4 Tourist Spots in Philadelphia That You Absolutely Must Try
Philadelphia is the only World Heritage City in the country and a top tourist destination. Read on to find out the places to see while in this beautiful city.
Philadelphia is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States and is the only World Heritage City in the country. There are many attractions to visit during your stay here, from playing with the animals at Philadelphia Zoo, admiring the plants at Longwood Gardens, taking your kids to have some fun at Please Touch Museum, to trying out different cuisines at the Reading Terminal Market. The list of activities are endless. Read on to find out more about the different tourist spots in Philadelphia you must see.
1. Philadelphia Zoo
The animals in Philadelphia Zoo are often awake and engaging, which makes interacting with them an adventure. Another plus feature is that it is a handicap-friendly place. All of the exhibits have two entrances. On one side are stairs, while on the other side is a ramp perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. One of the most popular attractions is Big Cat Falls. You’ll find walkable areas above the zoo which are interconnected with other habitats. When you look up, you can see a close up view of a lion or tiger (or both) strolling by. There are no elephants but your interaction with the giant cats more than makes up for it. There are plenty of animals to see and the view of them is really good. There are employees at every corner that are very friendly and willing to answer any questions you may have. Tickets cost $20 each and it can take a couple of hours to see all the exhibits but it’s a fun experience and worth every buck.
3400 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 243-1100
2. Longwood Gardens
Longed Gardens is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the city. It’s also a great place to practice your photography skills. You can take pictures of the plants or with the plants. They have special exhibits during certain season. During Fall they have a huge, beautiful pumpkin patch, and for Christmas they have a display that looks like something straight out of a movie. The grounds are gorgeous and blooming with life. The outdoor fountain show is spectacular and the lights are beautiful. If you get hungry during your exploration, there are two restaurants near the conservatory to choose from. One is an upscale restaurant, and the other is a cafeteria type cafe. Bot restaurants are located in the same building. My advice is to come during a weekend. It’s only $20 compared to the weekday rate which is $27 and it is also less crowded.
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: (610) 388-1000 Website: http://longwoodgardens.org
3. Please Touch Museum
This is a great museum for kids and those kids at heart. If you’ve ever been to a museum, then you’re familiar with the many “Do not touch” signs located in almost every gallery, but just like its name suggests, you’re allowed to touch the exhibits here—just make sure you don’t break them. There are two floors filled with mind stimulating activities for kids and plenty of benches for people to rest and relax. Some of the things they can do include building stuff, playing water games, cleaning, playing house, shopping for toys, and the all time favorite, the carousel ride. One of the most popular attractions is the Alice in Wonderland. The Alice Tea Party Maze is amazing and filled with so much fun! Don’t be surprised if your kid wants a copy of the exhibits at the end of the day. There’s a hospital grocery, train section, water play area, kitchen, Rita’s stand, ER, and so much more. Kids will definitely not be bored once they step foot in this fun filled museum.
4231 Ave of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215) 581-3181
4. Reading Terminal Market
Unleash the foodie in you by heading over the Reading Terminal Market, one of the best farmer’s market in the country. It was founded in 1892, making it one of the oldest farmer’s market in the country. Aside from its rich history, there are different types of cuisine available here ranging from Greek, to American, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and so much more. There are over 80 stands available and three of them are descendants from the original market over 100 years ago. One of the merchants I recommend visiting is DiNic’s Roast Pork and Beef. Travel Channel gave them the official title of “Best Sandwich of America,” and after just one bite, it’s not hard to see why. Another must-try spot is Riehl's Cheese Shop, where you can find some of the best cheeses in the world. When you go here, make sure to plan plenty of time to visit the entire area. You can find everything from hand made goods, to American quilts, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, meats, plants, flowers, and cookbooks.
51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 922-2317
And there you have it folks. This ends the list of the different activities you can do during your stay in Philadelphia. Always remember that the most important thing to do during your vacation is to let loose and have fun.
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