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Philadelphia Student Tours: America's Birthplace

Philadelphia, PA
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Philadelphia Student Tours: America's Birthplace

Philadelphia, PA

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Destination: Philadelphia, PAType: EducationalSubject: History, Social Studies, Politics, Science, College Prep, TRIO, STEM, Literature, C3

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From colonial life and the foundations of the United States to modern East Coast living, Philadelphia student tours will engross travelers with history, museums and culture. Serving as the center of opposition to the British during the colonial era, “the cradle of democracy” invites student travelers to discover the world of our Founding Fathers with visits to the Independence Hall, the Liberty Center and the Betsy Ross House. Take in learning and the arts with visits to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute Science Museum, and understand how the city’s culture continues to thrive.

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  • Independence Hall
  • Liberty Bell Center
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art and “Rocky Steps”
  • United States Mint

Day 1

Arrive in Philadelphia

Check into Your Hotel

Visit the National Constitution Center

Dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the Constitution, this educational museum illuminates constitutional debates throughout the ages and displays relevant items such as a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and a poll tax receipt from 1942.

Enjoy Dinner

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Day 2

Enjoy Breakfast at Your Hotel

Tour the Betsy Ross House

While visiting the 18th century house that Betsy Ross once called home, students will learn about the life and times of the revolution era icon and the flag that she created based on designs by George Washington.

Tour Independence Hall

Built between 1732 and 1753, this building is often considered the birthplace of the U.S. due to the two famous documents adopted within it: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Learn about the still-relevant debates the Founding Fathers carried out in this building.

Visit the Liberty Bell Center

Donning the inscription, “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof,” the bell that once rang in the tower of Independence Hall has acted as a symbol for abolitionists, suffragettes and others.

Enjoy Lunch

Explore the Franklin Institute Science Museum

Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Rocky steps)

As one of the largest art museums in the United States, this establishment boasts millennia-spanning pieces from throughout the world. The “Rocky Steps”—made famous by the 1976 film—may attract as many visitors as masterpieces by Dalí and Picasso.

Enjoy Dinner

liberty bell

Day 3

Enjoy Breakfast at Hotel

Tour the Streets of Philadelphia

Visit the Eastern State Penitentiary

While touring the prison that pioneered an incarceration system based on reform rather than punishment, students will see the cells of famous criminals like Al Capone and Willie Sutton. 

Check out of Hotel

Depart for Home

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