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Philadelphia Attractions

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Welcome to Philadelphia! Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States and is one of the world's most dynamic destinations. In Philadelphia, you will be at the crossroads of big city excitement and hometown hospitality, where the promise of the future meets old-world charm. Most famous as the birthplace of American independence and home of the Liberty Bell and National Constitution Center, Philadelphia offers a unique variety of attractions, culture, and entertainment.

The list below outlines a number of local attractions that you may want to incorporate into your visit to our area. For other ideas, visit www.pcvb.org or www.gophila.com.

Museums in the Philadelphia Area

Please Touch Museum

Distance: 2.5 miles

The Please Touch Museum is an interactive museum where children can learn as they play. Each exhibit encourages exploration through seeing, hearing and touching. Children can experience "adult" activities, such as grocery shopping and driving. Children of all ages will enjoy the exhibits and shows that the museum has to offer.

Hours:
Open Daily
General Hours: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Summer Hours: July 1 – Labor Day
  • Sunday-Thursday, 9 am – 4:30 pm
  • Friday-Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
Closed: New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Admission:
Members: Free
Children under the age of one: Free
Children and Adults: $10.95 per person

Location: Memorial Hall, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia PA 19131

Website: http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/

Phone: (215) 963-0667

Adventure Aquarium

Distance: 5.6 miles

Come visit the interactive aquarium on Camden's Waterfront. Here you'll find a number of fascinating exhibits, adventures and shows.

Hours:
Open Daily 9:30 am – 5pm
Admission:
Adults: $18.95
Children (2-12): $14.95

Children under 2: Free

Location: 1 Aquarium Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

Website: http://www.adventureaquarium.com/

Phone: (856) 365-3300

The Aquarium in Camden can be easily accessed by the Riverlink Ferry. The ferry leaves from the Penn's Landing area and crosses the Delaware River to Camden, NJ. The ride is about 12 minutes. Roundtrip tickets cost $6 adults, $5 Seniors, $4 Children (2-12) and are free for children under 2.

Location: 200 S Columbus Blvd, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA

Website: http://www.riverlinkferry.org/

Phone: (215) 925-LINK (925-5465)

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

Distance: 1.4 miles

Interested in Science? Come visit one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the United States. The center houses many exciting exhibits. "Franklin...He's Electric" is a hands-on showcase of Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod technology. "The Train Factory" has a real, moving train and "The Giant Heart" features a larger than life model of a human heart that you can actually walk through. These are just a sampling of the permanent exhibits which are housed here in addition to a number of traveling exhibits.

Hours:
Open Daily 9:30am – 5pm
Admission:
Adults: $14.25
Children (4-11): $11.50

Location: 222 N. 20th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Website: http://www.fi.edu

Phone: (215) 448-1200

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Distance: 1.5 miles

Come visit one of the largest museums in the country, with more than 200 galleries showing over 2,000 years of art in the genres of painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, textiles and architectural settings from around the globe.

Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday: 10 am – 8:45 pm
Admission:
Adults: $14
Seniors (ages 62 & over): $12
Children ages 13–18: $10
Children ages 12 & under: Free
Sundays are pay what you wish all day.

Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Website: http://www.philamuseum.org

Phone: (215) 763-8100

The Gardens at Morris Arboretum

Distance: 14 miles/30 minute drive

The Morris Arboretum is a public garden of the University of Pennsylvania that brings together art, science and the humanities. The gardens are made up of 92 acres that contain thousands of rare and lovely woody plants, including some of Philadelphia's oldest, rarest, and largest trees.

Hours:
Weekdays: 10am – 4pm (Open Thursdays until 8:30pm June – August)
Weekends: 10am – 5pm (April – October); 10am – 4pm (November – March)
Admission:
Free guided tours Saturday and Sundays at 2pm. Other tours by reservation.
Adults (19-64 years): $10
Senior (65+): $8
Children (3-18 years): $5
Children under 3: Free

Location: 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Website: http://www.morrisarboretum.org

Phone: (215) 247-5777

Tours

Ride the Ducks

Distance: 2.4 miles

From March to October, you can experience Philadelphia sightseeing fun from a duck's eye view on Philadelphia's original duck tour. Travel on land and water in one amazing vehicle. Tour historic Philadelphia and SPLASH into the Delaware River at Penn's Landing. Ride The Ducks is the fun thing to do in Philadelphia.

Sightseeing tours last about 70-80 minutes with about 20 minutes of that time on the Delaware River. Tours pass by many of the important points of history and current event sites to give you an overview of the area. Please note that riders may get wet on this tour.

Ride The Ducks hits all the hot spots within the historic district!

See:

  • Independence Hall
  • The Liberty Bell
  • Betsy Ross' House
  • National Constitution Center
  • Scenes from the movie National Treasure

Hours: Tours generally leave every half hour.

Admission: If you plan to wait to purchase your tickets once you get to the city, you can do so at a ticket kiosk located one block south of the boarding location at 6th and Chestnut streets or inside the Independence Visitor Center. Tickets can also be purchased online or by phone (877-887-8225) in advance to ensure you get a seat on the tour of your choice.

