SENIOR DESTINATION: PHILADELPHIA, PA



Seniors Enjoy Historical City

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Philadelphia is the second largest city on the East Coast, behind NYC. With historical landmarks such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, senior visitors see why 1.5 million people find this city such a fascinating place to live.

Philadelphia sits adjacent to the New Jersey and Delaware state lines, and as such, its metropolitan area encompasses counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Located at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, Philadelphia is the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley.

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Years back, I was in Philadelphia for a teacher workshop, and after being there only one day, I invited my wife to join me. She did and we had a great week enjoying Philadelphia.

Seniors Find The Spirit of Independence Still Alive

The Philly population runs right at 1.5 million and overflows with history. Until 1830, not L.A., not New York, but Philadelphia was the nation’s largest city. Today Philadelphia ranks #5 right behind Houston and Chicago for population.

Among the major highlights is the Philadelphia Museum of Art that houses one of the finest collection of 19th and 20th century art. A visit without seeing the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall would possibly mean you really have not been to Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia nightlife offers a diverse scene with something for everyone. Old City has many popular bars and Northern Liberties is another local favorite.

With a spirit of independence, the city and region are giving birth to a new generation of energized people designing this Modern Renaissance City only 90 minutes from New York City and a couple of hours from DC by train.

 Seniors Find Popular Center City

For senior visitors, the landing point will be what is called Center City, the “downtown” section of Philadelphia. The 2010 Center City residential population of 57,000 makes it the third most populated central business district in America, behind NYC and Chicago. Other popular districts you will not want to miss are Old City, West Philly, and South Philly.

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For you sports fans, Philly is home to the Phillies baseball team as well as the Philadelphia Eagles. The “Official State Website” notes that The City of Brotherly Love is the birthplace of our country.

Once senior visitors have seen the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall, they can explore the city’s myriad artistic and cultural offerings.

Senior tourists can get a Philly cheesesteak (Yum Yum), shop at the famed Italian Market, check out the funky scene along South Street, or visit one of Philadelphia’s many fine dining establishments.

 Philadelphia has America’s first zoo, a 42-acre Victorian garden that is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered.

Pick up a Philadelphia CityPASS, valid for nine consecutive days and provides admission tickets to 5 must-see tourist attractions in town. Spend several days exploring Philly and enjoy. -jeb

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