There is so much to do in Philadelphia City. If you are traveling to Philadelphia, there are many things to see besides great restaurants, great night life, and great shopping. You should actually get to experience Philadelphia through its history. Visiting a few historic sites is the perfect balance to your Philadelphia vacation. There are a lot of things to do in Philadelphia.
Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2954
The Reading Terminal Market is a great way to start your Philadelphia vacation. Reading Terminal has hundreds of food vendors. You can buy some of the most fresh and unique foods. In the Reading Terminal Market you will find the following types of stores: seafood, specialty, flower, farm stands, bakeries, books, crafts, meats & poultry, restaurants, Dutch markets, and so much more. Most of the stores open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and they are open during the week from Monday through Saturday.
Go back in time and visit the historic site of Independence Hall. Independence Hall is where the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were adopted. Here you can also see the Liberty Bell. At the Independence Visitor Center you can purchase all of your tickets to any of the historic sites.
Morris Arboretum (Nature Center)
The Morris Arboretum allow visitors to see many different species of plants and herbs as well as a variety of landscapes and sculptures. The Arboretum has a giant 50ft high birds nest that you can walk through.
Eastern State Penitentiary
2124 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
The Eastern State Penitentiary is an old prison which you can tour. During the prison tour you will go to twenty different stops from the tower to death row. Some of the most famous criminals were housed here such as Al Capone. During the tour you can see the cell of Al Capone. During the Halloween season, Eastern State Penitentiary is used as a haunted house called Terror Behind the Walls. Parking is available for $3-$10. The cost of admissions is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students and children. These tours are not for children under the age of seven years old.
Another thing to do in Philadelphia is to visit City Hall. City Hall has one of the most prominent architectural skylines in the city. On top of the City Hall Tower is a bronze statue of William Penn. The tour includes visiting all 44 floors and the observation deck is on the top floor.
A Philadelphia vacation is a great way to experience modern and historic Philadelphia.