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Destination: Philadelphia

Since it is Valentine’s Day, let’s chat about the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia.

There is SO much history to explore in this fantastic city. It is very easy to get around (I really enjoyed walking most of it) and the food is delicious. I’m surprised it took me as long as it did to make it here.

I’ve compiled a (short) list of things I would encourage you to see and do.

LOVE Park and Sculpture

Unfortunately,at the time of this writing, the John F. Kennedy Plaza (LOVE Park) is currently closed for renovations.  However, you can swing by Dilworth Park to see the famous LOVE Sculpture.

Independence Hall

Visit the famous red brick birthplace of The United States Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. Admission is free if obtained from the Independence Visitor Center, but you do require a ticket for entry March through December.

Liberty Bell

Visit the “Iconic Symbol of American Independence” located at The Liberty Bell Center near Independence Hall.

Reading Terminal Market

Food, food and more food! Delicious food at that. Stop by the world’s oldest farmers market to try everything from donuts, crepes, fresh fish and more! I highly suggest trying some of the fresh squeezed orange juice, delicious cheese options or a donut from Beiler’s Donuts. You can also find yourself a variety of beautiful flowers and housewares.

The Rocky Statue and Steps

Why not run up the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art steps to get in your morning workout? You can also take your picture with the Rocky Balboa Statue located near the steps.

The Betsy Ross House

I was all for seeing the birthplace of The American Flag. Learn about “America’s most famous flag maker.”

Christ Church Burial Ground

I normally don’t have cemeteries on my list of places to visit, but stop by to pay your respects to Benjamin Franklin and many other influential people.

I ran out of time to see all the things I wanted, but I’ve heard great things about the Zoo, Valley Forge National Park and Eastern State Penitentiary. Looks like I will be making my way back to Philly!

Do you have any must see places each time you’re in Philly?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO Mandi

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