History in Philadelphia


Some of the many reasons why Philadelphia is such a great city, is all of the history that has been built on it. There are endless places to visit in Philadelphia to learn about America’s history, no matter where you are in the city. Here are a few that are the most popular with the most astounding pasts:

1. Independence Hall is known as the birthplace of American Democracy and is located on the site where various important events occurred that have shaped America throughout history. Over the years it has grown into a National Historical Park since the Declaration of Independence was adopted there on July 4, 1776.

2. The Betsy Ross Home was the birthplace of the American flag, where you can wander through the tiny 1740 home today. You can find out why Betsy took on the responsibility of creating America’s first flag presented by George Washington.

3. The National Constitution Center holds on of the most influential and significant documents in all history. The National Constitution Center explains the document through various displays, videos and exhibits that will entertain and fascinate you.

These are just a few of many amazing historical sites located in Philadelphia. Taking a day to go to any of these places with family and friends is the perfect way to stroll around the city and learn about the foundations of our country. Siena Place is conveniently a short drive from center city, all of the sites mentioned, and more!

Philadelphia Named the First World Heritage City in The U.S.

Philadelphia, USA - December 14, 2014. Night traffic on South Broad Street in downtown Philadelphia with City Hall in the middle and people walking on sidewalk. Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, attracting tourists with historic landmarks like Independence Hall and City Hall.

This past month of November, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia announced that the city has been named the first World Heritage City of the United States! Philadelphia has been granted this title by XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru and it comes as the result of a two-year campaign. It is predicted to increase the City’s international stature as well as give new growth in order to influence tourism and commerce in the area.

Mayor Nutter proudly announces this designation and mentions that Philadelphia is being mentioned for its many contributions to the United States.

Philadelphia’s case to become the first World Heritage City in the U.S. involved many factors throughout history. It was given considering the city is the location of Independence Hall, in which America’s Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and altered history to create this nation in 1776. Also it is where the United States Constitution was written and signed. Now as the fifth largest city in the United States, Philadelphia joins 266 other World Heritage Cities in the Organization of World Heritage Cities.

A couple months ago, the Global Philadelphia Association and the City of Philadelphia invited more than one hundred leaders to compare ideas and tactics that could be fulfilled after the World Heritage City designation.

Why Philadelphia is Perfect For the Winter and Holiday Season

visit philly during the winter season

During the winter and holiday season, Center City Philadelphia becomes a winter wonderland filled with festive decorations, events and activities to be apart of! There are various reasons why Philadelphia is the place to be this time of year:

In December, Philadelphia is decorated with all sorts of colors, lights and decorations, making anywhere you go pleasantly beautiful. Rittenhouse Square’s holiday lights cast a cheerful shine on anyone nearby after it gets dark.

There are plenty of holiday shows to catch in the city during this season. In the Macy’s department store across from Philadelphia’s City Hall has a four story holiday sound and light show every two hours! Each show will feature the Wannamaker organ, which is known to be the largest playing pipe organ in the world with 28,677 pipes, wow!

Ice skating is always a fun winter activity to enjoy with friends and family. Head over to the Rothman Ice Rink set up in Dilworth Park in front of City Hall for a day or evening out gliding on the ice! And don’t worry, you are able to rent skates at the rink if you don’t have your own.

Let’s not forget about the traditional Philadelphia Mummers Parade on New Years Day. The parade is all day up Broad Street to City Hall from South Philadelphia with bands and costumed mummers. It’s a fun event to enjoy to start off the new year!

Judd Builder’s community Siena Place is located in South Philadelphia, just 17 minutes from Center City where you can enjoy all of these fun winter activities! Take your friends and family to see the winter wonderland of the beautiful city of Philadelphia and enjoy all of the festive and seasonal treats it has to offer.

Reopening of The Blue Cross Riverrink

bluecross riverrink

The Blue Cross Riverrink Philadelphia winter attraction is back in season starting November 27th! Blue Cross Riverrink takes ice skating to a whole new level being extremely large in size overlooking the Delaware River and converting into a beautiful winter wonderland atmosphere. As Penn’s Landing will be a transformed into a festive cold weather waterfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is ultimately a cold-weather version of the summertime Spruce Street Harbor Park and warmer weather attractions held there.

The rink is open 7 days a week, including holidays, from November 27th to February 28th 2016. A lodge and winter garden with a heated tent, holiday decorated trees, fire pits and comfortable seating will also be available nearby.

Close to Judd Builder’s community Siena Place, this family friendly attraction is a perfect winter hangout to take your children and the rest of the family to! It’s great to be able to enjoy the seasonal wonders of the city of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Sport Complex


One of the great things about living in Philadelphia is being able to have easy access to the Philadelphia Sports Complex. All home games for the major Philadelphia sports teams including Phillies, Flyers, 76ers and Eagles are played within the complex.

Up until 1971, Philadelphia Sports teams were distributed all throughout the city. The Flyers did not yet have a home, the Eagles played on Franklin Field, the 76ers in the Civic Center and the Phllies in the Connie Mack Stadium. Gradually, the teams started moving to stadiums closer together until all home games were played at the intersection of Braod and Patterson streets in South Philadelphia and the area eventually became known as the existing home of Philadelphia Sports teams; The Philadelphia Sports Complex.

