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Independence Visitor Center
Start your sightseeing here!  This is a great place to begin your visit to Philadelphia; learn about attractions, get the scoop on special exhibits and tours, plan itineraries, and purchase tickets.
Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
6th and Market Streets
1-800-537-7676
http://www.phlvisitorcenter.com/

 

Close to the Hotel – within 10 miles

King of Prussia Mall
The premiere shopping destination on the East Coast featuring over 400 stores and restaurants.
Open Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA
610-265-5794
http://www.simon.com/mall/king-of-prussia-mall

George Washington's Headquarters
The small building known as Washington’s Headquarters was the place where General George Washington and his staff lived and worked for the six months of the Valley Forge winter encampment.
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA
610-783-1099
http://www.nps.gov/vafo/historyculture/washingtonhq.htm

Washington Memorial Chapel
Home to an active worshipping community, the Washington Memorial Chapel was built in an impressive Gothic Revival style as a tribute to George Washington and his service to our country. The chapel complex is also home to the Chapel Cabin Shop, featuring gifts and food and drink.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Route 23 at Valley Forge National Historical Park, Valley Forge, PA
610-783-0120
http://wmchapel.org/

Valley Forge National Historic Park
Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army.
Open daily, year-round 7 a.m. to dark
1400 North Outer Line, King of Prussia, PA
610-783-1053
http://www.nps.gov/vafo/index.htm

Oaks Center Ice
Open Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 2 p.m. to 4p.m.
100 Penco Road, Oaks, PA
610-650-9690
http://www.oakscenterice.com/

Philadelphia Rock Gym – Oaks
The first Philadelphia Rock Gym, built in 1994, was one of the first indoor climbing facilities in the United States!
Open Mon-Fri 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
E-520 122 Mill Road, Oaks, PA
610-666-7673
http://www.philarockgym.com/PRG-oaks.php

 

Historical Places to Visit
 
Liberty Bell Center
View this world-renowned artifact – one of the most iconic symbols of our country.
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6th and Market Streets
215-965-2305
http://www.nps.gov/inde/liberty-bell-center.htm

Independence Hall
Tour the historic building where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed.
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5th and Chestnut Streets
215-965-2305
http://www.nps.gov/inde/independence-hall-1.htm

Carpenters' Hall
This historic landmark was the meeting site of the first Continental Congress in 1744.
Open Tues-Sun 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
320 Chestnut Street
215-925-0167
http://www.carpentershall.org/

National Constitution Center
Over 100 interactive exhibits tell the story of the Constitution from the American Revolution to the present.
Open Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
525 Arch Street
215-409-6600
http://www.constitutioncenter.org/

Declaration House
Thomas Jefferson stayed in Jacob Graff's house while he drafted the Declaration of Independence.
Hours vary according to season
701 Market Street
267-965-2305
http://www.nps.gov/inde/declaration-house.htm

(see more National Park Service Sites at http://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/hours.htm)

Betsy Ross House
Experience the home of America’s most famous flag maker.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3rd and Arch Streets
215-629-4026
http://historicphiladelphia.org/betsy-ross-house/what-to-see/

Battleship New Jersey
America's most decorated battleship is now a museum.
Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ
866-877-6262
http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/

Eastern State Penitentiary
One of the most famous prisons in the world, this National Historic Landmark was the model for 300 prisons worldwide and held some of America¹s most notorious criminals, including Al Capone.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2027 Fairmount Ave
215-236-3300
 
http://www.easternstate.org/home

 

Fun Stuff to Do

Adventure Aquarium
Over 200,000 square feet with exhibits such as West African River Experience, Shark Realm, Penguin Island and Seal Shores.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
856-365-3300
http://www.adventureaquarium.com/

American Treasure Tour
Visit the American Treasure Tour and experience treasures spanning the decades! With thousands of items to view in over 100,000 square feet, this experience is a treat for any age. All tours are by reservation only.
Tours are 90 minutes long.
422 Business Center, Oaks, PA
610-551-1629
http://americantreasuretour.com/

The Philadelphia Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies are playing at home May 29-June 5!
Times vary
Citizens Bank Ballpark, 1 Citizens Bank Way
215-463-1000
http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com

Philadelphia Trolley Works
Various tours (trolley, walking, bus, horse drawn, and more!) take you around Philadelphia to see the sites!
Times vary
Departing locations vary
215-389-8687
http://www.phillytour.com/

The Philadelphia Zoo
Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3400 West Girard Avenue
215-243-1100
http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/

Sesame Place
Share in the imagination with your kids.
Open Mon-Thu 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
100 Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
866-464-3566
http://www.sesameplace.com/

 

Museums

The African American Museum
Collection of objects and art of the life and works of African Americans.
Open Tues-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
701 Arch Street
215-574-0380
http://www.aampmuseum.org/

Elfreth's Alley
Visit the oldest continuously occupied resident street in the US.
Open Tues-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Between Quarry and Arch Streets and between 2nd and Front Streets
215-574-0560
http://www.elfrethsalley.org/

The Franklin Institute
Home of many exhibits, the Tuttleman IMAX Theater, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, and The Franklin Theater.
Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
222 North 20th Street
215-448-1200
http://www2.fi.edu/

Independence Seaport Museum
Independence Seaport Museum is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
211 South Columbus Boulevard
215-413-8655
http://www.phillyseaport.org/

