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The Phanatic Around Town Itinerary

Visit all 20 Phanatic statues this summer

The Phanatic statue at Citizens Bank Park

Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

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Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC

The Phanatic Around Town statue craze has taken over Philadelphia!

Twenty Phanatic statues, all custom-painted by local artists, are located at attractions throughout Philadelphia this summer. Two words: photo op!

And to make it even more fun, the 20 Phanatic statues are located at some of Philadelphia’s favorite attractions, ranging from Citizens Bank Park (home of the Phillies) to the Independence Seaport Museum. And since Philly’s such a walkable city, the next Phanatic is just a hop and a couple skips away.

Independence Visitor Center

When you arrive in Philadelphia, it’s best to start your experience at the Independence Visitor Center (IVC). Located right in Independence Mall (adjacent to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall), this is the place to buy attractions tickets, book tours and get a general sense of the city.

And while you’re here, you can get a bite at the Independence Café (located within the IVC) or — when in Rome — check out the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

6th and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

National Constitution Center

We all know that the Constitution was written in Philadelphia — but did you know we have a huge museum right in the city dedicated to that all-important document? The National Constitution Center, located just across Arch Street from Independence Mall, is a highly interactive museum where you can take the oath of office, learn about our nation’s history and see world-class exhibitions. Who knew history could be this cool? Oh yeah. We did.

525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Franklin Square

One of Philadelphia’s most family-friendly places, Franklin Square (located in Historic Philadelphia) hosts carousel rides, picnics, mini-golf and free storytelling. Hungry? Try the burgers, fries and milkshakes (made with Krimpets!) at the Stephen Starr-run SquareBurger.

6th and Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Betsy Ross House

America’s most famous seamstress rented this c. 1740 house at 2nd and Arch Streets — all four rooms of it, kitchen included. The Betsy Ross House experience includes a guided tour of the teeny house and its way-too-tight-for-a-Phanatic staircase.

Just around the corner is Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest residential street. Just as with Betsy’s, these houses are quite small, giving you a good idea of the living conditions for the working class during the colonial era.

239 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing

With historic vessels to board, a ship’s hull to rivet, and cargo to unload with miniature cranes, Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing — Philadelphia’s maritime museum — conveys what the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers have meant to the city over the years. Here, you can watch artisans build and repair boats, shimmy through the hatches of the submarine USS BECUNA (easier if you’re under 5’) and take in amazing views of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Nearby, catch the ferry to the Camden waterfront, where you can experience the Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey.

211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is one of Philadelphia’s most revered museums. And now, with the addition of the Audacious Freedom exhibit, you can interact with 3-D storytellers who spin tales about what life was like during Philadelphia’s earliest days for those of African descent. It’s a very moving exhibit, and the 3-D graphics are nothing short of amazing.

701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

LOVE Park

LOVE, meet the Phanatic. Phanatic, meet LOVE. At long last, two of Philadelphia’s most beloved icons are rubbing elbows at LOVE Park, making for a photo op masterpiece in front of Robert Indiana’s pop art tour-de-force.

15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102

City Hall

City Hall isn’t just where the Mayor conducts city business; you can also take a tour of the 547-foot-tall building, once the tallest in Philadelphia. The tour includes a ride up to level 22 (44 floors), where the observation deck is located below the William Penn statue — you know, the one that supposedly cursed Philadelphia’s sports teams until the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.

Broad Street and Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Citizens Bank

While you’re checking out the Phanatic statue at Citizens Bank (15th and Market location), you may notice a most unusual sight: A giant Clothespin. No, it’s not a science experiment gone awry; it’s Claes Oldenburg’s famous sculpture erected in 1976 in homage to City Hall. It’s definitely one of the most “out there” — and most photo-ready — landmarks in the whole city.

15th and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19019

The Market at Comcast Center

The Phanatic must love technology if he’s stationed here — in addition to being the nation’s tallest “green” building, the Comcast Center is home to the “Comcast Experience Video Wall,” a 2,000 square-foot LED screen projecting computer-generated images so realistic, you’ll think they’re jumping out of the wall. So after you check out the Phanatic at the downstairs Market (grabbing a light bite while you’re there), make sure you save some time to view the Comcast Experience. And if you’re really hungry, have an outdoor meal at Table 31 Plaza Café.

