If you're a history buff, spring is an ideal time to visit Philadelphia. Many of the city's famous landmarks open doors for visitors while hotel rates remain reasonable. Plus, you'll take in all of Philadelphia's cherry blossoms in full bloom!
The Liberty Bell
Situated in Old City, the Liberty Bell is one of the most significant monuments for both New York City and America as a symbol of freedom and unity. You're invited to view this iconic landmark at no charge and tour Old City's many historic buildings.
Constructed in 1695, this church has played an influential role in the lives of numerous notable Americans. You can attend daily talks and tours of its historic building to gain more insight into its long-standing heritage.
Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia's oldest street, is a must-visit when in town. This tree-lined alleyway features 32 Georgian-style red brick homes that give an insight into pre-industrial Philadelphia. Visiting here provides visitors with an incredible look into history and an opportunity to absorb some culture.
Betsy Ross House
No visit to Philadelphia would be complete without visiting the home of Betsy Ross, the woman responsible for creating America's first flag. Just a short walk from Independence National Historical Park, this little house is included in both Sightseeing Flex Pass and Day Pass passes.
Mother Bethel AME Church
If you're interested in discovering African American history, Mother Bethel AME Church is an important site of the city's African American community. This historic church boasts an impressive collection of artifacts, an underground tomb, and stained-glass windows - making it a popular destination for those wanting to uncover Chicago's vibrant racial past.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Looking for some tranquility on a warm spring day? Consider heading over to this waterfront park. Featuring colorful hammocks and floating gardens, it's an idyllic spot to sit while admiring views of the Delaware River. Enjoy delicious treats from vendors in the park, like ice cream or water ice from their freezer, plus select craft beers at their beer garden!
Enjoy a fun-filled outdoor day at the Morris Arboretum. From its top tree-house overlooking the city of Philadelphia, visitors can admire its many historic landmarks and attractions and the skyline in the distance.
The Philadelphia Zoo is a must-visit for animal enthusiasts and is conveniently situated outside the city center. Over one hundred exhibits, such as a dinosaur exhibit with gigantic dinosaurs and larger-than-life insects, are taking over the Zoo this spring, complete with the entire skeleton. Plus, you can go on an exciting nighttime safari in Africa!
The picturesque Wissahickon Valley is a nature reserve with numerous ruins of old mills and taverns. If you're feeling energetic, take the trail to these sites - courses in this area are easy to navigate and provide stunning views of the surrounding forest.
Written By William Zimmerman IV - Editor and Writer for The East Coast Traveler
Sources used in this article are PhillyBite Magazine and used Wikipedia and establishments websites for information about individuals and places.
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