Philadelphia is an eclectic city, and the Center City downtown district is full of appeal. You will find many of the city’s historical sites in Center City’s Museum District along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Philadelphia Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in the United States with ten different curatorial departments. The Rodin Museum is just down the block on Ben Franklin Parkway and houses the largest collection of works by sculptor Auguste Rodin outside of Paris. Included are some of Rodin’s most famous bronze casts, such as the Gates of Hell and the Thinker. The Mummer’s Museum is dedicated to Philadelphia’s New Year’s celebration and holds outdoor concerts May - September. Philadelphia is also home to the unique Mütter Museum, established in 1787 to provide medical professionals and the public an opportunity to learn about medicine through science and art. If you’re looking for history, the interactive Constitution Center joins the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall as historic must-sees. The Franklin Institute science museum offers resources for learning about science and pays homage to Ben Franklin.
Other must-see neighborhoods in Center City include the Avenue of the Arts, Fitler Square, Jewelers’ Row, Logan Circle, Market East, Old City, Penn’s Landing, the Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill, and Washington Square West. The South Street Head House District has a wide variety of stores to shop in, and Chinatown has some of the most authentic Chinese cuisine and culture you’ll find anywhere. Or if you’d prefer a Philly cheese steak sandwich, you can find the most traditional local fare at Pat’s, Geno’s and Jim’s. And if it’s baseball season, make sure to catch a Phillies game at Citizen’s Bank Park. Philadelphia is also home to one of the largest city parks in the world, Fairmont Park, where you can play anything from soccer to ultimate Frisbee.
Philadelphia’s history is one of its major attractions. It is the colonial city that housed the continental congress and was a gathering place for the founding fathers who formed the nation. There is much more to the modern Philadelphia than museums and historic sites, though. The city is also famous for its Mümmer’s Day Parade held every January 1, where bands dress in elaborate costumes with feathers and sequins to strut through the streets. Although Philadelphia has a bit of a tough-guy image, it is also known as the “City of Brotherly Love” and is home to Love Park, which has the famous LOVE statue and to a modern wonder of the world, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts known for its flawless acoustics. Several towns surrounding Philadelphia are also popular tourist destinations.
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