Philadelphia is one city that has played a special part in American history. Back in the 4th of July 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted at the Independence Hall. While not everyone may be a history buff, here are reasons why you should be packing your bags to visit Philadelphia on your next holiday.
1. Discover the Past
Imagine walking into the exact halls and seeing the bell that was ringing when the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence happened back in July 8, 1776. Since then, the Liberty Bell became the symbol of freedom and independence in the United States. Previously known as the State House Bell, it now bears a timeless messages carved in its metal body: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof”. Visiting Philadelphia means visiting the distinguished Independence Hall and seeing the exact Liberty Bell on display. Take a look into the Assembly Room where the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution were both signed. For anyone enjoying their freedom today, this is worth the trip. You can also pay homage to America’s most prominent Colonial and Revolution-era leaders at the Burial Ground in Christ Church. Some of the famous people buried in the burial ground are Benjamin Franklin, Francis Hopkinson, George Ross, Major William Jackson, and Dr. Thomas Bond. Christ Church itself is known as “The Nation’s Church” having most revolutionary leaders as worshippers.
2. Eat Your Heart Out
You might be familiar with Philadelphia’s Italian Market as seen in the movie Rocky. But instead of just breezing through the market, enjoy every bite at the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States. The market is also known as the South 9th Street Curb Market where you get to enjoy grocery shops, cafes, cheese shops, butcher shops, and other authentic Italian ingredients and delicacies to please your palate. Another reason to head over to Philadelphia would be Pat’s King of Steaks where each bite of their cheesesteaks will leave you wanting more. You can also try the rival restaurant, Geno’s Steaks so you get to also enjoy a good sandwich with a bit of historical rivalry. Either way, you can’t go wrong grabbing a Philly cheesesteak sandwich!
3. Bring Out The Child
Taking a bite of authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich may bring you back to simpler, childhood days. But if that doesn’t work, then Philadelphia Zoo and Franklin Square might do the trick. Spend your day going beautiful Victorian gardens across 42 acres of the Philadelphia Zoo. Considered as the world’s first children’s zoo way back in 1957, the zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals including rare and endangered species. Whatever your age, you will definitely enjoy discovering animal habitats through the Zoo360 Animal Exploration Trails. Choose between the Gorilla Treeway, Treetop Trail, Great Ape Trail, and Big Cat Crossing to enjoy your day. Another classic way to bring out the child in you (or actually bring children) is the Franklin Square. Enjoy carousels, an 18-hole miniature golf course, burger joints and even a picnic area. The Philly Mini Golf is not only entertaining but also historical as you putt your way through iconic sites such as Liberty Bell and Boathouse Row. You should not leave Franklin Square without riding the classic Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel. The carousel pays tribute to Philadelphia’s great heritage of carousel-making. One ride will instantly bring you back to those classic childhood days.
4. Enjoy Art and Beauty
For a more sophisticated and artistic experience, book your tickets for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. Walk towards the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see a temple of art carrying Renaissance, American, Impressionist and Modern art. The place is considered the third-largest art museum in the country. Whatever your art taste, there will be a portion to satisfy that hunger. If you’re a music lover, get in line at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts where you can listen to one of America’s “Big Five” symphony orchestras: the Philadelphia Orchestra. You can also catch the Kimmel Center Presents performance series to watch a variety of jazz, classical, and world opo performers!
Whatever your preference, Philadelphia has something to offer. The combination of classic and modern architecture perfectly depicts the ages that will enjoy a visit to Philadelphia. So don’t be afraid to visit Philadelphia soon. There will be no regret there.