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#31 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Trails; Jogging Paths/ Tracks
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#32 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Historic Sites
Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800.
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#33 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Science Museums
Owner description: Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and... more » Owner description: Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and premier centers of science education. The museum is known for blockbuster exhibits, a bevy of interactive ongoing exhibitions, and one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences. Today, the Institute continues its dedication to public education and creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would dazzle and delight its namesake. « less
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#34 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Hiking Trails
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#35 of 276 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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#36 of 276 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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#37 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: History Museums; Specialty 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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#38 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Specialty Museums; Libraries
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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#39 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Government Buildings; Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites

    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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#40 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Historic Sites
America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
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#41 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Ballets; Symphonies

The Academy of Music opened in 1857 to provide Philadelphia with a first class opera house.  It remains one of the very oldest intact opera venues in the world.   The plain brick... more »

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#42 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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#43 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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#44 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Science 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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#45 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Cemeteries
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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#46 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Educational Sites
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#47 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Monuments/ Statues
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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#48 of 276 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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#49 of 276 in Philadelphia
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#50 of 276 in Philadelphia
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#51 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Architectural Buildings; Specialty Museums
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#52 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Ballets
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#53 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Historic Sites
The first hospital in the colonies happens to be a well-designed one.
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#54 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Parks; Historic Sites
Owner description: You can find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier here. This too, in colonial times, was where enslaved Africans were once held... more » Owner description: You can find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier here. This too, in colonial times, was where enslaved Africans were once held before being sold, and it has also served as a burial ground for white and black victims of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. « less
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#55 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Historic Sites

Betsy Ross is an iconic figure in American history, but her story is less clear than that often taught in school.  It is known that she ran an upholstery shop with one of her... more »

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#56 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Parks
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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#57 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Cemeteries
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#58 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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#59 of 276 in Philadelphia
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#60 of 276 in Philadelphia
Category: Convention Centers
Owner description: This $522 million convention center has 440,000 square feet of exhibit space. Its draw, however, is more than its function;... more » Owner description: This $522 million convention center has 440,000 square feet of exhibit space. Its draw, however, is more than its function; elegant on the outside and, in the inside, marvelously adorned with works by 52 artists, a flying design of steel and aluminum tubes spanning 70,000 square feet, a façade of the old Reading Railroad terminal and a 37 foot rotating electric guitar. « less
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