Historic Hotspot: Philadelphia, PA
If you’re less inclined towards history but find yourself in Philly anyways, there are plenty of non-historic places to see. For example, consider visiting the Philadelphia Zoo, the oldest zoo in America, founded in 1874. Also, the Morris Arboretum is a beautiful place to spend a spring, summer, or autumn afternoon.
For those who do view the city as an historic hotspot (and who’ve thus met Quail Bell(e) approval), there are dozens of lesser known sites. If you’re into the darker side of human history, you won’t want to miss the Mutter Museum, a showcase of medical anomalies and oddities. Also, check out the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, one of Poe’s residencies on the East Coast.
If looking for museums – other than the ‘been there, done that’ Philadelphia Museum of Art – there is a museum for about every interest. The Woodmere Art Museum houses a collection of visual art housed in an historic Victorian home. If interested in architecture, check out the beautiful Masonic Temple; if archaeology, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at U of Penn; if dolls, the Philadelphia Doll Museum; if insects, The Philadelphia INSECTARIUM.
If you’re still not satisfied, Philadelphia has about a million other things to do, making it an historic hotspot worthy of a visit.