William Penn founded Philadelphia, located at the junction of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, in 1681. He created a Quaker settlement that was a haven of tolerance and peace; Philadelphia means brotherly love. The gridiron of streets in central Philadelphia (Center City) follows the original plan of the city's founder. Philadelphia is a major manufacturing, transportation and financial center. It is the second largest city on the east coast. City land area: 136 square miles (352 square km).
Popualtion: Philadelphia 1,585,511; greater metro area 4,856,871; Philadelphia-Wilmington-Trenton, 5,899,345.
Land Area: 135 square miles.
Flight times: Chicago-2.4 hrs., London-8 hrs., Los Angeles-6 hrs., Miami-2.5 hrs.
Average mean temperature: 53 F (13° C), Days of sunshine: 200 days, Annual precipitation: 39.5 inches.
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
March - May: 64°f / 43°f, 18°c / 9°c
June - Aug.: 85°f / 64°f, 29°c / 18°f
Sept. - Nov.: 69°f / 50°f, 20°c / 11°c
Dec. - Feb.: 42° / 25°f, 8°c / -2°c
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SEPTA Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (www.septa.org):
Operates Philadelphia’s excellent public transportation network of trains, buses, subways, streetcars, and trolley cars. (215) 580-7800.
1234 Market St.
30th St.Station: Located at 30th & Market, Grand rail station for all travelers.
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com): Trains to and from Boston, New York, Baltimore and Washing, D.C., (800) 371-5465.
Greyhound: Terminal 10th and Filbert St. 800 231-2222.
Olde City Taxi (215) 338-0838
Quaker City Cab (215) 728-8000
Yellow Cab (215) 922-8400
The Philadelphia Visitors Center www.pcbvc.org
Convention Center District (www.paconvention.com): 12th and Arch Streets Contains more than 400,000 square feet of exhibit & meeting space. The Center is next to the historic Reading Terminal Market, an open-air market of 80 eateries and merchants.
Historic and Waterfront District Independence National Historical Park: Here you will find the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Independence National Historical Park - America's most historic square mile and many historical buildings and sites most with free admission In early2001, the new Gateway Visitors Center, will be located one block north of Independence Hall, providing travelers with information and tickets for attractions and events. A new Liberty Bell Complex, scheduled for completion by 2001, will house the Bell.
Old City: Near the Waterfront north of Market Street is the city's first commercial district. Here is Betsy Ross's home, Elfreth's Alley, art galleries and shops.
Parkway/Museum District: From City Hall to The Philadelphia Museum of Art, home to the Swann Fountain, museums and other cultural institutions.
Rittenhouse Square District: Prestigious address plus great shopping and restaurants. This beautiful public square is a delight.
Society Hill: Restored Waterfront neighborhood south of Independence Nat. Historical Park with hundreds of historical townhouses and places of worship.
South Philadelphia: Ethnic neighborhoods, home to the city's professional Sports Complex, and the open-air Italian Market on 9th St.
South Street: Famous for its eclectic shops, diverse restaurants and dynamic night life.
University City District: Across the Schuylkill River , this city within a city is home to the University of Pennsylvania, its museums Drexel University and other educational, cultural, technological institutions.
Washington Square District: Quaint neighborhood that ‘s the home of jewelry, antique and specialty shops.
Academy of Music (www.academyofmusic.org): 240 S Broad St, (215) 893-1935. Home of the Philadelphia Orchestra & the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
Fairmount Park (www.fairmountpark.org): 4231 North Concourse Dr., (215) 685-0000. 8,900 acres of creeks, trails, meadows, historic landmarks, sculpture, playing fields, and 19th-century Boathouse Row. Home of the nations first Zoo. Open daily from dawn to dusk.
The Franklin Institute Science Museum (sln.fi.edu): Houses the Benjamin Franklin Memorial & Omniverse Theater, Natural Sciences and the Please Touch Museums. Open daily 9:30 am-5 pm. Admission: Adults-$14.25, Seniors-$13.25, Children-$11.50.
Mütter Museum (www.collphyphil.org/mutter.asp): Located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia19 S. 22nd Street, (215) 563-3737. Open Monday-Thursday 10 am-5 pm, Friday am-9 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. Admission: General-$12, Seniors, children and students-$8.
Institute of Contemporary Art At Univ. of Pennsylvania (www.upenn.edu/arts): 6th and Sansom Streets, (215) 898-7108.
The Merriam Theater at the University of the Arts (www.upenn.edu/arts): 250 S. Broad Street, (215) 732-5446.
Museum of American Art:118 N. Broad Street (215) 972-7600.
National Museum of American Jewish History (www.nmajh.org): 55 North 5th St., Independence Mall, (215) 923-3811. Open Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm, Friday 10 - 3, Sunday 12 - 5pm.
Philadelphia Museum of Art (philamuseum.org): 26th Street and the Parkway, (215)753-8100. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm, Friday 10 am-8:45 pm. Admission: Adults-$14, Seniors-$12, Students and children-$10, Children 12 & under-free.
Philadelphia Zoo (www.phillyzoo.org): 3400 W Girard Ave, (215) 243-1100. America's first zoo. March 1-November 30 open daily 9:30 am-5 pm. Admission: Adults-$17.50, Children-$14.95. December 1-February 30 open daily 9:30 am-4 pm. Admission: Adults and children-$12.95.
Rodin Museum (www.rodinmuseum.org): 22nd Street and the Parkway, (215) 753-8100. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. Admission: a contribution of $3 is suggested.
U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov):151 North Independence Mall East (800) 872-6468. Open Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. Free admission.
Walnut Street Theatre (www.walnutstreettheatre.org): (215) 925-6885. Open 10 am to 4 pm daily.