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  • “Pershing’s Own” Concert at Penn’s Landing and Fireworks

    A U.S. Army Band performance on the Delaware River before a fireworks show

    Enjoy a rousing performance by the U.S. Army Band

    Saturday July 2, 2016
    Enjoy a patriotic concert followed by a massive, FREE fireworks show on the Delaware River waterfront on Saturday, July 2.

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  • ‘76 Carriage Company

    Carriage tours of Historic Philadelphia from the venerable Philadelphia Trolley Works

    A horse-drawn carriage in Historic Philadelphia

    Your carriage awaits! Sit back, relax and experience Philadelphia’s historical and popular attractions aboard one of the Philadelphia Trolley Works’ stylish coaches.

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  • 2016 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    September 9-24, 2016
    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • Headed to the White House
    at the National Constitution Center

    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center hosts a new exhibit coinciding with the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

    February 12 – November 8, 2016
    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, Headed to the White House educates visitors on all aspects surrounding U.S. presidential elections through a variety of interactive mediums.

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  • Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography Of Jacques Lowe at the National Constitution Center

    Intimate images of the Kennedy family

    Photojournalist Jacques Lowe was President John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer, and this remarkable exhibition of photographs offers a rarely seen look at President Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children.

    Open through September 7
    This February, one of American history’s most compelling figures will be explored in the exhibition Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, a collection of rarely seen photographs of President Kennedy, his wife and their children.

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  • American Philosophical Society Museum

    Views of science and humanistic thought at Benjamin Franklin’s intellectual club

    The American Philosophical Society Museum, a brick building erected in the late 1780s, served our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science.

    American Philosophical Society Museum was erected in the late 1780s and served as our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science. Today, changing exhibitions highlight the intersections of science, history and art.

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  • Arden Theatre Company

    The greatest stories from the greatest storytellers

    Arden Theatre Company's production of Peter Pan

    With a mission to tell “the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all times,” the Arden Theatre Company presents an annual season of five mainstage productions and two children’s works.

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  • Benjamin Franklin Museum

    Revitalized museum dedicated to the life and legacy of America’s favorite Renaissance man

    Outside the Benjamin Franklin Museum in the Historic District.

    Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Philadelphia’s famous founding father, the Benjamin Franklin Museum invites you to explore a variety of exhibitions.

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  • Big Bus Tours

    See Philadelphia from the top of a double-decker bus

    Double-Decker bus at Independence Hall

    Now you can experience the unique history and beauty of Philadelphia from an authentic London-style double-decker bus.

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  • Big Red Pedal Tours of Philadelphia

    Pedal your way around the city’s top attractions

    Bike your way around the city with Big Red Pedal Tours.

    Big Red Pedal Tours provides guided tours of Philadelphia by day and night. Grab a seat on Big Red Pedal Tour’s unique Pedicycles to explore Historic Philadelphia or pedal your way through the city’s bar scene with an evening pub crawl.

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  • Blackbird Pizzeria

    Pies for the vegan set

    An operation completely free of animal products, Blackbird specializes in takeout fare — pizzas, sandwiches, wings, fries — so rarely available to those who practice a vegan diet.

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  • Bleu Martini

    Nightlife, restaurant, bar and club in Old City

    This restaurant, bar and club bathed in cobalt blue offers a VIP scene and an edgy DJ soundtrack.

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  • Brasil’s Nightclub

    Latin dance club in Old City

    This upstairs club gets packed on weekends with fleet-footed Latin dancers.

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  • Carpenters’ Hall

    Meeting place of the First Continental Congress

    Carpenters Hall

    Head inside Carpenters’ Hall to explore the meeting place of the First Continental Congress after first admiring its exterior, a flawless examples of Georgian architecture.

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  • Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

    Preserving for researchers the venerable history of Jewry

    More often than not, libraries are dispersed at the demise of their host institutions. When Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning failed, its library became an exception. Thanks to the late philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the library founded by 19th century Philadelphian Moses Aaron Dropsie was kept intact in a new research facility. A few years later the collection joined the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Christ Church

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England

    Steeped in history, Christ Church is where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England.

