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Best Things To Do in Philadelphia

History pervades Philadelphia's major attractions: America's founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence here in Independence Hall, and the city's Liberty Bell rang in 1776 to summon citizens for the first reading of the Declaration. Philly is also home to the green Fairmount Park and the bustling Rittenhouse Square. Noteworthy museums include the odd Mutter Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art with its remarkable collection of impressionist art.

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#1
Liberty Bell Center Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Opposite Independence Hall, you'll find the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Now residing in a huge ... read more»

#2
Independence Hall Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you're interested in history, you must visit this red-brick Georgian-style building (located in Independence National Historic Park in ... read more»

#3
Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Whether you're actually interested in the exhibits or just looking to re-enact that timeless scene from Rocky, the Philadelphia ... read more»

#4
Rittenhouse Square Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: While it was once a grazing area for livestock, Rittenhouse Square is now one of the swankiest areas in the ... read more»

#5
Reading Terminal Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When it comes to satisfying your appetite in Philly, you can only eat so many cheese steaks. So when lunchtime ... read more»

#6
Eastern State Penitentiary
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The castle-like Eastern State Penitentiary is one of Philadelphia's most important historic sites. Having opened in 1829, this Quaker-inspired ... read more»

#7
Please Touch Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Many say this children's museum is one of the best in the country, offering dozens of hands-on displays related ... read more»

#8
Masonic Temple
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Constructed in the late 19th century and decorated by artist George Herzog, this sturdy stone temple is one of the ... read more»

#9
Philadelphia Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Having opened way back in 1874, the Philadelphia Zoo is the first and oldest zoo in the country, but this ... read more»

#10
Franklin Institute Science Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Unlike the Please Touch Museum, the Franklin Institute is sure to appeal to kids of all ages, not to mention ... read more»

#11
Mutter Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: You may want to think twice about bringing your kids to the small yet fascinating Mütter Museum. Housed within the ... read more»

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