(Closed) Philadephia Must-Dos?

posted 6 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I love the Philidelphia Zoo!!

Post # 5
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Here is the text from the “Things to do in Philly section of our wedding website. It’s filled my favorite things to do. Enjoy! Also, check out www.uwishunu.com it updates everyday with fun things to do in Philly every day/weekend. Be warned though–it’s St. Patrick’s day week and the bars and streets are run amuck with college kids in green downing green beer! (especially in Old City!)  ETA: Sorry about the spacing…I just cut and pasted it and I can’t get the formatting right! 

MUSEUMS If Benjamin Franklin, the city’s first museum patron, were to come back to Philadelphia today, he would marvel at what he had started. Philadelphia’s museums are small and massive, historic and modern, interactive and exclusive, eccentric and unexpected. 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art  Run up the famous Rocky steps, then see some of the most beautiful works of art in the world. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see, and must run—just do it! 

The Barnes Foundation

After much controversy, The Barnes Foundation is scheduled to open in its new location in late Spring 2012. The Barnes Foundation is home to an amazing art collection. Seriously, you HAVE to visit. Among the collection are numerous Impressionist and Modernist works, including 181 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 69 by Paul Cézanne, 59 by Henri Matisse, 46 by Pablo Picasso, 21 by Chaim Soutine, 18 by Henri Rousseau, 16 by Amedeo Modigliani, 11 by Edgar Degas, 7 by Vincent Van Gogh, and 6 by Georges Seurat.  Watch the documentary The Art of the Steal for background on Barnes and the decades-long controversy over the museum’s fortunes and its eventual decision to abandon its longtime home for new quarters in downtown Philadelphia. You need tickets in advance for The Barnes. We’re securing some for the afternoon of Friday, June 29th—please let us know if you want one.
To find out where Philly got its indie spirit—evidenced in everything from its fashion to its love of the cheesesteak—head to Independence National Historical Park, also known as America’s most historic square mile. Here you’ll find some of the most iconic symbols of freedom, and they’re free. Stop at the Independence Visitor Center to get your free timed ticket to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were debated and signed. Then delve into the meaning of that famous cracked bell, located just across the street. Between 5th & 6th Streets and between Chestnut & Arch Streets. Then step into the National Constitution Center to view the Constitution and find out everything you’ll ever need to know about one of the most important documents ever written. There is also an amazing Bruce Springsteen exhibit curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame visiting the Constitution Center, including handwritten lyrics to “Born to Run!”
Unwind at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa, an urban oasis offering signature facials, impeccable waxes and nail services and amazing massages, plus technology-oriented beauty treatments. Immerse yourself in the charm of Tuscany and the Almafi coast—the inspiration for Toppers Spa/Salon, offering massage therapies, hair services, facials, waxing and manis and pedis. Want a little pool time with your treatment? Make an appointment at the nearly hidden Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, where you can follow your massage or facial with a dip in the adjacent indoor pool and whirlpool. nail treatments. 
Pub & Kitchen—New American food in a relaxed and welcoming environment.


Continental—Stephen Starr’s trendy and hip tapas and martini bar. 

Monk’s Cafe—Belgium’s finest in the middle of Philly, with an astonishing selection of fine beers culled from breweries large and small throughout the world.

Parc—Dine al fresco at this charming and authentic French bistro. 

Talula’s Garden—Featuring seasonal American food, all from local farms and gardens. 

Union Trust—Philadelphia’s premiere independent steak and seafood house. 

Mac’s Tavern—A traditional sports bar modeled after Paddy’s Pub from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. The food is also delicious and it’s owned by the cast.  

Do as Philadelphians do and BYOB—bring your own bottle. Grab your favorite wine from a state store and bring your appetite to one of the city’s hundreds of BYOB restaurants: Lolita, a BYOT where guests pour tequila in their margarita mixes; Kanella, a Greek spot that will have you planning a trip to the isles; Pumpkin, an American restaurant that’s big on local ingredients; La Fontana Della Citta, perfect for a South Philly Italian experience. 

Reading Terminal Market—Philadelphia’s historic farmers market houses an exhilarating selection of baked goods, meats, poultry, seafood, produce, flowers, ethnic foods, cookware and eclectic restaurants. Be sure to get a roast pork sandwich from world famous Tommy DiNic’s.

Of course no visit to Philly would be complete without a cheesesteak from either Pat’s King of Steaks or Gino’s. For for the ultimate bragging rights—get one from both!

Post # 6
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I second the Philly Zoo.  Get some delicious cheesesteaks (I love Jim’s on South Street).  Hit up South and Market Streets.  Have fun!

Post # 7
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do one of the double decker bus tours..I lived in the philly area for years and had never done this until last year when I had a friend visit from California and it was sooo fun!!!   you definately get to see all the key point of philly and they let you get on and off the bus to take pics too. It’s supposed to be a nice weekend too!

You can buy the tickets at the Visitors center accross from Independence Hall/Liberty Bell.


Post # 8
574 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Philly Art Museum – they have a Van Gogh display right now
Old City – cobblestone streets and amazing homes!
Liberty Bell
Independence Hall
Betsy Ross House
National Constitution Center
South Street District (near Rittenhouse Square) – lots of arts stores/unique vendors. 
Pats or Genos!! πŸ™‚
The William Penn statue on City Hall (better to just drive down Broad to see it, honestly, but it’s a huge landmark) 

If you want to see it all, I would second a bus tour.  It’s a huge city and there is lots of walking if you don’t!  Most bus tours would hit those major points, and the ones they don’t are worth checking out on your own.  I love Philly!  I went to college right outside the city and it’s got some amazing things to offer! 

ETA: The Reading Termial Market is also really cool, but something you’d probably check ou on your own.  It’s like a farmers market/street market.  They have Amish made products also.

Post # 9
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@sarahbabs:  how did i not see this?!  this is my town!! 

first off, i cant speak for sizes but you can call the salons for sure to verify.  bridals by danielle is the go to bridal store in center city i think.  i didnt go there but my friend did and she loved it.   theres a bridal shop called veronica couture brides which is much closer to where you’ll be.  again i ddint go but it was next on my list if pronovias failed me. 

if you can, eat anywhere.  lol.  i wish i knew sooner because my fav places book up quick.  old city is restaurants galore plus you have enough suggestions above.  My all time favs are probably Amada, Lolita, and Pod.  I went to 10 Arts over the weekend and really enjoyed it. def worth it.   Saturday, if you can, go to brunch at Tinto.

tons to do.  check out centercityphila.org for stuff to do too.  old city has tons of little itty bitty theatres too if you wanna catch a small show.  of course, theres all the museums and things.  i really could go on and on

Post # 11
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013


Go shopping downtown in Rittenhouse square!

The Art Museum is beautiful!

You could go see a show or concert. Check out the Kimmel Center.

If you’re into bars, Old City’s a great place to wander around. Good food, too.


Post # 12
1747 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012


Post # 13
1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Go to the Italian Market!  So many good shops and awesome food.

And if you’re down that way (South Philly) you may as well check out both Pat’s and Geno’s and decide which one you like better (they are across the street from each other).

Also a fan of the Zoo and South Street!

Post # 16
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I second Bridal’s by Danielle – they don’t have a TON of larger samples however.  

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