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Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the type of destination that you'll be reminiscing about long after the vacation's over.

This area of Southeast Pennsylvania has a population of roughly 1,500,000 people.

Harrisburg, the state capital, is roughly 90 miles west of Philadelphia, and Camden is 3 miles to the east.

Discovering Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center is the perfect way to get started on your adventures.

Rediscover the joys of childhood at Sesame Place and the Please Touch Museum. If you're looking for even more family fun, head on to Francisville Playground and the Linvilla Orchards.

If you enjoy animal watching, you'll be in heaven at the Philadelphia Zoo or the Elmwood Park Zoo. When you add in the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, you are certain to have an unforgettable zoological adventure.

At the Grace Winery, wine connoisseurs and newbies alike can learn about the region's winemaking traditions, before savoring a glass or two of the finished product.

Whether you want to fine-tune your poker face or just enjoy the gaming atmosphere, you can find exactly what you're looking for at the Parx Casino and Racetrack, the Harrah's Casino and Racetrack and the SugarHouse Casino.

Plant lovers will enjoy an informative stroll through the Bartram's Garden.

Pack a picnic hamper and take five in the leafy, green surroundings of Morris Arboretum and Washington Square Park. Reyburn Park and Jenkins Arboretum and Garden are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy day with a good book.

At a loss as to what to do next? You're certain to come across some excellent ideas at Independence Visitor Center and Valley Forge National Park Visitors Center.

Turn off your phone and have a rest from the noises of the modern world at Fairmount Park and Neshaminy State Park. Valley Forge National Historic Park and Fort Washington State Park are also highly recommended by nature enthusiasts.

Set aside a day or two to explore some of the many cultural spaces nearby. The Mutter Museum and the National Constitution Center offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your interest. The Mummers Museum and the Fireman's Hall are also worth a visit.

Those curious about nautical heritage should consider a visit to the Independence Seaport Museum or the USS Becuna.

If you feel like challenging yourself, head on over to the Franklin Institute Science Museum or the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum. The range of science artifacts exhibited at these wonderful museums will stimulate your mind for hours. The Franklin Institute and the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center are two more options worth investigating if you're in the mood.

The natural world contains more riches than we could ever hope to see in one lifetime. Fortunately, places such as the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Wagner Free Institute of Science make it easier for us by putting them all in one location. The captivating specimens and curiosities of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology are equally worth taking a look at.

Expand your appreciation of art, and perhaps even pick up something to take back home at one of the numerous exhibition spaces. Stop by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum for some great examples of what this creative enclave has to offer. The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of American Art are also well worth a browse if you can squeeze them in.

History lovers can immerse themselves in the past at the African American Museum and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Like the sound of those? Continue your explorations at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Rosenbach Museum and Library.

The Ben Franklin National Memorial and the Villanova University are certainly worth looking into, even if you're not that into history. More tales from the days of old await at the St. Joseph's University and Eastern State Penitentiary.

Be sure to make time to watch the water flow under Benjamin Franklin Bridge. This heritage structure has played a vital role in connecting the city's residents.

Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not, you're sure to enjoy a trip to St. Peter's Episcopal Church and Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church. You might also like to explore Christ Church or the Swaminarayan Temple.

Before you pack up your suitcase and head back home, ensure you stop at a few of the area's lesser-known attractions. Rittenhouse Square and the Speed Raceway might catch your eye. Also, consider seeing the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Painted Bride Art Center if you have the time.


Guide to Exploring Philadelphia


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AU$151
Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

220 S 17th Street, Philadelphia
4.2
of 5, from 1,532 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located 1 block east of Rittenhouse Square, this Philadelphia hotel is set amid smart shops and art galleries; Liberty Place office towers, Walnut Street restaurants, and Broad Street theaters are within 5 blocks.

AU$182
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market St, Philadelphia
4.3
of 5, from 2,354 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Linked by skywalk to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Gallery Mall, this Center City Philadelphia hotel is 7 blocks from Chinatown and 8 blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The 13th St Trolley station is just a block away.

AU$98
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Philadelphia Airport

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Philadelphia Airport

8840 Tinicum Blvd, Philadelphia
3.2
of 5, from 4,968 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is less than a mile from the Philadelphia International Airport and just over 8 miles from downtown Philadelphia attractions.

AU$147
Sofitel Philadelphia

Sofitel Philadelphia

120 S 17th St, Philadelphia
4.6
of 5, from 3,973 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located on the site of the former Philadelphia Stock Exchange, this 14-story hotel is in the central business district, 0.2 mile from Rittenhouse Square, and close to Pennsylvania Convention Center.

AU$166
The Windsor Suites

The Windsor Suites

1700 Ben Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia
4.2
of 5, from 4,190 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is across from the Philadelphia Free Library, and 1 block from Comcast and Verizon buildings. The world famous Barnes Foundation Museum is just 3 blocks away, and the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the Museum of Art, and the Rodin Museum are also nearby.

AU$151
Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market St, Philadelphia
4.5
of 5, from 3,381 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel enjoys a prime location in downtown Philadelphia, 1 block from City Hall and Reading Terminal Market, 2 blocks from the Convention Center, and just 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the Liberty Bell.

AU$142
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia
3.9
of 5, from 4,099 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This 26-story, pet-friendly hotel is 2 blocks from the Philadelphia Convention Center and a short distance to numerous nearby museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

AU$181
Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

1800 Market St, Philadelphia
4.3
of 5, from 1,404 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Logan Square, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Art Institute of Philadelphia and Ben Franklin National Memorial. Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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