Weekend Getaways in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in the United States and one of the most exciting cities to visit. There are so many things to do on a weekend getaway to Philadelphia that you might be best served by turning it into a theme weekend and hitting as many highlights in your areas of interest as possible.

Historical Philadelphia Weekend Getaway

Philadelphia is seared into American history as the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the leading politicians of the day initially made Philadelphia the capitol of the United States. So if you’re traveling to Philadelphia what a better way to uncover the real city than to take a historical weekend getaway. One must see historical location has to include Independence National Historic Park which houses Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The home of the Declaration of Independence and the famed bell who’s great flaw is known by every school aged child. The buildings have been maintained fabulously and they look almost exactly as they did when our country’s forefathers walked their halls. Within walking distance is the Betsy Ross House, another home that has been meticulously maintained and in the spring and summer months colonial characters set up shop to display their wares while the Once Upon a Nation storytelling beach features narrators with tales for guests. In the evening you can cap off your day with the Lights of Liberty an ambulatory sound and light show reflected off the buildings around you on the ground where the American Revolution was actually fought. The battle is recreated in this performance to the sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Romantic Philadelphia Weekend Getaway

Philadelphia has the nickname the City of Brotherly Love, so it seems a rather appropriate place to vacation with your sweetheart. Center City is a great stop for romantics on a weekend getaway in Philadelphia, the main reason is it’s a fantastic place to go for dinner and a movie, and the transportation can’t be beat as Phlash, the city’s purple trolley takes you from place to place in style. For a different sort of night at the movies, try Movies Under Penn, the City Hall Film Series where movies are presented outside in the summer, all films are free and open to the public. If you’re in the mood for a more traditional theater setting then check out Philadelphia-theater.com for a complete list of the great productions in and around Philadelphia. If its dining you want then you’re in luck as there are a huge variety of fine dining options available, and basically something for every taste or culinary whim. For a different distraction, how about a his and hers spa treatment at Terme di Aroma, a Mediterranean and holistic approach to the balance of mind, body, and spirit. And to cap it all off, end your night at the Philadelphia BellaVista Bed & Breakfast a charming quaint home right in the middle of the Center City District.

Frugal Philadelphia Weekend Getaway

If you are looking for a way to stretch your budget during these tough economic times, Philadelphia actually has a lot of ways to explore the city for free. If you’re looking for a historical experience, The Independence National Historic Park is free and offers more than an afternoon’s worth of activities. Military buffs can get their fill at the New Hall Military Museum which gives you an in-depth look at the history of the marines from 1775 to 1781 before the Declaration of Independence was signed, there is also a floor dedicated to the Navy and the Army. If you’d like to know more about money without spending any then the U.S. Mint offers an interesting tour with loads of free information. Culture buffs will appreciate The Rodin Museum which is free and open to the public or the Philadelphia Museum of Art which is open on Sundays without charge but asks its patrons for a donation of their choosing. For outdoor entertainment, the Awbury Arboretum is a wonderful way to relax and see the way the city once was back in 1852 when Henry Cope purchased this patch of land for his family.

Philadelphia Museum Weekend Getaway

With so much history it’s no wonder that Philadelphia has a large number of museums to explore and boasts some incredible exhibits. The Rodin Museum was envisioned by Jules Mastbaum as he began amassing a huge collection, after his death his wife decided to continue her husband’s dream and created the museum dedicated to Auguste Rodin. The Philadelphia Museum of Art absolutely must not be missed as it is one of the largest art museums in the United Sates and stacked with some incredible works of art. With more than 25 exhibits each year and more than 225,000 objects in the permanent collection the museum always offers something new and exciting. The Franklin Institute Science Museum features its own collection of permanent and traveling exhibits. One of most anticipated traveling exhibits is the Galileo the Medici & the Age of Astronomy. This is the only stop in the United States for this exhibit and absolutely a must see for museum buffs.

Sports Fan Philadelphia Weekend Getaway

If you’re a sports fan then Philly’s got a lot of options for you. The Philadelphia Eagles have yet to win a Super Bowl but have put in two appearances in 1980 and 2004. Having been around since 1933 they’re one of the favorite teams and always put on a great show. The Philadelphia Phillies are the local Major League Baseball team and currently hold the 2008 World Series champion title, a title they also held back in 1980. The Philadelphia 76ers hold up their end in the basketball arena and always provide a great show for the crowd. Besides the big three there are tons of other sporting options including ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse, tennis and even more minor league, college, and high school teams.

So no matter what you’re into, Philadelphia has a weekend getaway for everyone.

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