fabulous city is by taking a guided tour. There
are plenty of tours to choose from, but probably the most fun tour is the amphibious
Ride The Duck tour. The duck vehicle drives on land and water. First, a 90-minute tour
around Philadelphia from the Historic District to the Museum District, then into the
Delaware River for a 20-minute water tour. Great fun, and you'll learn a lot about Philly.
Explore The Neighborhoods
Philadelphia consists of several diverse and fascinating neighborhoods, and just
exploring them is a great way to spend some time. Our favorites are:-) Chinatown, Old
City, Logan Square, Powelton Village, Fairmount, Rittenhouse, and Queen Village.
Each neighborhood has its own unique personality, and you should try to see them all.
|Staying Safe In Philadelphia:-) Like all big cities, Philadelphia has its share of criminals. Here are some tips to keep you safe...
*Keep your money and other valuables hidden; Thieves and pickpockets choose easy targets, so don't be one! Keep your stuff out of sight.
*Don't carry much cash, and be careful around ATMs; Thieves love cash! When you use an ATM, be aware of who is watching you.
*Stick to the main streets; If you're walking, especially at night, stay where the bright lights and the people are. Don't get isolated.
*Stay off public transportation late at night; A major key to your safety is not to get isolated and vulnerable to attack. Take a cab!