This post lists top things to do in January in Philadelphia as well as things to do at night, free activities and family friendly events. January in Philly is pretty consistent weather-wise with highs in the 40s, but the historic core of Philadelphia is small and you can quickly get from warm museum to warm museum!
This post reviews and compares the many different Philadelphia bus tours available to you. There are not that many companies, but there is a wide variety of bus tours offered in Philly, from days tours to night tours or trolleys to open-top double-decker buses. Likewise, there are many deals and discounts as well as combination and multi-day tickets available, that allow you to save up to 50% off retail prices. Some tours, especially the hop-on, hop-off variety, are great companions to our free walking tours.
This may be one of the best ways to discover the birthplace of America. Explore the city at your own pace as you travel from one landmark to the next. These services perform an entire circuit around Philadelphia and allow you to jump off at various locations for a closer look. A lot of travelers recommend these bus tours for anyone who wants to become more familiar with their surroundings. This is also a great way to see as much as possible in a short amount of time. There are 2 commercial companies and one do-it-yourself option. Expect ticket prices to range from $30-$50 on average for the commercial tours.
Free Tours by Foot thought yo u should know more about who we are! Our tours would not be so highly rated if it weren’t for our guides – the passion, knowledge and fun they bring to our tours. We’ll be featuring more information about our great guides in each city over the coming months.
As a writer with a degree in film production who now works as a tour guide, Marianne considers herself a professional storyteller! She started out studying Russian history, which honed her ability to find the humorous (albeit often dark and twisted) behind the facts. After living in Washington, DC, Novosibirsk and Moscow (Russia), Miami, and Los Angeles, she is now back in her home state of Pennsylvania, in her beloved William Penn’s Philadelphia. She absolutely loves sharing stories about the founders of the nation – their bravery, their brilliance, their quirks! Her goal is to bring the past alive and make it relevant today while showing off her wonderful, revitalized city.
Travel insurance is often the last thing you have on your mind when planning your next trip for just yourself, with your family or with friends. We look forward to a well-earned and long-desired vacation and we know deep down, however, that travelling brings about the unexpected (mostly in good ways). For the hopefully rare bad case scenarios, where you need to cancel a trip due to hazardous weather, sickness, the death of a family member, or any accidents during your trip, stolen or lost luggage/passports/wallets, and even worse injury or death of a travel mate, you want to be covered. Instead of overthinking the many things that might happen, travel insurance can help to put your mind at ease for the many what-ifs, so you can get back to planning and enjoying the fun things about your next trip. So, is travel insurance worth it?
Though this reconstructed building is from the 1960s, the original New Hall Military Museum was built in 1791 by the Carpenters’ Guild. The space was rented out to Secretary of War Henry Knox, making this the original Pentagon.
Directions to New Hall Military Museum:
320 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
On Chestnut Street between South 3rd and South 4th Street.
The hours vary based on the season. Its open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm until April 2015.
Free! As part of the National Park Service, there is no entrance fee.
The second floor of the museum focuses on the history of the Navy and Army. The ground floor, on the Marines.
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 (Orange Line – local train only) stops at Temple University/Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
SEPTA: Bus Route 2 at the 16th Street and Montgomery Avenue stop
Tuesday – Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM
Closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Day, as well as a the day before/after both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The museum is closed for one week in August for Summer Break.
The museum operates on a name your own price basis, just like our walking tours, with a suggested donation:
View a presentation in the lecture hall where internationally known scientists such as Joseph Leidy, Edward Drinker Cope and Margaret Mead once taught, and a guided tour through the exhibit hall.
Tours are available by appointment Tuesdays through Fridays between 3 and 5 PM. To make a reservation, call 215-763-6529, ext. 17.
The Wagner Free Institute began with education programs led in the home of gentleman scientist William Wagner. The Institute continues this tradition with free education programs throughout the week. They offer college-level courses in the natural sciences, lectures and program – Events Calendar.
The Franklin Institute was founded in 1824, making it one of the oldest centers of science education in the country. The interactive museum is the most visited attractions in Philadelphia.
The Franklin Institute is located at 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Parking: The museum’s parking garage entrance is located behind the building at the intersection of 21st Street and Winter Street.
SEPTA Stop: Suburban Station
The Franklin Institute is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Admission Tickets to Franklin Institute:
Child (3-11): $15.95
Admission to The Franklin Institute includes access to three floors of hands-on science exhibits including core interactive exhibits, the observatory, and one show in the planetarium. Additional costs apply for movies and attractions.
Tickets are available for advance purchase on a timed based. Due to the popularity of Franklin Institute, it highly recommended to purchase advance tickets that will fit best into your visit to Philadelphia.
Franklin Institute Highlights
One of the first exhibits is the Giant Heart, a walk-through heart that is 15,000 times life size.
Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, with a 20-foot-tall marble statue of the scientist and Founding Father
The Sports Challenge illustrating the physics of sports using virtual reality
The Train Factory’s climb-aboard steam engine
Space Command’s simulated earth-orbit research station
The Rodin Museum Philadelphia contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin’s works outside Paris, including his most well-known, The Thinker.
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 of Art’s Parking Garage. A complimentary shuttle service connects the Rodin Museum and Museum of Art.
Wednesday-Monday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 4th of July
The Rodin Museum operates on a name your own price basis, just like our walking tours.