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Founded by English Quaker William Penn, Philadelphia was to become the birthplace of American Independence, and the city’s museums and monuments remind of a dramatic period in history. Prioritising the attractions may prove challenging but first-time visitors should definitely head for Independence Hall, where the US Constitution was signed in 1787, Franklin Square, the Liberty Bell and its famous crack, and Betsy Ross House, where the seamstress may have sewn the first ‘stars and stripes’ flag.
For those with a love of animals, the
42 acres of Philadelphia zoo –
the nation’s oldest – houses more than 1,300 creatures, with its Zoo360 system providing great viewing of the animals as they wander throughout the zoo along a series of wire-mesh trails. A must for any visitor to Philadelphia is One Liberty Observation Deck, its enclosed deck standing at 883-feet and presenting views of some of the sights you wouldn’t necessarily have seen from the ground, including the City Hall, Ben Franklin Bridge and University City.
Elsewhere in Philadelphia
Nestled between Second Street and the Delaware River, Elfreths Alley is the nation’s oldest residential street and serves as a reminder of Philadelphia’s early days. Well worth a visit is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as is
The Barnes Foundation, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and modern paintings. You should definitely drop into Reading Terminal, Philadelphia’s most visited attraction, serving everything from local produce to exquisite Asian and Middle Eastern dishes.
Something different...
For some slightly more abstract sightseeing, stop by the Mutter Museum, America’s most famous museum of medical oddities, which include an exhibit of the remains of Einstein’s brain. For those who love art with a difference, ‘Love Letter’ is a series of 50 rooftop murals that play out one artist’s love letter to the city and its citizens. Climb the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum – if Rocky Balboa could do it, then why shouldn’t you? We would, however, suggest walking rather than running!

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