Top Landmarks in Philadelphia

Liberty Bell
If you’re planning to take a trip to Philadelphia and you want to make sure that you see all of the important things there are to see there then you need to put together a list of the top landmarks in the city. There are many different historic landmarks to explore in Philadelphia because of the rich history that has played out in this area ever since the United States was first formed. There are also some more modern landmarks worth checking out on a trip to the city.

Here’s a list of some of the top landmarks in Philadelphia to get you started with planning your itinerary:

  • Philadelphia Zoo. You may think that a zoo is just a zoo and wonder how it could be a landmark destination worth visiting. Well, did you know that the Philadelphia Zoo was the very first zoo in the United States? Considering that zoos have played an important role in the entertainment and conservation sectors of society and that most major cities have their own zoo, this serves as a really important and unique landmark for the Philadelphia visitor to check out. The zoo opened in the late nineteenth century; it was supposed to open even earlier than it did but was delayed because of the Civil War. It’s known for many different things but one of the most important (besides that it was the first U.S. zoo) is that it’s a zoo that’s been able to successfully breed many animals that generally do not breed well in captivity. This has helped to keep species from going extinct over the years.
  • Independence Hall. This is one of the most famous landmark destinations that visitors in Philadelphia will usually go to see. It is highly important to the history of America since it was the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The United States Constitution was also signed here. Independence Hall was the original home of The Liberty Bell which is one of the most frequently-visited landmarks in the city. The bell has since moved to a different nearby location but the tower where it originally was located is a place that many people will still visit here at Independence Hall.
  • Liberty Bell. After moving from Independence Hall to its new location at The Liberty Bell Center, this attraction became a landmark destination of its own. The Liberty Bell is considered to be one of the most outstanding artifacts representing America’s independence and it plays an important role in the history of Philadelphia as a center of the American Revolution. The famous cracked bell is the major reason that people will head to check out the sights in this part of Philadelphia although nearby Independence Hall and the greater surrounding area of Independence National Historical Park are also important reasons that visitors flock to this area.
  • Philadelphia City Hall. Some cities have a really amazing City Hall and some cities don’t. Then there is Philadelphia which has what is arguably the most impressive City Hall building in the United States. With over seven hundred rooms, it holds the distinction of being the largest municipal building in the country and one of the largest in the world. It was originally designed (at the beginning of the twentieth century) to be the tallest building in the world and for a short time period was the tallest habitable building in the world. It may not hold that place of honor today but it’s still a really impressive building that is worth checking out on a tour of Philadelphia’s landmarks.
  • Free Library of Philadelphia. Anyone who is interested in books, research and libraries will find that the library system of Philadelphia is one they could spend a lifetime enjoying. With over six million different items in its collection, the library covers every conceivable topic under the sun. The headquarters of the library are a historic landmark because of the fact that this was the first public library in Philadelphia. It was founded by Benjamin Franklin and remains one of the most interesting attractions in the city for many visitors.
  • LOVE Park. This is a public park located in a Philadelphia downtown plaza. It is known as LOVE park because it is where the famous LOVE sculpture is erected; after all, this is the City of Brotherly Love. Most people who go here realize that they recognize the park from the many times it has been featured in different movies and television shows. Youngsters love it because of a massive skateboarding park that makes up a portion of the plaza.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art. Many people make it a point to visit the museum of modern art whenever they go to a city that has a good one. Philadelphia is on the list of those cities where people will go to check out this type of modern landmark. It is one of the largest art museums in the United States and it receives over three quarters of a million visitors each year. There are permanent exhibits here as well as approximately twenty different temporary exhibits throughout each year.
  • U.S. Mint. This is the place where our money is made and it’s one of the most interesting landmarks in Philadelphia. The function of this place is actually to make the coins that are in circulation throughout the world today, a balancing act which requires a lot of organization and care. Visitors can go here to learn about how money is made and to gain some insight into the history of money in the United States. This location is one of six different locations for the U.S. Mint which are scattered throughout the United States but it is one of the most popular to visit, second only perhaps to the U.S. Mint in Washington DC.
  • Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier. There are unknown soldier tombs located throughout the world and they’re all great landmarks to visit. This one is located in Washington Square in Philadelphia and serves as a monument to all of the unrecognized soldiers from the Revolutionary War. This time period was one of the most important in the history of Philadelphia and so there are many landmarks that recognize it in different ways. This is one of the most patriotic.
  • Longwood Gardens. This is an amazing botanical garden area located just outside of Philadelphia. It is considered to be one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States. Across over 1000 acres here you can find forty different gardens, half of which are indoors and half of which are outdoors. There are over 10,000 plant species here to be enjoyed by the Philadelphia visit who is interested in more natural landmarks.
  • Comcast Center. People who are interested in architecture, skyscrapers and modern landmarks will want to head over to take a picture of this brand-new building because it is the tallest building in Philadelphia at the current time. It’s a mixed-use building with features like restaurants that can be enjoyed by visitors interested in checking out the new landmark.

Philadelphia is an amazing travel destination with lots to see and do. There are museums, tours, free things to do and sightseeing of all kinds here. But if you’re only going to be in the area for a short time period then it’s the most famous Philadelphia landmarks listed here that you’ll want to make sure not to miss during your stay.
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