Philadelphia Historical Attractions

Philadelphia Historical Attractions
Although public transportation and cabs are readily available throughout Philadelphia, many Philadelphians and tourists choose to walk. Planned like a checkerboard, the city sits between two rivers and is extremely navigable by foot.

Outdoor enthusiasts visiting Philadelphia should consider the Self-Guided Constitutional Walking Tour. This tour offers a comprehensive view of historic sites in Old City Philadelphia. Although a guided option is available, the self-guided option allows visitors to participate at their own pace. Some of the places mentioned below are included in this tour.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is one of the lesser-known outdoor historical landmarks in Philadelphia. This tomb memorializes George Washington as well as an unknown soldier from the Revolutionary War. It's located in Washington Square, originally established by William Penn as a public park.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Washington Park (located between 6th, 7th, and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 597-8974
ushistory.org/tour/tour_tomb.htm

Shofuso Japanese Tea House

A piece of Japanese history exists in Philadelphia: an authentic Japanese tea house in the Shoin style. Built as an exhibit in the 1950s, the tea house serves as a historical example of seventeenth-century Japanese architecture. The tea house is located in Fairmount Park, noted for its scenic landscape and trails for running, jogging and biking.

The tea house is open from May to December, and there is a small entrance fee.

Shofuso Japanese Tea House
4301 Lansdowne Drive
West Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA 19131‎
(215) 878-1373‎
shofuso.com

Franklin Court

Franklin Court is the site of founding father Benjamin Franklin's original home. Because the house no longer stands, visitors can view the under-workings of the home, including Franklin's privy. This is a prime location for an individual or small group to eat outdoors and take a break from the crowds.

Franklin Court
Between Chestnut and Market, 3rd and 4th Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 597-8974

National Constitution Center

The National Constitution center is located within Independence National Park. It overlooks the Liberty Bell's enclosure, Independence Hall and an expansive grassy area. The National Constitution Center is a central location to learn about the historical landmarks within the park. This is also an excellent indoor location for a rainy day--there is plenty of room to walk and enjoy one's own personal space.

National Constitution Center
Independence Mall
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 409-6600
constitutioncenter.org

Article Written By Tara M. Clapper

Tara M. Clapper is a full-time freelance writer living in the Philadelphia area. She holds a bachelor's in English. Clapper has been writing and editing professionally since 2003. She has been published in Montgomery County "Ticket", Alltern8, Going Freelance, and as a topic expert on Examiner.com. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English and publishing from Rosemont College.

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