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Fact Sheet: Historic Philadelphia Campaign
CAMPAIGN NAME: Historic Philadelphia
- Increase visitation in and around Historic Philadelphia
- Increase engagement among those who visit the area, so they will stay overnight, do more and spend more
DURATION: May 2016 through 2017
The campaign redefines and renames Historic Philadelphia, an area that runs from the Delaware River to 7th Street and from Vine to Lombard Streets—Philadelphia’s original city. It encompasses the following areas:
- Delaware River waterfront
- Old City
- Society Hill
- Independence National Historical Park
BUDGET: $2 million
- H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development
- Drexel University’s Center for Cultural Partnerships
- VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
- Enhanced Programming: Increased Historic Philadelphia, Inc. programming to include additional Once Upon a Nation storytelling benches; Colonial Kids’ Quest Puppet Show; History Maker programs, featuring George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams; Colonial crafting and gaming; and new re-enactments that invite visitor participation
- Historic Philadelphia Trail: A 24-stop guide to the area’s essential historic and cultural sites and attractions, available on visitphilly.com and in the Where magazine map
- Where Map: A special 10-panel section in the Where magazine map, available at hotels, the Independence Visitor Center and attractions
- Historic Philadelphia Pass: Two-day pass to be sold for $18 (a $37 value) at the Independence Visitor Center that includes admission to the National Constitution Center, Christ Church Burial Ground, Betsy Ross House and rides on the Philly PHLASH downtown loop
* Indicates National Park Service site
- Independence Visitor Center*
- Liberty Bell Center*
- Independence Hall & Congress Hall*
- The President’s House: Freedom & Slavery in the Making of a New Nation*
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- National Constitution Center
- Betsy Ross House
- The African American Museum in Philadelphia
- Franklin Square
- Museum of the American Revolution (to come in 2017)
- Carpenters’ Hall
- American Philosophical Society
- Benjamin Franklin Museum/Franklin Court/Franklin Print Shop*
- Second Bank of the U.S. & First Bank of the U.S. (First Bank not open to the public but a site of architectural interest)*
- Christ Church & Christ Church Burial Ground, home to Ben Franklin’s grave
- Elfreth’s Alley
- Independence Seaport Museum, including the Cruiser Olympia and
- Penn’s Landing (Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and Summerfest, Race Street Pier)
- Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
- Declaration House*
- Mother Bethel and Richard Allen Museum
- Powel House & Physick House
- National Liberty Museum
- Washington Square*
KEY VISITOR STATS:
- Average Number of Visitors to Independence National Historical Park, 2011-2015: 3.73 million (Source: NPS)
- Amount Spent by Visitors to INHP, 2015: $247 million
- Average Visitor Spending in 2014:
- $164 for all visitors in the five-county region
- $296 for overnight visitors
- $75 for day visitors (Source: Tourism Economics)
In spring 2016, Drexel University and VISIT PHILADELPHIA® launched a new campaign—Historic Philadelphia—to celebrate America’s most historic square mile in the country’s first World Heritage City, as designated by the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Focusing on the attractions and neighborhoods of Old City, Society Hill and the Delaware River Waterfront, the campaign celebrates Philadelphia’s incomparable place in early American history and the vibrant original city neighborhoods.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, visitors can engage with costumed history makers, hear stories of the real people of independence and take part in colonial reenactments. And every day of the year, they can tour, shop, dine and drink in the area just like the founding fathers and mothers once did. For more information about all there is to see and do in Historic Philadelphia, go to visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com.
Fact Sheet: 31 Top Philadelphia Region Attractions
* Note: Most attractions were listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists 2015. Those that were not are marked with an asterisk.
Historical Sites & Attractions:
- The African American Museum in Philadelphia*, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. The museum takes a fresh and bold look at the stories of African-Americans and their role in the founding of the nation through the core exhibit Audacious Freedom. Other exhibits and programs explore the history, stories and cultures of those of African
Fact Sheet: Historic Philadelphia Trail
The birthplace of the nation is rich in history—and plenty of it. Philadelphia's Historic District Trail guides visitors to 24 essential sites in the area, which spans from the Delaware River to 7th Street and from Vine to Lombard Streets. This is the original city. It boasts serious historical cred, but it’s also home to buzzed-about restaurants and beer gardens, owner-operated boutiques and pushing-the boundaries art galleries.
Here is the 24-stop essential guide, available at visitphilly.com/historic:
- Visitors can head to the Independence Visitor Center to pick up their timed tickets to Independence Hall and get expert Philly tips.
