In a city that is so steeped in history, it is only natural that Philadelphia offers its residents so much to do. With the many attractions outdoors and in, it is easy for seniors to stay busy exploring the city on their own, as part of a group, or while entertaining grandchildren. Here are some of the must-see destination in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the city’s major art museum. The museum administers collections containing more than 227,000 objects including major holdings of American, Asian, and European origin. The various classes of artwork include armor, drawings, paintings, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and sculptures. The largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin’s works outside of Paris are on display at the Rodin Museum in Philly.
There are several major science museums in Philadelphia, such as the Mütter Museum, Franklin Institute, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. For history exhibits, head to the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia History, National Constitution Center, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the national Museum of American Jewish History.
Philadelphia has more than 10,000 acres of parkland. The vast majority of this acreage makes up Fairmount Park, which is located on the west side of the city along the Wissahickon Creek and Schuylkill River. It is home to the Philadelphia Zoo. Founded in 1859, it is the first zoo in the United States. There are over 1,300 animals, many of which are endangered and rare. The zoo has a rainforest themed carousel, a children’s zoo, and many educational and interactive exhibits.
Philadelphia has been home to major professional sports teams since 1860. In fact, it one of only a dozen cities with teams in all four of the major sports with hockey’s Philadelphia Flyers, baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies, basketball’s Philadelphia 76ers, and football’s Philadelphia Eagles. The city is also a hotbed for college basketball with five Division 1 programs in the area, including Villanova University.
There are numerous events and festivals throughout the year in Philadelphia. The Mummers Parade is the most famous one. Held every New Year’s Day, the first official Mummers Parade took place in 1901, but it has roots going all the way back to the mid-17th century. Other popular events include the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Unity Day, Greek Picnic, and many more.
Though Philadelphia has a lot to keep you busy, not all of us enjoy the hustle and bustle. That’s fine. The city offers many opportunities to unwind. Rescue Spa offers everything you need to feel refreshed from facials to massages. Or, if you want to get your nails done, consider Mi Cumbia Organica. Whatever your needs may be, Philadelphia will meet and exceed them.
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