10 Fun Facts You Should Know
When it comes to deciding what to do and see in Philadelphia, there is no shortage of options. Take the stress out of your move to the Philadelphia Suburbs and have fun in Delaware Valley. It’s the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. With a rich heritage and culture, great entertainment, and a thriving population it’s no wonder people love to move here.
There are wonderful communities to live and raise a family, excellent schools, and a variety of employment opportunities. Once you’re moved in and unpacked, be sure to check out all the places to see and incredible Philly foods.
Whether you are moving to Philadelphia Suburbs and Delaware Valley, PA or heading over for the day, we’ve found ten fun facts you need to know.
1. Penn’s Landing
What is it about waterfront developments that make them so appealing? Locals enjoy farmer’s markets and a plethora of festivals during the summer months at Penn’s Landing, and everyone loves to visit this Delaware River Waterfront. It’s just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia and hosts family-friendly attractions all year long. The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is a great place to hang out for people of all ages.
2. Location, location, location
The Delaware Valley sits mid-way between the New York City and Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas, which can be reached from anywhere in the region by car or train in less than a few hours. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is an excellent public transportation system, and the best way to get around town. But if you simplywant to see the city’s top attractions, the PhillyPHLASH is the way to go.
3. Delaware Valley is a sandwich lovers dream
The Philly cheesesteak harnesses the power of bread, meat, and cheese, and is unique to the Philadelphia / Delaware Valley area. With ingredients like baguette, cheese, peppers, and, a selection of cold luncheon meats, what could go wrong? It turns out this trio of ingredients needs a chef’s touch, at least if you want to end up with a greasy, cheesy masterpiece (and not a mess).
4. The Queen of shopping
Who could resist shopping at a mall called King of Prussia in the Philadelphia Suburbs? Not only is that a cool name, but this is also the second largest shopping mall in the United States. The greater Delaware Valley area is a center for local and nationally known shopping outlets and great bargains.
5. Delaware River
Did you know the Delaware River is named in honor of Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr? Only a parent in the 17th century would choose such an illustrious name. But hundreds of years later, cities and towns have grown up all along the riverbanks creating a rich heritage and culture with wonderful communities to live. Additionally, the river is lined with numerous state parks. Most are pet friendly and feature designated off-leash areas for Fido to roam.
6. Green bakery
Tastykake, founded in 1914 is a shining example of how businesses can evolve from one century to the next. The company chose to build a new bakery in Philadelphia. Tasty Baking’s Navy Yard bakery gets kudos for delicious treats and obtaining a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification from US Green Building Council for its refurbished building.
7. Born in the U.S.A.
Located only three miles from downtown Philadelphia, Darby Township is home to the Tower Theater at the intersection of 69th and Ludlow Streets. The venue was built in 1927 as a vaudeville theater but eventually became a popular music venue because of its excellent acoustics. Bruce Springsteen introduced his E Street Band to the world here in September 1974. And as they say, the rest is history …
8. Artistic Endeavors
Did you know that Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other other American City? While that’s impressive, Philly is also home to a mega art museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s amongst the largest in the United States and holds over 227,000 treasures.
9. Haunted places in Sharonville, PA
Fort Mifflin was built in 1771 and sits on Mud Island. By day, the Fort hosts living history days. But every night is Halloween at Fort Mifflin— it’s rumored the ghosts come out. A soldier named Amos is sometimes seen cleaning his gun near the artillery shed. It’s widely regarded as one of the most haunted sites in the country.
10. Walk, run, bike, row
Whatever your favorite form of cardio may be, there is no shortage of opportunities to get outside and hit the trails in the Philly suburbs and Delaware Valley. The Cooper River Park near Pennsauken Township has something for everyone. If you are coming from Collingswood, Pennsauken, or Cherry Hill, you can access a lovely walking loop around the river. Men and women crew teams can often be seen practicing at dusk and dawn.
To rent storage during your move, visit our many storage facilities in the Philadelphia Suburbs or Delaware Valley area.