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Ranked #31 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #32 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Playgrounds
Owner description: Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse opened its doors in East Fairmount Park in 1899. Funded by Richard and Sarah Smith, the... more » Owner description: Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse opened its doors in East Fairmount Park in 1899. Funded by Richard and Sarah Smith, the site was dedicated to the memory of their adult son, Stanfield. Smith’s beautiful, 24,000 square foot Playhouse was designed solely as a play space for children by one of Philadelphia’s most prominent late 19th century architects, James H. Windrim. The Playground is situated on its original historic landscape – 6 1/2 acres of open fields, wooded terrain, and sloped hills – and is home to the century old Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide, a treasured play experience for generations of Philadelphia’s children, as well as other unique pieces of play equipment.Smith’s mission is to provide children 10 and under from diverse backgrounds with free and accessible one-of-a-kind play experiences that meet their physical, behavioral, and developmental needs. « less
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Ranked #33 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
People-watching is the favorite pastime at this busting park, with loads of benches to accommodate weary pedestrians.
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Ranked #34 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Zoos
Owner description: Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many... more » Owner description: Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Polar bears, African lions, Amur tigers, a white rhino, giraffes and more call this oasis home. As Philadelphia’s leading cultural destination the Zoo boasts award-winning exhibits such as First Niagara Big Cats Falls, McNeil Avian Center, and PECO Primate Reserve. Recently opened –Treetop Trail and the Great Ape Trail, one of a kind animal exploration systems allow primates to travel overhead and discover the Zoo’ s campus. In April 2013 KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center will open --this new wildlife academy and interactive children’s zoo offers displays and hands-on learning along with and rare and unusual goats, sheep, chickens, mini horses and ducks for toddlers to tweens. KidZooU will change the Zoo experience for both animals and guests alike. The outdoor exhibit area includes a 400-foot trail for rare sheep and goats, and a “goat bridge” built above the KidZooU entrance. While the goats scale their own supersize tower, children can climb a parallel structure. Indoors, families will marvel at a world teeming with coral reef fish, colorful parakeets, desert ants, and other extraordinary animals. Interactive exhibits show visitors how saving energy and recycling can help save wildlife. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. As the region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. « less
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Ranked #35 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Historic Sites; Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

The Liberty Bell originally hung in the tower of Independence Hall across the street.  It continued to be used after the initial cracking when the fracture was enlarged to allow... more »

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Ranked #36 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #37 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Landmarks

    The Philadelphia City Hall was completed in 1901 following thirty years of construction.  During this period, the original architectural style had gone out of fashion... more »

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Ranked #38 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Educational Sites; Performances; Operas
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Ranked #39 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Science Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
This museum, located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, showcases medical oddities.
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Ranked #40 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Science Museums; Museums
Owner description: Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a world-class natural history museum dedicated to... more » Owner description: Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a world-class natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Visitors can enjoy four floors of interactive permanent exhibits, come face-to-face with T. rex and other prehistoric creatures in Dinosaur Hall, take a stroll in a tropical garden in the live Butterflies! exhibit, and see animals up close in the Live Animal Center. « less
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Ranked #41 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800.
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Ranked #42 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Architectural Buildings; Neighborhoods
Owner description: The best walking and biking route in the city is along the Schuylkill River. The cluster of 15 rowing clubs host a variety of... more » Owner description: The best walking and biking route in the city is along the Schuylkill River. The cluster of 15 rowing clubs host a variety of rowing and running events each year. « less
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Ranked #43 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Philadelphia's maritime museum features interactive exhibits, historic ships (Spanish American war-era cruiser Olympia and... more » Owner description: Philadelphia's maritime museum features interactive exhibits, historic ships (Spanish American war-era cruiser Olympia and WWII-era submarine Becuna) and changing exhibition galleries. Seasonal river tours of the Delaware River and kayaks / rowboat rentals available. Extended evening hours Thursday - Saturday Memorial Day - Labor Day. « less
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Ranked #44 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
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Ranked #45 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods
Historic neighborhood in the middle of the city.
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Ranked #46 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Cemeteries; Landmarks
Owner description: This 100-acre cemetery has an array of resplendent funerary monuments, including small Victorian palaces, art nouveau... more » Owner description: This 100-acre cemetery has an array of resplendent funerary monuments, including small Victorian palaces, art nouveau sarcophagi and pre-Raphaelite stained glass. « less
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Ranked #47 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Museums
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Ranked #48 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Libraries; Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Rosenbach Museum & Library seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry, and creativity by engaging broad audiences in... more » Owner description: The Rosenbach Museum & Library seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry, and creativity by engaging broad audiences in exhibitions, programs and research based on its remarkable and expanding collections. With an outstanding collection of rare books, manuscripts, furniture, and art, the Rosenbach is a museum and world-renowned research library, set within two historic 1865 townhouses, that reflects an age when great collectors lived among their treasures. « less
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Ranked #49 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: Famous fictional Heavyweight Champion "Rocky" is forever remembered in this bronze statue, which pays tribute to the... more » Owner description: Famous fictional Heavyweight Champion "Rocky" is forever remembered in this bronze statue, which pays tribute to the underdog. « less
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Ranked #50 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Trams; Transportation
Owner description: The PHLASH is the quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions.... more » Owner description: The PHLASH is the quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions. The PHLASH bus is one the best ways to get around to more than 20 key locations in Center City and is just $2 each time you board! So hop-on and hop-off to see Philadelphia in a PHLASH! « less
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Ranked #51 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Historic Sites; Libraries
Owner description: A non-profit library and historic site furnished with fine and decorative arts from the first half of the 19th century. Free... more » Owner description: A non-profit library and historic site furnished with fine and decorative arts from the first half of the 19th century. Free exhibitions. « less
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Ranked #52 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Government Buildings; Tours

Dating from 1793, the Philadelphia Mint is the oldest and largest of the six facilities operated by the United States Mint.  The present structure is a modern style factory... more »

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Ranked #53 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #54 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Ranked #55 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Discover. Connect. Act. Nation's first public water supply system. Global tourist attraction. Showing the public how to be... more » Owner description: Discover. Connect. Act. Nation's first public water supply system. Global tourist attraction. Showing the public how to be better water resource stewards. Come downstairs to visit one of Philadelphia's hidden gems. Best of all, we are free and open to the public six days a week. The mission of Fairmount Water Works is to foster stewardship of our shared resources by encouraging informed decisions about the use of land and water. « less
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Ranked #56 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #57 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Government Buildings; Historic Sites; History Museums
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Ranked #58 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #59 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Ranked #60 of 255 attractions in Philadelphia
Category: Parks; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Franklin Square is one of Philadelphia’s five original squares. The centerpiece is a fountain built in 1838 and fully... more » Owner description: Franklin Square is one of Philadelphia’s five original squares. The centerpiece is a fountain built in 1838 and fully restored in 2006. There's a carousel, mini golf and playground to entertain the young and the young at heart. « less
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