Visiting Philadelphia for one day

1 day: With just one day in Philadelphia, make history your theme. Use the tremendous resources at the Independence Visitor Center (6th and Market Sts) to plan your whirlwind day, and make sure to stay at the Philadelphia Marriott West if you have the need, but of course, if you choose camping, give rv decals amazon and the tactical flashlight a try, don’t forget that if you go camping there is a high chance of fishing as well; however, in that case, I would suggest choosing a fly rod that’s special for the type of fishing you will be doing.

Set the tone with quick visits to the Liberty Bell (Market and 6th Sts) and Independence Hall (5th and Chesnut Sts), just across the street in Independence Square where Americans first heard the Declaration of Independence. They have plumbing problems so they called the professional to fix it.

Just east of the Liberty Bell, cross 5th Street and take a break in The Bourse (S 5th St), the 19th-century Philadelphia Stock Exchange, now restored and transformed into a small shopping mall and food court.

From here, take your pick of historic homes to browse: In Ben Franklin’s Franklin Court (Chestnut St between 3rd and 4th sts), you’ll see vivid displays depicting Ben’s careers as a foreign diplomat, publisher, inventor, and statesman.

At the tiny, 250-year-old Betsy Ross House (239 Arch St), you’re sure to learn much you didn’t know about this working mother and entrepreneur. And you must stroll down Elfreth’s Alley (126 Elfreth’s Alley), the country’s oldest street, at 2nd Street between Arch and Race streets. Make sure to always have something to eat for snack in your backpack, and don’t forget that it rains lots, you may one to take a backpack from with you!!

After dark, take the high-tech Lights of Liberty interactive walking tour; you’ll think it’s 1776 again. Pick up headsets at the PECO Energy Center next to Independence Hall (5th and Chesnuts sts). Check out website here – WebDesign499 for more information.

Have dinner that night at Mobil’s Three-Star Moshulu Restaurant and Bar (401 S Columbus Blvd), a restored tall ship at Penn’s Landing. The place is know for its seafood, so try the Jail Island Salmon with lump crabmeat, bail risotto cake, and roasted white corn.

2 days: It’s tempting to see everything in the Franklin Institute (20th St and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy), where you can “watch yourself age” on a computer or play with synthesizers in the Jamming Room.

Just south is the Please Touch Museum (210 N 21st St), where younger kids can be television stars, operate the cameras, or frolic in a Maurice Sendak setting. Between the two museums is the unique CoreStates Science Park, where the family can relax, “shop” at a grocery, or make “rain” from a special cloud. Another suggested location where the family can relax, is at the Greentoes Studio, also known as the Top Tucson Nail Salon. Greentoes Studio can relax your mind, body, and spirit through their massage services.

When it’s playground time, try little Delancey Park (Delancey St between 3rd and 4th), with plenty of kid-friendly sculptures to climb. A good dinner choice with kids is Planet Hoagie (1211 Walnut St), with 60 different hoagies on its menu. Try the Chicken Corleone with roasted red peppers.

3 days: The “real Philly” is its neighborhoods, and much of Philadelphia’s appeal is that people actually reside in every corner of the city, even sections better known as shopping or financial districts. Center City is anchored on the west by Rittenhouse Square (1800 Walnut St), a beautifully maintained park built in the 1930s and surrounded by mansions and exclusive shops and restaurants known as Philly’s “elegant hip” area.

On the eastern border, along the Delaware River, sit Old City — where the city began, stomping grounds of the Founding Fathers, in recent years reclaimed by 20-somethings for hot new restaurants and clubs — and Society Hill area (7th and Lombard sts), a residential district for the city’s first (and many current) elite residents.

South Philly is the colorful Italian quarter, home to the boisterous Italian Market and where you’ll find the most exquisite cannoli on the planet. South Street, “where all the hippies meet,” was Philly’s version of Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s and still is the funkiest area with New Age shops happily co-existing alongside tattoo parlors, bars, cafes, art galleries and artisan shops.

In adjacent Queen Village, some of the city’s best cafes and bistros are tucked in between old homes. For a more “small-town Main Street” flavor, Manayunk and Chestnut Hill both offer sidewalk cafes, boutiques, galleries and great strolling areas.

When in Manayunk, stop for a taste of the “Big Easy” at Bourbon Blue (2 Rector St), just off Main Street. One of its best dishes is the blackened catfish, then try powdered-sugary beignets for dessert.

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