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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
"Hop on the open-top modern double-decker bus at any of the 27 stops around Philadelphia to begin your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your ticket and provided map you’ll ride a 1.5-hour loop that stops at top Philadelphia attractions as well as restaurants and shopping and entertainment centers.Visit the Liberty Bell Elfreth's Alley Independence Hall City Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Explore Chinatown
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Private Half Day Philadelphia Driving Tour
"Your private driving tour starts with a pickup from your hotel or any other location in the city. If you have half a day (either in 4 hours or 6 hours) you'll have time to see even more of the most iconic locations and local spots in the City of Brotherly Love - and the sights can either directed by you or by your guide. Your guide will spend some time understanding your interests what you want to see and will give recommendations for the tour. A half-day tour allows more opportunity for you to take full advantage of being on a driving tour. You'll visit all of the Must-See Spots as well as having time to explore even more famous sights and other neighborhoods - like driving through the colorful Italian Market getting out of the van to go into the Liberty Bell Exhibit
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City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Immerse yourself in one of the most historic cities in the US on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philadelphia. From the open-top double-decker bus you can enjoy 360-degree views of Philly and hop off when you want to visit any attractions.Listen to informative onboard commentary about the culture architecture and history of Philadelphia when you're on the loop which takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Buses run every 30 minutes. See below for a full list of the 27 stops.Perhaps visit the landmark house where Betsy Ross lived when she made the first American flag during the American Revolution. Becom or learn about early American law at the Eastern State Penitentiary a prison established in 1829. Kids will enjoy the Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Zoo
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USS Olympia

This is a must for any military history buff. A rare look and navel technology of the time between sail and modern fleets. Well maintained and not altered to suit tourist, as it should be. But no air-con or OSHA stairs so get a taste of what Dewey's lads lived and Spanish American War guns were. The sub tied up nearby is also of interest.

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rodsdispatches
Aug 02, 2010

Penn's Landing

Penn's Landing is a waterfront revitalization area named because this is one of the locations William Penn first landed in 1682. From the 1700s to the s late as the 1800s, this was the city's primary port area, and it was filled with docks and wharves. By the 1960s the riverfront port area was an eyesore, and the area was extensively redeveloped in the 1970s.

Ships at Penn's Landing include barque Moshulu, the World War II submarine USS Becuna, the Spanish-American War cruiser USS Olympia, the barquentine Gazela, and tugboat Jupiter. The Independence Seaport Museum is also located here. The northern edge of Penn's Landing is flanked by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which was the world's longest suspension bridge when completed in 1926.

Plans are underway for two slots-only casinos to be constructed here along the river.

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Ewingjr98
Jun 03, 2009

Tamanend Statue

Tamanend or Tammany was chief of the Unami (Turtle) clan of the Lenni Lenape in the 1680s and instrumental in the peace between the natives and foreign settlers in Philadelphia.

A statue of Tamanend stands between Old City and Penn's Landing. Tamanend stands on a turtle representing Mother Earth and an eagle perched on his shoulders.

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BorneoGrrl
Nov 23, 2007

Fun in Penn's Landing

Penn's Landing was named after William Penn, Philadelphia's founder, and supposedly the site where he first docked here in 1682. However, the actual site was was somewhere else, now Penn St & 2nd in Chester.

You can talk walks along the Delaware River or join in one of many recreational activities available in the waterfront.

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Nov 23, 2007
 
 
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Penn's Landing

Penn's Landing Is One Of The Greatest Parts Of Philly.
It has alot of special events held there, as well as activities.
There are also some stores and hotels that are very close to it.
For Instance Ikea is a great place to shop.
I went to Penn's Landing for a class trip and I took a couple of photos:

CBonilla22
Oct 19, 2007

Penn's Landing

This is one of Philadelphia's main public gathering places. During summer, something is always happening here. The views of the Delaware River and Camden New Jersey are, well, as good as you can expect. There are plenty of food vendors, and a long walkway along the riverfront.

The Landing is also next to the Seaport Museum (it's on my list of places to visit next time). The historic ships docked there include the cruiser USS Olympia, which was Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War of 1898. Right now, the old ship is being restored.

