(Closed) Any tips for visiting Philadelphia?

posted 6 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We went as part of our honeymoon. Go to the independance hall visitor center early in the morning to get your tickets for independance hall and then get in line for the liberty bell. We had an amazing dinner (kind of pricey) at a trendy mexican restaurant and lounge called El Vez. You definitely want a reservation! I’ve also eaten at a Cypriot restaurant closer to Southside called Kanella, I think. It was amazing as well. We loved the art museum, but it was very busy and we went too late to get tickets to the special exhibit, which was Van Gogh when we were there. You can spend a lot of time just wandering around Center City. Oh, oh, oh, the COOLEST thing we did, seriously, was to tour Eastern State Penitentiary. It was SOOOOO cool. Tkae a guided tour. Again, go early to buy your ticket, wander around, and then come back at your appointment time. You might even be able to buy tickets earlier than day-of. I also recommend you stop in to Macys to see the Winnamaker (?) organ; it’s the largest in the US or the world or something… very impressive. We walked everywhere from Center City, but it depends on how much you like walking. I don’t mind walking a few miles. There are cabs everywhere.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Get a cheesesteak at genos!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Reading Terminal Market!!! It’s sooooo good.  There is so much great food there.  We went last summer and had no idea what to do so we ended up buying tickets for one of the hop on/hop off bus tours.  Best thing we could’ve done!  If you’re a fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia you should go to Paddy’s Pub (the real one).  It’s a crap hole with cheap drinks but it’s really fun.  Philly is a FANTASTIC city. 

 

If you’re wandering around and can’t decide on good places to eat go to google maps and type in “Man Vs. Food” or “Diners Drive ins and Dives” and all the places they went pop up on the map!

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Do you guys like history at all?  There is a lot of stuff in Philly like Betsy Ross House, Edgar Allen Poe National Historical Site and the Consitution Center.  I loved the Franklin Institute and Please Touch Museum growing up!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I am from Philly, so I can make a few suggestions. First, you should know real philly cheesteaks do not have mushrooms or peppers, so you should be fine. You can get without onions for sure. Parking can be tough in Philly, especially on a weekend. Prepare to pay for a garage or spend awhile looking for street parking. I agree that Reading Terminal is a fun stop-so many food choices. The Mint is pretty boring, there are defintely more fun things to do if you are only here for one day. The art museum is great and is a cool place to walk around (boat house row). Eastern State Penitentary is also a neat place to visit. I really like the Northern Liberties neighborhood… easier to park, lots of fun restaurants and bars.. my favorite is North Third (great, cheap, local, delicious). Standard Tap and Dos Segundos are also great places to eat. Bartram’s Garden is one of my favorite Philly tourist spots. Have fun… feel free to PM me if you have specific Philly questions, happy to help:)

Post # 11
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Newbee

This might be a little late, but there is a great restaurant in Rittenhouse Square called “The Dandelion.” It’s fantastically quirky and serves traditional English food. As for entertainment, definitely check out the Art Museum or thr Franklin Institute. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@kmarie719:  i saw this too late.  did you go? what did you do?

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