Saturday, we headed over to Philadelphia to be tourists and it was a bit odd. Although we had been back a few times since we had moved, it was interesting in an peculiar way. The city felt so familiar, yet felt like it was so long ago since we have had called it home. Mind you, it has only been four years.
Enough of the side note, we still had a great time re-visiting for the 100th time (not really) some of the city’s historic gems. Although, I had never imagined myself living in the city of brotherly love a decade ago, one can imagine how much I enjoyed all the history once I had moved there… being that I am a huge history buff.
This time touring around was different and special in its own way, being that we were showing our son around. Although he is only 5 months old, Joseph and I are huge promoters of exposing him to the concept of travel and the comfort of it.
Are you planning a visit to the City of Brotherly Love… Philadelphia? Here are some of my favorite stops at no to low cost to you.
With thePhiladelphia City Pass, your pass includes
- The Franklin Institute (Normally $20 Adult, $16 Children)
- Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works (Normally for a 1 Day Pass, $32 Adult, $12 Children)
- One Liberty Observation Deck (Normally $14 Adult, $9 Children)
- Philadelphia Zoo (Normally $23 Adult, $19 Children) or Adventure Aquarium (Normally $28 Adult, $21 Children)
Top sites I would personally recommend;
- Liberty Bell: (Located in Old City on 6th & Market Street) This bell goes own in history as an iconic symbol of America’s independence. Admission is Free, however depending on the day you visit, the line may be on the longer side.
- The Franklin Institute: (Located in the Museum District on 20th Street) Thee Franklin Institute is a science museum with interactive exhibits. Great for curious minds. There is normally a cost, however is available at a discount within the City Pass.
- Reading Terminal Market: (Located on 12th & Arch Street) Free admission to an indoor flea market rich in culture, baked good, Philly based eateries, art, farmer’s markets, etc. I absolutely love stopping by this spot for a delicious eggplant part sandwich and some Amish baked goods.
- Independence Hall: (Located in Old City on 6th & Chestnut Street) Historic Hall where the Declaration OF Independence & US Constitution was debated and signed. Free of cost, however only so many are permitted in through the day. Free tickets are distributed at the Philadelphia Visiting Center and are given on a first come basis. So arrive early, especially if it is a summer weekend in which you are visiting.
- One Liberty Observation Deck: (Located on 16th & Market Street) Also known as “Philly from the Top” definitely provides a clear view of Center City Philadelphia. (Normally $14 Adult, $9 Children, but included at a discount in the City Pass)
- Boat House Row: (Located off the Museum District, along the Schuylkill River) A historic row of homes, which are a view of their own. Makes for a nice location to take a scenic walk and talk in the city view. Free of cost.
- Betsy Ross House: (Located on 3rd & Arch Street) Historic house where the seamstress, Betsy Ross, who made the Iconic United States flag resided. There is a walk through tour permitted through her home for a donation cost of adults at $7 and children at $6.
- Philadelphia Zoo: (Located W. Philadelphia on Girard Street) Large victorian building and one the the oldest american zoo’s. Overall, it is on the smaller side, however an experience to visit. (Normally $23 Adult, $19 Children, but included at a discount in the City Pass)
- City Hall: (Located literally in Center City on JFK BLVD and 15th) Built in 1901 an simply neat to say you’ve visited the historic location. Free of cost, no entry, simply viewing from the outside. Can be viewed while relaxing in Love Park, which is next on my list.
- Love Park: (Located on 15th & Arch Street) Officially the John F. Kennedy square, but nicknamed Love Park for its Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture. No cost to visit and makes a nice location to sit, take in the scenery and relax for a bit.
- The Mütter Museum: (Located on Market & 22nd Street) Attended once for a friend’s wedding and it was more than merely neat. I was fascinated with the old medical oddities and historic specimens. Tickets are normally $18 for adults, $13 for children, Free under 2 years old.
- Eastern State Penitentiary: (Located on Fairmount Ave & 22nd Street) Once the most famous prison, housing some of the most iconic inmates. Definitely fascinating if you ask me. Tickets are normally $14 for adults, $10 for children. Save $2 per ticket if you buy in advance online.
The list of fascinating historic Philadelphia sites goes on, however my list above is long enough to fill your itinerary for a few days. I hope you enjoy my recommendations as much as I have.
Please share in the comments below, what other sites have you visited while in town and why have you enjoyed them?