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Known for Museums, Historical Buildings and Universities

Almost 40 million visitors come to this Pennsylvania city each year to see important sites of U.S. history and locations made famous by a popular movie franchise.

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Philadelphia was founded as the city of “brotherly love” in the late 1600s by William Penn for Quakers seeking a land without religious persecution. Visit this historic city to explore important sites from the early days of the United States as well as modern pop culture.

Independence National Historical Park holds Independence Hall, where John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Nearby, see the recognizable crack and important message of the Liberty Bell: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”

The Eastern State Penitentiary is an unlikely but very popular tourist stop. Examine the unique solitary prison design and look for the cell where Al Capone was held. Stop at the Reading Terminal Market for fresh foods in the same indoor structure where the market started in 1892. The Franklin Institute offers hands-on science and technology education in 11 permanent galleries, carrying on the learning and discovery approach of famed hometown hero, Benjamin Franklin, scientist and statesman. See more than 1,300 animals at the Philadelphia Zoo, the first zoo established in the U.S.

The city has many other cultural attractions besides its historical treasures. Put on your gray sweatshirt and jog around Philadelphia and along the Schuylkill River just like Sylvester Stallone did in the film Rocky and its many sequels. Hum Gonna Fly Now as you run up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Step inside for art ranging from collections featured in the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 to exceptional modern works in over 200 galleries. The Barnes Foundation has a superb collection of post-impressionist and early modern works.

Head to south Philadelphia to see the Eagles play football. Alternatively watch the game at a neighborhood bar just about anywhere in the city while enjoying a classic Philly cheese steak and a Yuengling beer made in nearby Pottsville or one of the area’s craft breweries.

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One of the country’s largest museums, with hundreds of thousands of objects, a Rodin Museum, renowned impressionist art and a sculpture garden.

When you visit Reading Terminal Market, a popular shopping spot in Philadelphia, you can browse for souvenirs. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or experience its fascinating museums.

Set in the historical heart of the city, this glass pavilion that houses America’s symbol of independence is one of the most visited sights in Philadelphia.

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around Villanova University, a top college in Radnor. Discover the acclaimed art scene and shops in this vibrant area.

Learn more about the local history when you visit Independence Hall, a well-known historical site in Philadelphia. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

The oldest zoo in the country is an American favorite because of its breeding program for rare species, outstanding permanent habitats and eco-friendly approach. 

Please Touch Museum is a popular museum in Philadelphia with a rich history. Experience the acclaimed theater scene or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

Learn more about the local history when you visit City Hall, a well-known historical site in Philadelphia. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

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No trip to Philly would be complete without a visit to the One Liberty Observation Deck, a vantage point that lets you soak up sweeping city views from 57 floors up. Enjoy admission to the world-class lookout and enhance your experience with a healthy dose of US history.

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Little builders and would-be architects of all ages can get into the hands-on fun at the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, whether it's making your own vehicles in the Build & Test Zone, catching a 4-D film featuring your favorite LEGO characters, or checking out the LEGO model of Philadelphia's skyline.

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Experience the best that Philadelphia has to offer and save up to 55 percent on admission! With unlimited access to over 30 top attractions and fast-track entry at a range of locations, save time and money with a Philadelphia Pass.

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Set sail aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia for an evening of delectable food, spectacular skyline views, and lively entertainment. With a refreshing cocktail in hand, relax on the open-air top deck or dance the night away as the DJ spins Top 40 hits.

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Spend a day discovering the historic sights and iconic American landmarks of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, before heading out into the Pennsylvania countryside for an authentic Amish immersion, complete with a market lunch and a horse-drawn buggy ride.

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History Lives in Philadelphia. Find freedom with the Sightseeing Flex Pass, your key to over 35 iconic landmark destinations & experiences, including convenient Hop-On, Hop-Off tours through four centuries of history.

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