Although it is often underrated as a tourist attraction, the historic city of Philadelphia offers a lot to visitors. Today, Philadelphia is a prominent industrial, business and educational hub of the country. It has a number of top ranked companies, entrepreneurship, and international universities. Due to the city’s rich historical treasure, and its economic and educational progress, Philadelphia contributes a major chunk to the country’s gross domestic production. With that being said, here’s a look at a few reasons why you should consider visiting Philly the next time you are on vacation.
Reading Terminal Market
Established in 1893, the Reading Terminal Market is one of the oldest enclosed markets in Philadelphia. It first originated in a train shed at the Reading Railroad Company and has gone through changes and expansions over time. If you hold an interest in cooking, then a visit to this market is a must when you visit Philadelphia. The market boasts of appealing aromas from fresh meat and handmade confections, most of which are locally grown. There is also exotic produce, seafood and several Amish specialties to be discovered. Even more, there are stalls selling kitchenware, cookbooks, and even table linens. If looking at all that fresh produce gets you hungry, there are a variety of restaurants around where you can enjoy a hearty meal.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
An art museum that was originally chartered in 1876, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the most famous art museums in the country. Located on a hill at the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the main building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art was completed back in 1928. The collections on exhibit here are made up of 240,000 objects that include significant holdings of Asian, American and European origin. The different classes of artwork on display here include paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs, decorative arts, armor, and drawings. For art enthusiasts, visiting this museum is a must.
Philadelphia Pub Crawl
There are various pub crawl tours on offer in Philadelphia, but all of them are focused on the same thing: helping tourists visit some of the best drinking establishments in the city. Philadelphia is counted amongst the best beer drinking cities in the country – and it has an extensive history to back that claim. On a pub crawl tour, you will be able to learn how the first American Porter was brewed, as well as about old tavern traditions and the history of Philadelphia’s drinking past.
This is an iconic symbol of American independence and was originally placed in the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall). With time, it was moved to the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. A visit to the Liberty Bell will help you learn about the founding of the State House Bell (now known as Liberty Bell), how it was used by abolitionists, and the ways in which women’s suffrage was advocated.