The City of Brotherly Love spreads that love with lots to see and do for FREE! Your first stop should be the Liberty Bell and Independence National Historical Park. Located in the heart of the city, you can fill hours here alone (and indeed some of the items listed below are within this area). However, there are many other cool things to see in Philly. Read on!
The Liberty Bell Center. It is pretty awesome to see The Bell in person. No need to worry about tickets to view it in all its cracked glory. It’s totally free.However…
Independence Hall, which is also free, is a popular attraction, and free tickets go quickly. Tickets are
required in order to maintain foot traffic, and in the summer, they can be gone by late morning, so start here first.
Christ Church is this is “the nation’s church.” Among its parishioners: Ben Franklin (hey, the man did a lot of “sinning” with the ladies according to some, so it makes sense he’d have reason to be there!) George Washington, and Betsy Ross visited as well.
The US Mint. This is aworking mint, but offers some very interesting history lessons on money in our country.
The above are all part of the US Parks system in Philly, covering 45 acres in the Old City, with a total of 20 buildings open to the public. For more go to www.nps.gov/inde.
The Arch Street Meeting House is one of the oldest Quaker establishments in the US, and includes a slide show on William Penn, perhaps its most famous member. Penn also gave this land to the group. Donations are accepted.
Speaking of Penn, that’s his ikeness high atop Philadelphia’s City Hall. This is the largest city hall in the US (it takes up a huge city block). Tours are offered free of charge once per day, Monday through Friday.
Pennsylvania Hospital: our nation’s first hospital. Founded by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond. Schedule a free tour to see the first surgical amphitheater in the US by calling (215) 829-3370.
And don’t miss the cemeteries!
Christchurch: Here lies five signers of the Declaration of Independence, including Benjamin Franklin.
Congregation Mikveh Israel Est. in 1740, the “Synagogue of the Revolution” is still going strong, maintaining its unchanged tradition.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In memory of unknown Revolutionary War soldiers.
Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church Lots of Revolutionaries and a Tory too.