Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
Liberty Bell Pavilion and Independence Hall are the two most historic sites in the city, and no trip to Philly would be complete without a visit to both. The Liberty Bell, originally hung in the tower of Independence Hall just across the street, is now housed behind glass to protect it, and allow for increased numbers of visitors to see it.
Fairmount Park is one of the world’s largest municipal parks, covering an incredible 9,200 acres. The park includes thousands of trees, as well as America’s oldest zoo, several scenic jogging paths and a range of sport and play facilities.
Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site
The Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site was the famed author’s home from 1838 to 1844. Today you can visit for an outline of the author’s life, with educational films and presentations. The raven standing guard outside is a reminder of the most famous of this troubled author’s works.
For shopaholics, there’s no better place to stop than Macy’s. With all the retailers you could dream of (and more), this charming old-fashioned building has towering ceilings and centuries-old architecture. It’s also host to the St Louis World’s Fair Pipe Organ, an immense instrument still played during each of two daily concerts.
Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
Located in the rotunda of the Franklin Institute, the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial is a tribute to the early 20th century writer, inventor and American statesman. It features a 6-feet tall statue of Benjamin Franklin in white Seravezza marble. You can also take in an audio-visual presentation to learn more about Franklin’s life and achievements.
Reading Terminal Market
Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public farmer’s market that offers everything from fresh produce, meats, flowers, baked goods, clothing and a diverse range of specialty and ethnic foods. Established in 1859, it’s one of the oldest farmer’s markets in the country.
Italian Market on South 9th Street
Philadelphia’s Italian Market on South 9th Street includes a delightful array of cafés, restaurants, cheese shops, butcheries and stalls selling fresh produce. It’s located between Christian Street and Washington Avenue, where the majority of Italian immigrants to the country initially settled.