No city in the country comes close to Philly when it comes to Revolution-era history. We’ve got Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were hotly debated and signed, there’s the Liberty Bell in all its cracked-up-the-side glory, which rang in 1776 to alert citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration. Dive deeper into the fight for independence at the Museum of the American Revolution, which houses George Washington’s actual army tent, and learn all you need to know about the Constitution at the National Constitution Center. Not in the mood for museums? You can still get a feel for this city’s history with some ultra-passive endeavors, like visiting Benjamin Franklin’s grave at Christ Church Burial Ground or strolling down the oldest—and oh-so-adorable—Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied street in America. It looks just like it did back in the 1700s, with cobblestone streets and tiny thatch-roofed houses, some of which you can go in and explore.
Some of the best things do to in Philadelphia will always have to do with Revolutionary War history but we are here to highlight the plenty of other super-fun activities and experiences that call this Pennsylvania city home. We've got exciting new urban development projects, a burgeoning community of innovators, artists and chefs that are leaders in the restaurant and bar industries. And, speaking of food: make sure you try out all the best Philly cheesesteaks at your disposal.
So, lest you think this town isn't much more than a twirl around the Liberty Bell... think again. Start your proper city tour at the hotspots that have taken over the Delaware River waterfront, followed by a shopping trip at Markest East and, after that, oh-so-much more.
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