Philadelphia has a population of 1,526,006 making it the biggest city in Pennsylvania. It operates on the EDT time zone.
|Country||The United States Of America|
|Elevation||40 m over sea level|
|Airports||Wings Field, Philadelphia International Airport, North Philadelphia Airport|
As the largest city in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is comprised of several distinct neighborhoods. It boasts more than 90 museums, classic colonial-period houses, landmark red brick buildings, historic churches and leafy parks. In fact, Philly is home to one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. - Fairmont Park.
As one of the social and geographical centers of the original 13 American Colonies, Philadelphia was home to many of the ideas and subsequent actions that gave birth to the American Revolution and American Independence. It was here that the Declaration of Independence was signed.
This important metropolis remains a commercial, educational and cultural center, and retains its singular honor for serving as the nation's first capital, long before Washington D.C. served in that capacity.
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Did you know?
- Philadelphia is home to many "first-in-America" institutions, including the first brick house, hospital, and scientific institution in the U.S., as well as world's first botanical garden and zoo.
- Philadelphia is one of the largest college towns in the United States. Temple University, Drexel, LaSalle and the University of Pennsylvania are just a few of the quality schools in the city.
- In 1946, the world's first computer, the ENIAC, was switched on in a Philadelphia laboratory.
The Philadelphia Zoo was the very first in the USA and serves as a role model for modern animal habitat and conservation practices. This outstanding east coast zoo is a must for any Pennsylvania vacation!
There are so many world-class things to do in Philly and historic places to visit; it is difficult to choose the best of the best. Take a look at the Philadelphia, PA map to locate these amazing places to visit:
- The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
It's a trip back in history and to hear the "We the People" words echoing along the grand architecture of Independence Hall Philadelphia. An unforgettable historical site, the Independence Hall is the home of the Constitution that has guided America for over 200 years.
The Assembly Room in which the delegation met in 1787 still holds Jefferson's cane and a book belonging to Franklin Roosevelt. Philadelphia is the place where the Liberty Bell rests, one of the most prominent symbols of the American Revolutionary War, an icon of liberty and justice.
- Fairmount Park
Welcome to the one of the largest parks within city limits anywhere on the USA map!
8,700 acres of winding creeks, silent trails and green meadows await your discovery. Home to 100 miles of jogging, bike and bridle paths, Fairmount Park features cultural and historical exhibits, including 29 of America's best Colonial mansions, lush gardens, boathouses, the Philadelphia Zoo and a Japanese Teahouse.
Rent a sailboat or a canoe, listen to magnificent free symphony concerts in the summer or keep fit by playing tennis or golf. Fairmount Park offers many unique experiences for Philly travellers.
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
This resplendent, beautiful Greco-Roman Philadelphia museum houses one of the finest art groupings in the US.
Famous on the outside for the steps seen in the movie "Rocky", the Philadelphia Museum of Art boasts one of the world's largest collections of art. Its collection is comprised of a mind-blowing 225,000 objects, all emphasising the creative accomplishments of the West since the first century A.D, including impressive pieces of American artwork, and those of Asia since the third millennium B.C.