Fairmount Area Sights Walk, Philadelphia (Self Guided)

Fairmount is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia area. The name "Fairmount" itself derives from the prominent hill on which the Philadelphia Museum of Art now sits. Later, the name was applied to the street that runs from the foot of Fairmount hill through the heart of the neighborhood. The area is sometimes referred to as the "Art Museum Area," for its proximity to and association with the Art Museum.

Take this tour to see the famous Eastern State Penitentiary located on Fairmount Avenue, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Fairmount Park and its famous attractions.
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Fairmount Area Sights Walk Map

Guide Name: Fairmount Area Sights Walk
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Author: leticia
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Eastern State Penitentiary

1) Eastern State Penitentiary (must see)

The Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) is a former American prison in Philadelphia. It was operational from 1829 until 1971. The penitentiary refined the revolutionary system of separate incarceration first pioneered at the Walnut Street Jail which emphasized principles of reform rather than punishment. Notorious criminals such as bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone were held inside its innovative wagon wheel design. At its completion, the building was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected, and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide. The prison is currently a U.S. National Historic Landmark, which is open to the public as a museum for tours seven days a week, twelve months a year 10 am to 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fairmount Waterworks Drive

2) Fairmount Waterworks Drive

It is located near Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here you can see the process of how water is made drinkable. The buildings' architecture and the sites will catch your attention immediately. Just a good place to visit.
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Philadelphia Zoo

3) Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in the United States. It was opened in 1874 with 1,000 animals and an admission price of 25 cents. For a brief time, the zoo also housed animals brought over from safari on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, which had not yet built the National Zoo in the 1850s. The Philadelphia Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the world for breeding animals that have been found difficult to breed in captivity. The zoo also works with many groups around the world to protect the natural habitats of the animals in their care. It is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of which are rare and endangered. The zoo features a children's zoo, a balloon ride, a paddleboat lake, a rainforest themed carousel, and many interactive and educational exhibits.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Please Touch Museum

4) Please Touch Museum (must see)

The Please Touch Museum is a children's museum located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia. The museum focuses on teaching children through interactive exhibits and special events, mostly aimed at children seven years old and younger. The museum originally opened at the Academy of Natural Sciences in 1976 and moved to another location two years later. In 2005, the museum received an 80-year lease for Memorial Hall, the last major building left from the 1876 Centennial Exposition. Renovations at Memorial Hall began in 2005 and it was closed. In 2008, the museum opened at its current location with a larger facility and more exhibits. Here you can see the Walking Piano that was featured in the Big movie. It is a perfect place to go to with your kids.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (Pine Breeze Villa)

5) Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (Pine Breeze Villa)

Shofuso (Pine Breeze Villa) is a traditional 17th century-style Japanese house and garden now located in Philadelphia's West Fairmount Park. Shofuso was built in 1953 as a gift from Japan to American citizens, to symbolize post-war peace and friendship between the two countries. The building was constructed using traditional Japanese techniques and materials imported from Japan, and was originally exhibited in the courtyard of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. After two years, it was relocated to Philadelphia and reconstructed in 1958. In 2007, the internationally acclaimed artist Hiroshi Senju created and donated an interior installation of twenty waterfall murals, creating an elegant combination of contemporary Japanese painting in traditional architecture with sixty years of patina.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fairmount Park

6) Fairmount Park (must see)

Fairmount Park is the municipal park system of Philadelphia. It consists of 63 parks, with 9,200 acres (3,700 ha). The park system is named after its first park, Fairmount Park, which occupies nearly half the area of the whole system. Today the original park is devided into East and West Fairmount parks. The original domain of Fairmount Park consisted of three areas: "South Park" or the South Garden; East or "Old Park" and West Park. This place is perfect for visiting, relaxing, jogging, walking or just spending time with family and friends.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Philadelphia, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


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