Saturday, August 25, 2018

Info for Tourists & Travelers: Understanding Philadelphia

The nickname “City of Brotherly Love” was coined when William Penn, who founded the city, named it to reflect its Greek translation and roots. Penn’s idea was to build a place, being a Quaker, that anyone can practice their own faith openly and without persecution. The original capital of the country, it was also the 2nd biggest British Empire after London. Its history, tradition, and culture are hidden not too deep beneath the layers of events and celebrations they continue to celebrate today. It is an exciting, renowned melting pot of immigrant cultures.

Source: Unsplash - Devon Wellesley
 Just like Penn intended, there are a lot of parks and green spaces to enjoy everywhere you turn in downtown Philly. As an ideal escapade from bustling city life, Philadelphia provides blocks of landscaped greens surrounded by public art, all of which can be clearly viewed from within your Philadelphia charter bus. Just to name a few: Franklin Square, Fitler Square, Washington Square, Rittenhouse Square or Logan Square.

Home to historic landmarks like Liberty Bell and the Declaration of Independence, it has inspired a smaller New Philadelphia in Ohio (30 minutes from Canton) which has a population of approximately 180,000.  Thanks to its rich history, culture and friendly people (except for when you’re supporting the opposite sports team, that is), the city revels in its own quirks. To sample what Philadelphia offers, look out for the following.

1. City of Firsts

You’re right if you think, being one of the pioneering cities in the country, that Philadelphia had the privilege of enjoying many historical firsts. It hosted America’s first independence, got to first explore the world of personal computers, ran the country’s first daily newspaper (The Philadelphia Packet and Daily Advertiser back in 1784), and its people enjoyed the country’s very first zoo! Not only did it build the country’s first hospital, it had the first medical school which, until today, is known for vast advancements in the medical sector. The stats don’t lie. One in every six doctors in the country received their training in Philadelphia.

Bring the Philadelphia charter bus to the following attractions if you’re interested in finding out more about how Philadelphia became the guinea pig for the countless industries that drove America forward.

  • The American Philosophical Society

105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386
(215) 440-3400
Hours: Mon to Fri 9 am - 4.30pm
Benjamin Franklin and his Quaker botanist friend, John Bartram established the society way before the Declaration of Independence. Its purpose was to have a place where the scientific discovery was independent of Great Britain’s dominance. Today, it is an International research center with focuses on early American history, Native American ethnography, linguistics, digital innovation, and sciences.

  • Dox Thrash - Accomplished Painter and Printmaker

Dox Thrash became well-known because he produced countless paintings, drawings, and prints during his lifetime that reflected his life as an African American. It was a bold idea at that time. In the 1940s, after introducing the Carborundum printmaking technique, he continued developing his expertise in etching, drypoint, mezzotint, lithography and linoleum cut. We are sure you’ll enjoy the results of his countless experiments as much as he did. He remained active in the art scene until his death and you can view his masterpieces at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Woodmere Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

  • The First Bank of the United States

Independence National Historical Park - 128 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA
The city established its first bank during a nationally tumultuous time. Chartered in 1791 as a part of Alexander Hamilton’s reforms, it played a crucial role in setting the financial stage right for the country. Introduced in the country’s first capital, it had the Federal Government take over Revolutionary War debts, raise money for the new government and established the country’s first national bank and currency.

  • Bartram's Garden

5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-5281
Hours: Mon to Fri 10 am - 4 pm; Sat and Sun 10 am - 6 pm
The oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, the historic garden offers free admission for all. A little off-the-beaten-path, it’s a hidden gem and a sanctuary to those looking for a quiet place to relax, enjoy kayaking/paddling, picnic, or have a romantic date with their loved ones. Head out during sunset and you’ll be rewarded with countless Instagram-worthy pictures!

There's more where that came from! Continue reading this article for more on the best local cuisine to try in Philadelphia, why the history of Philadelphia is such a source of pride for the locals and what to expect from Philly sports fan (Answer: A LOT!) We've also listed down a whole bunch of interesting art attractions and venues to check out when in town!

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