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Philadelphia — the birthplace of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s also the site of the ATS 2020 International Conference!

To help you achieve the full Philadelphia experience, we’ve highlighted some of the most popular must-see attractions in the City of Brotherly Love.

Independence Visitor Center

Located in Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Philadelphia. The friendly, multilingual staff provides personalized service and free trip-planning advice for 2.5 million visitors each year. Stop by for discounts, insider tips, and access to everything you need to make your trip unforgettable.

CityPASS

Save up to 44% on combined attraction prices. You can select your attractions as you go — no need to pick now! Get instant delivery with convenient mobile or printable ticket options. CityPASS is valid for 9 consecutive days.



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Liberty Bell
Photo Credit: Photo by Andrea Golod for PHLCVB

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National Constitution Center - Life size bronze statues of the Founding Fathers
Courtesy of National Constitution Center
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Mutter Museum
Photo Credit: Photo credit K Huff for PHLCVB

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The Franklin Institute - Franklin Air Show
Courtesy of The Franklin Institute
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Please Touch Museum - Boy launching a rocket
JPG Photography 2017
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Eastern State Penitentiary - Family looking into cell
Courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary
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Academy of Natural Sciences
Photo Credit: Photo credit K Huff for PHLCVB

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Academy of Natural Sciences
Photo Credit: Photo credit K Huff for PHLCVB

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Barnes Foundation - Main gallery with women
Photo by Michael Perez
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Philadelphia Zoo - Red Panda
Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo
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Valley Forge National Memorial Arch
Photo Credit: Photo by PHLCVB
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Longwood Gardens Fountain
Photo Credit: Photo by K Huff for PHLCVB
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Philadelphia Magic Gardens
Photo Credit: Photo credit K Huff for PHLCVB

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Reading Terminal Market photo by JPG Photography
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Campos Cheesesteaks
Photo Credit: Photo by K Huff for PHLCVB
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Pat's King of Steaks photo credit K huff for PHLCVB
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Urban Farmer
Photo Credit: Photo by K Huff for PHLCVB
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Outdoor Dining
Photo Credit: Photo by Anthony Sinagoga for PHLCVB
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Old City Restaurants and Bars photo by Jeff Fusco for PHLCVB
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The floating barges at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Photo Credit: Photo by Matt Stanley
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9th Street Italian Market
Photo Credit: Photo by Andrea Burolla Photography for PHLCVB
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High Street on Market
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History

Medical History Tour

Admission: $49 per person – ATS 2020 attendees receive 15% off this price with promo code ConventionPhilly.
Learn about Philadelphia's amazing and unique history with Beyond the Bell’s inclusive historical tours of Philadelphia. During the Medical History Tour, learn about the Yellow Fever Epidemic, the history of women in medicine in Philadelphia, Barbara Gittings and homosexuality as a mental illness, Pennsylvania Hospital (the nation’s first hospital), the Mazzoni Center and more!

Liberty Bell Center

Admission: No fee and no ticket required.
Experience a 360-degree view of the iconic Liberty Bell, and learn how abolitionists, suffragists, and other groups adopted the bell as a symbol of freedom.

Independence Hall

Admission: By tour only; you will need timed entry tickets between the peak months of March and December. Same-day tickets available at 8:30 a.m., first come, first served. Advanced reservations available.
The birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, this national treasure is one of only 24 World Heritage sites in the nation.

The West Wing of Independence Hall

Admission: By tour only; you will need timed entry tickets between the peak months of March and December. Same-day tickets available at 8:30 a.m., first come, first served. Advanced reservations available.
Adjacent to Independence Hall, the Great Essentials Exhibit in the West Wing showcases original printed copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution.

Museum of the American Revolution

Admission: Adults $19 / Students, Active or Retired Military, and AAA and AARP members with ID $17 / Children ages 6 and up $12 / Children 5 and under FREE
With several hundred Revolutionary-era artifacts on display, one of the most significant is George Washington’s Headquarters Tent, which served as Washington’s office and sleeping quarters throughout the war.

Congress Hall

Admission: Free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. From March through December, visitors can only explore the historic building on a 20-minute guided tour.
Congress Hall was home to the U.S. Congress from 1790 to 1800. Several historic achievements happened within Congress Hall, including the establishment of the First Bank of the United States, the Federal Mint, and the Department of the Navy.

