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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour
"Are you tired of going on tours in which the guide knows less than you do? The guides for Bow Tie Tours are teachers not actors or college students who have studied a cram sheet and they are well-trained in providing people information in an interesting and entertaining manner whether you are a parent with young children or a college professor looking to gain insight into the historical activities of Philadelphia. Join us as we see Independence Hall Declaration House Franklin Court the Betsy Ross House
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Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia
"Board the open-top double-decker bus at any of the 27 stops covering 16 miles of Philadelphia. Ride the full 1.5-hour loop with live commentary on board and enjoy access to 100 of the city's most popular attractions and landmarks. Hop on and off as you please!Travel at your leisure with this valuable today and tomorrow pass that allows to explore with added value of transportation throughout Downtown"""This hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour lets you experience the rich history and legendary sights of Philadelphia with ease. Take advantage of this 2 day pass that allows you to explore Philadelphia with the added value of transportatation. Expert local gui including the Liberty Bell Independence Hall and the US Mint. Aboard the double-decker bus
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Small-Group Tour of Philadelphia's Center City
"Meet your guide at City Hall the cultural and geographic heart of central Philadelphia and begin your holiday walking tour of downtown also known as Center City.At nearby Dilworth Park watch ice skaters glide against the backdrop of City Hall before continuing on to the Reading Terminal a US National Historic Landmark. Downstairs explore the dynamic Reading Terminal Market
From $39.00

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Philadelphia Exchange

Favorite thing Wonderfully designed portico building, architect William Strickland. Dating from the 1830s, this was the hub of Philadelphia's thriving financial community. Now it houses offices of the US Park Service and is not generally open to the public.

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Jan 18, 2006

Something for everyone

Favorite thing If you're young, stroll up and down South Street.
If you're young at heart, stroll through Old City and the historic district. While there, have a cafe at Old City Coffee pictured here. It's one of my favorite spots.

Fondest memory The Art Museum is world-class, the food sublime.

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Apr 19, 2004

Society Hill Towers

Favorite thing An example of successful modern residential architecture - that works! I.M. Pei designed these towers that were completed in the early 1960s. It helps a great deal that they don't have to contend with other tall buildings nearby. Pei was at the beginning of his architectural career, which would later see him designing monuments of contemporary architecture like the John Hancock Building in Boston, and the famous Louvre glass pyramid Paris.

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Jan 17, 2006

Old Postcards

Favorite thing These old post cards from around the beginning of the 20th century show what Philadelphia and environs was like back in those days. Sometimes the writing is on the front and just the address is on the back.

On the front of Bartram's House is written How is this for picturesque..

On the front of City Hall is written Dear Myrtle [my grandmother] Am to busy to write and send you this just as a quiille reminder. Write soon As ever, Roselle [my grandmother's sister]

On the one of Zug Homestead (which is really in Chester Co. the caption says "Built 1750. Purchased by Morritz Zug in 1770 and occupied by him and his descendents, the Zugs and the Zooks continuously since that time. On the side is written
Dear Sir: If you will come in tomorrow about 10:30 I will do it while you wait as I couldn't "lay hands" on the copy when I was ready to do it. Yours Ms Lantz

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Things to Do Near Philadelphia

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City Hall

The centre of town is dominated by this huge building, that really impressed me. I'm not able to write about it, but I dare to transcribe visitphilly: Overview City Hall is the largest municipal...
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Masonic Temple

I skipped it! That's what happens when you go somewhere without a previous reading to decide what to see. I had only a day in Philadelphia, that I used to see its highlights, in a hop on hop off...
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Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market opened in 1892. The street-​level Market reverberated with the sound of trains rumbling overhead. The stalls were laid out in a grid pattern with twelve aisles...
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania was founded in 1824 and moved to this current location in 1884. This is not a museum. It is a library with more than 21 million items in their collections. The...
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

The church was designed by English architect Richard Cromwell Carpenter and built by John Notman in the Gothic Revival style between 1847 and 1849. The tower was designed by Notman, but completed in...
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Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme in 1683. It is considered one of the finest urban public spaces in the United...
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