Philadelphia is known for its tourist attractions and is the very first capital of the United States. There are many historical landmarks and attributes that this state holds that brings travelers of all kinds eager to learn about U.S. history. This destination deserves its visitors as there is no shortage of activities and things to see. Any type of traveler can visit this place and be satisfied with their stay because of how much variety there is.
Taking a trip to Philly is a great trip for those who are looking for educational trips for group travel. Whether you desire to travel by US Coachway charter bus or carpool, you will witness the beautiful scenic views of nature on your way. Those that don’t necessarily like to get on the road should consider getting plane tickets. If you are wanting to visit this location during the fall and winter months it may be more affordable compared to spring and summer months.
There are many attractions in the state that you must see, from famous restaurants to haunted facilities. It can be hard to spend a short amount of time in Philly, so give your group at least a few days to get as much in as they can. Here are a few places you must-see when you are visiting Philadelphia.
1. Pat’s and Gino’s
This is one of Philly’s favorite restaurants for an authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich. If you ask anyone from this part of the US where to get a good cheesesteak, they will point you in the direction of Pat’s and Gino’s. This restaurant has large neon signs that you absolutely can’t miss. Many locals consider the area this restaurant is in as “Cheesesteak Vegas.” Locals and tourists together come here for the experience, not just the food.
2. Independence National Historical Park
This historic park is a safe place for those who enjoy dressing up to express their appreciation and association with American history. Expect to see people dressed in character as you walk through Independence National Historic Park. It is also where the big Liberty Bell resides and home to Independence Hall. This park is perfect for a nice picnic or to simply enjoy learning about history.
3. Philadelphia Zoo
If you enjoy animals and have had your share of the historical aspects of Philadephia, take a trip to the zoo and experience the wildlife Philly has to offer. This is always a fun activity to do with your group, especially if you are interested in learning about animals. It is located in Belmont and offers more space and room for its inhabitants to move around and observe the visitors with its new Zoo360 project.
Get a feel of being immersed in an animals habitat while they stare at you. This is the oldest zoo in the nation being that it opened in 1874 but is leading when it comes to innovative ways to operate. You’ll get to witness the many different types of animals, including:
- Great apes
- Big cats
- And moe
4. Eastern State Penitentiary
On the more darker historical side of Philadelphia is the famous landmark of the Eastern State Penitentiary. This vacant and ruined building at 200 years old, is great for those wanting to get a different perspective of Philly and American history.
Being that this was America’s most expensive prison, it is massive and can get a little scary. Take a self-guided tour to experience the place that housed AL Capone and “Slick Willie” Sutton. If you enjoy spooky activities make a visit during the fall season and check out the “Terror Behind the Walls” haunted house event.
5. Fairmount Park
Fairmount Park is also a well-known historical landmark of Philadelphia and is twice the size of Central Park in New York City. It is great for outdoor activity and cultural experience with is many mansions and the Japanese House and Garden.
You’ll see many different types of people nb doing all sorts of things from running and playing sports to reading and BMX biking. If you want to see the artistic side of Philly, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You can even experience the live music scene while visiting this park.