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Old 07-03-2011, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Sydney
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If I get time during my stay, I'd like to do a day trip from Manhattan to either Philadelphia or the Jersey Shore. I'll be there in August. What do you think? Any other suggestions?

My biggest concern is the travel time and ease of transport.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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What are you looking to do? The shore and Philly are such different animals.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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If I get time during my stay, I'd like to do a day trip from Manhattan to either Philadelphia or the Jersey Shore. I'll be there in August. What do you think? Any other suggestions?

My biggest concern is the travel time and ease of transport.
You can take Amtrak to Philly, but that might be expensive. The cheaper option (NJT Northeast Corridor Line to the SEPTA Trenton Line) might take longer.

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/R0070.pdf (Northeast Corridor Line)
http://septa.org/schedules/rail/pdf/tre.pdf (SEPTA Trenton Line)

The Jersey Shore is along the NJT North Jersey Coast Line (http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/R0080.pdf)
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Philadelphia is very interesting with historical sites(Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, etc.,) a nice zoo, and a world class Art Museum. The SHORE is very relaxing, unless Atlantic City gambling is your thing????


Both are readily accessible by train or bus but both are much more pleasant with a rental car.
Philly in August is going to be BROILING...so most Philadelphians are at the Jersey Shore!
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Old 07-04-2011, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Sydney
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What are you looking to do? The shore and Philly are such different animals.

I'd like to do both of these options except for time constraints so it will probably come down to which of these is more convenient and quicker to get to.
Any other suggestions would be welcome.
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Go to the Shore. Much better place than Philly.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:26 AM
 
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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I'm a museum/learning type of traveler, so I would usually pick Philly. But if I only had a day, I would probably go to Fire Island. I know it isn't one of your options, but dealing with the Shore crowds for a day without a room to relax in would drive me crazy.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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A day trip to Fire Island without a room to rest in can be brutal also. Without an overnight all three of the trips don't really seem worth all the trouble. Any of these trips is going to involve 6 hours of travelling. WITH an overnight stay any of them will be a good choice.

For just a day, I think I'd stay in Town and do something extra here...go to Coney Island or spend a day at the Metropolitan Museum and have a nice meal.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Historic Downtown Jersey City
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Both Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore are great places. Definitely depends on what you want to do, as both places are completely different. If you choose the shore, you might enjoy one of the more laid back beach towns. I would suggest Ocean Grove, as it's not too far from the city and it's really an interesting place, artsy and a bit quirky, with beautiful old Victorian houses.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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Jersey Shore I would recommend renting a car. There are some nice towns to drive around and explore. Philadelphia you can easily go by bus or train. I love spending an occasional weekend there. These are two very different places, as other posters have pointed out.
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