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England.

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  • City Tavern

    Colonial America is recreated at this authentic tavern in Old City

    City Tavern

    Our Founding Fathers’ favorite haunt — and the fuel-provider during the writing of the Declaration of Independence, City Tavern recreates the Colonial Philadelphia experience

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  • Congress Hall

    Home of the U.S. Congress from 1790-1800

    Congress Hall is attached to Independence Hall on its west side.

    Congress Hall hosted two presidential inaugurations (Washington and Adams) and was the home of U.S. Congress from 1790 to 1800 when Philadelphia was temporary capital of the U.S.

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  • Constitution Day

    Celebrate with special events and free admission to the Constitution Center

    Admission to the National Constitution Center is free on Constitution Day.

    Saturday, September 17, 2016
    Constitution Day, held at the Constitution Center in Old City, features special events, educational activities, timely constitutional conversations with federal judges and an inspiring naturalization ceremony.

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  • Declaration (Graff) House

    Where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence

    Inside the Declaration (Graff) House, Thomas Jefferson wrote the monumental Declaration of Independence.

    The all-important words that created a new nation were written by Thomas Jefferson at the home of Jacob Graff. Jr. Visitors can view first-floor exhibits and a short film regarding Jefferson’s endeavors at the home where he rented two second-floor rooms from Graff, a well-known bricklayer.

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  • Dream Garden

    Louis Comfort Tiffany meets Maxfield Parrish in a one-of-a-kind creation

    The Dream Garden

    One of only three such works ever undertaken by Tiffany Studios, the piece is comprised of 24 panels that took six months to install in its Philadelphia setting. In 1998, after the piece was put up for sale and casino magnate Steve Wynn attempted to purchase it, a citywide outcry nixed the deal, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts purchased its alumnus’ famous Dream Garden to make sure it would remain where it has always been.

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  • Elfreth’s Alley

    The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street

    While a modern city has sprung up around it, Elfreth's Alley preserves three centuries of evolution through its old-fashioned flower boxes, shutters, Flemish bond brickwork and other architectural details.

    Elfreth’s Alley was home to the 18th-century artisans and trades-people who were the backbone of colonial Philadelphia. While a modern city has sprung up around it, the alley preserves three centuries of evolution through its old-fashioned flower boxes, shutters, Flemish bond brickwork and other architectural details.

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  • Equality Forum

    The global LGBT event returns to Philadelphia for its 22nd anniversary

    SundayOut! at the Piazza at Schmidts in 2013

    The global LGBT event returns to Philadelphia, featuring four days of panel discussions and special events focused on promoting LGBT equality.

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  • Fete Day Celebration at Elfreth’s Alley

    Residents on America’s oldest street open their doors for one day only

    Elfreth's Alley, the nation's oldest residental street.

    Saturday, June 4, 2016
    Get a rare glimpse into a dozen 18th-century private homes of residents on America’s oldest street during Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley.

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  • Fireman’s Hall

    The history of firefighting in an old firehouse

    Outside Fireman's Hall

    Nestled in the narrow streets of Philadelphia’s historic district, Fireman’s Hall is dedicated to the art and science of firefighting through the last three centuries.

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  • Franklin Square

    Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

    Franklin Square, one of Philadelphia's five original public squares, boasts several family-friendly attractions, including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.

    Franklin Square, one of five public squares laid out by William Penn in his plan for Philadelphia, boasts a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench and picnic area.

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  • Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

    Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin

    Winter nights are joyfully brighter this holiday season with Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square.

    November and December 2016
    Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer will fill historic Franklin Square all season long for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show.

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  • Franklin’s Footsteps Colonial Walking Tour

    A Philadelphia Trolley Works walking tour of Historic Philadelphia

    Franklin's Footsteps

    This guided walking tour retraces the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin and his fellow patriots during the founding of our nation.