Location: Ride The Ducks boards at the corner of 6th and Market Street right next to the Independence Visitor Center.

Website: http://www.phillyducks.com/

Phone: (877) 887-8225

Once Upon a Nation

Distance: 2.5 miles

Once Upon A Nation is a unique Philadelphia attraction that brings history to life. Experience Adventure Tours, paid walking tours through the Historic District where your family takes a part in figuring out mysteries while touring the area. Take in evening performances such as the interactive movie-musical "1776". Listen to storytelling by historical heroes at free storytelling benches throughout the historic district.

Location: Storytelling Benches located from 3rd to 6th Sts. Btwn. Chestnut and Walnut

Website: http://historicphiladelphia.org/once-upon-a-nation/tours.php

Phone: (215) 629-5801

Historic District Attractions

http://www.historicphiladelphia.org

Independence Hall

Distance: 2.4 miles

Come see the site where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and where the U.S. Constitution was written.

Location: Between 5th and 6th on Chestnut St.

Phone: (215) 965-2305

Independence Visitor's Center

Distance: 2.4 miles

Hours:
Open Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 6 pm (September)
8:30 am to 5:00 pm (October through February)
8:30 am to 7:00 pm. (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Location: 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia PA

Website: http://www.independencevisitorcenter.com

Phone: (800) 537-7676

Liberty Bell Center

Distance: 2.4 miles

Visitors of the Liberty Bell Center will find a video presentation and exhibits about the Liberty Bell telling the history of this icon of freedom. Come and see The Liberty Bell displayed in a glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background.

Location: 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Website: http://www.nps.gov/inde

Phone: (215) 965-2305

The Betsy Ross House

Distance: 3.1 miles

Come stop by the home of America's most famous flagmaker. The Betsy Ross House is located in the heart of Philadelphia's Most Historic Square Mile, a short walk from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

Hours:
10am – 5pm
April – Sept: Open Daily
Oct. – March: Tuesday through Sunday
Open all holiday Mondays
Suggested Admission:
$3 donation adults
$2 children

Location: 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Website: http://www.betsyrosshouse.org

Franklin Square

Distance: 2.85 miles

Located steps from the Liberty Bell, Franklin Square offers entertainment for the whole family. Come play Philly Mini Golf, take a ride on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, and hear history come alive at Once Upon a Nation storytelling benches. Franklin Square also has a picnic area and more.

Location: 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Website: http://historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/activities.php

Phone: (215) 592-7284

Family Attractions in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Sesame Place

Distance: 27 miles/37 minute drive

Start your day off by eating breakfast with Big Bird and his friends. Next, explore the place where all your favorite friends live and play. Watch Sesame Street's characters come alive during their great family shows. Sesame Place even has water rides and the Vapor Trail roller coaster. Bring the whole family for great fun with the Sesame Street gang.

Location: 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA 19047

Website: http://www.sesameplace.com

Phone: (215) 752-7070

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Distance: 60 miles/1 hour and 10 minute drive

Splash along the water rides, zoom down hills, and enjoy the sights. Where else can you hang out with Snoopy and his friends? Try to conquer all of the amazing thrill rides. You will love the spectacular live shows, along with the many attractions for the entire family.

Location: 3830 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown, PA 18104

Website: http://www.dorneypark.com/

Phone: (610) 395-3724

Six Flags Great Adventure

Distance: 45 miles/1 hour drive

Spend a day at the largest Six Flags in the country with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and more! Located an hour from Philadelphia in Jackson, NJ, this theme park is home to Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari, and Hurricane Harbor.

Location: 1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson, NJ 08527

Website: http://www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/info/parkInfo.aspx

Phone: (732) 928-1821

A Taste of Philly

Reading Terminal Market

Distance: 2.2 miles

Stop in at America's oldest farmer's market! During your visit, you can enjoy eating virtually every type of cuisine, from soul food and exquisite Asian and Middle Eastern dishes to authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and traditional Pennsylvania Dutch delicacies — all are available from largely family-run stands.

Location: 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Website: http://www.readingterminalmarket.org

Phone: (215) 922-2317

Neighborhood: Convention Center / Chinatown / Market East

Cheesesteaks

Pat's King of Steaks

Distance: 3.2 miles

Location: 1237 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Phone: (215) 468-1547

Website: http://www.patskingofsteaks.com/

Neighborhood: South Philadelphia

Geno's Steaks

Distance: 3.2 miles

Location: 1219 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Phone: (215) 389-0659

Website: http://www.genosteaks.com/

Neighborhood: South Philadelphia

Jim's Steaks

Distance: 2.9 miles

Location: 400 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Phone: (215) 928-1911

Website: http://www.jimssteaks.com

Neighborhood: South Street

Tony Luke's

Distance: 5.4 miles

Location: 39 E. Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Phone: (215) 551-5725

Website: http://www.tonylukes.com/

Neighborhood: South Philadelphia

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