Things to do in Philadelphia in January

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This post lists top things to do in January in Philadelphia as well as things to do at night, free activities and family friendly events. January in Philly is pretty consistent weather-wise with highs in the 40s, but the historic core of Philadelphia is small and you can quickly get from warm museum to warm museum!

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Which Philadelphia Bus Tours Are The Best?

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This post reviews and compares the many different Philadelphia bus tours available to you. There are not that many companies, but there is a wide variety of bus tours offered in Philly, from days tours to night tours or trolleys to open-top double-decker buses. Likewise, there are many deals and discounts as well as combination and multi-day tickets available, that allow you to save up to 50% off retail prices.  Some tours, especially the hop-on, hop-off variety, are great companions to our free walking tours.  

Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tours

Combos and Discounts

 

 


HOP-ON, HOP-OFF TOURS

This may be one of the best ways to discover the birthplace of America. Explore the city at your own pace as you travel from one landmark to the next. These services perform an entire circuit around Philadelphia and allow you to jump off at various locations for a closer look. A lot of travelers recommend these bus tours for anyone who wants to become more familiar with their surroundings. This is also a great way to see as much as possible in a short amount of time. There are 2 commercial companies and one do-it-yourself option. Expect ticket prices to range from $30-$50 on average for the commercial tours.

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Philadelphia Attractions Guide

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After you’ve taken one of our name your own price walking tours, there is still many Philadelphia attractions, historic sites and museums to see on your own.

We’ve listed some of the most visited and recommended Philadelphia attractions with guides on directions, hours and admission costs below.

Philadelphia Attractions By Neighborhood

Philadelphia Attractions By Cost

Philadelphia Attractions By Neighborhood

Museum District
Center CityPhiladelphia Attraction Neighborhood Map
Independence Mall (Old City)
Near Independence Mall
Market East
Avenue of the Arts
Other Areas
Outside the City

Museum District

Center City

  • Love Park
  • City Hall
  • Shoe Museum
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Masonic Library and Museum
  • Washington Square (Tomb of the Unknown Solider)
  • You can also download this map for sites within Center City.

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Guide Spotlight: Philly’s Marianne

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Free Tours by Foot thought yo u should know more about who we are! Our tours would not be so highly rated if it weren’t for our guides – the passion, knowledge and fun they bring to our tours. We’ll be featuring more information about our great guides in each city over the coming months.

As a writer with a degree in film production who now works as a tour guide, Marianne considers herself a professional storyteller! She started out studying Russian history, which honed her ability to find the humorous (albeit often dark and twisted) behind the facts. After living in Washington, DC, Novosibirsk and Moscow (Russia), Miami, and Los Angeles, she is now back in her home state of Pennsylvania, in her beloved William Penn’s Philadelphia. She absolutely loves sharing stories about the founders of the nation – their bravery, their brilliance, their quirks! Her goal is to bring the past alive and make it relevant today while showing off her wonderful, revitalized city. 

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Is Travel Insurance Worth It?

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Is Travel insurance worth it?Travel insurance is often the last thing you have on your mind when planning your next trip for just yourself, with your family or with friends. We look forward to a well-earned and long-desired vacation and we know deep down, however, that travelling brings about the unexpected (mostly in good ways). For the hopefully rare bad case scenarios, where you need to cancel a trip due to hazardous weather, sickness, the death of a family member, or any accidents during your trip, stolen or lost luggage/passports/wallets, and even worse injury or death of a travel mate, you want to be covered. Instead of overthinking the many things that might happen, travel insurance can help to put your mind at ease for the many what-ifs, so you can get back to planning and enjoying the fun things about your next trip.  So, is travel insurance worth it?

Be sure to read our post on purchasing a SIM Card for the US.

