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The Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown takes care to ensure comfort and a more than satisfactory experience to all guests. A foreign exchange bureau, valet dry-cleaning, two restaurants, jacuzzi, fitness center, and nearby golf courses are some of the features here. The King Tut Treasure Package is one of the specials on offer. Call for reservations.
Originally the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Savings Fund Society (PSFS), this fantastic hotel boasts comfortable rooms, wonderful service, chic yet historic decor, fully wired rooms for business travelers, and packages for romantic weekend getaways. A red neon sign atop that says PSFS, marks the skyline as a historically significant landmark and the best of early 20th Century design and architecture. Since it's located across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, advance reservations are recommended.
This has been the jewel of the Philadelphia culture scene since it opened in 1857. The simple brick Federalist exterior opens into an ornate interior—art deco lamps, velvet cushions, and possibly the largest chandelier on the East Coast. The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the opera and the occasional pop show have performed at the academy. There is some criticism about the acoustics and sight lines, but none of this matters. This is where the big shows are.
Do the kids have to look their best for a family photo or other special event? In 1992, the Boutique was awarded the "Best of Philly" honor by Philadelphia Magazine for its custom-designed layettes. The inventory features cool clothes for small children and imported and handmade infant items. Sizes up to pre-teens. See website for online shopping and more.
The modern, gleaming white edifice of the Embassy Suites is the perfect launching point to take in the Philadelphia art scene. The city's Museum of Art is the crown jewel of all the museums in the hotel's area. Each suite has a separate living room and bedroom area, coffeemaker, microwave oven, two telephones, dataports, high speed wayport internet connection, refrigerator, wet bar and voicemail. Most guest rooms have magnificent views of Philadelphia landmarks such as City Hall and the Schuylkill River. Excellent restaurants and pubs including the Dock Street Brewery and Rouge 99 are in walking distance.
Nestled across Rittenhouse Square, Born Yesterday is a chic boutique for children. Established a few decades ago, this store is a magical trove of fashion and toys that are really one-of-a-kind. From young girls to boys and newborn babes, their collection comprises popular labels like Bitz Kids, Scotch and Soda, Scotch R'belle, BillieBlush, Appaman, Eliane Et Lena and Deux par Deux. These include artisanal sweaters, gorgeous dresses, fashionable tees, cute toys and gift items. Though expensive, it is one of the best places to dress your child in haute apparels.
Well known as one of the worlds most prolific theater companies, the Walnut features many of Broadway's top dramas, musicals, and comedies. Each season from September through June, the Main stage and two Studio theaters offer classic and contemporary performances. Established in 1809, the Walnut Street theater is a National Historic Landmark. Season subscriptions to the main stage available. Headphones may be rented for hearing assistance on main stage shows.
The Academy of Natural Sciences boasts one of the most extensive collections of dinosaur remains and fossils in the country. Visitors can view the 40-foot frame of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the vanquished rulers of the Earth. In addition to the permanent displays, the academy often puts emphasis on ecological exhibits and their relevance to today's environment. It is conveniently located close to the Franklin Institute and other museums, as well as shopping and eating destinations.
A man of amazing talent and stature, Benjamin Franklin, is celebrated as one of the founding fathers of America and for being an influential figure in history. It follows naturally that his contributions have inspired generations of Americans. The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia is one such landmark that celebrates the man. The institute serves as a science museum, education center and event venue. Apart from exhibits that date back centuries, there are interactive rooms, so patrons can experience it all themselves. A session in the escape room will test your noggin, while the sports zone pushes your physical fitness levels. Explore the inner workings of the heart and brain or let the marvel of space exploration leave you spell bound. The iconic Benjamin Franklin National Memorial statue watches over the proceedings from the centrally located rotunda. The Franklin Institute definitely warrants a visit if you're around Philly.
A jewel of the Independence National Historic Park, the Liberty Bell spans layers and layers of long-standing history. In 1751, William Penn asked that the new bell being cast for the Pennsylvania Statehouse be engraved with the words, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” When the bell first rang to call citizens to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence, little did it know that it was going to change the course of the country forever. It was later dubbed the 'Liberty Bell' by abolitionists, who adopted the bell as a symbol of their fight for freedom for all Americans. A copper-clad, 2,080-pound (940-kilogram) icon of American independence, The Liberty Bell yet serves as a symbol of pride, inspiration and freedom.
Franklin Square is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of five landscapes planned by William Penn in the late 1600s. It was formerly called Northeast Square, and later renamed in 1825 to honor Benjamin Franklin, a pioneer of the country as well as inventor and activist. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1981.