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.
Spreading across 9200 acres (3723.11 hectares) with 63 parks, Fairmount Park is among the biggest city park systems in the nation. It features picturesque trails, rolling hills, streams, historical structures, woodlands, public arts and more. The Centennial Arboretum, Horticulture Center, Japanese House and Garden and Philadelphia Museum of Art are some of the interesting sites located in this massive expanse. It also has recreational centers and sporting fields.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art features over 240,000 objects filled with treasures spanning across continents and cultures, drawn from a collection of more than 400,000 works of art like prints, drawings and photographs. The huge stone edifice of the museum, supported by majestic Doric columns, looks over the Schuylkill River. Scale the steps made famous in the 'Rocky' movies.
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.
The red-bricked Georgian building in the midst of the 45-acre (18.2-hectare) Independence National Historical Park is one of the most recognizable historical landmarks in the nation, emblematic of the culmination of a series of epoch-making events that led to the birth of an independent America. The place where both the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1787) were signed, the Independence Hall has come to be synonymous with the the ideas of freedom and democracy that the declaration is hinged on, and stands tall on Philadelphia's historic Chestnut Street, flanked by side wings and a steeple. Constructed between 1732 and 1753, the famed Independence Hall was the brainchild of Andrew Hamilton and Edmund Woolley, and also served as the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. The iconic Liberty Bell is located right around the corner, although its original home was Independence Hall's bell tower.
Gothic and neoclassical influences dominate the features of City Hall. The statue of William Penn that resides atop City Hall's clock tower remains a Philadelphia skyline marker—until the 1980s there was a "gentleman's agreement" that no Philadelphia building would be built higher than the rim of Penn's hat. City Hall provides a majestic backdrop for shoppers and businesspersons alike as it is situated on the intersection of the city's two main arteries, Broad and Market Streets. The tour of the City Hall lasts for 1.5 to 2 hours.
Located in Center City Philadelphia, the Dilworth Park is a 120,557 square foot (11,200 square meter) area public park with lush a green lawn, trees and an interactive fountain which converts into a skating rink in the winter. Favorite among kids and adults alike, this park is the perfect place to seek time in solitude while enjoying being surrounded by greenery and listening to the sounds of excitement in the voices of the kids playing nearby. Scattered throughout the park are areas with works of art on display and laws that are designated picnic areas, while certain tree grove areas have selected tree species conducive to the city. The park also doubles up as a rental space for art festivals, weddings and exhibitions.
Started in 2006, the Ocean Prime is a lovely restaurant which is a blend of a seafood serving restaurant, a steakhouse and a cocktails special place. The restaurant is known for its lobster bisque, steak bone-in fillet and the amazing variety of cocktails. The layered carrot cake is a favorite of loyal patrons and is a must try! Visit the Ocean Prime to experience a lovely ambiance and great service and you won't face disappointment!
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official visitor and global convention center of the Quaker City, Philadelphia. When it comes to traveling to Philly, they offer the best information regarding every aspect of your stay - hotel packages, suggested tours, tourist attractions, events and much more. The consultants at Philadelphia Convention Center can help you plan your itinerary so you can soak in all the culture, dining and entertainment the city has to offer. Sponsored by the city's tourism board, The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau is well-informed about all the major happenings and interesting events in and around Philadelphia region. Their job is to help you enjoy your stay in 'The City of Brotherly Love' and they do manage to make a swell job of it! For more information, check their website or call on their toll free number.
The University anchors the newly renovated South Broad Street "Avenue of the Arts," a cluster of top cultural organizations that form a hub for arts and entertainment. The University's neighbors include the Academy of Music, the Wilma Theater, and the new Regional Performing Arts Center. In addition to training in all the arts, the University owns several theatres, including the Arts Bank and the Merriam, where professional dance and theatre performances are regularly scheduled.
P.S. & Co. is a health conscious restaurant that offers food which is free from additives, gluten or preservatives. It has a vegetarian and vegan menu. Its founder, Andrea Kyan has been consciously working on making vegan food tasty and delectable. The menu has a variety of options to choose from and it offers BYOB on drinks, which makes the place easy on your pocket. The Sunday brunch, the Caesar salad and the Brazil Nut Milk are a few things you cannot miss out on, in P.S & Co. So, go grab some health at this amazing place in Rittenhouse Square.