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Philadelphia has one of the most beautiful urban parks in the country, and it is the largest landscaped park in the USA. Fairmount Park lies on the banks of the Schuylkill River and covers more than 9,200 acres, it provides endless open spaces, works of public art and recreational facilities to those taking a break from the concrete jungle. The park's tall trees obscure the city buildings from view and you can literally feel that you've stepped into the countryside. The public are welcome to come and picnic, play, jog, bike, cycle or walk in the idyllic surroundings. The park is home to some of…
This award winning playground is located within Philadelphia's Fairmount Park near North 33rd Street and Oxford Avenue. The star of the playground is a 24,000 square foot playhouse (mansion) open to kids under 5 and babies (accompanied by an adult). The mansion has been made by master craftsmen with high ceilings, elegant staircases and intricate woodwork. The mansion has four stories and includes the 44 foot long and 12 foot wide wooden Ann Newman Giant Slide which can be used by 12 kids simultaneously. There is also a "Play Pod" with a larger than life see-saw and climbing apparatus as well as a swing complex…
Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse Row offers visitors that pleasant balance of rest, relaxation and fun outdoor activities! Situated right on the Schuylkill River, Boathouse Row is the epicenter of the U.S rowing world, making it one of the most popular tourist sites in Philly. Comprised of 15 boat houses from the 19th century, Boathouse Row is a true slice of Philadelphia history. Plan your visit today with these great tips! Vintage Boathouse Row: Something For Everyone Boathouse Row is the perfect site for those who love boating, rowing, canoes, or just being outdoors in general! Furthermore, it also epitomizes that quaint village feel, perfect for families…
In the 1700s the city of Philadelphia made supplying clean water to its residents a priority. Believing that yellow fever was a water borne disease the municipality established a Watering Committee to insure that the drinking water remain uncontaminated. Frederick Graff was chosen to oversee the construction of a waterworks on the eastern bank of the Schuylkill River. At first steam engines were used to pump the river water and later they were replaced by waterwheels, finally Jonval turbines were used. The water was pumped all the way to a reservoir on Faire Mount. From the beginning the blend of nature and technology attracted fascinated…
Originally founded in 1876 for the city’s centennial celebration and exhibition, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has grown to become of the most visited sites in the United States. This is a definite must-see attraction for families and tourists traveling through historic Pennsylvania. View paintings by legendary American artists, luxurious costumes, Medieval European art, and much more. Plus, don’t forget to check out these popular exhibits during your visit! Historic Armor & Weaponry While the Philadelphia Museum of Art is known for their spectacular art collections, they’re also host to a variety of fascinating artifacts! The museum’s Arms & Armor Galleries is perfect for wartime…
One of the most thrilling and fascinating attractions in Philadelphia is this former prison which operated from 1829 to 1971. The prison was unique in focusing on reforming the prisoners and inspiring penitence rather than just punishing them. To this end the prison building pioneered a design where inmates were separately confined in their own cells and contact between the prisoners was avoided. The prison exterior may resemble a medieval castle but to further the idea of reform and penitence the interior is surprisingly church-like. The halls of the building were designed to resemble a church with beautiful high vaulted ceilings and there was a single…
In 1874 the Philadelphia zoo was opened and immediately brought fun and entertainment to Philly’s steps. It was the first zoo built and opened in the United States and in fact, its opening was delayed somewhat due to the Civil war. Today the 42 acre expanse houses more than 1,300 animals many of which are on the endangered list. But the Philadelphia Zoo is not just another zoo. The exhibits and animals are some of the most amazing in the entire world, and you can get up close and personal with them in this one of a kind zoo. First Niagara Big Cat Falls One…
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