Philadelphia Living - Places - Sites - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Places such as parks, buildings, public gardens and zoos, notable buildings, libraries, interesting places; see also the listings for Venues, Museums, Neighborhoods, Dining, and Housing; see Activities for cultural centers
  • 30th St: 30th Street Station; transportation hub served by Amtrak, SEPTA, NJTransit; food court; shops
  • Arboretum Awbury: 22 hectares of scenery; in the Germantown section of Philadelphia; Francis Cope House
  • Arboretum Jenkins: 18 hectares of native environment; native trees, shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, laurel, blueberries, ferns and wildflowers
  • Arboretum Morris: Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania; official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; in Chestnut Hill neighborhood
  • Arboretum Scott: Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College; 120 hectares; ornamental plants, trees, shrubs, vines and perennials
  • Arboretum Tyler: 263 hectares of horticultural collections; rare specimens, ancient trees, historic buildings, and hiking trails; Media, PA
  • Art Public: Philadelphia Public Art; collection of pictures of sculptures, fountains, mosaics and memorials in Philadelphia
  • Buildings/Arch: Philadelphia Architects and Buildings database; information on three centuries of Philadelphia buildings and designers; data and images from the collections of more than 25 Philadelphia-area repositories; added to and amended daily
  • Buildings/Emporis: Coverage of Philadelphia buildings; Skycrapers, architecture, buildings, real estate, and construction news; from Emporis databases on buildings and the real-estate industry
  • Camden Waterfront: Delware River waterfront in Camden, New Jersey; cultural attractions and entertainment: Adventure Aquarium, Camden Children's Garden, Battleship New Jersey, Tweeter Center, Camden Riversharks, RiverLink Ferry; across the Delaware River from Penn's Landing
  • Carpenters' Hall: historic building; hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774; home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States; part of Independence National Historical Park
  • Christ Church: Old Christ Church and Burial Ground; burial place of Benjamin Franklin; founded in 1695; colonial and revolution-era history
  • City Hall: Historic building housing city government; at Center Square (Broad and Market); French Second -Empire Architectural style; completed in 1901; National Historic Landmark; the nationís largest municipal building; 167 meter tower with 11 meter tall statue of William Penn on top; public tours
  • City Tavern: Historic meeting place; original opened 1773; used by First Continental Congress as informal meeting place; George Washington used as his headquarters; reconstructed in 1975; dining with costumed serving staff
  • CVB: Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Delaware Riv: Delaware River; recreation information: canoeing, camping, fishing, hiking, birding, fishing; the Delaware River passes to the east of Philadelphia, along Penn's Landing
  • Fairmount Pk: Philadelphia's Park System; 3,700 hectares; 62 regional and neighborhood parks including the larger of these: East and West Parks, Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, Pennypack Park, Poquessing Park, Tacony Creek Park and Wissahickon Valley Park; includes Center, Franklin, Logan, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares
  • Franklink Mem: Benjamin Franklin National Memorial; located in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute Science Museum; statue of Franklin and exhibits of objects and publications
  • Garden Betram's: botanical garden; a pastoral 18th century homestead
  • Garden GP: Greater Philadelphia Gardens; public gardens, arboreta and historic houses with gardens
  • Gloria Dei: (Old Swedes') Church; built in 1700; oldest church in Pennsylvania
  • Historic: Sites in Philadelphia's Historic District; List of extensive sites of historic interest in Philadelphia
  • Independence NHP: Independence National Historical Park; Independence Hall and the related historical buildings: Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, Great Essentials Exhibit, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, Second Bank of the United States, New Hall Military Museum, Carpenters' Hall, Franklin Court, Christ Church, Bishop White House, Todd House, Declaration House, City Tavern, Deshler Morris House, Mikveh Israel Cemetery, Philosophical Hall (American Philosophical Society), National Constitution Center, Independence Visitor Center, Free Quaker Meeting House, Merchants' Exchange Building; National Park Service
  • Japanese House: Japanese House and Garden (Shofuso) in Fairmount Park; 16th-century style house and grounds located in the Horticultural Center of Fairmount Park
  • Kosciuszko Mem: Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial; military engineer and volunteer in American revolution; house where Kosciuszko lived from 1797-98
  • Liberty Bell: famous bell that rang July 8, 1776 in the tower of Independence Hall; summoned people to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence
  • Liberty Pl: Shops at Liberty Place; retail complex between the Liberty One and Liberty Two Office Towers; in Center City business district
  • Libraries List: List of area libraries; provided by Libweb; gives link to official Web site and information link; includes academic, public, and special libraries
  • Libraries Special: Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
  • Library Athenæum: special collections library; the history and antiquities of America; architecture and interior design history, particularly for 1800-1945; founded 1814; member supported
  • Library Co: independent research library; history and background of American culture from colonial times to the end of the 19th century; founded 1731 by Benjamin Franklin and his Junto members
  • Library Free: Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Manayunk Canal: Friends of the Manayunk Canal;works to restore and preserve the natural and historical resources of Venice Island, the Manayunk Canal and Fairmount Park's Towpath
  • Parking: Philadelphia Parking Authority; parking in garages and lots in Center City and University City; parking and flight status at Philadelphia International Airport; on-street parking information; purchase a Parking Meter Smart Card; pay fines
  • Parking-Spot Hero: Parking spots around town; rent by the day or longer
  • Penn's Landing: 15 hectares of publicly-owned land on the Delaware River just east of downtown; year-round events, festivals, and recreational activities; Festival Pier, Blue Cross River Rink, The Great Plaza, Walnut Plaza, Southern Quay and Overlook, Tall Ship Gazela
  • Poe NHS: Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site; house where Poe lived from 1843-44
  • Reading Mkt: Reading Terminal Market; public market 12th and Arch Streets
  • Ross House: Betsy Ross House; house of Elizabeth Griscom Ross, seamstress; no known evidence establishes that she sewed the first American flag
  • Rush St Pk: Benjamin Rush State Park; open fields and woodlots in the northeast corner of Philadephia; the world's largest community gardens
  • Schuylkill Riv: Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area; watershed in Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties; managed by Schuylkill River Greenway Association
  • US Mint: Philadelphia Mint; produces coins and medals; public tours
  • Valley Forge: Valley Forge National Historical Park; place where revolutionary war soldiers under George Washington camped; located in Valley Forge, PA, about 30 km from Philadelphia Center City
  • Visitor Ctr: Independence Visitor Center; information about the Philadelphia region; across from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Independence National Historical Park; "America's most historic" 259 hectares
  • Zoo: Zoological Society of Philadelphia; rare and exotic animals from around the world
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