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.
EAT & DRINK
Pub & Kitchen—New American food in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
—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!