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Sunday November 17, 2013

Philadelphia Attractions

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a city rich in history, culture, the arts and more. The "City of Brotherly Love" is just waiting to be explored. This area abounds with attractions for individuals of all ages and interests, and for those looking to take in everything that this city has to offer.

Come visit the animals at America's first zoo - the Philadelphia Zoo. Over 1300 animals make their homes at the zoo, including a variety of endangered species. Visitors can get a glimpse of hippos, giraffes, cheetahs, reptiles, bears and more. From the Carnivore Kingdom to Monkey Junction and the Children's Zoo, there are a variety of zoo habitats for visitors to discover. Children can enjoy draft horse and pony rides, a sail on the swan boats, or take a ride on the Amazon Rainforest Carousel. The Channel 6 Zooballoon takes riders high above the zoo overlooking the spectacular view of the zebras and giraffes below at elevations up to 400 feet.

The Franklin Institute, one of the oldest science museums in the country, was founded in 1824 and named in honor of famous Philadelphian Benjamin Franklin. This hands-on science museum features tons of interactive presentations and exhibits for visitors to enjoy. Also on-site are the IMAX Theater and the Fels Planetarium.

Art lovers will delight in visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here, in one of the largest museums in the country, you'll find over 227,000 works of art. Everything from sculptures, paintings, textiles and photography pieces are here on display in more than 200 galleries. Special exhibits, concerts, films, lectures and programs for children are just a few of the attractions this museum has to offer its visitors.

Take a stroll through Longwood Gardens. This wondrous garden features 1,050 acres of gardens, woodland and meadows. Special events are held throughout the year, and range from flower shows to gardening demonstrations, to musical performances and educational programs. Here you'll find 11,000 different types of plants on the premises, including the outdoor and indoor gardens and greenhouses. Exquisite fountains and fascinating architectural structures can be enjoyed along the various paths throughout the garden.

A trip to Philadelphia wouldn't be complete without a visit to Independence Hall to witness the site of America's Birthplace. A guided tour leads visitors through the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the adoption of the United States Constitution. Catch a glimpse of George Washington's chair in the Assembly Room, as well as the original inkstand used to sign the Declaration of Independence. Experience a part of history you'll never forget.

The National Constitution Center is another history-based attraction in Philadelphia. More than 100 multimedia exhibits throughout the museum are at your fingertips. Sculptures, artifacts, photographs, films and more are just a few of the historical aspects that are displayed here. Learn about the historical relevance of the United States Constitution, or attend one of the various educational events held here throughout the year.

Whatever brings you to this famous and historical city; there are plenty of attractions and things to do in Philadelphia for individuals and families alike.