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Local Experiences and Attractions


Philadelphia is full of interesting and unique neighborhoods that serve up the city’s best hidden gems and local hotspots from dining on dim sum in Chinatown to people watching at Rittenhouse Square. See Philadelphia as a local. For custom itineraries and more information on what to see and do, go to

Independence Visitor Center

Located in Independence National Historical Park, at the intersection of 6th and Market Streets, the Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Greater Philadelphia, and the exclusive location to pick up free, timed tickets to tour Independence Hall.

Sister Cities Park Visitor Center

Located at 18th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Sister Cities Park offers a brilliant destination for those wishing to embrace Philadelphia’s vibrant cultural scene. Sister Cities Park Visitor Center is your gateway to the mile-long stretch of first-class museums and attractions that give life to the Parkway. Our expert Visitor Service Representatives will provide custom itineraries, maps and brochures. Visitors can also purchase tickets here to popular Philadelphia attractions, including many of the impressive institutions located right outside its doors. 

Philadelphia Zoo

See where the wild things are at the Philadelphia Zoo! Opened on July 1, 1874, Philadelphia is home to America’s first zoo. Come face to face with over 1,500 animals including giraffes, hippos and polar bears. Don’t miss the lions at Big Cat Falls, and the Zoo’s state-of-the-art PECO Primate Reserve where gorillas and monkeys rule the land. Soar to new heights with the Channel 6 Zoo Balloon or simply relax during a Swan Ride for two. There’s so much to see and do at America’s first zoo!