What to Do and See in Philly

Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city and its collection of museums and historical artifacts, and sites boast of its richness of art, culture, and history. There is, surely, a lot to do in Philly, and here I would like to mention just a few of them.

  • The Franklin Institute: A science museum and one of the leading science centers in the country. The Franklin Institute houses several scientific exhibits and display of scientific and technological artifacts. There are so many exhibits to see and experience. Watch out for college students’ discounts; this lets you get into the institute free of charge! This is a wonderful experience for adults, as much as it is for younger children.
Pendulum Staircase at the Franklin Institute
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: Located just 3-minute-walk away from the Franklin Institute is the Academy of Natural Science, and similarly, it contains many scientific exhibitions. Visit the Dinosaur Hall and see representations of several dinosaurs or go see Ocean Bound and participate in activities that display the world of water. Whatever the case, you will not get bored because there are just so many options. Lastly, admission into the academy is free for Drexel Dragon Card holders!
  • Independence Hall: In 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence here. Several years later, the United States Constitution was debated and signed here as well. Visit to get a glimpse into American history, or just for the experience. Either way, this certainly is a tourist’s must-visit.
  • Chinatown: Make your way to downtown Philly and be ushered into this bustling district that showcases Asian culture and cuisines. There is a large selection of restaurants and bars to visit for some hand-stretched noodles or authentic Asian food. Walk over to the many grocery shops to get staples and special items and grab some boba, while you are at it. The neighborhood is packed with stores that represent Hong Kong, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Vietnamese cultures, among others.

Visit Old City, “America’s most historic neighborhood” and in addition to the independence hall, see the liberty bell or Betsy Ross House. Take a trolley to visit City Hall in center city. Go see the parks and eateries along the Delaware river at Penn’s Landing. Or plan a day’s trip to New York City; it is less than two hours away by bus!