Best and fun attractions in Philadelphia, DC and Pittsburgh
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Philadelphia skyline (Source: Tony Finan)
Philadelphia is a heady mix of the mundane and the off-beat - you have the regular museums by the side of eclectic architectural structures, amazing shopping streets as well as fabulous eating joints!
Let me help you out by suggesting the must do's while here - a couple of regular attractions, something off-beat, a perfect shopping experience, and a must-eat location. Read on to know more!
200 North 6th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19102,
Phone: +1 215-629-4026
The Franklin Square is a must-watch and a regular attraction on the itinerary of most tourists to Philadelphia.
Franklin Square (Source: One)
An outdoor amusement oasis featuring the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, the Philly Mini Golf course, as well as a burger joint, a storytelling bench, a picnic area and more - the Franklin Square is the perfect place to spend an entire day!
Here's what a recent traveler had to say about the Franklin Square:
Visited Franklin Square last week and everyone (my husband, two kids and their cousin) had so much fun. We had a yummy lunch at SquareBurger and then the kids played mini-golf and rode on the carousel. We took lots of pictures and spent some time looking at the "commemorative" bricks. Will definitely come back the next time we're in Philly.
(Source: Franklin Square)
520 Chestnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States
Phone: +1 215-965-2305
Philadelphia - Independence Hall (Source: Roger Wollstadt)
The Independence Hall is a famed spot that you should visit - you cannot miss the Independence Hall for its historical connections, considering that this was the location where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted.
A review I read online recommends a visit to Independence Hall as well as the tour that is organized here:
Very interesting and informative tour. The Park employees did a great job of re-telling the history of the building and the historic events that unfolded there.
(Source: Independence Hall)
Bolt of Lightning
N. 6th Street and Race Street Monument Park
Opposite Franklin Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106
This is one of the must-see locations in Philadelphia, since it is a structure that is dedicated to Benjamin Franklin and his experiments with a kite to show how electricity works!
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Designed by Isamu Noguchi, this 101 feet steel structure depicts a bolt of lighting, a kite, and a key at the base. There are plaques within the park offer statistical information about the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and about the Noguchi kite.
JFK Plaza ( unofficially known as Love Park )
1500 Arch Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19102, United States
Phone: +1 215-636-1666
Nicknamed Love Park for Robert Indiana's Love sculpture which overlooks the plaza, JFK Plaza is a famous spot where people chill by the fountain and many consider the most romantic place ever!
Philadelphia (Source: Philadelphia)
Here's a detailed review by someone who loves the Love Park:
Love Park is a great place to take a break for both locals and tourists. Local employees may leave city hall or any of the other businesses in Center City to take a Power Walk down "The Parkway" past flags - of nations with varying degrees of power - and with a view of the majestic Philadelphia Museum of Art. Others may take a quick lunch or power nap in the sun during their midday break. Visitors to this City of Brother Love - especially couples - snap photographs in front of the Love Sculpture - a powerful image most recognized from the U.S. Postal stamps that have adorned many love letters and wedding invitations. The power of community is also often reflected in the centerpiece of this park, a large fountain with water that may be colored pink for Breast Cancer Awareness or green in support of the NFL football team,Philadelphia Eagles. But more recently, Love Park has become powerful in a technolgical sense - free Wifi is available in this city location! This power of Love Park is a first step toward making Philadelphia - the first city capital and home of the first US Mint - to be the first city with free wireless access for all.
(Source: Yahoo! Travel)
South Street runs between 2nd and 4th Street between Front and 10th Street.
South Street Philadelphia (Source: South Street Philadelphia)
South Street is the best shopping district in all of Philadelphia, what with everything you want assembled in one location! A bohemian atmosphere permeates South Street and you get a mix of shops, bars, and eateries!
Here's a review that left me dying to go there!
"If you are looking for a different shopping experience then don't miss South Street!! You can find just about anything on this street. Food, funky stores, great buys... you name it you can find it here. Not for the traditional shopper. You will enjoy it if you have a knack for the unusual"
937 East Passyunk Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19147,
Phone: +1 215-389-6694
The Royal Tavern is a definite must eat while in Philadelphia, especially after a whole tiring day of sightseeing - considering it stays open it 1 am!!!!!! A “Best of Philly” winner, the menu offers innovative pub fare that includes vegan entrees and The Food Network's pick for Best Burger!
Royal Tavern (Source: David Trawin)
Here are a couple of lip-smacking reviews I found online:
At first glance, this place just looks like another hole-in-the-wall bar. But looks really can be deceiving...I tasted other friends' dishes and was very impressed by all of them. The caesar salad was great (loved the red peppers and polenta croutons!). My gnocchi was definitely the best gnocchi I've ever had - the mushroom/pine nut sauce was fabulous! Frankie's chicken sandwich was also very good - slow roasted curry chicken in a warm, soft wrap. Service is also great - despite the crowds, we were seated quickly and our waiter was super friendly/positive/informative. Five stars - we will be back!
They always have fabulous microbrews on draft and their menu features bar classics (really good burgers and fries) vegan options (a crave-able tempeh club sandwich) and specials that are often based on farm-fresh ingredients the restaurant gets through Philadelphia's Farm to City program. (I'm still thinking about a roasted asparagus and fried egg special I had at the Royal two years ago.) But of all the things it has going for it, one of the best is that the kitchen remains open - cooking up the full menu - until 1 a.m.!
(Source: Serious Eats)
I hope I have been able to quell your query and help you decide your stops while in Philadelphia. If there's anything else you'd like to know about your trip to Philadelphia, such as where to lodge or the best night-spots, do get in touch and we'd be glad to assist you.
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