Philadelphia's Best Attractions, Explore Art and History
When you're visiting a new locale, it's not so much about the location but rather, it's the attractions, attractions, attractions that typically make you decide to go. While you might not be able to cram all of these activities into one visit to Philly, these are the places that will make you decide to come back and back until you've experienced them all.
- Type: Classes or Instruction, Editor's Picks, Family Friendly, History Museums, Museums
- Neighborhood: Old City
Local Expert Tip: "The constitution center hosts some of the most prominent political and media-related speakers and public events in the world; check the website to coordinate your visit with one of these educational events."
Local Expert Tip: "In season, nighttime walking tours through the district's taverns or tours that play sound and light shows against the old buildings provide unique interactions that a basic daytime visit doesn't. "
Local Expert Tip: "The best times to go are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8-3 or Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9-5 when Amish vendors come from Lancaster County to sell the products they grow and make on their farms."
Local Expert Tip: "Though the current space is far larger than the original one, museum staff still strongly recommends reserving timed tickets in advance."
- Type: Architecture, Art & Culture, Art Museums, Classes or Instruction, Editor's Picks, Family Friendly
Local Expert Tip: "On Friday afternoons, Art After Five turns the museum into a cocktail party with late hours, live music, and hors d'oeuvres and beverages for purchase."
Local Expert Tip: "Kids and adults can get an insider's view into the worlds of excavation and conservation by peering into The Artifact Lab, where preservationists work on ancient Egyptian artifacts in full view of the public. "
- Type: City, Classes or Instruction, Editor's Picks, Gardens, History Museums, Local Picks
- Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Local Expert Tip: "If you need a break, step outside for a stroll though the Medicinal garden, which contains more than 50 different types of medicinal herbs and their corresponding historical and medicinal descriptions."
- Type: Attractions, Family Friendly, Historic Sites, Tours and Excursions
- Neighborhood: Museum District & Fairmount Park
Local Expert Tip: "The Terror Behind the Walls Halloween haunted house gets all the press but there are plenty of activities year-round, including the annual Bastille Day reenactment and festival, artist installations and hands-on experiences."
- Type: Art & Culture, Day Trips, Editor's Picks, Family Friendly, Gardens, Outdoor Activities
- Neighborhood: Outside the city
Local Expert Tip: "If you're coming at Christmas time, when Longwood Gardens appears at its most resplendent, magical and romantic, be sure to buy timed tickets well in advance, and consider coming at night to marvel at 400,000 twinkling lights and breathtaking fountain shows."
Local Expert Tip: "During the summer, come at lunchtime to sample from some of the city's best food trucks and a free concert in the park."
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