For those of you heading out to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention next week, you’re in for a real treat! There will be many great speeches and keynote presentations, as well as other interesting activities scheduled for the event. However, in case you get all convention’d out and want to do some additional exploring around the city, you’re in luck. There are plenty of sights to see and things to do in Philadelphia! So what do we recommend? Here’s our list of the top 4 destinations you absolutely cannot miss during your trip to Philly.
This is the place where it all went down 300 years ago – the signing of the Declaration of Independence. During the summer, it’s open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, and you may only access the building in its entirety if you sign up for a tour. A limited amount of tickets for the tour are given out for free every morning, so make sure to look out for those during your stay!
The Liberty Bell is the iconic image you get in your head when you close your eyes and think of Philadelphia. The story of the historical bell is that it would ring to get the attention of lawmakers to bring them to meetings and the townspeople to hear the reading of the news. Unfortunately, it wasn’t built sturdily enough to sustain all those hits, which is why it cracked right down the middle. However, the bell is still an element of rich history and is stored in the Liberty Bell Center, inside Independence Hall.
If you plan to ride your bike, or stroll down the streets of Philly, this would be the place to do so. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a beautiful, scenic avenue with many attractions along its one-mile pathway. It’s also known as the Museum District because of all the historical museums that are within this area. So if your goal is to get as much sightseeing done in the little time you may have, this is the place to hang out!
A gorgeous Georgian building, Carpenters’ Hall features historic architecture, and was built back in the 1770s. What’s really special about this place is that this was a primary meeting place back when the United States first gained independence, as the First Continental Congress would often meet here to discuss important issues. Being in this building will really take you back 300 years. We hope you have a great time at the Democratic National Convention!
Hopefully you all get the chance to visit some of these awesome destinations that are unique to Philadelphia and are a piece of U.S. history. Have fun next week, and remember to stay safe during your trip!