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Philadelphia off the beaten path

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Philadelphia off the beaten path
While tourists flock to the Liberty Bell, locals run by boathouses and explore old prisons. Check out the secret haunts of those who know this town best.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Boathouse Row
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Boathouse Row

The best walking and biking route in the city is along the Schuylkill River. The cluster of 15 rowing clubs host a variety of rowing and running events each year.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Eastern State Penitentiary
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Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Tours... More

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone’s Cell, and Death Row. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Tour our house, view our garden and feed our koi! Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to the installation of its contemporary paintings in 2007.Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953 using... More

Tour our house, view our garden and feed our koi! Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to the installation of its contemporary paintings in 2007.Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials and exhibited in the courtyard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was moved to Philadelphia in 1958, to the site of several previous Japanese structures dating to the 1876 Centennial Exposition. In 2007, internationally renowned artist Hiroshi Senju, inspired by our waterfall, donated 20 murals to Shofuso.A viewing garden with koi pond and island, a tea garden, and a courtyard garden comprise the 17th century-style Japanese walled and fenced garden of this historic site and museum. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Fort Mifflin
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Fort Mifflin

Minutes from Center City, Fort Mifflin is the country's only completely intact Revolutionary War battlefield. Living history reenactments and lovely picnic grounds make it a favorite hideaway of locals.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania
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Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania

PENN PRESENTS Invites You to Experience the Music, the Dance, the Drama, the Comedy, the Intimacy, the Intensity, the Excellence...Penn Presents Invites You to Experience it Live!

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Mutter Museum
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Mutter Museum

This museum, located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, showcases medical oddities.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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