New Reasons To Visit Historic Philadelphia This Summer
Philadelphia’s historic district—now called Historic Philadelphia—simmers with summer excitement as the city’s oldest neighborhood debuts new activities and exhibitions. Visitors launch their very own presidential campaigns in Headed to the White House at the National Constitution Center, and the Independence Seaport Museum mischievously observes sailors’ lives from the 20th century through today. Along popular Penn’s Landing, outdoor hangouts Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park promise more fun than ever, and Fourth of July bash Wawa Welcome America injects fresh components to a good old-fashioned block party.
A two-day Historic Philadelphia Pass makes the must-dos even easier—and more affordable. The pass,...
Nighttime Is The Right Time To Return To Philadelphia's Historic District
As day turns to dusk and museums and landmarks close for the night, Philadelphia's Historic District is just gearing up for a night of fun. Theaters, play places and ghost tours keep youngsters amused until pajama time, while beer gardens, dance clubs and live music venues entertain the over-21 crowd well into the wee hours.
Here’s how the Historic District buzzes with activity long after the clock strikes 5 p.m.:
End-of-day play at Franklin Square includes an award-winning playground, eclectic carousel and 18-hole mini-golf course with scale versions of iconic Philadelphia landmarks (open until 9 or 10
Historic Philadelphia Timeline, 1681 To 1801
- King Charles II grants William Penn the Charter of Pennsylvania, which includes an immense tract of land as settlement of a debt owed to Penn’s father, Admiral William Penn. The King names the colony Pennsylvania in honor of Admiral Penn. William Penn begins plans for his “holy experiment” and hopes it will be the “seed of a nation.” His Commonwealth will assure religious tolerance, fair trials, freedom of speech and enlightened laws.
- William Penn leaves England, sets sail across the Atlantic and arrives in Philadelphia, his “City of Brotherly Love.” Find more information at the Philadelphia History Museum,
Celebrate A Red, White And Blue July 4th In Philadelphia
Birthdays deserve big celebrations—and nobody will celebrate America’s 240th better than Philadelphia, the city where it all began. June 27 through July 4, 2016, Wawa Welcome America! will rock the town with red, white and blue festivities that culminate in a four-day weekend of free concerts featuring Tony-nominated Leslie Odom, Jr. of Broadway’s monster hit Hamilton, Bryshere Gray, also known as Yazz, of TV’s blockbuster Empire and myriad more stars of all stripes. The eight-day celebration also includes three dazzling fireworks shows, the Historic Philadelphia Block Party, parades, patriotic ceremonies, not to mention chance encounters with our Founding Fathers...
Aspiring Citizens Get Study Help With New Americans Trail
Prepping for the U.S. citizenship test is no small task, but Philadelphia’s self-guided New Americans Tour makes learning easier—and a whole lot more fun. The city contains approximately half the answers to the 100-question citizenship test study. This means aspiring citizens and others students of U.S. history can glean the knowledge they seek simply by paying visits to Philly’s historic sites and attractions. Best place to start: the Historic District, the original city—and a very pedestrian-friendly one at that. The trail is available at visitphilly.com/newamericans.
Here’s a look at the 16 tour spots:
- Betsy Ross House,
Iconic Landmarks Recount Philadelphia's Political History
When delegates gather in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention in summer 2016, all eyes will be on the nation’s birthplace. Having hosted numerous political conventions, including the 2000 Republican gathering and the 1948 conventions for all three parties (Democratic, Republican and Progressive), Philadelphia is accustomed to being in the political spotlight. It was here where disgruntled colonists created a new form of government. Today, many of the places where those meetings, debates and activities took place still stand in Historic Philadelphia, an area that spans from the Delaware River Waterfront to 7th Street and from Vine to Lombard Streets....
New And Notable In Historic Philadelphia For 2010
This summer, Historic Philadelphia amps up the fun with new shows, exhibitions and festivals for the whole family. The new 3-D, 360° Liberty 360 show delves into our nation’s most significant symbols of freedom. Special exhibits uncover Ancient Rome, inspiring local women and everyone’s favorite childhood toy, the Slinky®. On the waterfront, Penn’s Landing swings into summer with multicultural celebrations, a film series and top-notch music, including the star-studded Roots Picnic. And, of course, the best place to celebrate the nation’s birthday is in America’s birthplace—the Wawa Welcome America! bash includes three fireworks shows, concerts, a parade and more.