222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 The Franklin Institute is a science museum and education and research center that houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Founded in 1824, the Franklin Institute is one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States. Learn more at Fl.edu.
Adventure Aquarium (Camden)
1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ 08103 Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront – you’ll have to take a ferry or bridge across the Delaware River. The aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species in two million gallons of water. Learn more at AdventureAquarium.com.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Opened during the 1976 Bicentennial celebrations, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major US city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. The AAMP features four galleries and an auditorium and houses more than 750,000 artifacts. Learn more at AAMPMuseum.org.
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130 The Barnes Foundation was established in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The museum holds one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, and Giorgio de Chirico. Also on display are old master paintings; African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; and antiquities from Europe and Asia. Learn more at BarnesFoundation.org.
The Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 The Betsy Ross House is a landmark in Philadelphia purported to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker lived when she sewed the first American Flag. After you tour the house, you can meet Betsy Ross and spend time relaxing in a shady courtyard where you’ll hear stories told by historic re-enactors. Learn more at HistoricPhiladelphia.org.
1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Rowers of all ages and skill levels flock to the Schuylkill River to practice, compete, learn, and enjoy the sport of rowing. Local boating clubs take great pride in their 19th-century boat houses, which line the Schuylkill River just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At night, lights outline one of the city’s loveliest views, known as Boathouse Row. Learn more at Visit Philly.com.
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Eastern State Penitentiary was the most famous and expensive prison in the world, largely known for pioneering the use of solitary confinement and the notion of reform over punishment. Today the prison is in ruin, a haunted world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals – including Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton – in its wagon wheel design. Visit “Terror Behind The Walls,” a Halloween haunted house inside the haunted prison. Learn more at EasterState.org.
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 The Franklin Institute, named after Philadelphia’s favorite adopted son, is a science museum and education and research center that houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Founded in 1824, the Franklin Institute is one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States. Learn more at Fl.edu.
Independence Hall (Independence National Historical Park)
520 Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Completed in 1753 as the colonial legislature (later Pennsylvania State House) for the Province of Pennsylvania, Independence Hall is the building where the Declaration of Independenceand the United States Constitution were debated and adopted and was the principal meeting place of the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1783. The building is part of Independence National Historical Park, and admission is by tour only. A limited quantity of free tickets are available each day at the Ranger’s Desk in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. Learn more at NPS.gov.
Liberty Bell Center
6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 The Liberty Bell was cast in the Whitechapel Foundry in the East End of London before moving to Independence Hall, known at the time as the Pennsylvania State House, in 1753. Last rung in 1846, this 2,080-pound icon features a biblical inscription and its famous crack. Visit the Liberty Bell Center to learn more about the bell and The President’s House, the third Presidential Mansion that was home to George Washington and John Adams. Photo courtesy NPS.Learn more at NPS.gov.
19 S. 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, The Mütter Museum is the dark side of medical history containing a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment in a “cabinet museum” setting. The original purpose of the collection, donated by Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter in 1858, was for biomedical research and education. Today, the museum boasts an extensive archive of temporary and permanent exhibitions, inviting you to dive in and become “disturbingly informed.” Photo 2009 George Widman Photography LLC. Learn more at MutterMuseum.org.
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 The National Constitution Center is a one-stop civic education headquarters that brings the story of “We the People” to life through a hands-on museum experience. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 17, 2000 – the 213th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution – and opened on July 4, 2003, joining other historic sites in Philadelphia in what has been called “America’s most historic square mile.” Learn more at ConstitutionCenter.org.
Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 The Free Library of Philadelphia is the is the 13th largest public library system in the US. It is neither a city agency nor a nonprofit organization, making it unique among public libraries in the US. Opened in 1927, the Parkway Central Library contains more than seven million items and many special collections. Learn more at FreeLibrary.org.
Pat’s King of Steaks & Geno’s Steaks
1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 & 1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Whatever the real history of the cheesesteak and its enduring importance to the City of Brotherly Love, the fact is, you cannot get an authentic Philly cheesesteak anywhere else. So you might as well get two and decide for yourself if you’re a Geno’s Steak or Pat’s Steak endorser. Just remember, “wit?” means “with or without onions.” And give in to the Cheese Whiz, it’s good for your arteries. Read more about the Geno's vs. Pat's rivalry and get an inside view of the 10 best cheesesteaks in Philly. You might not want to eat 10 of them over the weekend, though.
18th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA One of five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and Thomas Holme in the late 1600s, Rittenhouse Square is a neighborhood gem and one of the more beautiful urban public spaces in the US. Originally called Southwest Square, Rittenhouse Square was renamed in 1825 after David Rittenhouse, a clockmaker, noted astronomer, and friend of the American Revolution. Two blocks long on each side, the square is bordered by 18th St. (east), Rittenhouse Square South, Rittenhouse Square West, and Walnut St. (north), and features high-end shops, restaurants, spas, and nightlife. Read more at VisitPhilly.com.
2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130 At The Rodin Museum you’ll find one of the world’s great collections of works by Auguste Rodin – and the only museum dedicated to his work outside of France. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s death, and to mark the occasion, the Rodin Museum is taking part in worldwide celebrations of his work and legacy with special exhibitions and programs. Learn more at RodinMuseum.org.