Who wouldn’t enjoy going to a game every now and then to spend your free time? Judd Builder’s community, Siena Place in South Philadelphia is located just 6 minutes from the complex! Sporting events in the Philadelphia Sports Complex are great to attend with your children, other family members and friends for some fun quality time in a laid back environment.

Other than the city’s major sports teams, the complex holds games of Temple Owls Football and select Villanova Wildcats Basketball Games as well as international soccer games, track and field, Army-Navy Football games and all-star games and tournaments.

Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia, PA, USA - November 23, 2014; View on the legs of elite runners participating in the 2014 Half-Marathon of Philadelphia, PA. Dan Vassallo of Massachusetts and Lenora Petrina of NYC win the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon. Here a scene, captured from the back of the leading press-vehicle, along the course as captured during the race.

Come be active and participate in the Philly marathon, full or half options, to see if you can go the distance!

The marathon will be on the Ben Franklin Parkway from November 20 to 22. Who would mind getting some exercise in before all that thanksgiving food!?

Give it a shot, register to run and maybe even shop for some new running gear for this fun and challenging experience.

This event is located just 12 minutes from Judd Builder’s community, Siena Place. Treat your family, kids and friends to participate in walking or running the marathon for quality exercise and beautiful Philadelphia scenery!

Taste of Philly

taste of philly

Join one of the most popular culinary events of Philadelphia known as Taste of Philly, tomorrow November 10th, where you can experience three hours of nonstop food and drink from the city’s best restaurants and breweries!

The evening will consist of sampling delicious food, tasteful beer, wine and top shelf liquor as well as live entertainment from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. The samples will be provided by dozens of Philadelphia-area restaurants, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the region’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundance.

Tickets are still on sale; grab some for a unique night out with friends or family before it’s too late!

Things To Do On South Street, Philadelphia


South Street, Philadelphia is one of the city’s most famous streets known for its array of shops, bars and restaurants. When visiting South Street for a enjoyable day out, here’s a guide with a selection of which shops to stop by to plan where you would enjoy going to:

A Bite to Eat: 

1. Bridget Foy’s has been around for 30 years on South Street and is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Here, they offer popular comfort foods as well as hand cut fries, cheese steak rolls and delicious ribs.

2. Famous 4th Street Delicatessen is a Jewish Deli that serves outstandingly fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. Popular menu items include smoked fish, homemade omelets and deli meat all sold in large portions to have plenty to eat and to take home!

3. Jim’s Steaks has been selling exceptional Philadelphia cheese steaks for 70 years. The walls are covered with celebrities who have come there to enjoy their delicious cheese steaks.

Art and Entertainment:

1. Theatre of Living Arts has hosted local and national musical acts for years and was originally made from a single screen movie theatre.

2. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens offers beautiful artistic scenery created by an award-winning mosaic mural artist, Isaiah Zagar. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens educates visitors through tours and workshop and allows them to view the artists preserved works.


1. Antiquarian’s Delight consists of different vendors selling apparel, furniture, and accessories located in a 100 year old building that was previously synagogue.

2. Blue Bond Guitars catches the attentions of all the musicians walking through South Street. It has been a big part of the Philadelphia music scene since the 1980’s, offering many used guitars, amps and bases as well as lessons and repairs.

Top Halloween Events in Philadelphia

Halloween events in Philly

Halloween is coming up soon, which means so are Philadelphia Halloween events! Listed below are a few spots in the city where you will find frightful yet delightful events and activities for the October holiday:

1. HorrorFest at Shadybrook Farm offers fearsome attractions that come in the form of the Barn of Horror, Hayride of Horror, Carnage and the 3-D Alien Invasion.

2. The Bates Motel is open through November 1st that includes professional performers and amazing effects to create a scary experience. There’s also haunted hayrides and a haunted corn maze on the site!

3. Camp Spookynaw is a place full of witches and wizards where anyone can wander in the woods through ten buildings to find dragons, madness and supernatural mayhem.

The Halloween event options are endless! Click HERE for all the different options to enjoy your Halloween fun.

Top Philadelphia October Events

A philly cheese steak sandwich with potato chips

Philadelphia is always busy with fun events to attend, and here’s a guide for the city’s October events coming up! A wide variety of activities will take place including the Harry Potter Festival, a brand new Cheese Steak Festival and Arts festivals like The Mural Arts.

1. The Harry Potter Festival returns to Chestnut Hill October 16th and 17th in which the festivities start off with a pub crawl throughout the area on Friday, and continue on Saturday with Horcrux scavenger hunt, a fall maze at Woodmere Art Museum, Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, sorting hat demonstrations, fortune tellers and more.

2. Philadelphia’s First Ever Cheese Steak Festival is happening this October 24th a the Lincoln Financial Field. More than 40 cheesesteaks from around the city will be shown at the festival. Customers can sample traditional cheesesteaks, specialty creations and even taste vegetarian or gluten-free variations. The highlight of the festival will be a world record-breaking attempt at creating a 450-foot-long cheeseteak on Lincoln Financial Field!!

3. This October, The Mural Arts Program is introducing Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space. Organized by well-known artist Pedro Alonzo, Mural Arts has gotten local and international artists to create a series of pieces in an outdoor temporary exhibition that highlights the views of the Mural Arts.

Philadelphia, USA - May 18, 2012. Mural on building with a man talking over his cell phone at left corner in the center city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania with lots of historic and cultural attractions like Independence Hall and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For other Philadelphia events, click HERE.