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  • Free Tours By Foot Philadelphia

    Lace up your shoes and explore Philly on Foot

    Sometimes the best way to explore a city is on foot, so set out and see Philadelphia with the knowledgeable guides of Free Tours by Foot.

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  • Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s most unusual nighttime attraction

    Independence Hall at night

    In the mood for something truly spooky? Try one of Philadelphia’s candlelit walking tours of America’s most historic and haunted cities, where enchanting tour guides will lead you through Independence Hall and Washington Square to show you the haunted spots of Philadelphia.

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  • Grim Philly Twilight Tours

    Haunting tour of historic Philadelphia

    Explore the city's haunted history on Grim Philly Twilight Tours.

    Developed and researched by university professor Joe Wojie, Grim Philly Twilight Tours offer an adults-only glimpse into Philadelphia’s past.

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history

    The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia.

    May 27 – October 22, 2016
    Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern, before heading out on an evening of adventure at Independence Hall.

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  • Independence Hall

    Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

    Independence Hall

    They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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  • Independence Seaport Museum

    An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage

    Sailing on the river outside the Independence Seaport Museum.

    With historic vessels to board, an underwater ROV to maneuver and a mock cannon to fire, Philadelphia’s maritime museum conveys what the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers have meant to the city over the years.

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  • Independence Visitor Center

    All-in-one center for info, tickets to Independence Hall, tips from experts and more

    Independence Visitor Center

    Start your visit to Philadelphia at the Independence Visitor Center, where you can get personalized recommendations, tickets to popular attractions, souvenirs, maps and more.

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  • Jones

    Upscale comfort food in a retro chic environment

    Jones interior

    Shaggy, stylish décor and unfussy, upscale comfort food are the focus at this moderately priced, 70s-themed restaurant.

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  • July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade

    Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace

    The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, antique cars and more than 5,000 marchers who begin at Independence Hall and wind through Philadelphia’s most historic streets. The parade is just one of a number of festivities in Historic Philadelphia on July 4th.

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks off with a series of inspirational events in Historic Philadelphia including Celebration of Freedom and the Independence Day Parade.

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  • Keating’s Rope & Anchor,
    Bar + Kitchen

    Waterfront dining at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

    For a waterfront dining experience, look no further than Keating’s Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

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  • Mechanics’ National Bank

    Philadelphia’s first bank for the working and artist classes

    The Mechanics' National Bank

    Mechanics’ National Bank building has been the proud home of many establishments in its 200 years of existence. Today, it houses the wildly popular bar, National Mechanics.

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  • Merchant’s Exchange

    William Strickland (1832-1833)

    The Merchant's Exchange

    The oldest stock exchange building in the country and one of the most beautiful.

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  • Mikveh Israel Congregation and Cemetery

    Oldest Jewish congregation in Pennsylvania

    Mikveh Israel, the oldest continuous Jewish synagogue in the country, traces its beginning to 1740, when Thomas Penn granted land to Nathan Levy for a burial ground.

    Oldest Jewish congregation in Pennsylvania.

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  • Morgan’s Pier

    Perfect summer dining and nightlife on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Morgan's Pier is named after George C. Morgan, the first person to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    One of Philadelphia’s most popular summer hotspots, Morgan’s Pier is an oasis of craft beer, delicious food and incredible live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

    The oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans

    Founded in 1787, the Mother Bethel AME Church rests upon the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans.

    Walk on hallowed ground when you visit Mother Bethel AME Church, the mother church of the nation’s first black denomination. Founded in 1787, the church rests upon the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans.

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  • Museum of the American Revolution

    An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    A new museum in the heart of Philadelphia's Historic District, the Museum of American Revolution brings an expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation's Revolutionary Period

    Opening April 19, 2017
    Set to open in spring of 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution promises 118,000 square feet full of art, manuscripts and printed works from the nation’s Revolutionary Period.

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  • National Constitution Center

    The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

    The National Constitution Center is the world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays.

