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    Top Philadelphia City Experiences

    There's always a ton to do in Philadelphia, but here's our picks for top city experiences. Do you disagree? Then let us know your top city experiences via Twitter @Phillyfunguide!

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    Eastern State Penitentiary, the world's first true penitentiary, was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.

     

    Why you should check it out: Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row. Just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art!

     

     

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      26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Eakins Oval Philadelphia PA
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    Created by A. Thomas Schomberg, the Rocky Sculpture sits next to the main steps (Rocky Steps) of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

     

    Why you should check it out: You know you want to do it. Run up those steps, raise your hands, then get down here and take your picture with Rocky!

     

     

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    Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, the design of the American flag was agreed upon, the Articles of Confederation were adopted, and the U.S. Constitution was drafted and signed. Steps away from Independence Hall is The National Constitution Center: interactive museum and civic education headquarters dedicated to that sacred document. 

     

    Why you should check it out: See Freedom Rising, a 360-degree theatrical production, Signer's Hall: 42 life-size bronze statues of the founding fathers, and celebrate being an American!

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    The Philadelphia Zoo has the distinction of being the first in America, founded back in 1874. Today it is a leading destination for people of all ages. See zebras and giraffes roam an African-type plain. Say hello to red pandas and clouded leopards. Watch polar bears splash in their chilly habitat. Come explore the magic and excitement of the Philadelphia Zoo. 

     

     

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    The Franklin is known for blockbuster exhibits and one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences. Founded in honor of America's first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin is to create a passion for learning about science and technology.

     

    Why you should check it out: Walk through the new Brain exhibit, as well as other favorites like the Giant Heart exhibit, Sports Challenge, and Amazing Machine. Admission includes a show in the famous Fels Planetarium!

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    Reading Terminal is a historic farmer's market in downtown Philadelphia, and is a favorite among locals as well as visitors.

     

    Why you should check it out: Choose among the homemade Amish specialties (Beiler’s Donuts!), fresh produce, fresh seafood, and tasty meats and poultry, browse the hand-made crafts, or visit one of the many ethnic restaurants.

     

     

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    The Liberty Bell Center is open year round, and offers a video presentation (in many languages) and exhibits about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins. The Liberty Bell's inscription conveys a message of liberty which goes beyond the words themselves.

     

    Why you should check it out: No tickets are required. See the international icon of freedom in its magnificent glass chamber and find out how the bell got its famous crack!

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    MUSEUMS
    Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia Membership
    Japan America Society of Greater...
    September 11th, 2018 - October 15th, 2018
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    TOURS
    Ghost Tour (Adult Nightly) Vampires, Sex, & Ghosts
    Grim Philly Twilight Tours
    July 23rd, 2018 - December 31st, 2018
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    TOURS
    Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
    Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
    September 21st, 2018 - November 3rd, 2018
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    KIDS
    Hayrides to the Witches House
    Linvilla Orchards
    October 5th, 2018 - October 30th, 2018
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    OUTDOORS
    Think Outside the Room...An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt! DoTheSearch.com
    DoTheSearch.com
    May 25th, 2018 - December 31st, 2018
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    KIDS
    Fishing at Orchard Lake
    Linvilla Orchards
    October 10th, 2018 - November 4th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Signers' Hall
    National Constitution Center
    December 1st, 2013 - December 31st, 2020
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    MUSEUMS
    Voting Booth
    National Constitution Center
    January 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2020
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    ATTRACTIONS
    The Giant Heart
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2013 - December 31st, 2020
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    Train Factory
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Franklin Air Show
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - January 31st, 2021
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    Amazing Machine
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    KidScience
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Space Command
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Changing Earth
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Sir Isaac's Loft
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    Observatory
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    ATTRACTIONS
    Fels Planetarium
    The Franklin Institute
    January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2020
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    MUSEUMS
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    January 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Cultures at the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq
    Penn Museum
    April 25th, 2017 - November 25th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Once Upon a Time...Exploring the World of Fairy Tales
    Mercer Museum
    September 29th, 2018 - January 6th, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Special Exhibit: Xtreme Bugs
    The Academy of Natural Sciences of...
    May 26th, 2018 - January 21st, 2019
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    TOURS
    The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
    The Constitutional Walking Tour of...
    August 14th, 2018 - November 30th, 2018
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    TOURS
    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Philadelphia
    Urban Adventure Quest
    December 21st, 2017 - December 31st, 2019
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    89th Annual Phillips' Mill Art Exhibition
    Phillips' Mill Community Association
    September 24th, 2018 - October 28th, 2018
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    MUSIC
    3rd Tuesdays Gypsy Jazz Jam
    PhillyLocalIMPACTLive!
    May 15th, 2018 - December 18th, 2018
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    MUSIC
    Raven Lounge Open Mic
    PhillyLocalIMPACTLive!
    May 8th, 2018 - December 18th, 2018
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    TOURS
    Chew Philly's Haunted Food Tours
    Chew Philly Food Tours
    October 10th, 2018 - October 28th, 2018
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    VISUAL ARTS
    FIGMAGO - Become the Artist
    Meg Saligman Studio
    July 18th, 2018 - October 31st, 2018

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