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Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the type of destination that you'll be reminiscing about long after the vacation's over.

This area of Southeast Pennsylvania has a population of roughly 1,500,000 people.

Harrisburg, the state capital, is roughly 90 miles west of Philadelphia, and Camden is 3 miles to the east.

Discovering Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center is the perfect way to get started on your adventures.

Rediscover the joys of childhood at Sesame Place and the Please Touch Museum. If you're looking for even more family fun, head on to Francisville Playground and the Linvilla Orchards.

If you enjoy animal watching, you'll be in heaven at the Philadelphia Zoo or the Elmwood Park Zoo. When you add in the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, you are certain to have an unforgettable zoological adventure.

At the Grace Winery, wine connoisseurs and newbies alike can learn about the region's winemaking traditions, before savoring a glass or two of the finished product.

Whether you want to fine-tune your poker face or just enjoy the gaming atmosphere, you can find exactly what you're looking for at the Parx Casino and Racetrack, the Harrah's Casino and Racetrack and the SugarHouse Casino.

Plant lovers will enjoy an informative stroll through the Bartram's Garden.

Pack a picnic hamper and take five in the leafy, green surroundings of Morris Arboretum and Washington Square Park. Reyburn Park and Jenkins Arboretum and Garden are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy day with a good book.

At a loss as to what to do next? You're certain to come across some excellent ideas at Independence Visitor Center and Valley Forge National Park Visitors Center.

Turn off your phone and have a rest from the noises of the modern world at Fairmount Park and Neshaminy State Park. Valley Forge National Historic Park and Fort Washington State Park are also highly recommended by nature enthusiasts.

Set aside a day or two to explore some of the many cultural spaces nearby. The Mutter Museum and the National Constitution Center offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your interest. The Mummers Museum and the Fireman's Hall are also worth a visit.

Those curious about nautical heritage should consider a visit to the Independence Seaport Museum or the USS Becuna.

If you feel like challenging yourself, head on over to the Franklin Institute Science Museum or the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum. The range of science artifacts exhibited at these wonderful museums will stimulate your mind for hours. The Franklin Institute and the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center are two more options worth investigating if you're in the mood.

The natural world contains more riches than we could ever hope to see in one lifetime. Fortunately, places such as the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Wagner Free Institute of Science make it easier for us by putting them all in one location. The captivating specimens and curiosities of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology are equally worth taking a look at.

Expand your appreciation of art, and perhaps even pick up something to take back home at one of the numerous exhibition spaces. Stop by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum for some great examples of what this creative enclave has to offer. The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of American Art are also well worth a browse if you can squeeze them in.

History lovers can immerse themselves in the past at the African American Museum and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Like the sound of those? Continue your explorations at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Rosenbach Museum and Library.

The Ben Franklin National Memorial and the Villanova University are certainly worth looking into, even if you're not that into history. More tales from the days of old await at the St. Joseph's University and Eastern State Penitentiary.

Be sure to make time to watch the water flow under Benjamin Franklin Bridge. This heritage structure has played a vital role in connecting the city's residents.

Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not, you're sure to enjoy a trip to St. Peter's Episcopal Church and Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church. You might also like to explore Christ Church or the Swaminarayan Temple.

Before you pack up your suitcase and head back home, ensure you stop at a few of the area's lesser-known attractions. Rittenhouse Square and the Speed Raceway might catch your eye. Also, consider seeing the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Painted Bride Art Center if you have the time.


Guide to Exploring Philadelphia


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Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

220 S 17th Street, Philadelphia
4.2
of 5, from 1,536 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Rittenhouse Row, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Art Institute of Philadelphia, Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Reading Terminal Market and Ben Franklin National Memorial are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£113
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market St, Philadelphia
4.3
of 5, from 2,358 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Market East, this hotel is steps away from Free Library of Philadelphia and Reading Terminal Market. Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall are also within 15 minutes.

£56
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Philadelphia Airport

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Philadelphia Airport

8840 Tinicum Blvd, Philadelphia
3.2
of 5, from 4,972 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Eastwick, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Fort Mifflin, Wells Fargo Center and Citizens Bank Park. Bartram's Garden and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£87
Sofitel Philadelphia

Sofitel Philadelphia

120 S 17th St, Philadelphia
4.6
of 5, from 3,977 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Rittenhouse Row, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Art Institute of Philadelphia, Ben Franklin National Memorial and Reading Terminal Market. Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall are also within 1 mile (2 km).

City House Hostel Philadelphia

City House Hostel Philadelphia

17 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia
4.4
of 5, from 66 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in Old City, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church, Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Reading Terminal Market and Ben Franklin National Memorial are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£97
The Windsor Suites

The Windsor Suites

1700 Ben Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia
4.2
of 5, from 4,195 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Logan Square, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Ben Franklin National Memorial. Liberty Bell Center and Reading Terminal Market are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£87
Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market St, Philadelphia
4.5
of 5, from 3,384 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Market East, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Reading Terminal Market, Pennsylvania Convention Center and City Hall. Jefferson University Hospital and Liberty Bell Center are also within 15 minutes.

£83
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia
3.9
of 5, from 4,103 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Logan Square, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Ben Franklin National Memorial. Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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