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  • National Liberty Museum

    Honoring real-life heroes and our heritage of freedom

    Discover the stories of freedom at the National Liberty Museum.

    Liberty comes to life at the National Liberty Museum in Historic Philadelphia. Discover the story real life heroes, including Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Jim Henson and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, at the museum’s interactive exhibitions and inspirational galleries.

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  • National Museum of American Jewish History

    Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

    The National Museum of Jewish History is located in Philadelphia's Historic District at 5th and Market streets.

    Rising five stories above Independence Mall in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America.

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  • New Hall Military Museum

    A history of America’s early aversion to, but respect for, military entanglements

    A history of America’s early aversion to, but respect for, military entanglements.

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  • Old Pine Street (Third, Scots and Mariners) Presbyterian Church

    The oldest Presbyterian church building in Philadelphia

    Old Pine Street Church

    The oldest Presbyterian church building in Philadelphia.

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  • Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

    Active parish where Catholicism took root and flourished in early Philadelphia

    Old St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church is Philadelphia’s oldest Catholic community.

    Walking down Willings Alley and through a small walled courtyard, you can imagine this parish as it started in 1733, in a small chapel set back from Walnut Street.

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  • Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church

    Philadelphia’s first Catholic Cathedral from 1810 to 1837

    Built in 1763, Old St. Mary’s Church was the second Roman Catholic institution in the city, and it figured prominently in the life of Colonial and Revolutionary Philadelphia.

    Philadelphia’s first Catholic Cathedral from 1810 to 1837.

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  • Once Upon a Nation
    Storytelling Benches

    History that speaks to you

    A storytelling bench in Historic Philadelphia

    May 28 – September 5, 2016 (select days)
    Discover the true stories scattered throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District in the places they actually happened with Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches.

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  • Opera on the Mall

    Free, outdoor performance screening on Indepedence Mall by Opera Philadelphia

    Join fellow opera lovers for a free, broadcast performance on Independence Mall.

    October 1, 2016
    Now in it’s sixth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall.

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  • Parade of Lights

    A holiday lighting celebration unlike any other in town

    The Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights.

    December 2016
    The Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade, for holiday activities and festivities.

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  • Penn’s Landing

    A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn's Landing.

    The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.

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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The first festival of its kind in the Northeast U.S. comes to Philadelphia

    A 200-foot Chinese dragon is one of the many illuminated attractions at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

    April 22 – June 12, 2016
    Franklin Square is aglow this spring with more than 25 illuminated lanterns for the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States.

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  • Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

    Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save 45% on the combined admission to four of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS, including The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck and more.

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  • Philadelphia Independents

    A curated boutique of Philly-focused gifts from local artists

    Philadelphia Independents is an Old City Boutique selling Philly-focused gifts like jewelry, handbags and housewares, all hand-crafted by local artists.

    Philadelphia Independents is an Old City boutique selling Philly-focused gifts like jewelry, handbags and housewares — all hand-crafted by local artists.

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  • Philadelphia Orchestra
    Free Neighborhood
    Concert Series & Fireworks

    Free performances from the world-renowned ensemble followed by a fireworks show

    Concerts at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.

    Friday, July 1, 2016
    Take in a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn’s Landing followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront.

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  • Philadelphia PHLASH
    Downtown Bus Loop

    See Philadelphia in a PHLASH

    See Philadelphia's most popular attractions aboard the PHLASH bus.

    The PHLASH is the quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions.

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  • Philadelphia Trolley Works (‘76 Carriage Company)

    This longtime Philadelphia company offers several options for touring the town

    Philadelphia Trolley Works

    You’ve got your options for touring Philadelphia, including Victorian Trolley Tours, Horse Drawn Carriage Tours and Double Decker Bus Tours.

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  • Philly Cheesesteak Tour

    Sightseeing tour highlighting the city’s signature sandwich

    Philly Cheesesteak Tour

    A delicious and informative sightseeing experience, the Philly Cheesesteak Tour takes guests on a two-hour bus ride through Center City and South Philadelphia to sample five different versions of the iconic sandwich, including a vegan version.

