What do you do if you have just a day to spend in the beautiful historic city of Philadelphia? Follow my ideas below on how to see the city in a day, going from the old city to the new.
Getting into the city
There are several ways to get into the city which include bus, car, SEPTA trains from within Pennsylvania or the PATCO from New Jersey. I took the PATCO into the city and got off at the first stop after crossing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. On one side you will see the highway of roads into Pennsylvania. On the other you see more of the magnificant Battleship and the Delaware river.
The first stop in Philadelphia is 8th Market Street station where I got off and took a short walk to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. This is known as Historic Philadelphia or the Old City. Take some time in the Liberty Bell museum reading through the history of the Bell. After you walk out after seeing the Bell and taking the obligatory picture, walk to the Independence Hall, located just behind. Hopefully you will be able to catch a tour and learn about more of US history and where the US Constitution was signed.
Elfreth Alley and Betsy Ross House
A few blocks away you will find the oldest street in America, the beautiful cobble street, Elfreth Alley. Take a stroll down this pretty street enjoying the prettiness in the form of colored home doors and flowers everywhere.
Continue to stroll through the area enjoying the little antique shops, and little restaurants before you get to the Betsy Ross House. This is where the US flag was designed and painted. Take a quick tour of this museum, it’s great for those history buffs.
The Reading Terminal and the City Hall
Moving towards city center, am sure hunger pangs have set in. Why not go to the Reading Terminal where you can not only find any type, flavor, cultural tasty food but also the most delectable dessert and chocolates. Take a walk, in this always full and chaotic place with food from all walks of life.
If time permits, feel free to catch a Philadelphia Broadway show on Broad street at the Kimmel Center or Academy of Music. Don’t forget to make a quick stop at the Macy’s to see the largest fully functioning Wanamaker organ in the World!
Continue on to the City Hall, where you can enjoy the beautiful architecture in the building. In summer, they have the Dilworth park, where you can enjoy and run through the little water sprinklers or fountains they have, as well as sit at one of the pop up Ice cream places.
Continue walking to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway till you get to Logan Square. You can stop here for a few pictures and to cool down near the fountains. Right across from Logan Square are the Franklin Institute and the Academy of Natural Sciences, both are great museums for children. I, too have had a good time at these museums, but that is for another blog.
Continue walking down the Parkway under the tree lined streets towards the Art Museum, on the way you can stop to see more Art and Statues at the Rodin and Barnes Museum.
Philadelphia Art Museum and the OH so famous Rocky statue!
Cross the Parkway and you will reach the Art Museum, but first stop to see the Washington Monument. From here you will be able to see the Famous Steps to the Museum (steps Rocky ran up, from the movie!). As most people do, you too, can run up the steps after taking your picture with the Rocky Statue. If time permits and if any exhibits interest you, do take a tour of the Museum.
This concludes my day tour of the beautiful city of Philadelphia. I hope you too will have just as much fun by following this itinerary, or give you ideas of stops you may want to make.
Please leave comments in the comments section below, if you have more ideas, questions or additional stops you have made during your trip to Philadelphia.
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