Attractions in Philadelphia

Historical Landmarks
Philadelphia is home to the famous Independence Hall, part of the Independence National Historic Park. This building is the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Nearby is the Liberty Bell, visited by more than 2 million tourists each and every year. One of the most impressive structures in the downtown area is the Philadelphia City Hall, a magnificent structure topped by a gigantic tower. The 548-foot City Hall is the world's tallest masonry building and one of the most photographed structures in North America.

Visitors to Philadelphia are drawn to such historic sites as the homes of Edgar Allen Poe, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and Betsy Ross. The city is home to a number of historic residential districts, with many of the Philadelphia Row homes of the late 19th century having been completely restored and opened as visitor attractions.

Philadelphia Museums
The Franklin Institute is a major tourist attraction and contains the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. The Academy of Natural Sciences is located on the Drexel Univesity campus and is the oldest continually operating natural science institution in the Western Hemisphere.

The National Constitution Center operates as a non-profit entity and is devoted the history behind the U.S. Constitution document. Located adjacent to Independence Hall, the museum features a chronologically organized exhibit detailing the origins of the Constitution and other important documents created during the early years of the United States.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the entire country. It is home to a huge collection of Asian and European art as well as contemporary works by American painters and sculptors. One of the highlights of the museum is its extraordinary collection of European armor.

Urban Cityscape Attractions
Philadelphia is home to more outdoor urban sculptures than any other city in the nation. Fairmount Park is the largest urban landscaped park in North America and a favorite place for visitors as well as residents. The oldest zoo in the United States was founded in Philadelphia, and today visitors can explore the huge assortment of animal life at the Philadelphia Zoo in the Fairmont Park area. The zoo contains the Rare Animal Conservation Center and the Carnivore Kingdom, both of which are huge draws for tourists.

Famous Local Cuisine
Visitors flock to Philadelphia for its fine food almost as much as for the historical landmarks. Like many of the cities on the Atlantic Seaboard, Philadelphia is known for its outstanding seafood restaurants. The city is also famous for its Philly cheesesteak, bagels, strong coffees, and soft pretzels. Visitors to Philadelphia will find plenty of open air cafes and streetside vendors serving up local favorites. The large Italian, Russian, and German population in Philadelphia has contributed greatly to the wide assortment of fine restaurants in and around the downtown area.