I always forget how close Philadelphia is to NYC. Next to Washington, DC, there is no other city more patriotic and historical than Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I visited the first United States capital right before the DNC was to arrive in town and the city was full of red, white & blue.
BY BUS/SUBWAY/TROLLEY ($2.25 each token/ride)
Philadelphia is still on an older style token system but you can use the tokens on their buses, subway and trolleys. You can also use cash as well if you have exact change. In the subway go to the first turnstyle next to the booth and pay the attendant.
Driving: There is parking everywhere but be careful because it can be expensive and there are different time limits and restrictions on every street. Make sure you read the signs carefully. Some of the newer machines take credit cards that dispense slips of paper you can put in your windshield. Some still use quarters.
If you are coming into the city from farther outside there is a regional light rail train. It is more expensive than the bus but takes much less time.
If you are staying in the old town a lot of things are within walking distance. And as long as the weather is nice I would recommend walking as much as you can and getting a real feel of the city.
Credits cards: Accepted almost everywhere.
Old City: Spend the day wandering the streets. There are lots of cute boutique shops, restaurants and bars.
Society Hill: Admire the beautiful brownstones in Society Hill.
Spruce Street Park: Hammocks, food trucks and games on the water with a view of some old ships make it a perfect spot to relax.
City Hall: One of my favorite parts of town. The subway lets you out right into the center courtyard of city hall.
• Dilworth Park: Right outside City Hall, see the animated fountains in the summer or go ice skating in the winter.
• Take a photo with the LOVE sculpture
• Relax in Rittenhouse Square Park
• Shop the streets between City Hall and Rittenhouse Square
• Eat your way through Reading Terminal Market: Indoor market full of sweets, food and treats. Have your parking ticket validated for $4 parking in the garage across the street.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Visit the museum, run up the famous “Rocky” stairs and then walk through the park and gardens going north along the river.
• Watch the rowers along Boathouse Row
• Take a photo with the Rocky Statue
Philadelphia Zoo: A little bit farther outside the city but a great small zoo to visit if you have the time.
Shakespeare in Clark Park: If you are really into Shakespeare check out the Shakespeare in Clark Park productions held every summer.
*Donkeys! Right now because of the DNC’s visit to Philadelphia you can spot donkey’s one for each state commissioned to be painted by local artists.
*Camden sits just across the river from Philadelphia and is an easy train or ferry ride. Visit the aquarium or see a show at the BB&T Pavillion.