Philadelphia for History Buffs

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” The best way to absorb America's past is to see it for yourself, so let Ben Franklin’s famous words be your guide as you discover all the history Philadelphia has to offer.

Lovers of history will revel in the plethora of sites related to this country’s past, and with so many places being named the “first” and the “oldest,” a simple walk around (just look out for the blue nameplates to know what’s what) will keep history fans delighted.

Start your journey at the Independence Visitor Center. Here, you’ll find every available tour option, a ton of brochures filled with much-needed information, and a great place to sit and plan out your day. Since it’s located near many of the historical sites, it’s also an ideal spot to mark as home base. Get here early, as tickets are limited. Early birds also stand a better chance of scoring free timed-tickets to the Independence Hall Tour.

Ready, set, head back in time…