Take in a ball game at the home of the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies. You can check the schedule and find out how to purchase tickets at www.phillies.com.
A museum dedicated to the maritime history of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, the Independence Seaport Museum is located at Penn’s Landing along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, a short walk from the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market. Dozens of exhibits include the warship USS Olympia and the World War II-era submarine USS Becuna. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for college students.
More than 13,000 labeled plants of over 2,500 types are growing in the living collection of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. These include representatives of the temperate floras of North America, Asia, and Europe. This historic collection traces its foundation to John Morris’s interest in plants from around the world, and includes plants collected in China by E.H. Wilson at the turn of the century. Many of the Delaware Valley’s "trees-of-record" (the largest of their kind) are found in the Arboretum. The Arboretum is located in the Philadelphia suburb of Chestnut Hill, accessible from the Penn campus by car or by public transportation. Admission is free to holders of a PennCard.
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences, located at 19th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is America's oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. Exhibits include the Live Animal Center, home to over 100 live birds, mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates, and Dinosaur Hall with its Big Dig, where junior palaeontologists can hunt for dinosaur bones. The Academy is open 10 am– 4:30 pm, Monday–Friday, and 10 am–5 pm, weekends and holidays; admission $12.
In Philadelphia's crown, few gems sparkle as brightly as the Fairmount Park system. One of the United States' largest and oldest municipally-operated park systems, Fairmount Park encompasses 9,200 acres and includes 63 neighborhood and regional parks. At last count, there were over 215 miles of scenic, recreation trails in Fairmount Park. There's a trail for everyone, from sidewalks, to off-road trails, to paths through the woods to walkways along a creek or river. The park also contains one of the most diverse collections of historic buildings in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. From stately mansions to simple barns, the Park's buildings represent over three centuries of architectural development.
Philadelphia’s Italian Market is the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States. Still predominantly Italian, it offers the best of many cultures and cuisines. Gourmet cooks and tourist alike can explore and discover the depth and breadth of the multitude of products available. Centered on 9th Street around Washington Avenue in South Philadephia, the market is a foodie’s delight, featuring pasta makers, bakeries, cheese stores, butchers, seafood vendors, and more than 40 different produce vendors at their curbside stands. The market is open seven days a week, year round; check with individual vendors to determine their hours.
No visit to Philadelphia would be complete without at least one stop at the Reading Terminal Market. Located adjacent to the Market East SEPTA station and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Market features more than 80 vendors and covers 1.7 acres. An exhilarating selection of baked goods, meats, poultry, seafood, produce, flowers, ethnic foods, cookware and eclectic restaurants are peppered throughout the Market. Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm (note that not all vendors are open on Sunday.
Philadelphia restaurants feature dozens of different ethnic foods, from Breton and Cypriot to Russian and Turkish. You can find restaurants by neighborhood, cuisine type, star rating, price, even by chef at www.philadelphiarestaurants.com.
One of the greatest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art began as a legacy of the great Centennial Exhibition of 1876. The main building’s 200 galleries include striking Renaissance master paintings, world-renowned collections of French Impressionism, and American collections ranging from Revolutionary-period furniture to the paintings of Winslow Homer. Located at 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the museum is openTuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Friday evenings until 8:45 pm. Admission: $12; $10 with valid student ID.
The Preservation Alliance's guided walking tours interpret the past, present, and future of the Philadelphia region as expressed through architecture, urban design and social history. Tours are led by a lively group of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds who share their passion and knowledge of the region's built environment. The tour season runs from May through October, with walks scheduled on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Dozens of tours explore Beaux Arts Philadelphia, Ben Franklin’s Philadelphia, Fishtown, the Northern Liberties, Sacred Sites, and much, much more.
Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell are but two of the features of this small but powerful national park located in Old City Philadelphia. Here were written the two documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, on which the foundations of our country rest. Begin your exploration at the Independence Visitor Center at 525 Market Street. The park also includes Congress Hall, Old City Hall, and Carpenters’ Hall, where the First Continental Congress met in 1774. Visit the Independence National Historical Park website for more information and details hours of operation and tickets.
Located on Independence Mall (525 Arch Street), the National Constitution Center brings the U.S. Constitution to life for the whole family through multimedia exhibitions, live performances, timely public programs and dynamic educational resources. As America's first and only nonpartisan, nonprofit institution devoted to the Constitution, the Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires acts of citizenship. Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-5:00 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am-6:00 pm; Sunday, Noon-5:00 pm. Admission $14.50 adults, $13 students with ID; online reservations recommended.
The Mütter Museum (19 South 22nd Street) is home to a collection of medical oddities, from skulls to antique medical implements. The museum—not for the squeamish--boasts possession of portions of the remains of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth and President Grover Cleveland, as well as laboratory slides bearing sections of Albert Einstein’s brain.
Housed in a replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon set in nearby Drexel Hill’s Arlington Cemetery, the Museum of Mourning Art studies the beliefs and rituals that surround the acts of dying and grieving.