Things to do in Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a large but at the same also a very warm, welcoming and definitely patriotic city. It is full of historical and natural sites; it has an active cultural life so no visitor of this city will be bored. There are numerous things to do in Philadelphia.
Best things to do in Philadelphia
Some historic sites include Independence Hall (which is recognized as a World Heritage Site) and Eastern State Penitentiary. Philadelphia is also rich in some truly interesting museums. First one to visit could be the National Constitution Center which is an excellent reflection of the local and national spirit. Other museums include National Museum of American Jewish History, The Franklin Institute Science Museum or Philadelphia Athletics Museum. Museums of Philadelphia can be grand and very interactive or small and modest.
Culture possibilities in Philadelphia are of a wide range and you can choose from a great number of art galleries and theaters like Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts or Arden Theatre Company. The local competitive spirit can be sensed by visiting Citizens Bank Park – a baseball park where the Phillies (the local team) is playing.
The visitors of the city will probably want to try some local foods like Philly cheese steak. To do that, you should go to places like Roxborough’s Dalessandro’s or Pat’s. There is a great choice of many excellent pubs out there so all you have to do is choose some for your taste. Few good pubs to name are Monk’s Cafe, Rum Bar, Chris’ Jazz Cafe and many others.
Free things to do in Philadelphia
You will find a lot of free-of-charge historical sites and museums like Bishop White House, Declaration House, Congress Hall, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and many others. Free tours are available in the City Hall and the Pennsylvania Hospital.
Philadelphia is not only an amazing historical city, it has also lots to offer to those who prefer outdoor activities – many possibilities of walking, boating, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, etc. For example, you can visit Valley Forge National Historical Park to do some sports or just to have a nice picnic.
There is great variety of shopping places as well; few to name are the Reading Terminal Market, Italian Market or Omoi- a Japanese store. A great store to purchase something to bring home from this city is Xenos Candy and Gifts – a nice, warm store that has become very popular among tourists.
Overall, Philadelphia is definitely worth visiting if you want to feel the history and spirit of America.