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February 28, 2015
Visiting the Wagner Free Institute of Science

The Wagner Free Institute of Science offers an experience into its Victorian collection with an interior that is nearly unchanged since the 1890s. Both the building and its exhibits are historic treasures in Philadelphia. Directions to the Wagner Free Institute of Science: 1700 West Montgomery Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19121 By train: The Broad Street subway […]

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February 28, 2015
Rodin Museum Philadelphia

The Rodin Museum Philadelphia contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris, including his most well-known, The Thinker. Directions 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130 Parking: Limited metered parking is available on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, N 21st Street, and N 22nd Street. Parking is also available at the Philadelphia Museum […]

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February 28, 2015
Visiting the Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas, founded in 1812. Directions to Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103 Parking: Logan Square Parking Garage located at 1815 Cherry Street offers discounted parking for Academy visitors. Validate your ticket at the front […]

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February 28, 2015
Touring Elfreth's Alley

Philadelphians have lived on Elfreth's Alley since 1702 - not the same ones, of course - making this America's oldest inhabited street. Where is Elfreth's Alley? There are thirty two houses on Elfreth's Alley located between North 2nd Street and North Front Street, in the block between Arch and Race Streets. It is a public […]

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February 27, 2015
Visiting Congress Hall

Originally the Philadelphia County Court House, Congress Hall served as the first meeting place for the United States Congress from 1790-1800. Directions to Congress Hall: Located at Chestnut and 6th Street on the Independence Mall.  If you're looking at Independence Hall, the Congress Hall is the red brick building to the left. Hours of Operation: […]

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February 27, 2015
Old City Hall Philadelphia

This Federal red-brick building was built as Philadelphia's original City Hall, but is historically important as the location of the United States Supreme Court from 1791-1800. Directions to Old City Hall Philadelphia The Old City Hall is next to Independence Hall at the corner of Chestnut and 5th Street. If you're looking at Independence Hall, […]

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February 27, 2015
Visiting Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church Burial Grounds in Philadelphia is the final resting place of Philadelphia's most well known resident, Benjamin Franklin. Christ Church Burial Ground Hours MARCH - NOVEMBER Monday-Saturday - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMSunday - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM The burial grounds are closed December - February, though advanced reservations for private group tours […]

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February 27, 2015
Visiting the Philadelphia Mint

The United States Mint in Philadelphia offers admission to the building for a self-guided tour only. How to get to the Philadelphia Mint: 151 Independence Mall East Philadelphia, PA 19106 The Mint is on 5th Street between Arch Street and Race Street, right across the street from the National Constitution Center. SEPTA STOP: Market-Frankford Parking: […]

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February 27, 2015
Visiting the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH)

One of the newest museums in historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History has rotating exhibits of American Jewish history from original documents, photographs and letters. There is a letter from George Washington thanking the Jewish community. The museum is organized by era, so start from the top and work your way down. […]

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February 27, 2015
Visiting the Philadelphia Bourse

This terra-cotta colored Beaux-Arts building was built in the 1890s in the style of the German Bourse in Hamburg and is one of the first steel-framed buildings constructed. George E. Bartol was a grain exporter in Philadelphia at the turn of the twentieth century. When he returned from Europe, he organised the Philadelphia business community […]

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December 22, 2014
Free Quaker Meetinghouse

As the colonies were recruiting men to serve in the Revolutionary War, some Pennsylvanians were not willing to take up arms. Many in the prevalent Quaker society did not believe in the lawfulness of war. A group of Quaker men turned out in defense of their country and in defiance of their traditional pacifism. Knowing […]

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December 16, 2014
Independence Hall Area Guide

The Independence Hall area at the center of historic Philadelphia is known as Independence Mall. A three block area that can transport you back to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the writing of the Constitution. Visit our attractions page for more information on all the attractions in Philadelphia. An essential stop on […]

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November 17, 2014
Visit Reading Terminal Market

We at Free Tours by Foot love to walk - we think it's a great way to see the city but it's also a good excuse to eat your way through a city. In Philadelphia, there is more than just cheesesteaks (though we like those, too and here you can find the best in the […]

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October 30, 2014
Visiting Eastern State Penitentiary

After being abandoned for more than twenty years, the Eastern State Penitentiary is a building in ruins. When it was built, however, in 1829 this was one of the most expensive prisons in the world. Renowned for both it's architecture and it's strict style, it was designed by John Haviland - who was the architect […]

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October 24, 2014
Terror Behind the Walls at the Eastern State Penitentiary

Set in the castle-esque structure of the Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP), an abandoned prison that believed in consistent isolation of its prisoners, Terror Behind the Walls is one of the scariest haunted houses in the country. It is scary in its very nature but every Halloween season, ESP steps it up and makes it its […]

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August 22, 2014
Love Park Philadelphia

If you like to experience real Philadelphia, you’ll have to venture outside the Independence Mall area, and you will be rewarded with great sights and LOVE. The famous LOVE Park next to City Hall is a must-see! The park was formerly known as the JFK Plaza, which is the grand entrance to the Benjamin Franklin […]

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