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Philadelphia, PA: The Liberty Bell, Rocky Balboa and More!

Our time in Philadelphia was short, but we packed a lot in and had a blast!  (By the way, every single thing we did in Philadelphia was FREE!) 

We started off our day with a trip to the Liberty Bell.  They have an interesting display about Liberty in the US and the history of the Liberty Bell and then, of course, the actual bell, crack and all!  It was pretty cool to see one of the iconic pieces of American History.

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After the Liberty Bell, we had a few hours to kill before continuing our history tour of Philadelphia, so we walked through the city for a bit and enjoyed the architecture.

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One thing that I didn’t really remember took place in Philadelphia, is Rocky!  The movie my dad has watched dozens of times, and I sat alongside him watching Rocky run up the museum’s steps and throwing his arms up, but this slipped my mind until Zach mentioned it.  Then after he did, all I could think of was the Rocky Theme Song.  So HAD to go to the Philadelphia Art Museum to see the Rocky statue and I HAD to run up the stairs like Rocky did.  Not only was it something silly and fun, but the view from the top was absolutely beautiful!

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After this we made our way back to the historical district, of course Zach was serenading me with all the Rocky IV theme songs…  It was adorable.

We took the National Park free tours of Congress Hall and Independence Hall.  Congress Hall was first.  It was a very short tour, and runs more frequently.  It’s the first building in which the Senate and the House of Representatives met.  The bottom hall was the House of Representatives and that’s where George Washington gave up his presidency and John Adams was inaugurated.

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The upper part of this building was the where Congress originally met.  There was a balcony for the public to watch and listen, and this is where George Washington was inaugurated.

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After our tour of Congress Hall we toured Independence Hall.  They took us into the room that they met to decide who should be gathered to write our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

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After this, we went across the hall to the room where they say that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written and signed!  It was really incredible to be in the room where our country was really created.  The chair at the head of the room is the original chair that George Washington sat in.  (How cool is that?)

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The National Park Services have done a really great job at keeping this looking great and preserving such an interesting and important site.  It’s definitely worth a visit!

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    nexi
    October 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Enjoyed your post. I’ve done a tour of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry where the Liberty Bell was cast – fascinating place. http://www.whitechapelbellfoundry.co.uk/foundry.htm

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      PaigeBrown
      October 20, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Oooo! Very cool! I didn’t even know that that existed! The next time I go to Philly I’ll have to check that out!

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    […] I enjoyed Philadelphia.  We took the day to explore the city on foot.  The highlight for me was Independence Hall.  Definitely take the tour because it was filled with information, and it was so interesting to […]

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    February 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

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