Never a Dull Moment: 9 Best Things to Do in Philadelphia
Aside from being a former location of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall’s fame runs deep. Both the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution were signed into law here.
Basically, Independence Hall is the birthplace of America. If you want to understand the country’s origins better or just want to bask in the history, tours through the hall run daily and are free of charge.
Photo Credit: Philly Magic Gardens
If you’re looking for something offbeat to do, head to Philadelphia’s famous hub, South Street, which is the home of an extensive public mural called Magic Gardens. Created by a local mosaic artist, Isaiah Zagar, the 3,000-square-foot mural is created from a collection of found objects, tiles and recycled materials.
Once a vacant lot, Zagar helped revitalize the space and the surrounding areas with his colorful mosaics. Now Magic Gardens serves as a museum, event space and public art installation.
Edgar Allan Poe House
Literary buffs will enjoy visiting one of the residences of famed poet and Gothic fiction writer, Edgar Allan Poe. It’s said the basement here gave Poe inspiration for his short story, “The Black Cat.”
Although there is no furniture in Edgar Allan Poe House, detailed illustrations line the walls of the rooms. The house has also become somewhat of a shrine for the Poe-obsessed. Guests can listen to works of the author read by famous actors and even pose with the raven statue that stands outside the house.