Never a Dull Moment: 9 Best Things to Do in Philadelphia
It’s More Than Beer and Cheesesteaks
No city in America has enjoyed the same level of historical significance and budding revitalization than Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love is full of national landmarks, museums, art and locations that boast both famous visitors and former inhabitants.
Foodies also consistently fall for Philly’s culinary and craft beer culture, which have put them on the map. Whether you’re planning a trip for a few days in town solo or with the kids, there are so many unique things to do in Philadelphia.
The Franklin Institute
One of the oldest science museums in the country, The Franklin Institute takes science and technology education to a new level. Boasting 12 permanent exhibits, and two to three temporary ones, museum-goers of all ages can learn about things like space, biology, archaeology, electricity, computer graphics and engineering.
With two movie theaters, a planetarium and daily live science demonstrations, you could take up an entire day, or two, playing around at The Franklin Institute’s four-acre campus.
History buffs will enjoy visiting the Liberty Bell in Independence National Historical Park. Although the bell has been around since the 1750s, it was renamed during the Civil War.
Abolitionists took inspiration from its inscription, “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof,” and adopted it as the symbol of their cause. The bell continues to stand for unity and freedom for many modern movements and attracts over a million visitors every year.
Reading Terminal Market
For an authentic, local Philadelphia experience, the Reading Terminal Market is a must visit. An open-air market in the downtown area, over 100 merchants sell items such as flowers, produce, fish, artisan cheese and specialty foods.
The market is a popular tourist destination for its unique offerings and has been featured on various TV food programs including the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food.”