Formerly the largest prison facility in America, the Eastern State Penitentiary is now Philadelphia’s major tourist attraction. What was once the most expensive prison in the country now stands in ruins, but that does not stop curious tourists from visiting the attraction. A first-of-its-kind, the penitentiary implemented previously unheard ideas of incarceration, which prioritized reformation over punishment. Today, the vaulted cell blocks and central rotunda invite many a tourists keen on knowing the eventful history of this fascinating establishment. What adds to the curiosity of the masses is the fact that the prison was home to notorious inmates such as ‘Slick Willie’ Sutton and Al Capone.
Due to its spellbinding architecture and sheer grandeur, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is a must-visit place on the list of every tourist in Philadelphia. This beautiful cathedral is the centerpiece of one of the largest Catholic populations in North America. It was designed by celebrated architect Napoleon LeBrun and constructed between 1846 and 1864 by blending Palladian and Italian Renaissance architectural styles. A beautiful “baldachin” or “canopy” over the altar is evidence of the Italian influence while the church façade is in the Palladian style. In fact, you may be forgiven for thinking you are in Europe while viewing this glorious cathedral. Embark on an audio tour and learn more about its eight chapels, 2000-seat sanctuary, vaulted copper dome, and a spectacular apse featuring red marble carvings and stained glass work. During the tour, you will also be familiarized with the fascinating history of the basilica. As Pennsylvania's largest Catholic church, this monument is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
Philadelphia Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the nation. Founded in 1874, this 42-acre (17-hectare) sanctuary on the Schuylkill River bank is home to over 100 species of rare and exotic fauna. Explore the Carnivore Kingdom, Reptile Exercise Yard, Monkey Junction, Small Mammal House, the Big Cat Crossing and other exhibits, and acquaint yourself with wildlife and their conservation. They shelter the Brazilian Agouti, Carribean Flamingo, and endangered species like the Micronesian Kingfisher, Western Lowland Gorrila and Panamanian Golden Frog. Visitors can also follow their interesting trails like Treetop or Great Ape. Children can enjoy river boat rides, safaris and the Amazon Rainforest Carousel. A viist is a great activity for school groups, campers, families and friends.
The Morven Museum & Garden dates back to the 18th Century. The name of the historic house, and its garden, is derived from that of an Irish mythical kingdom. In 1982, the property was converted into a museum and is open to public visitation.
The Albert Einstein House was the place where the much celebrated scientist lived until his death. Built in the latter half of the 19th Century, the house is now a major tourist attraction.
Located in the heart of Bucks County, Doylestown is a charming borough. Teeming with rich history and culture, the town is home to numerous quaint boutiques, small businesses, family-run eateries and a thriving art scene. For the history buffs, the town offers gems such as Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle. The famed Peace Valley Park, on the other hand, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. An ideal destination for the entire family, Doylestown must feature on your list of must-visit destinations.
Formerly a tavern, the Fountain House is an integral part of Doylestown's history. William Doyle, who founded Doylestown had built seven taverns, this building being one of them. Over the period it was sold and renovated several times and was finally restored in 1971. Currently, it houses a Starbucks coffee shop and several law firms. Given its historical significance, the Fountain House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Having once served as the residence of Henry Chapman Mercer, a prominent archaeologist, Fonthill Castle is a study in architectural grandeur. Built in the early 20th Century, this palatial structure is one of three Mercer buildings and is most noted for its unique architecture and impressive ceramics. The castle is now a popular tourist attraction and features some of Mercer's finest works. A collection of decorative tiles, furniture, and artifacts make up the permanent exhibits at this castle. A tour of the castle takes you through the life of its legendary resident, and also throws light on some of his most notable work.
Moland House is most noted as being the base of General Washington when his troop of 11000 camped nearby in 1777. Built in the 18th-century by John Moland, it changed hands many times over its long existence. This stone building was used for council meetings that included notable men such as Count Casimir Pulaski, General Washington and Alexander Hamilton. Warwick Township Historical Society along with Warwick Township own this National Register of Historic Place and conduct guided tours. Held on the second Sunday of the month from 1p to 4p, you can explore the surrounding historic structures such as The Well House and Carriage House The Garden of Native Plants and nature trail give a glimpse of the indigenous plants that grew during an era gone by.
This historic park was built in 1722 by Sir William Keith as an alternative to his Governor mansion in the form of a summer house in Pennsylvania. Now it is operated by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and it is the only remaining residence of a colonial ruling Governor. It is open in the weekend from Friday to Saturday for public visit. You can also hire this place in Horsham for your wedding or any other special event with prior booking.