Exploring Downtown Philadelphia, PA- Part 2
We really enjoyed our visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! I think I make it quite obvious because I took a million pictures, and I had to split this adventure into TWO blog posts! If you haven’t read Part 1 of our explorations of historic Philly, click HERE 🙂
And, if you’re new to this series, I’m recapping our awesome East Coast family road trip we took Summer of 2018. To start from the beginning and follow along, check out the post all about our Morning in Gettysburg, PA.
Now, back to business! Part 2 of our Philly explorations!
After walking through historic downtown (we visited the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, etc.), we got back into the car and drove to a different area of downtown for some more iconic Philadelphia attractions.
First Stop: the Rocky Steps
They are really the steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but they are affectionately known by pretty much everyone as the Rocky Steps, made famous by Sylvester Stallone in his movie Rocky.
A requirement for visiting the steps, you have to run up the 72 stone steps and once you reach the top lift your arms in the air, jump up and down, and maybe even sing/hum the song “Gonna Fly Now” or even “Eye of the Tiger” 😉 Everyone does it!
You can also get a picture with Rocky himself! His statue that is. It’s located at the bottom of the steps to the right if you are staring at the steps. We would have done it, but the line just to stand by him for a pic was wrapping around the block! Cool, but hard pass. Ain’t nobody got time for that, haha.
So, instead we walked across the street to admire the Washington Monument.
The statue is quite impressive and depicts various scenes representing the life and history of George Washington as well as the history of America. Make sure to walk completely around the entire thing because their are different sculptures and reliefs surrounding it.
The kids loved the giant bison laying at one corner of the monument. Bubs was so tempted to sit on them, but we got him to settle with just running around the whole thing!
Second Stop: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Philadelphia, PA Temple
If you didn’t know already, we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe in a Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ, and we build temples to partake of special ordinances and to worship them. They are very special and sacred to us. If you’d like to read more about our church and our beliefs, please click on either of these two links… What We Believe or All About Temples.
As a family, we also believe that we can, and it’s important to, appreciate beautiful places, architecture, and culture no matter what ethnicity, beliefs, country or religion they belong to, as long as they are wholesome and safe.
And, not to brag, but I think our church builds some pretty beautiful temples (but maybe I’m bias) 😉 Although the kids are too young to enter the temple completely (refer to the above links for more info on this), we try to visit each temple, walk around the grounds, and admire the building as much as possible. Not every city we visit has a temple, including the one we live in, so when we do visit one that does, it’s a very special and exciting stop for us.
I love that the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania temple resembles other buildings of the area and sticks to the historic architectural style of Philadelphia. I encourage you to stop and visit the temple! Admire the architecture and the beautiful grounds. You can also walk into the Visitors’ Center to learn more from members of our church who are willing and ready to answer any questions.
Third Stop (not really a stop): Some Philly Sites
The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, formerly known as the Delaware River Bridge. It connects Philly, PA to Camden, New Jersey. We didn’t actually drive over the bridge because they is a $5 toll, and we weren’t going to Camden, but it’s a beautiful sight!
The Philadelphia Eagles NFL stadium. We had to drive past it, and luckily, it was viewable from the freeway, because they traffic next to it was out of control! There was a baseball game going on close by. But we can say we saw the home of the Eagles!
A bit of the downtown skyline. There are a ton of really cool buildings in Philadelphia! Cool shapes and designs that stand out.
After driving around downtown for a little bit, we headed out to our next destination on our road trip, Valley Forge National Historical Park.
But first, here are some honorable mentions of places to visit in downtown Philadelphia (we just didn’t this trip)…
- LOVE Park– a great green space for walking and enjoying some outdoor time, maybe even take a picnic.
- Philadelphia City Hall– kinda kicking myself that we didn’t at least drive past this beautiful building!
- Eastern State Penitentiary– an old, former American prison, which held some notorious prisoners. I really wanted to take a tour here, but we didn’t think the kids would be game. Next time!
- Franklin Square– another large park area with history, attractions, and fun!
- Reading Terminal Market– a large market with food, flower, and souvenir vendors. We had already subjected the kids to a lot of walking 🙁 #momlife
Comment below if I’ve missed anywhere!!