Follow the Bouncing Book
The Insider's Guide Travels Through Philly
Join CharityJen as she travels through some of the most iconic sights in Philadelphia with her book, “The Insider’s Guide to Online Fundraising: Finding Success When Surrounded by Skeptics.” Along the way, she explains who should get the book, why you need the book, and what you will learn.
The Insider’s Guide bounces with Jen from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill, weaving through the city at fascinating points in between. Test your knowledge of nation’s “First World Heritage City” by identifying the locations on the map and matching them to the sights below!
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Follow the bouncing book and enjoy learning more about these iconic Philly sights below. Many of them are among the most essential things to do on a first visit to Philly.
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Happy reading… and happy travels!
"Follow the Bouncing Book" Locations
Washington Square Park
The square was first used as a burial ground for paupers, then Revolutionary War troops. Following that, victims of the yellow fever. In 1954, a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and monument was built in this lovely 6.4 acre park.
Broad & Lombard Street Mural
One of Philly’s over 4,000 murals, the “Theatre of Life” by Meg Saligman and Juan Dimida explores the many facets of our character. Besides the 400 gallons of paint, it also has 10,000 glass pieces and 5,000 marbles.
Ben Franklin Bridge
The gorgeous 95-year-old suspension bridge connects Philly to Camden, NJ. You can drive it, walk it, or ride the rail. At night, enjoy the colorful lightshow that spans the length of the bridge.
Constructed in 1812 with a stunning Classic Revival design along the Schuylkill River. It began as the engine room for the water department and once had an indoor swimming pool. It is now a restaurant and lounge.
WHYY is the PBS and NPR station serving the Greater Delaware Valley. It was established in 1954 and produces Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, as well as many original programs.
Officially the JFK Plaza featuring the famous LOVE sculpture. In the winter, it features Christmas Village. In the summer, a fountain for the kids to play along with pop-up beer gardens, events and music.
City Hall on Broad St
City Hall is the largest municipal building in the country and topped with a 548-foot statue of William Penn. It took 30 years to build and was completed in 1901. Over the holidays, there is a dazzling light show on the façade at Dilworth Park.
30th Street Station
The third busiest Amtrak train station. It opened in 1933 with an art-deco waiting area that spans the length of 2 football fields and 95-foot tall ceilings. It is considered one of the last remaining grand stations in the U.S.