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Tom_Fields
Aug 23, 2007

A Visit From William Penn...

William Penn sailed up the Delaware River in 1682 aboard the ship Welcome. Once the ship had been moored at Chester, Pa. he took a barge to Philadelphia. He came onto land at an area that was a tidewater basin called the Dock. This area was lightly populated by Swedes, Dutch and some Indians. This landing area soon became the center for maritime interests.

As people migrated to the Philadelphia area, they had to build homes. While those homes were being built, some dug into the Delaware river banks to make caves in which to sleep. That section of town had a rowdy reputation and some were cited for drunkenness and even for prostitution. Nevertheless, Philadelphia grew and the expansive lots Penn envisioned soon were plotted out--but as very crowded urban areas.

Today, Penns Landing comprises ten blocks running from Vine Street to South Street. Although Philadelphia is still part of the shipping business, the landing has become a riverside park which plays host to music festivals.

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VeronicaG
Jan 07, 2007

An Amphibian Boat Ride??! The DUCK tour!

Philly's fun attraction is the land and water sightseeing tour all-in-one. We saw the DUCKS amphibian car/boat at Penn's Landing part-way through its tour.

Ride the DUCKS tour for 80 minutes of entertainment and information as you tour the Historic District, South Street and Society Hill. You'll see the Betsy Ross House, Ben Fanklin's grave, Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, scenes from the movie National Treasure, and Penn's Landing... and then "splash" into the Delaware river for a relaxing cruise - all on board one odd-but-AMAZING vehicle.

Definitely something DIFFERENT to do, if you like new experiences. You'll have to be sure to get your QUACKER whistle to complete your experience.

If you plan to wait to purchase your tickets once you get to the city, you can do so at the ticket kiosk one block south of our boarding location at 6th and Chestnut Streets or inside the Independence Visitor Center. Buy your tickets online or by phone (877-887-8225) in advance to ensure you get a seat on the tour of your choice.

2006 Ticket Prices:
Adults (ages 13+) $24.00
Children (ages 3-12) $14.00
Seniors (55+) $23.00
Infants (0-2) Free

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ringleader
Oct 13, 2006

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"Fantastic Philly! My homebase."
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"Philadelphia - Birthplace of the U.S.A!"
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"PHILADELPHIA--Brotherly Love And More"
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"Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley"
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"City of Brotherly Love"
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USS Olympia

USS Olympia was the flagship of Admiral Dewey's at the Battle of Manila Bay in Spanish American War.

The Olympia was remembered for bringing the body of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ back from France to where it finally rests at Arlington National Cemetery. The ship was also the flagship of the U.S. Patrol Force during World War 1 and escorted allied ships in the North Atlantic and East Coast in 1921.

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keeweechic
Sep 01, 2006

Delaware River

The Delaware River comprises to some extent the border between Pennsylvania and New York, between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and for a few miles, the border between New Jersey and Delaware.

The total length of the Delaware is about 405 miles (650 km)..

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keeweechic
Sep 01, 2006

Penn's Landing

My sister's old house is only a couple blocks from here, so I used to spend a little time here on just about every visit to Philly. In summer, there's a cultural festival every weekend. If you walk down to Old City you'll have to cross over the freeway in order to get to Penn's Landing. Don't worry, I don't mean literally. Cross over the bridge at the end of Market Street for easy access. I guess the city planners back in the 50s didn't have the foresight to realize that putting the Interstate right by the waterfront was a bad idea, but despite this, it's a great place to hang out in the summer evenings.

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acemj
Oct 22, 2005

Penn's Landing

It is named after Quaker William Penn who came ashore in this area in 1682. Pennsylvania comes from his name "Penn" and "sylvania" which mean woodland.

The picture captured is a Penn' Landing statue. It is regarding the catasrophe which is impact to Ireland people. Or where it is known as " The Greatest Hunger " where lead them to sail.

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edachsund
Oct 27, 2004

Things to Do Near Penn's Landing

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Independence National Historical Park

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