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12 Awesome Things to Do in
Philadelphia’s Historic District

The coolest experiences in the Historic District

In Philadelphia’s Historic District, a wealth of fun and fascinating experiences await both visitors and residents.

Of course, some of the nation’s most iconic monuments and attractions — including The Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall — sit in the city’s Historic District (which runs from 7th Street to the Delaware River and from Lombard Street to Vine Street).

But Philadelphia’s Historic District is also home to Philly-themed mini-golf and a delightful carousel (Franklin Square), delicious eats (City Tavern, cheesesteaks), a world-class waterfront park (Spruce Street Harbor Park) and so much more.

Make the most of your Philadelphia experience with our list of the can’t-miss things to do in the Historic District. Have you done them all?

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Satisfy your hunger with Philly’s favorite sandwich.

The Philly cheesesteak — savory sandwiches of chopped (or thinly sliced) steak and a choice of cheeses and/or fried onions on a hoagie roll — is inarguably the city’s most famous food. Lucky for visitors and residents, there are a number of local spots in the Historic District, including Sonny's and Campo's, that do Philly's signature dish right.
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Throw a penny on Ben Franklin's grave at Christ Church Burial Ground.

Participate in an unofficial Philly tradition

Head to Christ Church Burial Ground (located just off Independence Mall) and throw a penny on Benjamin Franklin's grave, a nod to Franklin’s motto that “a penny saved is a penny earned” (though the actual phrase was "A penny saved is a penny got.") When you're done, explore the historic cemetery, which includes the resting places of several signers of the Declaration of Independence.
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