Top Philadelphia Historical Sites That Are Totally Worth Checking Out

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, made up by the many sights, sounds, smells and tastes that emerge from its depth. The local historic sites here in Philadelphia are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds the city. After all, it was here that many great things happened for our country, and the evidence is still here years an years later for us to view and imagine what it was like back then. When stopping here for the first time, many folks venture to big-impact-stops like The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Others enjoy sights such as Battleship New Jersey or Eastern State Penitentiary that pack a bit of a personality into their presence. Whatever preferences you have for attractions along your visitor's route, you'll appreciate the plethora of choices available here. Historic homes, famous buildings, interesting statues, pretty parks, well-known landmarks and scenic pieces of the past all come together to make Philadelphia's historical roots pair with the city's newer additions. Stop to visit the hotspots that interest you, your family, or your friends, or come up with a few sights of your own that make the grade. Fortunately in a city such as this one, there are so many good ones to pick from.

National Constitution Center


A visit to the National Constitution Center starts with a powerful multi-media theater presentation that describes the main points of our country's most important document. After the presentation, visitors are free to roam about the building...  Read More



The B. Free Franklin Post office is the only free colonial-themed post office operated by the US Postal Service in existence. It also proves itself in staying true to the period in which it was created (for instance, it does not fly the American...  Read More



Just across the Delaware River, in Camden, NJ, Philadelphia residents have access to our nation's largest and most decorated battleship, the USS New Jersey. Fully-restored, this battleship-turned-museum welcomes visitors of all ages, even...  Read More



Built in the mid 1700s, this Georgian-style house was owned by the Widow Lithgow, who rented rooms in it to Betsy Ross and her husband, from 1773-1786. They ran an upholstery business out of this house, and in 1776, Betsy allegedly sewed the...  Read More

Christ Church Burial Ground


This cemetery is a veritable who's who of early America. Benjamin Franklin is buried here, along with four other signers or the Declaration of Independence. Wander through the cemetery, and you'll also spot markers for historic leaders in the...  Read More



Still a residential street, Elfreth's Alley was constructed in 1702 and is the oldest continuously inhabited street in the U.S. Two houses on the cobblestone street are open to the public � the Museum House and the Chairmakers House....  Read More

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Photo courtesy of National Park Service


The site of George Washington's winter 1777 encampment, Valley Forge is one of the nation's best known Revolutionary War landmarks. The National Park Service-run park is a haven for nature lovers looking for a place to stroll, ride a bike or...  Read More

Liberty Bell


The Liberty Bell Center is a Philadelphia must-see. Visitors can not only view the famous Liberty Bell, one of the most recognized symbols of American freedom, but also learn its history. Films, historical documents, and visual displays...  Read More



Probably the most famous site in Philadelphia, Independence Hall is where Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and their rebellious compatriots approved and announced the Declaration of Independence. Built between 1732 and 1756, this...  Read More

Museum District & Fairmount Park


Opened in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence among convicts. Today, the massive structure stands in ruins as one of Philadelphia's most historic sites. Visitors can...  Read More