National Constitution Center

Admission: Tickets are required and can be purchased online or by phone at (215) 409-6700.
Dedicated to the four most powerful pages in America’s history, the National Constitution Center is wholly devoted to honoring and exploring the U.S. Constitution. Museumgoers can view exhibits and artifacts, take in the 360-degree live theatrical production, Freedom Rising, and walk among 42 life-size bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

Old City Hall

Admission: No tickets are required to visit. Entrance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Completed in 1791, Old City Hall served as Philadelphia's City Hall. During the 1790s, Philadelphia was the nation's temporary capital, and the city often lent its courtroom out to the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Here, the U.S. Supreme Court made its first decisions.

Carpenter's Hall

Admission: Free
Before the Constitution, before the Declaration of Independence, there was the First Continental Congress. In 1774, delegates from 12 colonies (Georgia abstained), gathered at Carpenters’ Hall and voted to support a trade embargo against England, one of the first unified acts of defiance against the King. The delegates’ chairs and the original banner carried during the 1788 Constitutional parade are also displayed.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Admission: Free
Set inside the 848-acre French Creek State Park, Hopewell offers an up-close-and-personal look at a Colonial-era village dedicated to producing iron. Inside the 14 restored structures, visitors get a glimpse of daily life in the Colonial days and can participate in a variety of demonstrations on charcoal burning and craft making.

National Liberty Museum

Admission: Adults $12 / Seniors $10 / Students (with ID) $8 / Youth 5–17 $6 / Children 5 and under FREE
Discover the stories of real-life heroes, including Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Jim Henson, and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai through the museum’s interactive exhibitions and inspirational galleries. Highlights include the 21-foot glass sculpture Flame of Liberty by Dale Chihuly, the powerful Jellybean Children, and a three-story exhibition paying tribute to the heroes of 9/11.


Museums

Mütter Museum

Admission: Adult $20 / Senior 65 and up $18 / Military with ID $17 / Students with ID $15 / Youth 6–7 Years $15 / Children 5 and under FREE
The Mütter Museum is a riveting storehouse for the anatomically strange. The museum’s display of more than 25,000 provocative items is designed to give a beneath-the-surface perspective of what physicians study. Inside, guests find a wide smattering of abnormal body parts preserved in fluid, skeletal formations, including that of a 7-foot-6-inch man, diseased and enlarged organs, and more fascinating specimens.

The Franklin Institute

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
With the distinction of being Pennsylvania’s most-visited museum, The Franklin Institute’s eminently touchable attractions explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space. Films assume grand proportions on the Tuttleman IMAX Theater’s 79-foot domed screen, and galaxies become formed and deep space explored in The Fels Planetarium.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Admission: Adults $25 / Seniors 65 and over $23 / Student with valid ID $14 / Youths 18 and under FREE
The vast collections of this temple of art make it one of the largest art museums in the country. The museum’s holdings encompass more than 240,000 works spanning 2,000 years, including pieces from the ancient world, medieval times, the Renaissance, the Impressionist movement, and modern day.

Please Touch Museum

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
The Please Touch Museum aims to bring together the past, present, and future through six interactive exhibit zones across 157,000 square feet, including four areas specifically designed for children 3 and younger. Kids and their grown-ups will also delight in riding the meticulously restored 1908 Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel, originally built in Philadelphia and after more than 40 years in storage, returned to its hometown in its own 9,000 square-foot glass pavilion.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Admission: Adult $14 / Senior Ages 62+ $12 / Students with ID $10 / Children Ages 7–12 $10
Buy tickets in advance online and save $2 per person.
Located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary remains one of the most famous prisons in the world, with a list of former inmates that includes bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and legendary gangster Al Capone.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
Go face-to-face with towering dinosaur skeletons, dig for fossils, wander through a tropical garden filled with live butterflies, meet live animals, ogle historic animal dioramas showcasing three continents of wildlife, and even meet scientists! Rotating exhibits enhance and complement the museum’s offerings.

Barnes Foundation

Admission (includes special exhibition): Adult $25 / Seniors $23 / College Students (with valid ID) $5 / Youth 13–18 $5 / Children 12 and under FREE
Set on four-and-a-half acres of landscaped grounds, the Barnes Foundation boasts an impressive collection that features 181 Renoirs (more than any other collection), 69 Cézannes (more than in all of France), and groundbreaking African art.

Penn Museum

Admission: General Adult Admission $18 / Senior Citizens 65 and older $15 / Active U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans with ID, and Children 5 and under FREE
From stone tools and household items to architectural monuments and rare art objects, the museum illustrates the story of humanity’s history and achievements. With materials from ancient Egypt, Asia, Mesopotamia, the Americas and ancient Greece and Italy, the Penn Museum explores the world — all under one roof.