1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

You know that strange-yet-awesome-looking building on Broad Street? It’s the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, where world-renowned musicians and dancers set the guitar-shaped Verizon Hall ablaze with their performances. While you’re here, look upwards to the Kimmel Center’s amazing glass ceiling.

Broad and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rittenhouse Square


Who doesn’t love a little beauty and tranquility? Both are to be found at Rittenhouse Square, one of William Penn’s original five squares and arguably the most beloved to this day. Expect to see jugglers, live music and Philadelphians of all shapes, sizes and clothing styles — and if it’s an especially nice day, you can buy an ice cream cone right at the Square.

18th and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Franklin Institute

Climbing through the Giant Heart at the Franklin Institute is a rite of passage for any Philadelphia visitor. So after you’ve gotten your photo taken with the Phanatic, do your climbing and take a photo to prove it.

And this summer, the Franklin Institute will host Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, which explores the ongoing search for a most fascinating lady who seduced both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony — most impressive! Take a look before moving on to your next stop.

222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Free Library of Philadelphia (Main Branch)

A great resource for all Philadelphians, the Free Library of Philadelphia‘s Main Branch is a beautiful, large building on the Ben Franklin Parkway. In addition to its thousands of books (including its revered Rare Book Collection, in which Edgar Allan Poe’s pet raven sits stuffed for all eternity), the Library hosts free author events throughout the year.

In front of the library is Swann Fountain — perfect for a photo op — while the Academy of Natural Sciences (read: dinosaurs) is just across the Parkway.

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please Touch Museum

Whether you’re a kid, a parent or a kid-at-heart, the new Please Touch Museum is an amazing experience where — you guessed it — you’re free to touch everything. That includes the to-scale model of the Statue of Liberty’s torch made out of toys, the carousel, the “In Flight” exhibit and special sections that bring to life Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Where the Wild Things Are — and there’s nothing wilder than the Phanatic, so this is a good place to be.

4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131

The Philadelphia Zoo

Ever since it opened in 1859 — making it America’s first and oldest zoo — the Philadelphia Zoo has played home to just about every animal imaginable except for a Phanatic. No longer!

When you get to the Zoo to take your Phanatic photo, be sure to visit the lions and tigers at Big Cat Falls, the exotic birds at the McNeil Avian Center and the “swan” boats in the Zoo’s Bird Lake — and don’t you dare skip a trip upwards in the Zoo (hot air) Balloon!

3400 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Lloyd Hall

Situated in the mix at Boathouse Row, Lloyd Hall is the place to get your bike and rollerblade rentals for an on-wheels ride down Kelly Drive. A concession stand is also on the premises and, oh yeah, there’s an entire river in front of you — the Schuylkill, that is — for all your canoeing, kayaking and photo-taking needs. The Phanatic’s found a beautiful spot here.

Looking for more fun in the area? Don’t miss the Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center or the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

1 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Citizens Bank Park

Oh, Citizens Bank Park. Home-away-from-home for every Phillies fan. There’s plenty to do here: take a tasting tour at Chickie’s and Pete’s, Harry the K’s and Campo’s; buy a vintage Mike Schmidt jersey at the gigantic Team Store; and play any number of kids games. Oh yeah, and you can watch the Phillies play here, too.

Citizens Bank Park also boasts one of the best views of the Philadelphia skyline, so get your cameras ready.

Citizens Bank Way and Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Philadelphia International Airport

One of the nation’s largest airports, the Philadelphia International Airport is an excellent welcoming station for incoming visitors (and returning Philadelphians). With several hotels nearby, it’s easy to travel here and get checked in comfortably — and Center City is only an eight-minute cab ride away (SEPTA’s R1 line also runs to/from the airport).

The Phanatic is located in the food court between the B and C terminals, so grab a bite after you get your photo.

Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia, PA 19113

Details

Location

19 locations throughout Philadelphia

Transportation

By car and SEPTA (public transportation) and on foot

Duration

Throughout the summer of 2010

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