October 19, 2011 – Just like the lyrics to the Hall and Oates ditty croon it looks like I’m going to spend another fall in Philadelphia.
Not that I consider it a bad thing. Like most Philadelphians, I love my city and its sports teams, no matter how bad our reputation might be. Sure, we have our share of issues like any other major metropolitan city in the country, but the sports myths are so blown out of proportion, and I wear my Philly roots proudly.
Fall in Philadelphia is lovely. Here you’ll find some of the most beautiful foliage found in any urban area, especially along Kelly Drive and Boat House row where the river sparkles in the sunshine and the days are filled with tourists and residents alike strolling, biking, rowing or jogging along the path by the Schuylkill River.
The fall colors also make a trip to Old City worthwhile, and this fall, Philadelphia’s Independence Visitor Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary, after opening its doors on one of the most historic square miles in our country. The Visitor Center is one of the busiest in the country, welcoming more than 20 million tourists over the last decade, which is double the number that was originally expected when the center was first built.
The addition of the Independence Visitor Center to the Independence Mall area was only part of a major revitalization of the city’s historic district, which began 10 years ago and included the Liberty Bell Center and the National Constitution Center.
There’s plenty to do in Philadelphia, and there’s no better time of year to take a stroll through history than in the fall when the weather is usually perfect.
Count your blessings if you get to spend another fall in Philadelphia.