Post # 1
Hi all. I am taking some family that are visiting from overseas to Philadelphia in a couple of weeks. We are only stoping there for one day. I have been there several times but usually just wandered aimlessly and never really plan out a route. If anyone has an idea of how to see as much as possible in an organized fashion I would really appreciate the help. My family cannot walk too far without needing to stop. Thanks so much in advance!
Post # 3
Where are you staying? Just trying to get an idea of your starting point. And how much do they care about historic stuff? Like a lot of Americans care about the Liberty Bell, Independence Mall, etc. but I’m not sure how your family feels about those landmarks.
Post # 4
@sweetpea1813: We are staying in Center City. I think they would like to see historical stuff mostly. My uncle also loves art galleries (not so much museum) so if there are any that you can suggest that would be great 🙂
Post # 5
@Westitude: Well I’m not sure the best “route” becaues I don’t know where you are staying in Center City, but I’d definitely recommend Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell (though I personally don’t think it’s worth standing in line and paying money to go inside…just peek in from outside). The Constitution Center might be nice – they offer free tours but I think they sell out so you might want to call and inquire as to whether you can get tickets in advance. Elfreth’s Alley in Old City is apparently the oldest residential street in the US so that would be cool to stroll down (and you could combine that with the Old City art galleries, as I will mention below). I would highly recommend the Barnes Museum (I know you said not necessarily art museums, but if anyone has appreciation for art, this should not be missed). I don’t know much as far as art galleries, but I know Old City has a lot of galleries so you could probably Google Old City Philadelphia art galleries and find some good ones. A walk down Boathouse Row would be lovely if the weather is nice (you could do that after the Barnes because it’s on the way). Rittenhouse Square park is always a nice place to take people, as well as Chinatown to see a bit of culture. Hope this helps!!
Post # 6
Sweetpea has some good suggestions, but I wanted to add that if walking too far is an issue and you want to show them, say, the Barnes museum/Boathouse Row and Elfreth’s Alley (it is really cool), the Phlash bus goes from the Ben Franklin Parkway (or maybe further) to Penn’s Landing. I use it whenever I take my nephew on the train to the city. He always ends up wanting to go from places like the Franklin Institute to the Seaport Museum, so we just hop on the nice, clean tourist bus! I’ll give him his intro to public transit in a couple of years.
This may seem weird and dorky, but I sometimes take out-of-town guests to the Comcast Center if we’re in the area (and if they might like that kind of stuff). The lobby HD wall is really cool!
I LOVE Eastern State Penitentiary! That is definitely on my must-see list!
Post # 7
@MeghN: The Phlash is a great idea! Thanks! I just looked up their route and this would hit all the major spots without much walking.
I’m pretty dorky too. My favorite site in Philly is the Mutter Museum 🙂
Post # 8
Ok I think I could be a professional tour guide of philly at this point. I have lots of overseas and OOT relativews and friends and I’ve done the philly tour like 25 times.
How many days do you have?
Start at the art museum. Dop your relatives off at the stairs and go park around back where it is free. Then you can catch up to them and walk together to the car taking in the view from the steps and the water works behin the museum.
Get in your car and find street parking near city hall. Around city hall you can see the love statue, the Freemason temple, city hall (read the wiki facts about it they are kinda cool), and the wanamaker building (houses the world’s largest organ and if you are there at a lucky time you get to hear it and after each “concert” if you go to the organ they tell you about it and let you see it which is pretty interesting)
have lunch at the Reading terminal market. You can find the best cookies ever here.
The drive to old town and visit the visitor center. (Get tickets beforehand to the old town hall) Pick up your tickets, go to the liberty bell, do your tour and explore old philly.
If you still have time you can go to the waterfront from there. But seeing as your relatives are older you may want to skip it. If you have two days do art museum/town hall area one day and old philly and water front the next.