Weekend Getaway: Historical Philly

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By Pam Teel

Weather is getting nicer. Feel like breaking free of your daily routine, Philly has many different things you can see and do, but you might need the whole weekend!

Liberty Bell- First start out with visiting the Liberty Bell. It’s free to visit and open year round attracting people from all over the nation. The Bell bears a timeless message: “Proclaim Liberty throughout All the Land unto All the Inhabitants thereof.” It’s located at the Liberty Bell Center, 526 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 965-2305. When you plan your visit to the Liberty Bell Center allow time to view the exhibits, see the film, and gaze upon the famous cracked bell. No tickets are required and hours vary seasonally.

Philly Museum of Art and Rocky Statue- Pose with the Rocky Statue at the bottom of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts. Run up the same steps Rocky did in the iconic 1976 Movie. While there, don’t forget to pop into the museum where you’ll find exciting exhibitions, events, museum collections, and activities. Discover works of art at one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country. Find beauty, enchantment, and the unexpected among artistic and architectural achievements from the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (215)-763-8100

Independence Hall-While historical attractions abound in Philly, Independence Hall holds monumental signifi- cance to the development of the nation. In 1776, the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in the building’s Assembly Room. Just 11 years later, representatives from a dozen states met here to lay the framework for the U.S. Constitution. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the centerpiece of Independence National His- torical Park, and guided tours are available year-round. Free, timed tickets are required and can be picked up at the Independence Visitor Center but plan ahead — tours fill up fast! Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street

Visit Love Park- One of the City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmarks is LOVE itself — the Robert Indiana sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza (or LOVE Park, as it’s referred to by many). The sculpture was recently restored and repainted, and the park was entirely redesigned to add more green areas and a high-tech water feature. The AMOR sculpture – a Spanish version of the LOVE sculpture – is on display at Sister Cities Park, a short walk from LOVE Park. Love Park, North 15th Street & Arch Street

Reading Terminal Market- Set below a former railroad terminal, Center City’s 125-year-old Reading Terminal Mar- ket serves as both a dazzling tourist destination and a source for fresh produce, seafood, meats, and cheese for locals. The public space also provides open seating where customers can enjoy meals from dozens of restaurants, including Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine and acclaimed DiNic’s hot roast pork sandwiches. Retail merchants sell housewares, jewelry, linens and more. Dozens of vendors to choose from! Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway- Modeled after the Champs Elysees in Paris, it’s sometimes called Philadelphia’s most artistic mile. Some of the city’s most important cultural institutions are housed here, including the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Rodin Museum and the crowning Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Another super-popular attraction, former prison Eastern State Peniten- tiary, is just a 15-minute walk from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.) No Philly experience is complete without a dip into the city’s cultural offerings. Various locations including the Barnes Foundation, at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

City Hall- has been the home to Philadelphia city government for more than a century. Once the tallest building in
the U.S., the elaborate 14.5-acre masonry structure remains the country’s largest municipal building and its exterior
features more than 250 sculptures. Residents and visitors can enjoy an interior tour that explores the building’s his-
tory, art and architecture or a 15-minute tower tour. Both tour options include a view from the observation deck, located below the 37-foot-tall, 27-ton bronze statue of William Penn atop the clock tower. City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Delaware River Waterfront- Once made up of undeveloped piers and underutilized public spaces; the Delaware River waterfront has become one of the most activated spaces in Philadelphia in the 21st century. That’s thanks to the opening of a number of exciting attractions and parks, Cherry Street Pier and Race Street Pier, as well as seasonal spots like Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross River Rink and diverse and well-attended events throughout the year. Plus, check out those gorgeous views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which connects Philadelphia to New Jersey. Various locations including Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Boathouse Row- In 1821, the creation of the Fairmount Dam, now behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, turned the Schuylkill River into a placid surface ideal for rowing. By the mid-19th century, the city approved the construction of the 10 charming crew clubhouses that make up Boathouse Row. Now a Na- tional Historical Landmark, the boathouses are still in use today by amateur and collegiate crew clubs and provide one of the city’s most recognizable and Insta- gram-worthy sights. Get a close-up view during a stroll along Kelly Drive or a wide-angle look from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and don’t miss the boathouses at night, when glittering lights framing the boathouses create idyllic reflections on the river’s surface. Boathouse Row, 1 Boathouse Row

Stop and get an authentic Philly cheese steak -visit the corner of south 9th Street and Passyunk where rivals Geno’s Steaks and Pat’s King of Steaks will show you just how cheese steak is done in Philly!

Ride Philly’s Phlash Downtown Loop- $2 per ride or $5 for the day. Setting off every fifteen minutes. It connects to historical attractions and cultural insti- tutions. Westbound includes Penns landing, 3rd and Market Street, Reading Terminal, Philly Museum of Art, Rocky Statue, the Philly Zoo, the Please Touch Museum, and more. Westbound includes Franklin Institute, 20th & Market St, One Liberty Observation Deck, 12th st. market, liberty bell center, Museum of the American Revolution, and more. Check out: https://www.visitphilly.com/features/philadelphia-phlash-downtown-loop/#why-use-phlash for more info.