The locals know this city, but as a tourist, you really need to discover its beauties and its local attractions as well as some of the free things to do. Some things are mandatory to see while you’re here, not just because they might be unique, but because they represent the local culture of this beautiful city. Let’s take a look and see some of the popular attractions that you can find here.
The Reading Terminal Market
Unlike what one might think, this is a farmer’s market. Actually, it is the oldest nation’s continuously operating market of the farmers ever since 1892. Now it’s known as the greatest public market in the country, which offers different ingredients and foods from all over the world. You’ll find here globally inspired food for breakfast, lunch, dinners and also desserts, but you’ll also have access to snacks – there are bakers, butchers, chocolatiers, produce vendors or cheese mongers that will offer you food, ingredients and also goods for sale.
The Philadelphia Museum of Arts
This Museum of Arts is the third largest museum in the country, and it’s located at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For the art lovers, it’s a pure heaven, as it has impressive holdings in American, Renaissance, Impressionist and Modern art. You’ll also find plenty of culture in the over 80 rooms set for different periods of time.
The Independence National Historical Park
Also known as INHP, the Independence National Historical Park draws more than 4.3 million visitors every year. This is the birthplace of the American democracy, and it’s worth visiting, no matter where you are from, just to see the Liberty Bell Center, the Congress Hall, the Independence Hall, the New Hall Military Museum or the Franklin Court.
The Liberty Bell Center
Because we’ve mentioned it, the Liberty Bell Center is in the Independence Mall, and you’ll be able to visit it all year long. If you’re passionate about historic documents or graphic images, or if you like to explore the facts and the myths that surround this bell, this is the place to start.
The Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps
These are two of the most famous tourist attractions in Philly, and you definitely can’t miss them, as they form the Art Museum Steps. Everyone says that this is a rite of passage through Philadelphia – running up the steps and taking a picture at the top. Have you ever seen Rocky (the movie)? Well, if you’re a fan of Rocky Balboa (aka Sylvester Stallone), the statue of the character was immortalized in bronze in 1980 and donated to the City of Philadelphia.