Philadelphia, PA

Fun and Unique Attractions for Your Next Visit to Philadelphia

Sulabh Gupta

While Philadelphia is most popular for the iconic symbol of American Independence - Liberty Bell, the city often gets overlooked due to the big and more popular cities. Philadelphia may not be as flashy as New York or Washington but the city of brotherly love is home to some of the most unique and fun-filled attractions that you would not want to miss out on.

Here is a list of some of the most fun-filled and unique attractions in Philadelphia.

Eastern State Penitentiary

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Eastern State Penitentiary(Wikimedia Commons)

Lookswise, the Eastern State Penitentiary may look like a castle but as the name suggests it is a jail. Located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, ESP was operational from 1829 until 1971 and was once one of the most famous and expensive prisons in the world. If you have ever liked a documentary on jails, you would love this place. No surprise, the ESP has a rich history and once held some of the most notorious American criminals like "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone. You can take one of the prison's guided tours to learn more about how the penitentiary refined the revolutionary system to emphasize principles of reform rather than punishment.

Cave of Kelpius

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Cave of Kelpius(Atlas Obscura)

Another perfect attraction for the history buffs. Built by Johannes Kelpius, famous as "Monk of the Ridge", the Cave of Kelpius was built by Kelpius and his followers in 1694 to live a solitary lifestyle while awaiting the end of the world as indicated by an interpretation of the Bible's "Book of Revelation".

The Cave is not easy to find and is located in dense woods on the side of a hill above the Wissahickon Creek. The cave has a rusted door hinge and has a fireplace and chimney. It is believed that Kelpius who was an astronomer and scientist performed his experiments in this cave. The cave has an arched roof and an earthen floor with symbols of satan on the wall. The Cave of Kelpius gives you a very rare glimpse into the history from several hundred years ago.

Please Touch Museum

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Please Touch Museum(Flickr)

Please Touch Museum is a children's museum located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia. PTM is focused on discovering the power of learning and curiosity in children through playful activities. The museum is mostly aimed at Children seven years or younger. While the focus of the Please Touch Museum is on Children, there are plenty of activities that you can do alongside your little ones while they learn through interactive and unique activities.

LOVE Park

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LOVE Park(Flickr)

It will be very sad if you visit the city of brotherly love and not visit Love Park. Located just a few steps from City Hall, the Love Park gets its name from the 19

It will be quite sad if you go to the city of brotherly love but don't visit Love Park. Located just a few steps from City Hall, LOVE park got its name from a 1976 red LOVE statue by Robert Indiana. Officially named as John F. Kennedy Plaza, this place is one of the most iconic Philadelphia sites.

You can see tourists stopping by for photo ops and locals enjoying a break at LOVE park but every so often you would come across a wedding or a proposal. From food trucks to splash fountains to several special events there is always something going on in the LOVE park.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

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Shofuso(Wikimedia Commons)

Shofuso is a 17th century-style Japanese house and garden located in Philadelphia's West Fairmount Park on the site of the Centennial Exposition of 1876. Built in 1953, Shofuso was a gift from Japan to America as a symbol of peace following World War II. The place contains a traditional Japanese house and a garden with a koi pond and a weeping cherry tree. The garden was named the "Best Hidden Tourist Attraction" by Philadelphia magazine. You can visit this place free of charge and enjoy some peaceful and quiet time looking at one of the most beautiful sites in Philadelphia.

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