S: August 24, 2010
FC: Phillie Phanatic Extravaganza
2: The Phillies and Visit Philly have teamed up to present the “Phanatic Around Town” public art project, a tourism and fan initiative featuring 20 custom designed Phillie Phanatic statues each placed at one of 20 visitor friendly locations across the city. Each of the six-foot, 100-pound statues were painted by local artists who were selected by the Phillies for their vision of the team's mascot.
5: Located in Independence Mall at 6th and Market Streets, the Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region. Once here, you'll get a free comprehensive orientation to the culture, history, shopping and dining options available throughout the Greater Philadelphia region in an environment that is welcoming and convenient. After stopping at the Independence Visitor Center, you will know where to go, what to see and how to get there.
6: It’s only four pages long, but the U.S. Constitution is among the most influential and important documents in the history of the world. Located at 6th & Arch Streets, the 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays.
8: Franklin Square is located at 6th & Race Streets. Originally named “North East Publick Square,” the 7.5-acre green is one of five original squares that William Penn laid out in his original plan of the city in 1682. The Square was renamed in honor of Benjamin Franklin in 1825.
10: Home of Betsy Ross. She was the Patriot that designed and made the first American Flag. The flag was made here at this house in Philadelphia, Pa. It was built in 1740. It is still in dispute if she made the flag here or not.
13: Located at 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, the museum, dedicated to exploring the maritime history of the Delaware River, the Delaware Bay and tributaries, opened on Philadelphia’s waterfront in July 1995 after more than 35 years of rich history as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum. In 1996, the museum assumed responsibility for the Olympia and Becuna, which are both designated as National Historic Landmarks.
14: The African American Museum in Philadelphia is located at 701 Arch Street. It was among the museums to open during the 1976 Bicentennial celebration and is notable as the first museum funded and built by a city to help preserve African American culture.
16: The City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmark is LOVE itself — the Robert Indiana sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, northwest of City Hall. Installed in 1976, LOVE was briefly snatched away in 1978, but popular demand brought it back where it belongs. Love Park is located at 15th St & JFK Blvd.
18: Why is the City Hall Phanatic hiding from us? | Help from a kind man! | The guard who let us in to see the elusive Phanatic...thanks!
19: In his original 1682 design for the city, William Penn set aside the Center Square for public buildings, but it took 200 years before the square was used for that purpose. The present City Hall on Center Square is located at Broad & Market Streets and was begun in 1871 and took over 30 years to complete. The 548 foot tower is the tallest masonry structure in the world without a steel frame.
21: Citizens Bank located at 15th & Market, started in 1828 with one bank in Providence, Rhode Island. Today, Citizens Financial Group has more than 1,500 branches, more than 3,500 ATMs, and approximately 22,700 employees in 12 states
22: The Comcast Center is located at 17th & JFK Blvd. Standing at 975 feet tall, the newly opened Comcast Center is the tallest building in Philadelphia. And with its ambitious incorporation of eco-friendly technologies, the Center is also the tallest “green” building in the country.
24: The Kimmel Center is located on the Avenue of the Arts at Broad & Spruce Streets, which is a regional performing arts center, whose discreet brick exterior rises to a 150-foot glass vaulted rooftop for startling views of the city. The facility is named for sportswear manufacturer and Philadelphian Sidney Kimmel, the largest private donor.
28: Rittenhouse Square is located at 18th & Walnut Streets and is the site of annual flower markets and outdoor art exhibitions. In 1825 the square was renamed in honor of Philadelphian David Rittenhouse, the brilliant astronomer, instrument maker and patriotic leader of the Revolutionary era.
30: In 1824, The Franklin Institute opened in Independence Hall on 222 N. 20th Street to honor Benjamin Franklin and his inventiveness. Today, it is Pennsylvania's most visited museum. | Missing Phantic!!
32: The Free Library of Philadelphia located at 19th & Vine Streets was initiated by the efforts of Dr. William Pepper, and chartered in 1891 as "a general library which shall be free to all." Pepper received initial funding for the Library through a $225,000 bequest from his wealthy uncle. The Free Library finally opened in March of 1894.
34: The Please Touch Museum is located at 4231 Avenue of the Republic and is the nations premier children's museum, which has been a beloved landmark since it opened in 1976, has a new home in Fairmount Park, opening its doors to a world of educational, hands-on fun. The new location in Memorial Hall, a National Historic Landmark built in 1876 for the Centennial Exhibition celebrating the country's 100th birthday, will boast three times more space for exhibitions and programs.
36: The Philadelphia Zoo is located at 34th & Girard Streets. The nation’s oldest zoo was chartered in 1859, but the impending Civil War delayed its opening until 1874. In addition to its animals, the zoo is known for its historic architecture, which includes the country home of William Penn’s grandson; its botanical collections of over 500 plant species; its groundbreaking research and its fine veterinary facilities.
39: Lloyd Hall is situated on the banks of the Schuylkill River on 1 Boathouse Row, just north of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lloyd Hall is the only public athletic facility on Boathouse Row and the best point of departure for your outing into Fairmount Park.
40: On April 12, 2004, the Philadelphia Phillies christened their new 43,500 seat Citizens Bank Park located at Citizens Bank Way & Pattison Ave. The stadium has lush natural grass and a view of the Philadelphia skyline.
43: Located in Northern Liberties at 2nd St & Germantown Ave., the Piazza at Schmidt’s is a beautifully landscaped, 80,000 square-foot, open-air plaza with free events year-round, surrounded by three new buildings including 35 artists’ studios and boutiques and four new restaurants.
45: Starting in 1925, the Pennsylvania National Guard used the PHL site (historically known as Hog Island) as a training field for its airplane pilots. The site was dedicated as the "Philadelphia Municipal Airport" by Charles Lindbergh in 1927. However, there was no proper terminal building until 1940, so airlines used an airfield in nearby Camden, New Jersey. Once the terminal was completed, four airlines (American, Eastern, TWA, and United) started flights to the airport. The oldest parts of the current terminal complex (B and C) were built in the late 50's.