Direct Energy loves all our customers across our wide service area, so we decided to take a gander at many of the places you live! With each stop in our Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series, we’ll highlight some of best things to do and see in many of the major locales we provide service. It’s a way for us to get to know your city and inform anyone else who may be interested in visiting.
As the “City of Brotherly Love,” the first word that comes to my mind when I think about Philadelphia is history. This city is chalk full of American history – it was the location where our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and then the Constitution. Philadelphia even served as a temporary U.S. capital while Washington D.C. was under construction.
While Philly has strong historical roots, there’s more to it than just what happened in the past. Let’s start exploring!
1) The Actual History
I think it’s important to visit key historical sites in Philadelphia. The main two places I recommend are the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The Liberty Bell once hung at Independence Hall and was used to mark important historic events. Once it became cracked, it was removed from active use and turned into a historical artifact and tourist destination.
Independence Hall is the famed locale where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. Both stops are across the street from each other and are must-sees for any American.
2) Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia is also rich in art. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is home to a world-renown collection containing pieces from greats such as Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Cezanne. The building itself is a piece of art, as it was built to resemble ancient Greek temples.
In addition to the expansive art work located in the main building, visitors can also explore the Perelman Building standing just a short distance behind the museum. It displays beautiful collections of photography, costumes, and contemporary exhibits. This museum may also look familiar to visitors, as it was the location for an important and memorable scene in Rocky.
3) Eastern State Penitentiary
A must-see attraction for a mix of history and haunted excitement is the Eastern State Penitentiary. The castle-like appearance gives off an eerie vibe from the start. Opened in 1829, It employed a solitary confinement system influenced by the Quakers designed to “reform” prisoners using isolation methods instead of abuse. Many of the prisoners were contained for life experiencing years in isolation. Prisoners went mad and many died there of old age or suicide.
The Eastern State Penitentiary has also been called one of the most haunted place in the US. One of the biggest gangsters in history, Al Capone, even stayed there for a year and had sworn he was haunted.
Whether you visit for the arts, for the history or one of the many other attractions, there is must to see in this town!
Next up in our Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series: Pittsburgh, PA!