Having Some Historic Fun In Philadelphia

By: Jim Williams

The historic sites in our country have always been some of the top tourist attractions around. Taking trip s to visit historic towns and cities with your family is usually a vacation that you never forget. It can full of learning and a lot of other fun activities as well. Philadelphia has always been one of these well visited places. The countryside is beautiful and the history as rich as you will find anywhere.

For many tourists the first stop they will make is The Constitution Center. Here you will find over one hundred interactive exhibits and artifacts related to our history. Articles of interest range from the revolutionary period until present day. When you visit here, you are only a couple of blocks of easy walking to the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

Also within walking distance are the home of Betsy Ross and the grave site of Benjamin Franklin. These are two historic sites you will not want to miss since they are so close to where you are and there is no transportation necessary. There are shops, restaurants, and bars located all along these areas where you can break up your walking tour with lunch and a little relaxation.

There are a few counties that are close enough to the city to be worth a short drive of an hour or less to see the attractions that are there. In Montgomery County, you can visit The Valley Forge National Historic Park. You might wish to stop in and visit The King of Prussia Mall while you are there and there is no tax on clothes purchases. The Barnes Foundation houses impressionist art. There is folk art you can purchase and gardens to walk in. In Montgomery County they have festivals and performances year round.

Chester County is a little less than an hour away from the city. Here you can tour The QVC Studio if you would like. There is Longwood Gardens to visit and The Chaddsford Winery. There are shopping malls her too.

Delaware County has wines trails and gardens as well as historic sites. You can see the Brandywine Battlefield and The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. They have sports centers, great dining, and theatres. Delaware County is one of the top side trips from the great city of Philadelphia. You will not want to miss any of the rich history associated with the vast majority of this region.

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