8 hours in Philly

Old Jun 10th, 2005, 08:53 AM
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8 hours in Philly

I will have one afternoon of sightseeing in Philadelphia later this month. What would you consider must see sights?(I will have a car).
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Old Jun 10th, 2005, 09:04 AM
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Park the car in the area of Independence Hall (unless you can park the car and use SEPTA).Begin with the new Constitution Center and wear comfortable shoes. Get your fill of the historic sites and then wander south on 9th Street. Walk South Street to Broad and back and then continue thru the Italian Market to Geno's for steak sandwich.If you are really industrious watch the original Rocky first.
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Old City; experience the past and enjoy some of today's best restaurants; include Independence Hall and Mall
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Agree with Independence Hall area. Go to the Independence Visitor Center first and get your free timed ticket for entry to Independence Hall (tickets are often gone by midday).

If you happen to visit on a Friday, you can spend your evening at Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is open until 8:45pm on Fridays.
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The Independence/Carpenter Hall area is a must of course, if you haven't seen it before.
Our favorite walk used to be starting at 2nd and Delancey, up Delancey until 5th, then up Pine Street until 9th, then up Clinton Street unitl 11th, then back up either Spruce or Pine until 17th, through Rittenhouse Square (between Walnut and Locust) and then wandering around Delancey between 19th and 22nd. That walk takes you past some of the most beautiful and historic homes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hospital, some little parks (plus the always interesting Rittenhouse Square), antique dealers on Pine Street, and cafes and shops. We lived in one of the greystones on the 2100 block of Spruce Street (close to Rittenhouse Square) and this was our usual week-end stroll. It will take you about an hour (more if it's hot and muggy) at a relaxed pace. The 2000 block of Delancey was featured in the movie The Sixth Sense.
FYI, one of the cheapest places to park your car is the large, multistory lot on 11th street between Lombard and South. If you're a good walker, it's simple to park it there and walk (but it's a good 20 minute walk over to Independence Hall--you can park closer but you'll pay more for it).
Be careful about taking a spot on the city streets. Unless you have a residency permit, most of those spots have a 2 hour limit.
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