Philadelphia highlights

May 29th, 2013, 08:10 AM
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Philadelphia highlights

Visiting Philadelphia for a month this summer...what are some suggested places to visit?
( I have been to the Franklin Institute, Independence Hall and Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross house, Constitution Center, Penn Museum, Zoo, and the Reading Terminal market).
I plan to finally visit the Art Museum and the Barnes foundation.......what else should I add to my list?
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May 29th, 2013, 08:43 AM
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Things I enjoyed you've not mentioned:

1. Sitting on a bench in Rittenhouse Square and reading a book.
2. The Italian Market
3. Taking the suburban train out to Manayunk and walking along the canal there.
4. Rodin Museum
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May 29th, 2013, 09:03 AM
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A month is a long time for Philly... assume you are visiting family or working or something? Since it will be the summer, you will probably enjoy a weekend at the beach. Head to Ocean City, NJ or somewhere else along the Jersey shore.
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May 29th, 2013, 09:12 AM
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* The Mütter Museum -

* A baseball game

* For jazz and great food - Warm Daddy's

* Longwood Gardens -

* Tour of City Hall -
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May 29th, 2013, 03:37 PM
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For some ideas, you could visit here:

The Magic Gardens on South Street are wonderful and eclectic. Also along the mosaic line, don't miss the Dream Garden Mosaic in the Curtis Building.

Philadelphia Center for Architecture (and/or the Preservation Alliance) has some wonderful walking tours.

Wandering the Italian Market and the Reading Terminal Market, getting truffle burrata from DiBruno brothers or a pork sandwich from Tony Nic's or...okay, the food possibilities are pretty much limitless.

Attend an organ concert in the Wanamaker building, now Macy's. There's a tour available here, too, of the great building. It combines nicely with the City Hall tour.

The National Museum of American Jewish History is new and beautifully organized. It's right on Independence Mall, so you could combine a visit here with a stop at nearby Carpenter's Hall and the Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank of the United States, and maybe the Todd House and the 18th century garden.

Elfreth's Alley (and the Fireman's Museum) and Christ Church, plus the Arch Street Meeting House and whatever will be opened of Franklin Court creates another colonial-era treat.

Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent is an interestingly eclectic collection arranged thematically telling quite a lot about the city and its character. It's a little overwhelming at first visit--it's a small museum, but lots of stuff--but take time to just wander and absorb.

Chinatown is small but lively; the grocery stores make for some interesting shopping.

I could go on in the city itself, but for a few day-trips out:

Doylestown, with Fonthill and the Mercer Museum, is accessible by public transportation:

Cape May, NJ, has a lovely Victorian feel.

Hershey, PA, has Hershey kiss streetlights, gardens, and a good museum.

The Brandywine Valley, including Longwood Gardens:

Okay, that's a beginning!
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May 29th, 2013, 03:52 PM
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Some places not yet mentioned that we have enjoyed
Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology
Poe national historic site
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May 29th, 2013, 07:04 PM
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The Mural Arts Program, begun as an anti-graffiti efffort, has produced over 3,600 murals in the city...and each one has a story.

>>The mural-making process gives neighborhood residents a voice to tell their individual and collective stories, a way to pass on culture and tradition, and a vehicle to develop and empower local leaders.

Mural Arts offers trolley, bike, and walking tours.
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May 30th, 2013, 12:51 AM
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Franklin Square, Lights of Liberty, Delaware Canal State Park, Independence Hall, Independence Visitor Center, National Constitution Center, Art for the Cash Poor,The Roots Picnic, Center City District Sips, Hidden City Festival, Bahdeebahdu, The Annual Center City House Tour are some beautiful and must see places
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May 30th, 2013, 12:52 AM
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mummers museum! One of a kind
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May 31st, 2013, 07:40 AM
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Thank-you for all of the tips!!!
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May 31st, 2013, 01:10 PM
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We have enjoyed using a book of walking tours called Philadelphia Inquirer's Walking Tours of Historic Philadelphia. It tells you about lesser-known things to see near the major attractions
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May 31st, 2013, 06:40 PM
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In the city:

Hiking the Wissahickon
Schyulkill River Trail
Boat to Bartram's Garden
Gardens and houses on the Main Line (Chanticleer, Harriton House, etc.)
Rosenbach Museum
Lunchtime free concerts at the Curtis Institute
Concerts on the lawn at the Mann
Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy shopping
Historic house tours (Cliveden, Fairmount Park Houses, etc.)
Farmers market at Head House Square
Laurel Hill Cemetary
Small streets and historic churches in Society Hill
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May 31st, 2013, 06:42 PM
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Before someone corrects me, I'll correct myself that one of the things I listed is not in the city.
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