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Things to do, see in Philly?

Asked by 2davidc8 (4137 points ) February 6th, 2014

My niece will be graduating in May from a college near Philadelphia. Since we’ll already be going out there for her graduation, we’d like to take a few more days (5 to 7) and play tourist. What are some “must-sees” and “must-dos” around Philly?

I lived back east many, many years ago, and I remember Pennsylvania Dutch country, the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross house, Gettysburg, and that’s about it. What else do you recommend?

I’ve never actually had a real Philly cheesesteak, so I suppose that should be in our plans. :-)

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Smitha's avatar

Trip Advisor provides detailed information about places to see in Philly. Jim’s on South Street would be the best place for a cheesesteak and up the street is the very interesting Magic Gardens. Don’t miss the The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia, the Liberty Museum, the Penn museum of Archeology and the Anthropology/University City neighborhood .

LostInParadise's avatar

Some must sees:
1. Constitutional Center and Liberty Bell
2. Philadelphia Museum of Art and Barnes Art Museum
3. Gallery shopping center
4. Italian market
5. Shops and restaurants along South Street

Check out what is being shown at the Franklin Institute. Its exhibits are mostly geared toward children, but sometimes they have things for adults as well.

If you are willing to travel a little outside the city, you could visit New Hope, which is a kind of artist colony. Just outside of New Hope is the Bowman’s Hill wildflower preserve, which at first glance looks like an ordinary forested area, but is in fact a museum of the wildflowers in the local area. They have tours at 2:00.

marinelife's avatar

Definitely go for the cheesesteak, but not at Pat’s or Geno’s in South Philly. Reading Terminal Market is really nice. Lots of Mennonite and Amish farmers. Great restaurants.

Society Hill is a very old part of town that is really fun. Also has lots of great restaurants and bars.

In nearby King of Prussia is Valley Forge, well worth seeing. I second @LostinParadise’s list and add Betsy Ross’ House. Also the waterfront has been redeveloped and is now a tourist destination. Fairmont Park and the boathouses on the Schuylkill River. In Western Philadelphia on the University of Pennsylvania campus is the Penn Museum. Definitely, you’ll want to go to Amish country: Intercourse and Blue Ball are two of the quaint town names. Have a slice of Shoo Fly pie or a Whoopie Pie and eat family style at an Amish restaurant.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Crayola museum and factory in Easton

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Another vote for the Philly Museum of Art. It’s amazing. Also, not too far away is Longwood Gardens. If it’s May or June that should be awesome.

Kardamom's avatar

You definitely should try a Cheesesteak at at least one of these places.

Visit the Rodin Museum

See the Clothes Pin(Oldenburg) sculpture.

Visit the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Take a trip down the Delaware and Schuylkil Rivers Offering excursions along the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, Patriot Harbor Lines welcomes up to 35 guests on its reproduction of a classic 1920s commuter yacht.

Eat Your Way Across Town

The stairs that Rocky Balboa climbed and his Statue

Take an Historic Walking Tour

Find the best Views of the Philadelphia Skyline

Go to the Parks

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea

Go to the Zoo

Visit the Planetarium

The Benjamin Franklin Museum

Go back in time at Pennsbury Manor

marmoset's avatar

Definitely Magic Gardens!!

2davidc8's avatar

Hey, everyone, thank you for your suggestions! Haven’t been able to respond earlier ‘cause I’ve not been able to get into Fluther for several days!

What about Pennsylvania Dutch country? If we take a trip out there, is there anything else to see in that area? How much time should we allot to the Penn Dutch country?

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