Ideas for your free "staycation" - Philadelphia News

July 23, 2008 8:48:08 AM PDT
High gas prices and spiking air fares have a lot of people re-thinking their summer vacation plans. TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community, researched traveler's experiences in Philadelphia and named the top free attractions.

Topping the "staycation" list: City Hall. It is located at the intersection of Broad and Market Streets in center city. City Hall is both an historic, architecturally significant building. It's where Philadelphia city and county offices and courts operate.

Second on the list is Congress Hall. From 1790 to 1800 the newly formed United States Congress occupies Congress Hall when Philadelphia was the capital. Congress Hall has just been restored and now looks like it did back in the late seventeen hundreds. It's another free attraction that is located next to the liberty bell.

Next, Trip Advisor suggests you see Independence Hall. It's within those walls that the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the constitution of the United States was drafted. You can get a guided tour led by National Park rangers.

Fort Mifflin is fourth on their list of free attractions to see in Philadelphia. The fort was the site of a 1775 battle of paramount importance between British and Colonial solders. It was finally decommissioned in 1959. Daily programs and guided tours are offered. Period uniform and weapons demonstrations are also performed regularly.

Last on your list, stop at Reading Terminal Market, just in time for lunch. Philadelphia has a long and rich history with markets. When Philadelphia was first established, the town leaders gathered the farmers, fisherman and huntsman into an open area along the Delaware River. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the trading area became a string of market sheds that stretched for several blocks. By 1859 the markets were dismantled. But, two main markets emerged at 12th and Market. They eventually became what is now known as Reading Terminal Market. You can get your taste of Philadelphia as well as a serving of history at the Reading Terminal Market Monday thru Saturday 8am - 6pm. And many vendors are also open on Sunday from 9am - 4pm.

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