Looking for an exciting American city to visit and explore? Philly, the City of Brotherly love is the ultimate destination for you. Whether you are into impressionist art, curious medical displays, folk art or decadent food mashups, you will surely love exploring Philly.
To help you enjoy your visit, we have compiled 5 Actually Cool Things to Do in Philadelphia.
Let’s get started?
#1. Visit the wondrous Mutter museum of medical oddities
Ever wanted to see the remains of Albert Einstein’s brain or the skeleton of the tallest known man ever to live in North America? Well, you can discover these and more curious medical displays at the Mutter Museum.
Currently located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the museum is also home to the fused bones of Harry Eastlack, who died of an extremely rare disorder called Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive. Basically, the disease ossifies the soft tissues in the body finally placing the human body in an immobile state.
You can also view the “Soap Lady”, the exhumed corpse with a waxy substance that was retrieved in the 1800s. You will also find over 2,000 objects which have been removed from different parts of the human body. All these objects are housed in attractive wooden display drawers.
#2. Enjoy peace and quiet at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
If the museum is not your scene, you can enjoy some peace and quiet at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. Located at the banks of the Schuylkill River, the grounds are designed according to the old Japanese style.
Built 80 years ago, the garden sits adjacent to the location of the first Japanese garden ever built in North America. The garden is home to a fourteenth-century Japanese Buddhist temple gate. Exhibited at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, the gate was moved to the garden in 1905.
Shofuso means “Pine Breeze Villa” and the structures within the garden were built in Nagoya in 1953. Thereafter, they were transported to New York in 1954 as a gift to the people of US to foster cultural exchange.
From New York, the structures were transported to Philadelphia, assembled in 1957 and officially opened to the public in 1958.
#3. Explore Philly’s Magic Gardens
Philly’s Magic Gardens is home to folk art and works of Isaiah Zagar, a renowned mosaicist who beautified the South Street in the 1960s after relocating to Philly with his wife. In the late 1960s, the couple bought and renovated derelict buildings.
They added colorful mosaics to make the area look attractive. In 1994, Zagar started working on Magic Gardens. For 14 years, he excavated grottos and tunnels while also sculpting multilayered walls and grouting over 3,000 square foot space.
Today, Magic Gardens covers half a city block. It has different colors, texture, and tiles displayed for visitors to see and enjoy. There is a labyrinth with sculptures from Asia and Latin America. You can also view Zagar’s handmade tiles, bicycle wheels, and mirrors in different shapes and sizes.
#4. Enjoy the best real-life escape game
Located at 1528 Walnut St, the escape room in Philly is exciting and fun. Not only that, it is thrilling and challenging too. In each room, you will find a unique setting each with its own secrets, escape route and storyline.
To earn your freedom, you must solve the puzzles and search for clues within 60 minutes. The game is open to people of all skill sets and ages. The aim of the game is to have a good time with your family and friends.
In addition, the escape room is perfect for team building exercises. When work colleagues participate in the game, they learn to think as a team and even cooperate when solving puzzles and finding clues. This can be replicated in the workplace thus improving productivity.
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#5. Enjoy Philly’s Taco
Also called a turducken for stoners and drunks, the Philly Taco is simply cheesesteak wrapped in a large slice of pizza. Adam Gordon and Jeff Barg first created this amazing food combo/game. They named the new treat the Lorenzo’s Jims Challenge.
To play the game, diners are required to purchase a giant slice of cheese pizza from Lorenzo’s. This acts as the taco shell. Afterward, one is required to rush to Jim’s Steaks, which is a city block away. At Jim’s, participants must purchase a cheesesteak which acts as filling for the taco.
There are two ways of making a Philly Taco. The first method is where participants place the cheesesteak in the middle of the slice. In the second method, the end of the pizza is placed at the center of the cheesesteak.
Once you have done this, roll up the pizza and there you have it, the Philly Taco.