22 South 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA +1 215 701 4883
Built in 1837 by William Strickland (famous architect of The Merchants' Exchange Building and The U.S. Mint), the National Mechanics Building is a prized landmark in Philadelphia. The building has been home to a variety of businesses; once the Mechanics National bank, a church, and a club. Now, the historic landmark is one of the city's most popular bars and restaurant. Keeping with the old-world feel, the bar has created a warm but quirky atmosphere filled with off-kilter accents and peculiar decor from homemade light fixtures to strange wall hangings. One thing not reflective of the peculiar history is the food and beer menu, which is brimming with fresh and local cuisine. Featuring gastro-pub favorites like grilled flank steak with steak frites and seasonal vegetables, the National veggie burger (house favorite) and nostalgic dishes like homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese make this local pub a must-see. The beer menu is filled with local, national and international brews that will make any beer-lover rejoice in the heart of the Old City. Check out the happy hour on weekdays from 5p-7p for great prices on food and selected beers.
147 North 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA +1 215 923 1438
Located in the beautiful and historic Old City district and housed in a 1902 firehouse, The Fireman's Hall Museum is a great attraction for the whole family. The museum is dedicated to upholding the history of firefighting in Philadelphia and celebrating its heroes both past and present. The gallery in the museum has many pieces of antique fire equipment on display that demonstrate how far the technology of the profession has come over that last century. The museum frequently hosts awards ceremonies and benefits for local firehouses and community events. The admission is free but donations are graciously accepted.
230 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 925 9914
The outside of the building indicates that patrons are in for a unique experience-and (thankfully) the inside lives up to the expectation. This visual art and live performance gallery has long been a revered institution for those looking to avoid the mainstream, and hosts the city's longest continually running Jazz series. Free admission to the Painted Bride Art Center is available year-round. Live performances inside the center's 250 seat theatre take place at various times. All in all, a great place to admire awe-inspiring art forms.
1400 North American Street Number 104 Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 765 1041
The smell of incense hits you as you walk through the door of this one-of-a-kind shop in Old City. With jewelry, textiles, antiques, soaps, and pottery from various parts of the world, Indigo has captured the feeling of shopping in a local store in Mexico or Africa. An art gallery featuring paintings and sculptures from around the globe is located on the second floor. Founded in 1986, the owners of Indigo Arts wanted to share their enthusiasm for world culture with the public and pride themselves on purchasing work directly from artists, cooperatives, and arts organizations.
Belmont Avenue and Parkside Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19131 +1 215 683 0200
This large expanse of grasslands, recreational facilities, streams and historical structures borders the northwest side of Philadelphia, just behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The 8,700 acre ground include day camps, playgrounds, sporting fields, basketball courts and hiking trails. Special events include running events, bicycle and antique car races, walk-a-thons, regattas and small and large picnics, including the Greek Picnic with over 100,000 participants annually from around the country. Tours are available of the historic mansions in the park.
3400 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104 +1 215 243 1100
Established in the early 1800s, the Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest of its kind in America. Today it is home to nearly 2,000 creatures great and small from the top of the food chain to the bottom. Rare species from around the world are on hand, such as white lions, pandas, polar bears and the country's only giant river otters. Call or check website for admission prices.
1350 Schuylkill Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19123 +1 215 389 8687
Philadelphia Trolley Works conducts 90-minute tours of Old City Philadelphia daily, it offers a chance to take in the rich history the city has to offer in the throwback charm of yesteryear. All-day passes allow patrons to board and re-board at any of the 20 stops on the waterfront and in Center City. Trolleys for private hire and tours through Fairmount Park are also available.
126 Elfreth Alley Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 574 0560
Known as the oldest residential street in the country, Elfreth's Alley boasts nearly 30 houses dating from the early 18th to 19th centuries, most generally middle-class homes of merchants and small businessmen. The colonial lodgings give visitors an appreciation of the endurance of the craftsmanship of the American forefathers. The rustic edifices inspire the flavor of the Revolutionary Days. Families who pledge to preserve the look of the structures currently occupy the houses. Home #126 features period furniture and other changing exhibits.
This meeting house of the Quakers has been in existence since 1693. Built on the land Philadelphia founder William Penn gave to the devout Christian denomination, today it educates visitors about the history and beliefs of the Quakers. Guides are on hand to present a fifteen minute slide show and give tours of the various Quaker artifacts and dioramas depicting William Penn's contributions and importance to the development of the region.
239 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 686 1252
The legend of how Betsy Ross created the first American flag may lack proper historical evidence, but it remains an integral part of early American history. Her house offers insight into Colonial life. Betsy Ross mainly used this abode to rent rooms to travelers and wayfarers. According to the Philadelphia Historic Society, more people visit the Ross house than any other historical attraction. The house is located in Old City adjacent to many shopping and eating destinations.
Having a hotel room 22 floors above the Delaware River
should be enough of a treat, but the Hyatt adds the bonus of being a very nice luxury hotel, so you don not even have to look out the ...
The Philadelphia Museum of Art features over 200 galleries filled
with treasures spanning continents and cultures, drawn from a collection of more than 400,000 works of art. The huge stone edifice of the museum, supported by majestic Doric columns, ...
New Hall Military Museum has two floors of exhibits commemorating
the Army, Navy and Marines in early American history. A permanent display called "Marines in the Revolution" documents the role of leathernecks from the years 1775 1781. Also in ...