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  • Philly POPS! On Independence 2016

    FREE patriotic concert in front of Independence Hall

    The Philly POPS! at Independence Hall.

    Sunday, July 3, 2016
    The Philly Pops! return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS! On Independence, a FREE patriotic concert at Independence Hall.

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  • Physick House

    The 18th-century mansion of the “Father of American Surgery”

    Dr. Philip Syng Physick was one of the most accomplished physicians of his time, and a tour of his 18th-century mansion in Society Hill includes some of the medical and surgical tools he invented.

    Dr. Philip Syng Physick was one of the most accomplished physicians of his time, and a tour of his 18th-century mansion in Society Hill includes some of the medical and surgical tools he invented.

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  • Pizzeria Stella

    Stephen Starr’s Headhouse Square restaurant focuses on gourmet pies

    Pizzeria Stella

    Combining Philadelphia’s love of pizza and Stephen Starr restaurants, the restaurateur has opened Pizzeria Stella, a gourmet-minded, neighborhood pizza shop.

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  • Powel House

    A luxurious mid-Georgian 18th-century mansion

    Once the home of Elizabeth and Samuel Powel, an 18th-century power couple, the Powel House simply drips elegance.

    The home of Samuel Powel, Philadelphia’s first mayor, is the epitome of 18th-century elegance. On any given evening during its heyday, the guest list frequently included Washington, Adams, Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette and other luminaries.

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  • Ride The Ducks

    Philadelphia’s only amphibious sightseeing tour

    Ride the Ducks

    Take a ride on Philadelphia’s only amphibious sightseeing tour.

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  • RiverLink Ferry

    See the skyline from the Delaware River

    RiverLink Ferry on the Delaware River

    A 12-minute scenic river tour gives you the opportunity to see sensational views of waterfront highlights and the City of Philadelphia’s spectacular skyline, all while floating down the impressive Delaware River.

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  • Saint George’s Methodist Church

    Oldest continuously used Methodist church building in America

    This brick church (14 feet from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge) and its Historical Center present a picture of Colonial life and the beginnings of American Methodism.

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  • Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church

    Active parish rich with the history of early Philadelphia life

    Active parish rich with the history of early Philadelphia life. View More
  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at
    Penn’s Landing

    A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn's Landing.

    Thursdays in July and August 2016
    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

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  • Second Bank of the United States

    A who’s who of Revolutionary War-era portraiture

    The Second Bank is known for its extensive collection of portraits by Charles Willson Peale.

    The Second Bank of the United States packs a large punch in a relatively small space, filled with an extraordinary collection of portraits of the men so vital to 18th-century America’s development.

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  • Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

    A complex chapter in American history examined at the National Constitution Center

    Explore the lives of six slave families who lived and worked at Jefferson's Monticello.

    Take a look at the lives of six slave families who were among hundreds of slaves that lived and worked for one of our country’s Founding Fathers during Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, a powerful exhibition at the National Constitution Center.

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  • Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour

    The newest way to see some of Philly’s best haunted attractions

    Take a spooky stroll through Old City on a tour that’s one part history, two parts haunt.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn's Landing.

    Through September 25, 2016
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Stratus Lounge

    Enjoy DJ-spun music every weekend at this posh spot

    Eleven stories above the city’s most historical treasures, party people dance to the sounds of DJ-spun music every Friday and Saturday night at Stratus Lounge.

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  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

    Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer

    Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer. View More
  • The African American Museum
    in Philadelphia

    Celebrating and interpreting African-American history and culture

    African American Museum in Philadelphia

    The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans.

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  • The Betsy Ross House

    The birthplace of the American flag

    The home of the famous seamstress is a must-see historic attraction for visitors and locals alike.

    Ask Betsy Ross about her role in making the first American flag yourself when you visit the iconic home of America’s most famous flag-maker.

