Sight-seeing, historic spots abound in Philadelphia

By Chandler Holland
Times-News correspondent

If you have two or three days in Philly, here’s a list of favorite sites I enjoyed visiting on a resent trip to Philly. If you have an extra day or two, consider a water excursion on the Delaware River or head west to visit Valley Forge.

Sightseeing & Historic

B. Free Franklin Post Office & Museum
Admission is free
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
316 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
VisitPA.com/pa-museums/b-free-franklin-post-office-museum

Betsy Ross House
Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children (self-guided tours)
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (March through November) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (December through February)
239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
HistoricPhiladelphia.org/betsy-ross-house

Big Bus Tours

Admission adults from $27 and children from $9
Hop-on/off open-top double decker bus at 27 locations — map available on website
BigBusTours.com

Carpenters Hall
Admission is free
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays March through December and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays in January and February
Located in Independence National Historical Park
320 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
www.USHistory.org/CarpentersHall

City Hall
Admission is free, tours available for adults ($15) and children ($8)
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
City Hall tours available at 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tower tours available from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
1 Penn Square, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107
PHLvisitorcenter.com/CityHall

Constitution Center
Admission is $14.50 for adults and $8 for children
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
Located in Independence National Historical Park
525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
ConstitutionCenter.org

Elfreth’s Alley
Admission is free, tours available for $5 per person
Open 24/7, Museum & Alley tours Friday through Sunday from noon to 5pm
Between Front and 2nd Streets just north of Arch Street
ElfrethsAlley.org

Fireman’s Hall Museum
Admission is free, donations are appreciated
Open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
147 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
www.FiremansHallMuseum.org

Free Library of Philadelphia
Admission is free
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Library tours are at 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Rare Book Department Tour is at 11 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
www.FreeLibrary.org

Independence Hall
Admission is free and by timed tour — visit website to order tickets, advance reservations recommended
Open summer from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September through May
Located in Independence National Historical Park
520 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
NPS.gov/inde/PlanYourVisit/IndependenceHall.htm

Independence Visitor Center

Admission to center and films are free
A variety of free maps are available at the information desk – recommend picking up the PHL CVB map
Free brochures available include Beyond the Bell, Philadelphia Neighborhood Tours, Parkway Museum District, Valley Forge, and much more
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the summer and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. September through May
41 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
NPS.gov/inde/PlanYourVisit/IndependenceVisitorCenter.htm

Liberty Bell Center
Admission is free
Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the summer and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September through May
Located in Independence National Historical Park
526 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
NPS.gov/inde/PlanYourVisit/LibertyBellCenter.htm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Admission is $10 for adults $5 for children
Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays
1020 South Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
PhillyMagicGardens.org

Philadelphia Zoo
Admission is $23 for adults $19 for children
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March through October and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through February
3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104
PhiladelphiaZoo.org

Society Hill
From the Delaware River to Washington Square and Walnut to Lombard Streets
USHistory.org/districts/SocietyHill

The Mural Mile
Self-guided tours are free, guided tours (walking and trolley) are various fees
Open 24/7 for self-guided tours (map available on website)
Locations throughout the city
MuralArts.org/tour

United States Mint
Admission is free, tours are self-guided
Open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays during the summer months
151 North Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
USMint.gov/mint_tours/?action=Philadelphia

 

Museums

Academy of Natural Sciences
Admission is $20 for adults and $16 for children, free pass through the ASTC Passport program (geographic restrictions may apply)
Open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103
ANSP.org

Barnes Foundation Collection

Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children - visit website to order tickets, advance reservations recommended, free audio guide download available when visiting collection
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every first Friday of the month
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130
BarnesFoundation.org

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and until 8:45 p.m. Wednesday and Friday evenings
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130
PhilaMuseum.org

Rodin Museum

Admission adults $10 and students $7
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays
2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130
RodinMuseum.org

The Franklin Institute

Admission adults $20 and children $16, free pass through the ASTC Passport program (geographic restrictions may apply)
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103
FI.edu

 

Performing Arts

Academy of Music
Check website for show schedule and ticket prices
240 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102
AcademyOfMusic.org

 

Hiking, Biking & Feeding the Birds

n Boathouse Row
Check website for Regatta schedule
BoathouseRow.org

n The Schuylkill River Trail
SchuylkillRiverTrail.com

n Washington Square Park
Between 6th and 7th Streets on Walnut Street
USHistory.org/tour/Washington-Square.htm

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