Philadelphia Attractions

  • 30th Street Station
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    30th Street Station is Philadelphia's main Railway Station. The monumental neo-classical train station was built between 1929 and 1934, during the Great Depression. Read more...
  • Academy of Natural Sciences
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    The Academy of Natural Sciences is a research institution and natural history museum. Among the museum's highlights are its collection of dinosaur skeletons and a tropical garden with live butterflies. Read more...
  • Arch Street Meeting House
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    The Arch Street Meeting House is a historical brick building that was built in 1804 as a meeting house for the Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers. Read more...
  • Benjamin Franklin Bridge
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    Plans for a bridge connecting Philadelphia with New Jersey were first made in 1818; it took until 1926 before it was finally a reality with the construction of this large suspension bridge. Read more...
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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    Philadelphia's most famous street is bordered by cultural and educational institutions. It connects the city center with the expansive Fairmount Park. Read more...
  • Betsy Ross House
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    Betsy Ross reportedly owned this house when she made the first American flag. The historic Georgian style house was saved from demolition thanks to a group of local Philadelphians. Read more...
  • Boathouse Row
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    One of the most photographed sights in Philadelphia, these picturesque Victorian rowhouses were built at the end of the 19th century by local rowing clubs. Read more...
  • Carpenters' Hall
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    Carpenters' Hall is one of many historic buildings in Philadelphia related to the birth of the nation; this Georgian building hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774. Read more...
  • Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul
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    This large domed cathedral was built between 1846 and 1864 as the main church for the Philadelphia archdiocese. In 1976, the church became a basilica. Read more...
  • Christ Church
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    Historic Christ Church is often called "The Nation's Church". Many prominent revolutionary figures, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, attended services in this church. Read more...
  • Christ Church Burial Ground
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    Created in 1719 as an expansion of Christ Church's original graveyard, this historic burial ground is now best known as the site of Benjamin Franklin's grave. Read more...
  • City Hall
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    Philadelphia's City Hall is the largest, tallest and most expensive of all city halls in the United States. The immense building was completed in 1901 after 30 years of construction. Read more...
  • Elfreth's Alley
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    This charming street is one of the oldest continually occupied streets in the United States. Concerned citizens saved this historic street from being replaced by new roadways. Read more...
  • Fairmount Water Works
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    This group of neo-classical buildings housed the first American municipal water treatment system, built to supply Philadelphia with clean drinking water. Read more...
  • First Bank of the US
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    Completed in 1797, this classical building housed the first Federal bank of the United States. The building was later used as a private bank before finally being converted into a museum. Read more...
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum
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    The Franklin Institute Science Museum is one of the oldest science and technology museums in the U.S. The museum's main focus is on interactive exhibits. Also inside the building is the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Read more...
  • Independence Hall
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    The historic Independence Hall was built between 1732 and 1756 as the State House of the province of Pennsylvania. In this building the US constitution was drafted in 1787. Read more...
  • Independence Mall
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    The green plaza in the heart of historic Philadelphia was planned in 1945 to create an appropriate setting for the Independence Hall. The Liberty Bell and National Constitution Center can also be found here. Read more...
  • Independence Seaport Museum
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    The Independence Seaport Museum is a maritime museum that covers the maritime history of the Philadelphia area. Visitors can also board two warships that are moored near the museum. Read more...
  • Irish Memorial
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    Inaugurated in 2003, this memorial remembers those who died in the Irish famine of the nineteenth century. It is located at Penn's Landing, an area where many immigrants arrived. Read more...
  • JFK Plaza
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    Created in 1965 on top of an underground garage, this plaza - dubbed Love Park - is best known for its Love Statue, added in 1976 for the country's Bicentennial. Read more...
  • Liberty Bell
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    The Liberty Bell is one of the most famous symbols of the American struggle for independence. The bell hung originally in the steeple of the Independence Hall, but it is now located in a separate pavilion. Read more...
  • Liberty Place
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    In 1987 this modern skyscraper was the first to eclipse the city hall in height. The following years several more tall skyscrapers would rise above the top of the city hall. Read more...
  • Logan Square
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    Logan Square, a public square on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is surrounded by several important institutions. The centerpiece of the square however is the beautiful Swann Memorial Fountain. Read more...
  • Masonic Temple
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    The Masonic Temple is one of the most interesting architectural structures in Philadephia. Built in 1873 by the freemasons, it contains seven grand halls, all lavishly decorated in a different architectural style. Read more...
  • Memorial Hall
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    One of Philadelphia's most beautiful buildings was constructed for the city's Centennial Exposition in 1876. It is home to the child-oriented Please Touch Museum. Read more...
  • Merchants' Exchange
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    Philadelphia's 19th century Merchants' Exchange is the oldest stock exchange building in the country. Today it houses offices of the National Park Service. Read more...
  • Museum of Art
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    Philadelphia's Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the country with a collection of more than 300,000 works of art. It is housed in an impressive neoclassical building. Read more...
  • National Constitution Center
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    The National Constitution Center explains the US Constitution and narrates its history with a display of historical objects, interactive exhibitions and theatrical performances. Read more...
  • PSFS Building
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    The PSFS building represents a milestone in American architecture. Constructed between 1930 and 1932, this 36 story skyscraper was the first to be built in the nascent International Style. Read more...
  • Reading Terminal Market
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    Philadelphia's centrally located covered market was built in 1892, when it was lauded for the variety of foods offered. Although it suffered during the 60s and 70s, it is still vibrant food market. Read more...
  • Rittenhouse Square
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    Of William Penn’s five open squares around which he organized Philadelphia in the 17th century, Rittenhouse Square has always been the most prestigious. Read more...
  • Rodin Museum
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    This museum boasts a large collection of sculptures by the famous French artist Auguste Rodin. The collection includes his most famous works like the Thinker and Eternal Springtime. Read more...
  • Scottish Memorial
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    The Scottish Memorial is a monument that was inaugurated in 2011 to pay tribute to Scottish immigrants. The monument shows a family of Scots who have just arrived in their new homeland. Read more...
  • Society Hill
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    Society Hill is a historic district east of the Independence Hall. It contains the largest concentration of original 18th and early 19th century architecture of any place in the United States. Read more...
  • The Drake
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    Now a residential building, this magnificent Art Deco skyscraper was built in 1929 as the Drake Hotel. Its brick facade is decorated with terra cotta reliefs depicting nautical scenes. Read more...
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