Visit the The Philadelphia Flower Show, the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world, whose theme is always a celebration of the blending of culture, and art relating to the designs of gardens. You are on your own at the Flower Show to leisurely view the floral displays or to participate in demonstrations and lectures that are offered.
Lunch is not included today. We suggest the Reading Terminal Market adjacent to the convention center where the flower show is exhibiting. Today, the Reading Terminal Market, considered by many as the best farmers market in the U.S., originally opened in 1892 as a city market situated in a building owned by The Reading Railroad Company from which the Reading trains would come and go from the city to the suburbs. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Eighty-six merchants including Amish Farmers have food stalls that offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods. Shopping and dining become a pleasure in this warm, inviting, and unique atmosphere. The Reading Terminal Market, like it did over a hundred years ago, is reminiscent of personal, neighborhood shopping, and still offers something for everyone. A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without stopping here.
At 1:30 we will depart by motorcoach for The Philadelphia Museum of Art for our private tour of the galleries with our educator . IF YOU WISH TO STAY LONGER AT THE FLOWER SHOW AND NOT GO TO THE MUSEUM YOU HAVE THAT OPTION. The Philadelphia Art Museum has the world's most extensive collection of the works of Marcel Duchamp, including the world-famous Nude Descending a Staircase and The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. Also worth seeking out is a fine selection of the works by 19th-century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, including The Concert Singer and some notable portraits. The most spectacular "objects" in the museum are entire structures and great rooms moved lock, stock, and barrel from around the world: a 12th-century French cloister, a 16th-century Indian temple hall, a 16th-century Japanese Buddhist temple, a 17th-century Chinese palace hall, and a Japanese ceremonial tea house. Among the other collections are costumes, Early American furniture, and Amish and Shaker crafts. An unusual touch -- and one that children especially like -- is the Kienbusch Collection of Arms and Armor. You will return to the hotel on your own. Transportation options are the #38 Public bus which leaves from the West Entrance steps of the museum and drops you at Broad and Locust Street, the location of the Doubletree Hotel. Or, take a taxi at a fare of $10 for 1 to 4 persons. Remember to bring your Medicare Card as Seniors travel free on our SEPTA public buses. Sightseeing buses are also available from the West Entrance of the museum.
Dinner at a local restaurant
PERFORMANCE: Philadelphia Orchestra concert to be announced in January of 2020