Cultural Institutions

50 Unique Experiences

Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. This was the first zoo in the United States and opened in 1874.

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Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Shofuso in its present incarnation was built in Nagoya, Japan in 1953, using traditional materials and techniques, exhibited at MoMA as part of “The House in the Museum Garden” series, and moved to the temple gate site in Philadelphia when the exhibition closed in 1958.

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Dell Music Center

The Dell Music Center, Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Philadelphia’s premier outdoor entertainment venue. This open-air amphitheater is managed by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and is the fourth largest performance venue in Philadelphia with 5,284 reserved seats and 600 lawn seats.

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Mann Music Center

With great live music and beautiful views of the Philadelphia skyline, The Mann Center serves more than 180,000 patrons annually, presenting diverse musical genres including classical, pop, jazz, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, indie, and country.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country.

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Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge AvePhiladelphia, PA 19132

In 1835, John Jay Smith, a Quaker and librarian founded the cemetery with partners Nathan Dunn, Benjamin W. Richards and Frederick Brown. Key concepts were that it had to be situated in a picturesque location well outside the city; that it had no religious affiliation; and that it provided a permanent burial space for the dead in a restful and tranquil setting.

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Historic Strawberry Mansion

Historic Strawberry Mansion, Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The largest of the seven historic Fairmount Park houses, Strawberry Mansion was built in 1789 by Judge William Lewis, a well-known lawyer and abolitionist, as a summer home along the Schuylkill River. Open for tours. Please check website for details.

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