Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II, Philadelphia (Self Guided)

Philadelphia contains a variety of interesting buildings and houses, from homes dating to the 18th and 19th centuries and Victorian buildings to stylish modern towers. It's also home to a vast range of magnificent and interesting landmarks. Among them are the famous LOVE Park, the impressive Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, fabulous Logan Circle, the creative Shakespeare Memorial and much more. Take the following tour to see the most outstanding landmarks in Philadelphia!
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Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II Map

Guide Name: Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: leticia
Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

1) Benjamin Franklin National Memorial (must see)

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial — located in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — features a colossal seated statue of Benjamin Franklin. The 20-foot (6.1 m) high memorial, sculpted by James Earle Fraser between 1906 and 1911, honors the writer, inventor and American statesman. The statue weighs 30 short tons (27 t) and sits on a 92-short-ton (83 t) pedestal of white Seravezza marble. The statue is the focal piece of the memorial hall, designed by John T. Windrim after the Pantheon, dedicated in 1938.
Sight description based on wikipedia
All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors

2) All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors

The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors was commissioned in 1927 by Pennsylvania's African-American legislator, Samuel Beecher Hart. Created by Swiss sculptor J. Otto Schweizer, the memorial was to be a tribute to African American war heroes, but was originally relegated to a remote location in Fairmount Park, where it remained virtually unseen for many years. The Philadelphia Arts Jury and the Committee to Restore and Relocate lobbied elected officials until it was finally relocated to its current location in November 1994.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shakespeare Memorial

3) Shakespeare Memorial

In 1892 John Sartain came forth to the Fairmount Park Art Association with a proposal to raise funds via public and private subscription to build a Shakespeare monument. By 1917 funds had been obtained, and Alexander Stirling Calder was charged to do the job. The original site in front of the Free Library was collegially selected by the Art Association and the Shakespeare Memorial Committee representatives, assisted by architects Gilbert McIlvaine, Paul Cret, and Jacques Gréber. The sculpture, made in 1926 at the Roman Bronze Works, was unveiled to the public on Shakespeare's birthday in 1929. The monument features two figures, representing Comedy and Tragedy. The former is that of Hamlet with his head leaned against the hand holding a knife, and the latter is Touchstone, the jester, sitting at his feet, and bursting with laughter. Engraved beneath is the famous line from As You Like It, "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players."
Logan Circle

4) Logan Circle (must see)

Logan Circle, also known as Logan Square, is an open-space park in Center City Philadelphia's northwest quadrant and one of the five original planned squares laid out on the city grid. The circle itself exists within the original bounds of the square; the names Logan Square and Logan Circle are used interchangeably when referring to the park. The park is the focal point of the eponymous neighborhood. Originally called "Northwest Square," the park had a somewhat gruesome history as a site of public executions and burial plots until the early Nineteenth Century. In 1825, it was renamed Logan Square after Philadelphia statesman James Logan. In June 1864, temporary buildings were built on the square and it was the site of the Great Sanitary Fair, a 2-week exposition that raised US$1,046,859 to buy medicine and bandages for Union troops during the American Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln visited the fair.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Thaddeus Kosciuszko Statue

5) Thaddeus Kosciuszko Statue

The Thaddeus Kosciuszko Statue is located on the southwest corner of 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Founded in 1979, this statue commemorates Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian general and military leader. The statue was a gift from Poland, dedicated to Polish Americans.

6) LOVE Park (must see)

LOVE is a sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana. It consists of the letters LO (with the O canted sideways) over the letters VE. The image was originally designed as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964. The original three-dimensional version of LOVE is made of COR-TEN steel and has been on exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1970. The LOVE design has been reproduced in a variety of formats. Likewise, the sculpture has been recreated in multiple versions and a variety of colors, and is now on display around the world.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Penn Square (Centre Square)

7) Penn Square (Centre Square) (must see)

Penn Square, formerly Centre Square, is another one of the five striking city squares that William Penn laid out in his plan for Philadelphia in the 17th century. Penn Square is located in the former geographical center of Philadelphia and houses the gorgeous City Hall.

8) Clothespin (must see)

Created by Claes Oldenburg in 1976, this is the most unusual and prominent sculpture in Philadelphia. This 45-foot clothespin standing on the corner of 15th and Market Streets gets a variety of reactions from onlookers, from admiration to misunderstanding.
Liberty Place One and Two

9) Liberty Place One and Two

One Liberty Place is the second tallest skyscraper in the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, after the Comcast Center. It is the 19th tallest building in the United States. Completed in 1987, One Liberty Place has 61 floors and is 288.04 m, only two feet shorter than the Key Tower in Cleveland, Ohio. Designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn Architects, the building's spire echoes that of the Chrysler Building in New York City. After its completion, a slightly smaller sister building, Two Liberty Place, was erected in 1990 within the same complex. Two Liberty Place is the third tallest skyscraper in Philadelphia, and the 33rd tallest in the United States, stretching 58 floors to 848 ft.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

10) Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (must see)

In 1986, the Philadelphia Orchestra approved a plan to construct a new concert hall to replace the aging Academy of Music. In 1993, Stanley Kimmel donated $12 million to the project and in 1995, Orchestra and community leaders met to help revitalize the concert hall and also discussed merging it with a venue to house other area organizations and visiting artists. The two projects were officially merged as the Regional Performing Arts Center in 1996 and construction began in 1998. In 2000, the center was named for Stanley Kimmel in recognition of his gift in 1993 and an additional $3 million donation in 1998. The concert hall was named Verizon Hall to recognize contributions totaling $14.5 million in cash, equipment and services from Verizon and the Verizon Foundation. The architect of the Center was Rafael Viñoly, and the acoustician was Artec Consultants. The Kimmel Center officially opened in an unfinished state on December 16, 2001.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Broad Street Ministry

11) Broad Street Ministry

Broad Street Ministry is located on South Broad Street, just across from the University of the Arts and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. This gorgeous Presbyterian church hosts a number of cultural and artistic events.

Walking Tours in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Philadelphia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Philadelphia is one of the most outstanding historic places in the USA. It is the homeland of the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. Here you will also find many art museums one of which is named in the memory of Benjamin Franklin who made Philadelphia famous. Here is a list of the most famous attractions in Philadelphia.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Philadelphia without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Philadelphia, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Old City History Walk

Old City History Walk

Let Philadelphia tell you about the great history of the United States through its outstanding historic places. Learn more about America’s founding fathers, key events during the 18th century, the country’s long-awaited independence and its glorious attainment of liberty. Take the following tour to discover Philadelphia’s history.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Old City Walking Tour

Old City Walking Tour

The Old City is a wonderful historic area in the heart of Philadelphia. The Declaration House, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall and Independence Hall are but a few of the historical attractions this great place has to offer. Take the following tour to discover this unique area and see its great attractions!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Fairmount Area Sights Walk

Fairmount Area Sights Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Philadelphia Kids Entertainment Tour

Philadelphia Kids Entertainment Tour

Philadelphia is one of the greatest family destinations in the United States. This wonderful city offers a diversity of interesting attractions for all ages. Its fabulous Arden Theatre Company, the African American Museum, the magnificent sweet shops on Market Street and the Independence Seaport Museum are amazing places for parents to enjoy with their kids. Check out these great attractions in...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Philadelphia for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Philadelphia has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

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

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.