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Museum of the American Revolution
1. Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of American Revolution is a museum in Philadelphia which explores the story of American independence. The museum was opened in 2017 on the anniversary of the first battle of the war, which took place in 1775.
Penn Museum
2. Penn Museum
Penn Museum is an archaeology and anthropology museum that is part of the University of Pennsylvania. It is located on Penn's campus in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
3. Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Featuring over 75 classic sports cars and vintage motor cars in mint condition, Philadelphia's Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is one of the finest private car collections in the world, and the only museum of its kind in North America. With a roster of vehicles from the likes of Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, and more, it's a car enthusiast's paradise that is not to be missed.
National Liberty Museum
4. National Liberty Museum
The National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an independent learning and exhibit center that focuses on the stories and people who have helped to advance liberty and freedom in society. Taking a deeper look behind the flags and symbols associated with ideas of liberty, the museum offers a thorough and inspiring experience that'll give you a deeper appreciation for the selfless sacrifice of history's freedom-fighters and the legal structures and liberties they fought for that ensure a free society.
Museum of Illusions Philadelphia
5. Museum of Illusions Philadelphia
Get ready to experience the impossible at Museum of Illusions Philly! With over 50 optical illusions, holograms, hands-on exhibits, and immersive rooms, guests of all ages will enjoy some eye-fooling fun while also learning about vision and perception. Your eyes will be in a constant battle with your brain as you make your way through this one-of-a-kind experience. And don't forget your camera! You'll want to capture those wild moments as you appear to defy gravity and walk on walls! Located in the heart of Old City, Museum of Illusions is just steps away from iconic institutions like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, making it the perfect destination to round out your day in the City of Brotherly Love. A mind-bending adventure awaits at Museum of Illusions Philadelphia!

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Sesame Place

A Sesame Street theme park? Yes, please! Hang out with Big Bird, Elmo, and the gang from the much-loved TV show. This family-friendly theme park features rides, themed lands and meet-and-greets with your favorite characters. It's a surefire kid-pleaser!
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a non-profit organization and a folk art outdoor gallery space on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Created by Philly native Zagar Isaiah, the mosaicked Magic Gardens spans three city lots and has a colorful outdoor labyrinth. It is a sightseeing must when visiting the Birthplace of America.
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia is a large indoor activity center, located in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. It houses 10 LEGO®-themed play areas, including a laser maze and a 4D cinema experience.
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Reading Terminal Market is a large indoor market in Philadelphia that has been supplying the city with massive flavors since 1893. With the smell of Philly cheesesteaks wafting across the stalls, it's an ideal place to sample the city's favorite dish. But you'll also find lots of fresh produce, artisanal meats and cheeses, seafood, ice cream, baked goods, and world cuisine – so no matter what your taste in food is, you'll find something delicious to sink your teeth into.
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Philadelphia Sightseeing Tour's kiosk is located at the Independence Visitor Center, at 6th & Market Street, around the corner from the Liberty Bell. It is where you can pick up your hop-on, hop-off bus ticket that is part of the Sightseeing Flex Pass.
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Faith and Liberty Discovery Center
Welcome to the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you believe, we hope that you will come and visit. When you do, you will find a piece of yourself in the story of America. American values like faith, liberty, justice, hope, unity, and love have shaped our country, drawn new immigrants here, and formed us as a people. These same values have motivated some of our greatest cultural moments and political achievements—from independence, to emancipation, to women’s suffrage, to civil rights. And these values have pulled us through the nation’s darkest days of war, domestic strife, and terrorist attacks.
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Dialing code

+1 (area code is 215)

Time zone

Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Getting around

The Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has a veritable fleet of buses, trains, trams and trolleybuses, which is more than enough to get you where you need to go. If you’re in a tight spot, Uber and Lyft can help you out, and recent investment in cycle paths means it's usually possible to get around town under your own steam.

Weather

Philadelphia has a distinctly maritime climate, meaning that the summers can be hot and humid, while the winters can be chilly – although rarely dipping below zero. If you’re looking to hedge your bets, it's best to visit during spring or autumn, when everything is much more settled and temperatures hover around 10–20 °C.

Food in Philly

This city is famous for its cuisine, influenced by its many German and Italian immigrants. You’re probably aware of the (in)famous Philadelphia Cheesesteak sandwich, but how about hoagies, scrapple and Tastykake? They're true ‘American’ delicacies, so expect fried things with cheese, in large quantities.

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Ding dong

One of the most famous sights in all of America, the giant Liberty Bell is a copper-toned tribute to that fine American tradition – freedom! The bell was made in London in 1752 and gained its famous crack the first time it was struck. It’s since played a key role in pivotal moments in American history, and remains an essential site of pilgrimage for visitors from all over the globe.

Get high

The One Liberty Place tower dominates Philly’s skyline, and now you can go straight to the top, with the One Liberty Observation Deck. Atop the city's highest viewing platform, you can enjoy views of hotspots like the City Hall, Comcast Center, the BNY Center and more. And those looking for another kind of elevation can enjoy the decriminalization of marijuana – the largest US city to do so!

Go the distance

Yes it’s a terrible cliché, but you’ll regret it if you don’t run up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at least once. Not only is it the setting for one of the most iconic scenes in modern cinema, it's a great vantage point to enjoy the views of the Ben Franklin Parkway below. Bonus points if you can jog up them in a tatty tracksuit with a bull mastif – “Aaaadriaaaaan!!”

See it all

There’s enough to see and do in Philly to satisfy even the most over-eager traveller. If you can’t decide exactly what to visit (or in what order), the FlexPass will be just to your liking. With over 23 attractions, you can pick and choose to your heart’s content. Best of all, you can use it to hop on one of the regular tour buses, so you can see all the sights while you travel from A to B!

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