There is no doubt Philadelphia is a thriving metropolis steeped in deep, rich history. Everywhere you turn, you will find exciting tourist adventures — but why not try something different? Venture out of your hotel in Philadelphia and head off the beaten path for a day of excitement while visiting one of the following fun, quirky places.
Pizza fans should head over to the world’s only pizza museum, the Pizza Brain. The museum houses the largest collection of pizza-related exhibits in the world, and has even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. After touring the museum, you can enjoy a slice at the attached pizzeria, and then head back to your hotel to relax. The eco-friendly Wyndham Philadelphia Hotel is located in the city’s historic district not too far from the Pizza Brain.
Drexel University College of Medicine
At the Drexel University College of Medicine’s bookstore in East Falls, you can view a unique piece of artwork created from the remains of the college’s cleaning woman, Harriet Cole. Cole willed her body to the school after her untimely death from tuberculosis in 1888, at the age of just 35. At first glance, it appears to be a masterful presentation of string art — but it is actually created from the many nerves and nerve pathways of Cole’s body, immortalized and preserved in a unique work of art.
The contemporary Inn at Penn Hotel is located near the College of Medicine, and is an ideal retreat after a day of exploring the bookstore and college grounds.
History comes alive at Pennypack Park, with numerous structures that date back to the 1600s. Bring your walking shoes, because the park stretches for nine miles and covers over 1,300 acres for you to hike, bike or explore on horseback. You can tour numerous historic buildings, and even see a working livestock farm that features daily educational programs.
Every Wednesday during the summer months, there is live music in the park, so pack a blanket and picnic lunch for an evening of music before heading back to your hotel. The Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast, near Pennypack Park, has six guest rooms in a gorgeous three-story Victorian structure that dates back to 1865.
Whether staying in Philly for a day or a week, you won’t run out of things to do. The city is home to a wide array of historic and memorable destinations that are sure to keep you entertained, and leave you with tales to share when you return home.
Philadelphia image source. Pizza Brain logo and Pennypack Park photo from their respective websites.