It’s the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia, the birthplace of the American independence movement, is today a vibrant 21st century city that boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, education, sports and entertainment.
No visit to the nation’s fifth largest city is complete without a stop at Independence National Historic Park. Here you’ll find the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall (home of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution), plus several historic buildings that date back to the birth of our nation.
And while Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are iconic Philly landmarks, so too is LOVE Park, a square near City Hall, known worldwide for the “LOVE” sculpture by artist Robert Indiana.
The home of founding father Ben Franklin, Philadelphia is now also home to the Franklin Institute Science Museum, a thriving center of science and technology learning. Hands on exhibits plus two theaters and the Fels Planetarium make this a must-see attraction.
Besides visiting the Franklin Institute, museum buffs won’t want to miss the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Academy of Natural Sciences and the African American Museum.
If literature is your calling, a stop at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is sure to be a memorable addition to your Philly itinerary.
Another popular attraction in this historic city is the Philadelphia Zoo, the very first zoo in the United States. Today it houses some 15,000 animals from around the world.
Few cities lay claim to a more rich educational community than Philadelphia. Among its academic institutions are Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia University, the University of Pennsylvania and La Salle University. Philly is also a hub of education in the arts. Here you’ll find the University of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Moore College of Art & Design, Hussian School of Art and the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
While Philly is home to countless smaller entertainment venues that offer up a vibrant nightlife, front and center for entertainment is the Wells Fargo Center. That’s where you’ll find live shows and concerts from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and countless other top tier talents.
A city rich in American history, Philadelphia is also world renowned for its Sports history. The Phillies play ball at Citizens Bank Park, one of the best of the big league baseball stadiums in America. The NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers both call the Wells Fargo Center home. And Lincoln Financial Field is where you’ll find football fans cheering on the Eagles.
Oh, and did we mention cheese steaks? They’re just one more reason to put Philadelphia on your East Coast travel itinerary!