Travel insurance – what to look for:

Most travel insurance plans cover 2 main things: travel benefits and medical benefits. Those usually entail:

  • a refund when you need to cancel your trip due to emergency
  • covered expenses when a flight is delayed or cancelled or when you miss your flight
  • compensation of expenses if your carrier loses or delays your luggage
  • Coverage of expenses for any medical or dental emergency during your trip
  • Coverage of cost for medical emergency evacuation or accidental death or dismemberment
  • Optional benefits include car rental insurance

Depending on the provider benefits may differ in cost and range, so make sure you read the small print. Read more »

New Hall Military Museum

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Though this reconstructed building is from the 1960s, the original New Hall Military Museum was built in 1791 by the Carpenters’ Guild. The space was rented out to Secretary of War Henry Knox, making this the original Pentagon.

new hallDirections to New Hall Military Museum:

320 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

On Chestnut Street between South 3rd and South 4th Street.

Hours:

The hours vary based on the season. Its open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm until April 2015.

Admission:

Free! As part of the National Park Service, there is no entrance fee.

Exhibits:

The second floor of the museum focuses on the history of the Navy and Army. The ground floor, on the Marines.

Visiting the Wagner Free Institute of Science

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The Wagner Free Institute of Science offers an experience into its Victorian collection with an interior that is nearly unchanged since the 1890s. Both the building and its exhibits are historic treasures in Philadelphia.

Directions to the Wagner Free Institute of Science:

WFIS Map

1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121

By train: The Broad Street subway (Orange Line – local train only) stops at Temple University/Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

SEPTA: Bus Route 2 at the 16th Street and Montgomery Avenue stop

Hours:

Tuesday – Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM

Closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Day, as well as a the day before/after both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The museum is closed for one week in August for Summer Break.

Admission:

The museum operates on a name your own price basis, just like our walking tours, with a suggested donation:

  • Adults: $10
  • Children: $5

Guided ToursWag

  • Adults: $15
  • Seniors: $10
  • Children: $5

View a presentation in the lecture hall where internationally known scientists such as Joseph Leidy, Edward Drinker Cope and Margaret Mead once taught, and a guided tour through the exhibit hall.

Tours are available by appointment Tuesdays through Fridays between 3 and 5 PM. To make a reservation, call 215-763-6529, ext. 17.

Education Programs

The Wagner Free Institute began with education programs led in the home of gentleman scientist William Wagner. The Institute continues this tradition with free education programs throughout the week. They offer college-level courses in the natural sciences, lectures and program – Events Calendar.

Visiting the Franklin Institute

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The Franklin Institute was founded in 1824, making it one of the oldest centers of science education in the country. The interactive museum is the most visited attractions in Philadelphia.

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 22.37.39Directions:

The Franklin Institute is located at 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Parking: The museum’s parking garage entrance is located behind the building at the intersection of 21st Street and Winter Street. 

SEPTA Stop: Suburban Station

Hours:

Daily 9:30am-5pm

The Franklin Institute is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Admission Tickets to Franklin Institute:

Adult: $19.95

Child (3-11): $15.95

Admission to The Franklin Institute includes access to three floors of hands-on science exhibits including core interactive exhibits, the observatory, and one show in the planetarium.  Additional costs apply for movies and attractions.

Tickets are available for advance purchase on a timed based. Due to the popularity of Franklin Institute, it highly recommended to purchase advance tickets that will fit best into your visit to Philadelphia.

Franklin Institute Highlights

  • One of the first exhibits is the Giant Heart, a walk-through heart that is 15,000 times life size.
  • Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, with a 20-foot-tall marble statue of the scientist and Founding Father
  • The Sports Challenge illustrating the physics of sports using virtual reality
  • The Train Factory’s climb-aboard steam engine
  • Space Command’s simulated earth-orbit research station
  • and, of course, exhibits on electricity.

Rodin Museum Philadelphia

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The Rodin Museum Philadelphia contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin’s works outside Paris, including his most well-known, The Thinker.

Directions
2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Parking: Limited metered parking is available on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, N 21st Street, and N 22nd Street. Parking is also available at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Parking Garage. A complimentary shuttle service connects the Rodin Museum and Museum of Art.

Hours

Wednesday-Monday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Closed: Tuesday
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 4th of July

Admission

The Rodin Museum operates on a name your own price basis, just like our walking tours.

Suggested Donation:
Adults: $10
Seniors (65+): $8
Students/Youth (13–18) : $7
Children (12 & under): Free

  • Purchase a two day ticket for the Rodin Museum, main Museum building, the Perelman Building, and historic houses Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove: $20

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