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  • The Bishop White House

    Mansion of the Bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

    The Bishop White House

    Mansion of the Bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

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  • The Bourse

    A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

    Stopping for lunch at The Bourse.

    Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the Bourse offers a convenient resting spot while you sight-see. The 105-year-old Victorian building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — houses a food court and specialty shops.

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  • The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

    A walk through the birthplace of our nation

    Constitutional Walking Tours

    The Constitutional Walking Tour provides visitors with a primary overview of the Independence National Historical Park area by connecting the buildings and places where the events of the American Revolution transpired.

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  • The Franklin Fountain

    Restored soda fountain featuring delicious homemade ice cream

    Since 2004, the Berley Brothers have been supplying Philadelphia with scoops of tradition and old-timey flavors at their Old City ice cream shop.

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  • The Liberty Bell Center

    Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom

    Visit the Liberty Bell in Independence National Historic Park and grab a photo with Independence Hall in the background.

    The Liberty Bell stands prominently in a glass chamber overlooking Independence Hall. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Liberty Bell Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images bring the bell to life by exploring the facts and the myths surrounding it.

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  • The Philadelphia Contributionship

    A compelling collection of firefighting and fire insurance memorabilia

    A compelling collection of firefighting and fire insurance memorabilia.

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  • The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

    New and improved history near Independence Hall

    The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent holds a vast collection of over 100,000 pieces of history.

    The 1826 Philadelphia History Museum building, located just around the corner from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, has provided an exciting gateway into Philadelphia history for nearly 70 years.

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  • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation

    Commemorating the lives of nine enslaved Africans at the nation’s first executive mansion

    The President's House on Independence Mall.

    President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation explores the paradox of slavery and freedom at the nation’s first executive mansion, in which Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived during their terms and where nine enslaved people served the first president.

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  • Tin Angel

    A haven for singer-songwriter performances in Old City

    The Tin Angel, in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia, is a cosmopolitan café, cozy, comfortable and perfect for its intimate presentations of classic folksingers like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Odetta.

    The Tin Angel, in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia, is a cosmopolitan café, cozy, comfortable and perfect for its intimate presentations of classic folksingers like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Odetta.

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  • Tippler’s Tour

    Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life

    The Tippler's Tour invites the over-21 set to sing along to sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

    May 26 – December 29, 2016
    The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

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  • United States Mint

    Where pocket change and commemorative coins are made

    Front of the United States Mint in Philadelphia.

    The first U.S. Mint opened in 1792 at 7th and Arch Streets, only two blocks from the current facility; it was the first new government structure in the new country. George Washington, who lived nearby, was said to have donated his own silver to make some of the first coins. The current building, opened in 1969, is the fourth Philadelphia Mint.

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  • Urban Adventures of Philadelphia

    Daily walking tours of Philadelphia

    Urban Adventures provides daily walking tours of Philadelphia and its neighborhoods, giving visitors an authentic experience that they will remember for years.

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  • Washington Square

    A leafy retreat with tree-shaded benches, located steps from Independence Hall

    Washington Square is one of William Penn's original five squares set aside to establish parks for the public.

    Washington Square is one of William Penn’s original five squares set aside to establish parks for the public.

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  • Wawa Hoagie Day

    Celebrate Wawa Welcome America! with 5 tons of hoagies

    The crowd enjoys free hoagies during Wawa Hoagie Day.

    Thursday, June 30, 2016
    One of the tastier events taking place during the Wawa Welcome America! festival, the 24th annual Wawa Hoagie Day features 5 tons of hoagies and plenty of happy, hungry visitors.

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    Historic Philadelphia Block Party

    Massive block party on Independence Mall to Independence Day

    Get ready for July 4th with the Liberty Block Party in Historic Philadelphia on July 3.

    Sunday, July 3, 2016
    The Wawa Welcome America! festival continues its week-long celebration of Independence Day with the Historic Philadelphia Block Party on Sunday, July 3.

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