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Things to Do in Downtown Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia Attractions

Welcome to Old City, considered the Birthplace of America, is where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. The area surrounding hotel is teeming with historic Philadelphia attractions, including Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House and many more. Browse the list below to find our favorite things to do in Center City Philadelphia and discover why Penn's View is a favorite among hotels in Old City, Philadelphia.

Independence Hall
520 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(800) 537-7676

At Independence Hall, visitors can explore Franklin’s Philadelphia where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. The building is open daily from 9am to 5pm for tours. This national shrine is considered by many to be America’s quintessential symbol of freedom.

Liberty Bell
600 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305

As a hotel near Independence Hall, Penn’s View also provides easy access to the Liberty Bell. The old cracked Bell can now be seen at the Liberty Bell Center in historic Philadelphia. Open year round from 9am to 5pm, the center also features historic documents and graphic images that explore the facts and the myths surrounding the Bell. Keep your camera handy to snap a shot of this historic piece of American history.

Franklin Square
6th and Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 629-4026

Visit one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn in the late 17th century. Originally called Northeast Square, the name was changed in 1825 to honor Benjamin Franklin. Legend has it that this is the spot where Franklin conducted his famous "kite and key" experiment in 1752. There are a variety of family-fun Philadelphia attraction onsite including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.

Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 409-6600

The National Constitution Center brings the U.S. Constitution to life through a series of multimedia exhibitions, live performances, timely public programs and dynamic educational resources. The center is open seven days a week, except for major holidays.

Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
(215) 629-4026

Credited with making the first American flag, Betsy Ross is a key figure in America’s rich history. Tour the house, alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century, and then stay a while to learn more about Betsy and her life through interactive, historical programs.  The museum is also home to numerous special events, like historic chocolate making.

Elfreth’s Alley
126 Elfreth’s Alley 
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-0560

Known as our nation’s oldest residential street, Elfreth’s Alley dates back to the first days of the eighteenth century. Since 1702, the street has been home to more than 3,000 people. Today thirty-two houses, built between 1728 and 1836, line the alley, forming one of the last intact early American streetscapes in the nation. Elfreth's Alley is a National Historic Landmark District and one of the first districts that celebrates the lives of everyday Americans.

Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 448-1111

This museum is one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States, dating to 1824. Exhibits include the Science Center, holding the largest collection of artifacts from the Wright brothers’ workshop. Other attractions include Electricity, Changing Earth, and the museum is home to a planetarium and IMAX theatre.

Art Museum of Philadelphia
26th Street Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 684-7602

Considered one of the largest museums in the country, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites visitors from around the world to explore its celebrated collections, special exhibitions, and enriching programs.

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Founded in 1922 by Albert C. Barnes, the Barnes Foundation is an American educational art and horticultural institution in Philadelphia. The foundation possesses more than 2,500 objects, including 800 paintings. Primarily, these are works by Impressionist and Modernist masters, but the collection also includes many by leading European and American artists, as well as ancient works from other cultures.

Italian Market
9th Street between Christian Street and Washington Avenue

The South 9th Street Curb Market features various grocery shops, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, cheese shops and butcher shop with an Italian influence. Intermingled with the market’s traditional produce vendors are upscale gift stores and gourmet shops.

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