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Planning a short break to Philadelphia? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Philadelphia. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Philadelphia. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

The Independence National Historical Park

Philadelphia was the capital city during Washington’s second term, and this area is filled with historical buildings and sights, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

The Independence Visitor Centre is located here as well on 6th and Market streets, and will provide information and services for the tourist.

Phone 800/537-7676 voice, or 215/597-1785 TDD, or visit www.independencevisitorcenter.com

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th Street | Philadelphia, PA 19130, this museum is home to a wide range of works, from African sculptures to the Impressionists. The Rodin Museum is also here, and holds the largest collection of this sculptor’s works outside of France.

For more information, the phone (215) 763-8100, TTY (215) 684-7600, or go to www.philamuseum.org/main.asp

Masonic Temple

Located at 1 N. Broad St., this temple, which is one of the largest in the world, was designed and built to portray the seven best architectural styles of the world, Corinthian, Egyptian, Gothic, Ionic, Norman, Oriental, and Renaissance. The temple houses letters and emblems of Washington, and other founding fathers, in this pre-eminent Masonic Temple of American Freemasonry. For more information phone 215/988-1917.

Barnes Foundation

Located at 300 N. Latch’s Lane, there are over 1,000 masterpieces of impressionist, post-impressionist, and an extensive selection of European art, filling Albert Barnes’ French provincial mansion for lovers of art to enjoy.

For more information phone 610/667-0290, 610/667-8315 for reservations, email reserve@barnesfoundation.org, or go to www.barnesfoundation.org

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

Located at Logan Circle, 20th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. This excellent museum will keep not only the kids entertained for hours, but also has appeal to adults, with a journey through the world of science, and all its fascinating side-trips. There are also available outlets serving food for hungry families.

Phone 215/448-1200, or go to www.fi.edu

Philadelphia City Hall

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, on Center Square, is this soaring National Historic Landmark, which is the tallest, biggest, and most expensive city hall in the U.S.

To explore this enormous public building there are free tours running throughout the day, and visitors can phone (215) 686-2840 for more information, or visit www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/2115/Mainframeset.html to get an idea of the magnitude of the building and all its attractions.

Schuylkill Center For Environmental Education

Located at 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128, this centre offers outdoor and indoor natural history and environmental science programs for all ages. It also has over six miles of hiking trails through glorious wooded areas, an organic garden, and is home to a variety of local birds and butterflies.

To learn more about the Schuylkill Center phone 215-482-7300, fax 215-482-8158, email scee@schuylkillcenter.org or go to website /www.schuylkillcenter.org

The Philadelphia Zoo

Located at 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104, bring your children to the Philadelphia Zoo, founded in 1874, and America’s first. Here you can see animals from around the world living in natural habitats, from the African savannah to the icy environment of the polar bears.

For more information, phone 215-243-1100, fax 215- 243-5385, or go to website www.philadelphiazoo.org

The Philadelphia Flower Show

held annually in March at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2299, this is largest flower show in the world, and all proceeds go to The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's outreach efforts, including its acclaimed greening program, Philadelphia Green.

For more information go to www.theflowershow.com/home/index.html

Mummers Parade

(January) Thousands of people line the route of this fantastic and extravagant parade of people bringing in the New Year, dressed in outlandish fashions. Join in the fun in the city’s premier street party.

For more information contact Philadelphia Mummers Museum, 1000 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, 19147, Pennsylvania, phone (+) 1 215 336 3050,

email mummersmus@aol.com or go to mummers.com

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