Last year I decided to spend my birthday in Philadelphia. I wanted to see the sights as well as checking out a Broken Bells concert. I had never been to Philly but had heard so many great things about it. It was a lot of fun and there was so much to see!
As usual, we got in late Friday night. We spent the night at an airbnb. In the morning our first stop was Reading Terminal Market. I had great food there and I had an incredible smoothie. We also got some candy. I could have spent hours in here! There was so much to see and eat!
After a late breakfast we did our obligatory stop at the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall. I honestly thought it would be boring but it was actually pretty fascinating. I learned a lot and it was a beautiful place to walk around.
US Mint was fairly close by so we took a walk over but sadly it was closed. I think it would be pretty cool to see money get made. Hopefully I can go in the future.
Among our obligatory stops in Philly was none other than Rocky’s Road. I saw the Rocky movies when I was very young and don’t remember much of it but it was still cool to see where a world famous movie scene took place and what a beautiful view!
Elfreth’s Ally is one of the oldest roads in the United States. It dates back to 1702 and “As of 2012, there are 32 houses on the street, which were built between 1728 and 1836.” (according to wikipedia).
Elfreth’s Alley is a short walk but worth going to. Though it is only a 5 minute walk, I think we stayed close to 30 minutes just walking back and forth. It was just so stunning.
Once we got our fill of the oldest road, we headed to Edgar Allen Poe Historical Site. They say Poe lived in this house for a while and it inspired some of his most famous works. It was definitely a neat spot to check out.
We also went to Mutter Museum which was a trip! I have no pictures from here because we weren’t allowed to take them (lame!) but trust me when I tell you that it was worth the trip! “America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century “cabinet museum” setting.” You will see crazy things here that you may have never even thought of. We spent hours here. It was so fascinating.
Our final stop in Philly was none other than the Magic Gardens. This is a truly magical place and my favorite out of everywhere we went! I just couldn’t believe my eyes. There was so much beauty! I was amazed! Totally recommend!
Something I loved about Philly was all of the murals and street art! Every piece was unique in it’s own way. I was fascinated by each art work and spent a considerable amount of time in front of each. Pictures don’t do it justice. Art was everywhere and it was all breathtaking! The murals make this city beautiful and unique.
I loved Philly and can’t wait to go again! We saw a lot in two days but I know there is so much more to discover!