Things to Do in Philadelphia

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Things to Do in Philadelphia


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  • SDB4
    New Jersey2,433 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My family visited the penitentiary on a sunny (but cold) winter afternoon. It's shocking to see what appears to be a castle/medieval fort rise up in the middle of the city.
    There was a line to get in, but it moved quickly. We opted for the self-guided tour, but once we were done with that portion, we spent some time walking throughout and listening to the other topics of interest posted. (ex: women and children, Al Capone, the escape, the art installations, etc)
    There's a strong educational component, that's eye opening and heartbreaking at the same time. The information was presented in various formats, all of which captured our interests.
    Philadelphia is filled with the history of our nation, and this is another piece we highly recommend visiting.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • thewolf180
    Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Canada33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour trip. I’m a Canadian so I sure learned a lot about American history. This for my wife and me was a great experience.
    Written January 25, 2024
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  • Lorraine W
    21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very busy! There is something for everyone. Fresh produce,name it and you will get it. Around lunch it
    Is so busy but nowhere do you have to wait a long time.
    Written March 2, 2024
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  • Johnathon M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of famous pieces from artists you’ve heard of, and tons more from ones you haven’t. Something for everyone here. The arms and armor area was very intriguing. Can’t forget the rocky steps and statue in front!
    Written February 23, 2024
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  • Mike G
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Room after room of remarkable art. It is almost too much. Imagine 181 works by Renoir alone! See the orientation to the Barnes which i done hourly. The special exhibit of the work of Marie Laurenein is also quite wonderful. Our only disappointment was the cafe which has a very limited offering compared to other comparable museums (we should have tried the Garden Restaurant).
    At one time there was a limited admission policy and timed tickets but this no longer seemed to be the case.
    Written December 21, 2023
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  • tinylass
    Sheffield, UK4,397 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free to visit and no need to book a slot in January; I imagine it gets extremely busy in high season. We only had a short 5 minute line to go through security.
    Lots of information and photos can be seen before you reach the Bell at the end of the room. We were lucky to visit on a quiet Saturday so got to see it all without crowds of people so we could get right up to the Bell and see it clearly.
    I would highly recommend going to see if from inside the building instead of from the outside but I'd plan ahead during busy periods as I imagine the security line can get pretty long!
    Written January 23, 2024
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  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, TN2,318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There's so much history here and it's amazing! My wife and I hadn't been to Independence Hall since we were kids, so we took a detour on a recent trip back to PA and visited these sites. Independence National Historical Park covers many historical attractions in Old City and we were lucky enough to visit several of them. We booked a tour of Independence Hall (via recreation.gov) and it was a lovely tour. Our guide was knowledgable and entertaining and it's so humbling to be standing where The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution were signed and adopted. It really gives you chills. We also got to see the Liberty Bell and tour Christ Church. One of the highlights was definitely visiting Christ Church Burial Ground and seeing Benjamin Franklin's grave and Benjamin Rush's grave. There's just so much to see here and you really can't do it all in a day. I highly recommend coming here if you're a lover of American history!
    Written January 24, 2024
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  • tanagogo1
    Marlow, UK1,049 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Philly. When we went there was a modest queue (line) that took about 15 mins to get through to the front. Be warned! There was a lady there at the front who gave the impression of being an official. On questioning she freely admitted she was not and that any tips were voluntary, but there was certainly pressure to pay her for taking your photo. My advice, agree with the person in front of you to take each others photo and don’t pay the “official” guide