Mummers Museum
Dedicated to the Philadelphia celebration of the New Year, this museum houses a collection of mummers' paraphernalia and memorabilia.
Open Wed-Sat 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1100 South 2nd Street
215-336-3050
http://www.mummersmuseum.com/

Mütter Museum
This unique museum is home to a collection of over 20,000 medical and anatomical oddities.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
19 South 22nd Street
215-563-3737
http://www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum/

National Museum of American Jewish History
Covering 25,000 square feet and three and a half floors, visitors explore more than 350 years of Jewish life in America through evocative objects, telling moments, and state-of-the-art interactive media.
Open Tues-Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
5th and Market Streets
215-923-3811
http://www.nmajh.org/

Please Touch Museum
Museum is designed for families with young children and features interactive exhibits. Close to PCOM's campus.
Open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4231 Avenue of the Republic
215-581-3181
http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/

 

Arts and Culture

The Barnes Foundation
Hundreds of works by Impressionist, post-Impressionist and early modern masters, plus African masks and Pennsylvania Dutch decorative arts, are on view in a structure that combines the vision of their original owner Dr. Albert Barnes with a contemporary and green execution.
Open Mon 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed-Thu and Sat-Sun 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
215-278-7000
http://www.barnesfoundation.org/

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Come see a variety of performances for all ages.
Dates and times vary
300 South Broad Street
215-790-5800
http://www.kimmelcenter.org/

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
America’s first school of fine arts and a museum as well.
Open Tues-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
118 North Broad Street
215-972-7600
http://www.pafa.org/

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar's unique mosaic art environment and his public murals.
Open Sun-Thu 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
1020 South Street
215-733-0390
http://www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org/

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Open Tues-Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
215-763-8100
http://www.philamuseum.org/

Walnut Street Theatre
America's oldest theatre is the stage for many different performances.
Dates and times vary
825 Walnut Street
215-574-3550
http://www.walnutstreettheatre.org/

 

Outdoors

Bartram's Garden
Oldest living botanical garden in America.
Open daily to the public
5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
215-729-5281
http://www.bartramsgarden.org/

Schuylkill River Trail
A 10-mile trail along the Schuylkill River, perfect for walking or biking!
Open daily to the public
Runs along the Schuylkill River from Walnut Street to Port Royal Avenue
484-945-0200
http://www.schuylkillrivertrail.com/

Wissahickon Valley Park
The 1,800 acres of Wissahickon Valley Park are part of Philadelphia's 10,500-acre park system, one of the largest urban park systems in the world. Hiking trails start at various locations, the most popular trail being Forbidden Drive.
Open daily to the public
From King of Prussia: Forbidden Drive at Northwestern Avenue
From Philadelphia: Forbidden Drive at Lincoln Avenue
215-247-0417
http://fow.org/

 

Dining/Shopping

Manayunk
This neighborhood is known not only for its great nightlife, but also for its art galleries, boutiques and restaurants.
Main Street, Manayunk, PA
215-482-9565
http://www.manayunk.com/

New Hope
This charming town is filled with charming boutiques and eclectic restaurants.
Main Street, New Hope, PA
215-862-5030
http://www.newhopepa.com/

Philadelphia Premium Outlets
150 of best names in manufacturers' and retail outlet stores.
Open Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
18 West Lightcap Road, Limerick, PA
610-495-9000
http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=75

Chinatown
Over 50 Asian restaurants, churches, a Buddhist temple and specialty Oriental markets.
8th and 12th Streets between Arch and Callowhill

Italian Market
See one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in America.
Open Tues-Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
9th and Washington Avenues (along 9th Street between Wharton and Fitzwater Streets)
http://www.phillyitalianmarket.com/

Peddler's Village
42-acre complex features over 75 specialty shops and restaurants.
Hours vary by store
Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska, PA
215-794-4051
http://www.peddlersvillage.com/

Reading Terminal Market
Indoor market showcasing Amish specialties, ethnic foods, Philly favorites and much more.
Open Mon-Sat 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
12th and Arch Streets
215-922-2317
http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/

South Street
With over 300 stores and restaurants, South Street stays up late with most stores open from noon 'til midnight.
Hours vary by store
Between Lombard and Bainbridge Streets (along South Street between Front and 10th Streets)
215-413-3713
http://southstreet.com/

Chickie's and Pete's
Crab House and Sports Bar
Open Sun-Thu 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
1526 Packer Avenue
215-218-0500
http://chickiesandpetes.com/

City Tavern
Authentic 18th century American cuisine.
Open daily, lunch from 11:30 a.m., dinner from 4 p.m. Mon-Sat, 3 p.m. Sun
138 South 2nd Street
215-413-1443
http://www.citytavern.com/

Dave and Buster's
Bring your family to this world class arcade and restaurant.
Open Sun-Thu 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
325 North Columbus Boulevard
215-413-1951
http://www.daveandbusters.com/default.aspx

Pat's King of Steaks vs. Geno's Steaks
Get your cheesesteak!
Open daily 24 hours
9th Street and Passyunk Avenue (on opposite corners from each other)
215-468-1546 / 215-389-0659‎
http://www.patskingofsteaks.com/
http://www.genosteaks.com/

Tony Luke's Cheesesteaks
Can’t choose between Pat’s and Geno’s? Try Tony Luke's!
Open Mon-Thu 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri and Sat 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun 11a.m. to 8 p.m.
39 East Oregon Avenue
215-551-5725
http://www.tonylukes.com/