Philadelphia is a Student Youth Travel Association’s top trending student travel destination for a reason. Historically significant and brilliantly modern, there are endless attractions and activities for students to appreciate.
Take a self-guided stroll through the home of the symbol of American independence (the Liberty Bell), followed by a guided tour of Independence Hall. Visit the National Constitution Center or Congress Hall and stand where the foundation of America was laid. Tour Franklin Court (the site of Benjamin Franklin’s home) or the Franklin Institute for a glimpse of scientific genius.
The Museum of the American Revolution is a new and exciting treasure in a city packed with historically significant venues. Opened in April of 2017, this museum is dedicated to telling the indelible story of the American Revolution. Of particular note is the centerpiece of the museum’s extensive collection, George Washington’s original headquarters tent. Truly awe-inspiring!
If a quirkier itinerary peaks your students’ interests, be sure to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic site for a glimpse of Al Capone’s cell- a luxurious “home away from home.” Edgar Allen Poe had a Philly address- and you can visit the Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site in the Spring Garden Neighborhood. Call ahead for this one; hours are limited. If the slightly macabre is more your students’ thing, be sure to include a visit to the Mütter Museum on the itinerary. Located in Center City, this museum boasts a collection of medical oddities and implements guaranteed to make you glad you live in the 21st century. Yikes!ll
Finally, no trip to Philadelphia is complete without a run (cue the music!) up the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art made famous in the movie “Rocky.” After celebrating your physical prowess with a cheesy (and unintelligible) shout, make your way to South Philly for a taste of the cheesy rivalry between two Philadelphia staples- Geno’s or Pat’s!
Philadelphia is a historical hot spot and a uniquely exciting destination for students. Whether you’re planning a quick trip or an extended stay, your students won’t be disappointed by the breadth and depth of all there is to do.