Philadelphia

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Philadelphia - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. The Franklin Institute

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount | Museum/Gallery

    Founded more than 175 years ago to honor Benjamin Franklin, this science museum is as clever as its namesake, thanks to an abundance of dazzling...Read More

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  • 2. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount | Museum/Gallery

    The dioramas of animals from around the world displayed in their natural habitats give this natural history museum an old-fashioned charm. The...Read More

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  • 3. Adventure Aquarium

    Penn's Landing | Zoo/Aquarium

    This high-tech, hands-on science education center is the home of "Shark Realm," a 550,000-gallon tank stretching two stories high and thick...Read More

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  • 4. Battleship New Jersey

    Penn's Landing | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The World War II–era USS New Jersey, one of the most decorated battleships in the history of the U.S. Navy, is now a floating museum. It's...Read More

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  • 5. Betsy Ross House

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    It's easy to find this little brick house with the gabled roof: just look for the 13-star flag displayed from its second-floor window. Whether...Read More

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  • 6. Camden Children's Garden

    Penn's Landing | Garden/Arboretum

    Located adjacent to the Adventure Aquarium on the Camden waterfront, this delightful 4-acre garden is an interactive horticultural playground...Read More

  • 7. Fireman's Hall Museum

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in an authentic 1876 firehouse, this museum traces the history of firefighting, from the volunteer company founded in Philadelphia by...Read More

  • 8. Franklin Court [The Benjamin Franklin Museum]

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    This highly interactive and informative museum built on the site that was Benjamin Franklin's first permanent home in Philadelphia was thoroughly...Read More

  • 9. Independence Seaport Museum

    Penn's Landing | Museum/Gallery

    Philadelphia's maritime museum houses many nautical artifacts, figureheads, and ship models, as well as interactive exhibits that convey just...Read More

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  • 10. Insectarium

    Northeastern Philadelphia | Zoo/Aquarium

    In Northeastern Philly, a neighborhood not known for its tourist attractions, is a bug lover's heaven. Revel in this ugly-yet-beautiful collection...Read More

  • 11. Morris Arboretum

    Northwestern Philadelphia | Garden/Arboretum

    This is one of the best arboretums in the country, and makes for a great stroll. Begun in 1887 and bequeathed to the University of Pennsylvania...Read More

  • 12. Mummers Museum

    South Philadelphia | Museum/Gallery

    Even if you aren't in Philadelphia on New Year's Day, you can still experience this unique local institution. Famous for extravagant sequin...Read More

  • 13. Philadelphia Zoo

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount | Zoo/Aquarium

    Opened in 1874, America's first zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals representing six continents. It's small and well landscaped enough to...Read More

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  • 14. Please Touch Museum

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount | Museum/Gallery

    Philadelphia's children's museum occupies one of the city's most stately buildings, a gorgeous example of Beaux Arts–style architecture constructed...Read More

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  • 15. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

    University City and West Philadelphia | Museum/Gallery

    Rare treasures from the deepest jungles and ancient tombs make this one of the finest archaeological and anthropological museums in the world...Read More

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  • 16. USS Becuna

    Penn's Landing | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    You can tour this 307-foot-long "guppy class" submarine, which was commissioned in 1944 and conducted search-and-destroy missions in the South...Read More

  • 17. USS Olympia

    Penn's Landing | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Commodore George Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila in the Spanish-American War is the only remaining ship from that war. Dewey entered...Read More