March 2nd, 2018
Why not Philadelphia ? Cheaper then New York and just as much to do
Philadelphia is in one of those unicorn locations . Only less then 2 hours from New York City by train . Amtrak if your looking for comfort would run you about $28 to $50 each way depending on when you book. If your not looking to break the bank and don’t mind not having complete comfort New Jersey transit will run you about $27 with a walk up ticket . If that’s still a little to much the double decker new kid on the sence Megabus will run you $1 to $13 depending on when you book . The cheaper prices on weekdays of course . They all land you at historic Art Deco 30th St Station in Center City.
Philly is less then an hour from Atlantic City and iconic Jersey Shore beaches and less the. Two hours from the famous Pocano Mountains where there are ski slops aplenty available for the winter enthusiast.
If you like history this city runs its roots deep. Just a short drive from the city center you can visit Valley Forge National Park that’s beauty will be sure not disappoint . Another drive less then 2 hours from the city center youself deep in Amish country. Lancaster County . See horse and buggy’s and let it transform you back to the days of old . Stop at one of many Famrers Markets to try homemade apple pie straight from the farms and kitchens to your plate.
Things to Do
This City is far from short on exciting and historical outings and adventures.
Take a stroll through America’s first zoo (Philadelphia Zoo)to see polar bears that also doubles as beautiful Victorian Gardens .
Take a look down on Spruce St at Harbour Park (voted one of the best outdoor city parks by lonely planet ) lay in one of the many hammocks available while snacking on a homemade funnel cake by one of the many gourmet food vendors that aline the paths. Partake in life size shuffleboard or chess or relax at the outdoor beer garden while over looking the Delaware river with views of the SS New Jersey or the city Skyline.
More of a history buff . Take a tour of Independence Hall where a nation was born or the Liberty Bell, both of that are free but just make sure to head over to the visitor center early to get your tickets . They do go quick.
Visit one of Philadelphia’s world reknown museums . Into art? Take a look over at the Barns Foundation. The worlds biggest privet collections of Picassos and Monet even beating out any collection in Paris . 32 billion dollars worth . Right down the road is the very famous Philadelphia museum of art or known world wide for yes .. the ROCKY STEPS . That you still can run to the very top but also check out some very amazing art like Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
If art isn’t your thing take a wonder over to Philly’s Farmount section and take a tour around the worlds most iconic prisons (that even Alcatraz was based off of ) Eastren State Penitentiary. You can even visit the cell of Al Copone.
Another famous museum is the Mutter Museum over on 23rd and Chestnut . It’s a host to the weird and curious medical oddities such as a cast of the Siamese twins Chang and Ang and the crosp of a woman who’s body started to turn to soap.
• Edgar Allen Poes house where he was said to have written ( The Tell Tale Heart)
• Betty’s Rosses House
• Philadelphia Magic Gardens ( eclectic mosaics that span for city blocks made by one man )
Yes ok cheesesteaks but Philly is so much more . Though if your going to get a cheesesteak and you know you are bypass the tourist traps of Pats and Ginos and head to Jim’s on South St or Tony Luke’s in South Philly .
But if your looking for an even better Philadelphia experience go wonder into Reading Terminal Market . Voted one of the top markets in the nation. Head to DiNics ( you may have heard about it on tje Travel Channels Man Vs Food winning best sandwich) but if heaven was sereved on a roll this would be it. Marinated pork with shaved provolone cheese and roasted long gotcha peppers on a roll made from the heavens. Yes it’s that good !!!! While in the market take a walk down to Bassists Icecream stand . The first ice cream shop in the US it was bassists that paved the way for Dairy queen. This shop makes all their ice cream by hand just as they did 100 years ago when they first opened.
Moraritys over on 11th and Walnut stop in to get a plate of their world famous wings and when I say world famous yes they actually have been voted 15th best in the world by Bon appetit magazine . They only come in one sauce ( hot ) but it is perfection and don’t worry their homemade blue cheese will cool it down .
If your looking for something different head to Jones a comfort food with gourmet flare.
Also head down to the Italian market and take a quick stop at Federal Donuts to get yes world famous again .. beer battered donuts and fried chicken . It’s amazing I promise .
Philly is full of amazing restaurants and food joints you will be far from disappointed
• R2L ( a dining experience with a skyline view)
• Fork ( Asian American farm to table fusion )
• Vetri ( one of the nations top chefs and his signature restaurant)
The city of brotherly love is packed with nightlife . From clubs to casinos to traditional Irish pubs to dive bars . There’s just way to much to choose from and something for everyone.
Stop over at Drinkers Pub on 19th and chestnut for their famous happy hour of dollar beers and $3 dollar shots
Head down to Old City for Salsa Dancing at Cuba Libra or an authentic pint of the black stuff at Plough and the Star
don’t forget to wonder over to south st for a concert at the TLA and a drink at Fat Tuesdays for a 151 Barcardi Ouctain that will put you right on your ... well you get the picture .
Go to center city and hit up Monks Cafe that has a Belgium beer list that Belgiums would be proud of .
And this city isn’t short on home grown craft beers . Victory and Sly Fox to name a few .
• Frankford Hall ( a German beer hall serving authentic german brews with fire pits and ping pong)
• Bob and Barbara’s( you can get the city wide for $3 a shot of whiskey and a pounder of PBR )
These are just a few reasons why you should take the time and visit Philadelphia it’s an amazing city with so much going on . Give Philly a chance it deserves.
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