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Last week my best friend and I took a road trip to the beautiful city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Known for the Declaration of Independence, home of the Liberty Bell, creating the Philly Cheesesteak, and the home of Benjamin Franklin. This city is filled with history and great food, and today I want to share all of that with you.
Now we went to Philadelphia because of an Ed Sheeran concert so, part of my time in Philadelphia was spent at his amazing concert and therefore this isn’t a full tips and tricks to Philadelphia. Though the activities I was able to squeeze into our time were worth every second. We drove in from Ohio at around 4PM so the first stop after the well located Home2 Suites by Hilton (RIGHT ACROSS FROM READING TERMINAL MARKET!)
Other Reasons to pick this Hotel:
- Walking distance to Philadelphia City Hall
- Swimming pool
- Fitness Center
- Free WiFi
- FREE BREAKFAST (Because this is becoming more and more uncommon…)
- Walking distance to everywhere you’d want to visit! (We didn’t drive once we got into the city)
- Parking right next door (not free, but right next door so they have a discount)
- Did I mention it’s right across from the Reading Terminal Market?!!!!
Philadelphia City Hall
Philadelphia City Hall was constructed in the 17th century and has amazing architecture. A statue of William Penn, the founder of Philadelphia, resides on top of the building. While I did not tour the inside of this landmark we spent time in the open center court where locals were playing music.
Independence Visitor Center
If you’re hoping to visit the Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed I highly recommend starting your trip at the visitor center. Why? Because you’ll need a ticket for a tour of the building. It is 100% free but they have a limit of how many people can be on site at a certain time, so get a ticket so before going to any of the other sites.
They also have a 2 different short movies that play around the clock along with activities for the kids so it’s a great stop to grab a map to plan your day. The staff here is really nice and if you tell them your schedule they’ll help you figure out what you can do it your allotted time.
You do not need a ticket to visit the Liberty Bell but they do have security set up similar to TSA. This means everything short of having to take off your shoes. It took us about 10 minutes to make it through but once you’re through the liberty bell exhibit if free to explore and 100% worth it.
If you grabbed your free tickets to get into Independence Hall you’ll find yourself going through another screening process before touring this historical site. You do not want to miss Independence Hall. The tour guide will give you great facts about the court system. Our independence was formed in this building, the Constitution of the United States was debated, drafted and signed within these walls. They have the chair where George Washington occupied during the Constitutional Convention.
American Philosophical Society
Philosophical Hall is a red brick, Georgian style building with rectangular windows and an arched door and is located right next to Independence Hall. Whether you’re waiting for your tour of Independence Hall or just looking for an amazing free museum this is worth a visit. They have some amazing Benjamin Franklin Artifacts that make this worth the visit.
Crammed for time and looking for a great backdrop for your Instagram? This place has it. Off to the side of the building is a closed off entrance with a marble staircase.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary was the most famous prison in the world. This Penitentiary now gives daily tours of the grounds, cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone’s Cell, and Death Row. During Halloween season they do a haunted night tour that is now on my bucket list (we visited before driving out of town). Well worth the $15 charge as you can spend hours exploring this haunted prison.
B.Free Franklin Post Office
Pick up a postcard before making it to this next stop because this post office is open for business. It’s preserved and has a tiny museum. Worth the visit!
- Reading Terminal Market
- Pat’s King of Steaks
- Kabuki Sushi
- El Fuego
If You Have More Time
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Ben Franklin Bridge
- Edgar Allan Poe House
- Magic Gardens
- Christ Church Burial Ground (Benjamin Franklin is buried here)
- Love Park
I hope you found this guide useful, and if you did please make sure to share with your friends, like, and comment below! If you want to see more photos from my time in Philadelphia and keep up with what I’m doing outside of my blog follow my instagram @ohrosetravels.
Until next time,