Independence Seaport Museum

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
The Independence Seaport Museum is dedicated to exploring the maritime history of the Delaware River, the Delaware Bay, and tributaries. The museum opened on Philadelphia’s waterfront in July 1995 after more than 35 years of rich history as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum.

National Museum of American Jewish History

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
Rising five stories above Independence Mall in the heart of Historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America. Through the use of evocative objects, telling moments, and state-of-the-art interactive technologies, the museum traces the stories of how Jewish immigrants became Jewish Americans, and invites visitors of all backgrounds to share their own stories, too.

Battleship New Jersey

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
Visitors are immersed in the past when touring the Battleship New Jersey. Guests can sit in the commander’s chair and check out the Combat Engagement Center (CEC), where all weapons were launched and tracked aboard the ship. The CEC features a C-Whiz defense gun shoot, video of the tomahawk missile launch, and more.

Second Bank of the United States

Admission: Free; no ticket required.
The Second Bank of the United States packs a large punch in a relatively small space, filled with an extraordinary collection of 18th-century portraits. It’s also a genuine architectural treasure, modeled after the Parthenon and acting as the standard-bearer for many subsequent American bank buildings. Inside, it holds a repository of portraits depicting many of the men and women vital to 18th-century America’s development.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Admission: Adults $14 / Youth 4–12 Years $10 / Students with ID / Senior Citizens $10
The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret, and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. The museum takes a fresh, bold look at the stories of African-Americans and their role in the founding of the nation through the core permanent exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776–1876, allowing Octavius Catto, Richard Allen, and other trailblazers to tell their stories via technology, photographs, videos, and artifacts on display.


Zoos

Philadelphia Zoo

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
Discover Zoo360, the world’s first system of see-through mesh trails that cross over pathways, connect habitats, and encourage animals to travel and explore throughout the campus. Other wild highlights of America’s first zoo include: Key Bank Big Cat Falls, PECO Primate Reserve and KidZooU, a wildlife academy of dynamic displays, rare breeds, and hands-on experiences.

Elmwood Park Zoo

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
Opened in 1924 with just a handful of white-tailed deer, Elmwood Park Zoo now welcomes more than half a million visitors a year, and has grown to become one of the top destinations in the Philadelphia area. Get up close and personal with majestic jaguars, hand-feed lovable giraffes, say hello to barn animals, take a zip line across bison and elk exhibits, and enjoy time exploring and learning about the zoo’s collection of animals.


Parks and Gardens

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Admission: Free of charge.
The vast expanse of open space links the Schuylkill River Trail to the Horse Shoe Trail, turning the park into a major hub in a 75-mile system linking Philadelphia to the Appalachian Trail. Yet, the monuments, statues, and buildings that evoke more than 240 years of American history give this expanse of nature a palpable sense of the past, making it a favorite destination for families.

Longwood Gardens

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
Located in Chester County, about an hour outside of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens boasts 11,000 varieties of plants spread out across more than 1,000 acres of gardens, meadows, woodlands, and elaborate horticultural displays. The institution was originally founded by Pierre du Pont in 1906, and has since become world renowned for its dedication to botany, design, education, and art.

Franklin Square

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares, Franklin Square is Center City's favorite playtime oasis. Centered around its beautiful fountain, Franklin Square also features the Parx Liberty Carousel, the one-of-a-kind Philly Mini Golf course, and the renowned SquareBurger.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Admission: Various ticket options are available online.
Isaiah Zagar, a local artist who began tiling South Street in the 1960s and never stopped, constructed the space out of cement, bicycle spokes, bottles, ceramic shards, and other artistic knick-knacks. The tiled passages of the Magic Gardens weave over and underground — and, perhaps more than anything, through the mind of a dedicated and inspired artist. Zagar has created more than 100 mosaics in Philadelphia, the majority of them along the South Street corridor.

Morris Arboretum

Admission: Adults $20 / Seniors 65+ $18 / Youth 3–17 $10 / Children under 3 FREE / Students with ID $10 / Retired Military with ID $10 / Active Military with ID and five family members FREE
The 92-acre Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood offers an ever-changing landscape that enticed more than 140,000 people to visit its colorful gardens, champion trees, and beautiful fountains in 2018. Highlights include the award-winning exhibit, Out on a Limb — which takes visitors 50 feet up into treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing — and the outdoor Garden Railway, featuring a miniature world with model trains on a quarter-mile track.


Food

Looking for a taste of Philadelphia? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of places you can grab some truly iconic Philadelphia eats:

Philly Cheesesteak

Roast Pork Sandwich

Philly Hoagie

Philly Soft Pretzel

Water Ice

Scrapple

Tomato Pie