John F. Kennedy Plaza (LOVE Park)#6 in Best Things To Do in Philadelphia
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Whether you're in search of an Instagram-worthy photo or just want to rest your feet in between sightseeing, John F. Kennedy Plaza can't be missed. Also known as LOVE Park, this plaza, which was designed by city planner Edmond Bacon (father of actor Kevin Bacon), is where you'll find Robert Indiana's world-renowned LOVE statue. What's more, the plaza unveiled new facilities – including a water feature, a welcome center and green space – in May 2018.
Most visitors recommend heading to the plaza to see its famous statue, although some caution that there is almost always a line to snap pictures of it. Several travelers also suggest venturing to the adjacent Levy Park to check out the city's Holocaust memorial. And if you love holiday markets, time your visit around Christmas when the park hosts Philly's annual Christmas Village: The space is filled with Christmas-themed decor and vendors who sell European food, ornaments and more.
John F. Kennedy Plaza is located in Logan Square across the street from SEPTA's Suburban Station (part of the Regional Rail line) and within walking distance of the Masonic Temple, One Liberty Observation Deck and Rittenhouse Square, among other attractions. The plaza is free to visit 24 hours a day, though wait times to see the LOVE statue are generally shortest early in the morning. Additional information about the plaza is available on the Visit Philadelphia website.
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#1 Liberty Bell Center
Opposite Independence Hall, you'll find the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Now residing in a huge glass gazebo, this 2,080-pound piece of history was once mounted in the belfry of Independence Hall. It was used to mark important historic events, most notably at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Historians believe the first crack developed in the early 1840s. Metal workers were tasked with repairing the bell in anticipation of George Washington's birthday in 1846. The repair was unsuccessful and the bell ceased to chime ever again.
Despite the long lines, recent visitors called this attraction a must-see for all Americans. They also suggested planning your visit first thing in the morning during the week.
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