Main Attractions and Sights in Philadelphia

Many national historical sites are to be found all around the city of Philadelphia. The most famous attractions among them are the Independence National Historical Park which is the center of these historical landmarks.

Then there is the Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and of course the Liberty Bell. A few other historical sites which tourists found very interesting are homes for Edgar Allan Poe, Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Betsy Ross. Then there are the early government buildings like the First and Second Banks of the United States, and the Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church National Historic Site.

Philadelphia’s major science museums are the Franklin Institute, which contains the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, the University Of Pennsylvania Museum Of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Academy of Natural Sciences. History museums include the National Constitution Center, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia History, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the state of Pennsylvania and The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is home to the first zoo and hospital of the country as well.

Philadelphia or ‘Philly’ is one of the most culture-rich places in America. They say that all types of cultures cumulate in Philadelphia to form one great versatile culture. In the 1800’s, Philadelphia and not LA was the biggest city of the U.S.

Known as the birthplace of American independence, the most famous destination in Philly is the Independence National Historical Park. This place marks the place of many events that made America one of the biggest democratic idols.

The Liberty Bell
The liberty bell, which was forged in London, was moved first to Independence Hall and now it resides in the Pennsylvania State House. This historical masterpiece is made of zinc, copper, gold and silver. If you take the full and complete tour, you can visit the Liberty bell and also view an X-ray to observe its famous crack!

Independence Hall
Located on the South Side of Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th street, Independence hall is the place where all those years ago, they risked it all. This is the place where 56 men gathered and signed the declaration of independence, thus defying the King’s Rule and setting the foundation for the American constitution. In July 2010, the hall underwent restoration to renew its splendor and preserve its fortunes. Today, it is open to visitors for a small ticket-fee.

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge National Historical Park is today, a prime spot for exercise enthusiasts and marathon runners. However, although no wars were fought here, 2000 men died here without a bullet being fired. In six months of heavy winters and poor rations during the war of 1778, many men lost their lives to harsh conditions.

Home to the ‘April Run’ every year, this place gets a lot of tourist attractions. You can play almost any type of sport here and even bring pets! Be sure to enroll yourself in the interpretive wars to understand how hard the war was for the soldiers. It’s sure to be an educational experience!

The Betsy Ross House
Hello and welcome to the birthplace of the American Flag! While historians still debate whether Betsy did or did not create the first flag, you should be sure to pay a visit to the great seamstress’s house! Who can forget the war of independence? They say everyone lost someone then but Betsy alone lost 3 husbands!

However, rather than letting nature take its course and be dependent on others, Betsy employed her skills as a seamstress and fed herself and her seven children. The passionate woman used her skills well after the age of 70 and died at the ripe old age of 84.

The adjoined shop is the only place that is fully furnished, in 18th century upholstery.

The National Constitution Center
This is the only place in the world that is dedicated to the US Constitution. Although it is only about four pages long, the US constitution is the most influential globally. The center holds many plays and skits all year round that are entertaining and informative for both young people and old. There are life-sized statues of the constitutions of the declarations’ signees in the museum and also the dissenters. Now, visitors can also choose to sign or dissent.

Elfreth’s Alley
This is the only eastern constantly inhabited place. Due to rich history, this place has sky-high property rates! This was a place for butchers, artists, tailors and anyone you could think of! The little alley had people from every walk of life and it is still a home to one of the most versatile communities in America.

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