600 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 574 0746
PECO Energy Liberty Center is dedicated to present the rich American history to the public. The center sponsors the renowned sound and light show Lights of Liberty. The revolutionary history of the nation is well expressed in the fascinating show. The 6000 square feet center also holds a multimedia wall and a gift shop with historical souvenirs.
401 Chestnut Street Signers Garden At 5th Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 413 1997
This is one of Philadelphia's most popular, unusual and entertaining tours. Join costumed tour guides for a leisurely stroll through Society Hill in the historic heart of the city at Independence Park and on the edge of the nationally famous restaurant district of Old City. This candlelight walking tour is based on the book "Philadelphia Ghost Stories" by Charles J. Adams III. Listen to tales of the unknown as you walk in the footsteps of famous men and women. Open daily 7:30am onwards.
507 South 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 215 923 0210
The Society Hill Playhouse located on Society Hill (surprise!) has been an institution in the city since 1959. It is the city's first professional theatre house to bring world-class plays from different parts of America, as well as Canada and Europe. It has also produced hundreds of plays, such as Brecht and Weill's 'Threepenny Opera' in 1962 to Jean Genet's 'The Blacks' in 1965. Others include Brian Friel's 'Volunteers in 1978' and 'Freedom of the City' in 1979. Housed within the historic David Garrick Hall, the Playhouse boasts of two stages-the Main Stage and the Cabaret Theatre, which seats 90.
Front Street & Washington Avenue Ralph Rizzo Rink Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 215 685 1593
Players of all skill levels can participate in this fast-paced game, played indoors in a dry hockey rink. Box lacrosse is much different than field lacrosse. Notable differences include a smaller goal and playing surface, the lack of zones, and the use of crushing body and cross checks on defense. The regular season lasts 14 or 15 games and is played from May until late August. This non-profit lacrosse organization encourages competitive leagues, tournament organization, and instruction throughout the Delaware Valley. The PBLA also hosts a traveling team.
723 Chestnut Street 3rd floor Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 625 3795
This style of martial art has its roots in the Taoist and Buddhist traditions of China. It is based on animal boxing, in which seven animal styles are taught, including the dragon, tiger, crane, snake, eagle, monkey and phoenix. High and low stances and kicks, aerials and ground fighting, make it impossible to classify this as purely northern or southern in style and the blending of Chinese and Southeast Asia martial arts has resulted in a unique Sino-Vietnamese style. Instruction is enhanced with traditional weapons training. See their website for further information.
212 South 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 627 1752
The Contributionship, founded in 1752, was another innovation of inventor and statesman Ben Franklin. It was Philadelphia's oldest fire insurance company and fifth in the nation. Usually, if there was a fire in an uninsured house, the Contributionship would put out the fire and charge the victim after the fact. There are original fire marks, firemen's hats, miniature engines, lanterns and other tools of the trade are part of the first floor exhibits. The second floor is an elegant dining hall, lit by crystal chandeliers, where company functions and meetings were conducted. The museum and the second floor board rooms are open by appointment only.
6th and Market Streets One North Independence Mall West Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 800 537 7676
The 'park' designation, in this case, refers to all the buildings that are maintained by the Park Service in the area. These buildings are spread over a twenty block section of the city. The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are the main attractions but the park has many other monuments and homes of famous Americans, such as Ben Franklin's home. The Visitors Center will assist you is planning your trip back in time. Also contact them to organize tours for large groups. There is a foreign language hot line and emergency translation service, 24 hours a day.
712 Montrose Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 215 238 9691
Mario Lanza was a Philadelphia-born tenor who was popular in Hollywood and New York during the 1950s, a sort of operatic "Rocky" in the sense of being a local hero. The museum features a life-size bust of the singer, as well as posters, paintings, gold records, photos, newspaper clippings and telegrams that document Lanza's rise to fame. Vintage films are shown daily.
425 Lombard Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 215 627 1852
The Presbyterian Historical Society was founded in 1852 to preserve books, letters and other materials related to the history of the Presbyterian Church. The Society's current library contains over 200,000 volumes and 20,000,000 manuscripts. The building also houses a museum that displays ephemera from area churches, including one of the largest collections of communion tokens in the world and portraits of leading Presbyterians, painted by Otis Bass and Rembrandt Peale. This is the nation's oldest denominational historical society.
412 Pine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 925 8051
The Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church is the only remaining Colonial Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, and has an interesting history. Old Pine's first Pastor, George Duffield, served as chaplain to the First Continental Congress in 1774 and, with many of his parishioners, joined General Washington at Valley Forge in the winter of 1776-77. Old Pine soon became known as the "Church of the Patriots." Early members included John Adams and Dr. Benjamin Rush. William Hurry, who was the first to read the Declaration of Independence, is buried in the churchyard.
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