The Liberty Bell & Independence Hall: Must-See Attractions in Philadelphia

July 19, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn

You better be ready to debate the best Philly cheesesteak if you are planning a trip to, or renting a virtual office in, the city of Philadelphia. Also referred to as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is just a short ride away from New York and one of the absolute highlights of the East Coast. This gorgeous city is home to the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school that's regarded as one of the best schools in the country. Similar to exploring any new city, the options can seem overwhelming at first. However, in Philly, you have to start your adventure by experiencing its history.

1.       Independence Hall

520 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA  19106

(800) 537-7676

If you are a history fan or a Hamilton fan, this is the place to be. Both the United States' Declaration of Independence and the United States' Constitution were signed here, so you could say it is a pretty significant spot. While here, you can see the room where it all happened. Admission is by tour only, and through a lot of the year, a timed ticket is required. By visiting Independence Hall, you also have access to the other buildings in Independence Square. If you are in the city, you cannot pass up the chance to live a little history.

2.       Liberty Bell

6th St. & Market St.

Philadelphia, PA  19106

(215) 965-2305


The Liberty Bell & Independence Hall: Must-See Attractions in Philadelphia

via National Park Service

Fun fact, the big crack in the bell was meant to be a repair job. This symbol of independence and freedom is on display in Philadelphia, waiting for eager minds to visit it. Although it no longer rings, you can imagine the sound of the massive bell when you get to see it in person. Since it's located in a National Historic Park, the area can get crowded. Plan your visit to the Liberty Bell Center to allow time to view the exhibits, see the film, and gaze upon the famous cracked bell. Tickets are not required, but hours vary seasonally.

3.       Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Philadelphia, PA 19130

(215) 763-8100

There's another thing that Philadelphia is famous for, and it is related to the movies- the famous Rocky steps!

You can run up them on your morning jog, or run up them and check out some cool art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Founded in 1876, the Philadelphia Art Museum's collection is as expansive as the building is old. Housed in a Greek Revival building, the collection is immense and includes rotating exhibitions and collections. If you consider yourself a fan of art, you cannot miss a day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

4.       Spruce Street Harbor Park

301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA  19106

(215) 922-2386


The Liberty Bell & Independence Hall: Must-See Attractions in Philadelphia

via Delaware River Front

Not quite historical but fun nonetheless, Spruce Street Harbor Park's pop-up experience has been named one of the “World's Best Urban Beaches” by the Huffington Post. Located on the Delaware River Waterfront, it is a warm-weather experience that can't be missed. With comfy hammocks, magical lights, floating barges, kid-friendly games, and food and beer gardens, its carnival-like atmosphere makes Spruce Street Harbor Park a go-to spot in the spring and summer months. The place is so popular it drew 750,000 people in 2015.