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WG_Dawg
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Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
My wife and I were sitting around yesterday watching Married at First sight which is set in philadelphia (you can laugh, but it's a guilty pleasure. No regrets) and both mentioned we'd never been there before but wouldn't mind checking it out. We were thinking of maybe just taking off work Fridya sometime this summer and making a trip up Friday and coming back Sunday. For those that have visited did you enjoy it and can you make any recommendations?

All we would really like to do for sure are see some historical stuff (liberty bell, independecne hall) and I would like to eat some cheesesteaks. Don't care about catching a phillies game. All suggestions welcomed!
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jmarto1
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
Museums, the mint, reading terminal, Barnes foundation


WG_Dawg
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
any recommendations on places or areas to stay where we can walk most places? I know there's a lot of crime but have no idea where it's mostly concentrated.


jmarto1
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
Just use uber. I stay in old city directly across from the liberty bell and constitution hall for a few reasons. I have a cousin that is a popular artist and another cousin that has an app company both located in center city. Constitution gall has 24/7 police guarding it. Old city is cleaned and safer than center city. It's like a clean, safe fq


jmarto1
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
Benjamin Franklin's grave and Betsy Ross's house are very close to all that as well


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WG_Dawg
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
awesome thanks.

Of Old City and Center City...which one is more "touristy"? I know we'll uber a good bit but the more palces we can walk to the better so we'd like to stay in the one that is nearest to the things we'll be visiting.


jmarto1
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
Tourists tend to stay in center city but I find you still need to uber for attractions. You aren't walking to the museums or the attractions in old city. Give me list of what you want to see
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WG_Dawg
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
I did earlier, it's a pretty short list

The only thing we know for sure (and keep in mind this is with ZERO research or investigating yet, as far as we've got in planning was literally "hey let's visit philadelphia) is liberty bell and independence hall. And I would like to eat at pat and genos. I know they are so touristy and commercialized at this point but my palette is pretty elementary so even if there are "better" steaks out there I would still like to eat both of those since I"m a tourist. That's really as we've got at this point.


ErikGordan
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
You take the Philly Phlash that loops around the major attractions. It costs $5 for a day pass.
Reading Terminal is a must.


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jmarto1
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
Just stay at the hotel Monaco on chestnut st. In okd city. You won't be disappointed


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WG_Dawg
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
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You aren't walking to the museums or the attractions in old city


I'm sure I'm wrong here but when I google old city it looks like it's a little area right on the water that's right near indep. hall/lib bell, a few museums, betsy ross house, etc. Are these not in walkable areas?


LSUButt
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
I live in Philly, it really depends on what you want to do.

Some of my recs:

For sure walk through Independence Square area. You need to book a time to go into Indy Hall, so in the visitor center you can book a time and come back another time. Liberty Bell is free but usually a wait (honestly, I would just look at it from the outside). Personally, I think it's cool just to walk through the area.

Friday seems like it may be shitty weather, but Saturday, although cold, should be nice and sunny. Old City is very nice, lots of old beautiful homes, great places to eat and drink.

I would say for sure walk through the Chinatown area, there are some great Dim Sum places if you like that type of food. Dim Sum Garden is my favorite. Lots of Ramen and Pho places too

Fish town area is cool, just go down Frankford Ave. NuNu is a new Japanese type of place with tons of Sake and good cocktails. Bottle Bar is a good place with tons and tons of beer, solid food. Garage Bar is fun, it's very open, in and old auto place. Barcade is fun, it has lots of old video games like an arcade. There are places also on Girard, and a few cool places on Front St.

Center City...I mean there are so many bars, so many restaurants, so many places to go. If you like Italian, my favorite is Little Nonna, but not sure if you'll need a reservation. El Vez is fun mexican, it's not like Tex-Mex, it's pricey but it's great. Vedge is a vegetarian restaurant that is absolutely incredible. As said before, Amada is terrific. By El Vez, there are 6-7 bar/restaurants that are great.

Sightseeing...do the Rocky Steps at the Museum of Art. The Museum itself is HUGE so unless you want to spend many hours in there, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if you only have a few days. The best part of Philly is the history. You don't even need to go into places, just walk by and walk on the cobblestone streets and read all the history signs. Before the 6ers game, spend a little time in Xfinity Live. It's a bit of a shitshow but it is enormoussss and people can get rowdy before games.

Cheesesteaks are cheesesteaks. My favorite is Jims on South St, but that's also because its 1 block away from me


JodyPlauche
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
Pat's and Geno's is a must. You can do like me and a friend did and get one from Pat's and one from Geno's, cut them in half and compare.

Xfinity Live is also worth stopping by and checking out.

If you learn the train and subways it will help with getting around.

Also, definitely go by the Reading Terminal Market.

Have a few things planned but also play it by ear. Philly is a great town.

I lived in Montgomery County for 7 years. I miss it up there.


WG_Dawg
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
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definitely go by the Reading Terminal Market.


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JodyPlauche
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
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This is a good video describing it.


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Boston911
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
Don’t miss this restaurant in the Italian market,
http://www.villadiroma.com


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Eric Nies Grind Time
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
reading terminal and eastern state penitentiary tour are both really cool


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jmarto1
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
Sorry if it wasn't clear. I meant to say that if you stay in center city you won't be walking to the museums or old city sights anyways. Stay in old city and you will reduce the amount of ubering you will do


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hungryone
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re: Any advice on a weekend trip to Philadelphia?
Not too far from Geno’s is Fantes, a kitchen store wonderland. If either of you likes to cook, loves kitchen gadgets or culinary equipment, then Fantes will make you very happy. From ravioli rolling pins to bread boards to waffle irons, with a special emphasis on Italian cooking tools. Fantes website
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