If you and your family are looking for the perfect place to take a vacation this summer, you cannot go wrong planning a sightseeing trip to Philadelphia. Tourists find there are so many things to see and explore which include several attractions of interest for children as well as preserved historical sights of interest.
The city is one of the few that was well planned out for the times and designed using a grid system by William Penn Jr. back in the 1600s. For the age it was an amazing amount of forethought to consider future growth and make navigating the city simple and easy. The older downtown area is filled with historic buildings, whereas the newer sections are located uptown. We will take a look at a couple of really great historic landmarks to give you some ideas of what you might enjoy seeing when visiting the historic town of Philadelphia.
After a busy day of sightseeing, you should stop over to the Rittenhouse Square. It is the perfect park where you and your children can sit and relax or meander casually through this humongous park. It is a beautiful sight to see located right in the main portion of town, which is convenient to surrounding residential communities.
No trip is complete to this community without paying a stop to see the famous Liberty Bell. The very prominent William Penn Jr. was the designer of the bell back in the1700s. The Liberty Bell was created to represent “Liberty for All” and is well noted throughout the history books with notations about the famous crack on the side.
The bell was originally crafted in London, England and cracked for some unknown reason right after it was delivered to Philadelphia. At the time, local craftsmen created a new 2000-pound bell using portions of the old one. Since then even the new bell cracked twice more and was last rung in honor of George Washington’s birthday.
The Independence National Historical Park spreads across 45-acres with many historic building of interest including the most famous Independence Hall. This famous hall is where the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. It is well worth taking a guided tour of this impressive piece of history.
Schedule time on your trip to honor our brave men by visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There is a statue of an Unknown Soldier and George Washington placed at the tomb in the 1950s. The monument is dedicated to the fine men that served in the Revolutionary War. These brave men were unknown soldiers, which died from diseases and serving their country in battle.
While enjoying your vacation, you might want to add an evening excursion to see the Lights of Liberty. This glorious light show is held near the downtown area in the Independence National Historic Park. The show features live performances reenacting tales from the American Revolution.
This is just a small sample of some of the amazing history that you will enjoy while sightseeing in Philadelphia.