The Best of Philadelphia Visitors guide

You can’t talk about South Jersey without including Historic Philadelphia.  The city of brotherly love is packed with so much to do it could take weeks to take it all in.  If you are here for a long weekend, here are my recommendations on the “must see” list:

 

  1. Independence historic park:  Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell , Ben Franklin Museum and the Independence Visitors Center  www.nps.gov

2.  Museum of the American Revolution (old city)  (don’t miss this!)  www.amrevmuseum.gov

3.  Constitution Center (old city)  www.constitutioncenter.org

4.  One Liberty Observation Deck, seeing a panoramic view of the whole city from 833 feet above the city $14.50 per person  1650 Market Street (center city)  www.phillyfromthetop.com

5.  Philadelphia museums: Art Museum  Natural Science Museum   Franklin Institute  (Center City/Fairmount Park District)  www.parkwaymuseumdistrictphiladelphia.com

6.  Philadelphia Water Works and Boathouse Row  www.fairmountwaterworks.org

7.  Fairmount Park and the historic park Charms houses including the Japanese tea house (Center City/fairmount Park District)   www.parkcharms.com

8.  Philadelphia Zoo  www.philadelphiazoo.org

9The Philadelphia Mint (old City)   www.usmint.gov

10.  Penns Landing:  Here you can explore the Independent Seaport Museum, climb aboard and tour the Cruiser Olympia, the submarine Becuna and the schooner Diligence.  Hop aboard the River Link Ferry to the Camden Waterfront where you can spend the day on the Battleship New Jersey and at the New Jersey State Aquarium.

Great dining spots  Reservations are a must at most spots a week in advance

Olde City  near historic attractions:

The Little Lion,  243 Chestnut Street   for Lunch across the street from the Museum of the American Revolution   www.thelittlelionphilly.com

Pasitano Coast,  212 Walnut Street   lunch dinner happy hour and al freso dining,  www.pasitanocoast.net

Moshulu,  Dine at Penns Landing with amazing views of the water aboard a tall ship  www.moshulu.com

City Tavern:  Period costumed waiters offering authentic Colonial Cusine and décor  www.citytavern.com

Center City:

Delfrisco’s Steak House  1426 Chestnut street   www.delfriscos.com

Butcher and Singer Steakhouse  1500 Walnut Street   www.butcherandsinger.com

Talulas Garden  (Farm to Table)  210 Washington Square, al fresco dining available   www.talulasgarden.com

El Vez, 121 South 13th Street, the best upscale mexican restaurant in the city www.elvezrestaurant.com

Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen,  110 South 13th Street  www.barbuzzon.com

 

Parc Brasserie at Rittenhouse Square, 22 S. 18th Street  A French cafe style bistro with al fresco dining and brunch  www.parc-restaurant.com

 

 

Getting Around and Getting There:

If you are coming from New Jersey, most spots are convenient to the Patco High Speed line,  there are numerous stations in New Jersey that you can hop on (Haddonfield, Woodcrest, Collingswood, Lindenwold,  Ashland) and many locations in Philadelphia starting at 8th and Market and going up to 16th and Locust in Philly.  www.ridepatco.org

You can also take the Riverlink Ferry from New Jersey’s Camden Waterfront, a fun, short water taxi ride right into Penns Landing where you can enjoy outside concerts and festivals at the Great Plaza, or Spruce Street Harbor Park,  eat at The Moshulu Tall ship or The Chart House and tour the Independence Seaport Museum.  You can also board the Spirit of Philadelphia for a lunch or Dinner Cruise from here.  You can also take the 8 minute cruise by itself, back and forth and enjoy the sites from the water.

 

Once you get to Philadelphia you can take a Tour by Double Decker bus from the Independence Visitors Center or by the Big Red Pedal Bike Tours from South 5th and Ranstead Street