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Old 06-07-2010, 03:39 PM
 
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I will be in Philadelphia for one day in August. What are the "Not to Miss" things to see. I have never been there & am a history buff. Also, what places to eat do you recommend? Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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Start with the visitor center on 6th and Market. You should find lots of information on tours, tickets. and events there. Make sure you go there early and get a ticket for independence hall.
From there go north and hit up the Constitution Center on 6th and Archer. There is an show that cost $12, it's somewhat worth it.
Go west and hit up the Philadelphia Mint. There is a free self guided tour (lots of coins and a view of the working mint machines).
Go south back on Archer you can see the grave site of Ben Franklin on 5th and Archer from the streets. You can totally just see it from the streets for free.
Then go back down south on 5th and chestnut to see the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall.

This should be your absolutely minimum if you're crunched on time. You can also check out Betsy Ross's House and Franklin Court nearby. Penn's landing is just five blocks east of the Liberty Bell.

If you want to see more modern stuff. Start at 10th and Archer which is Chinatown. Go west on Archer and then south on 12th until you hit Reading Terminal Market. Make sure you get a soft pretzel here from Miller's on the Amish side (they're not open on weekends though ). There are lots of good food to try here. Avoid cheese steaks though, personally I think there are better ones around.
Keep on going till you get to Market Street. Go west on Market should bring you right next to City Hall and the Comcast Building.
Go across the street from the City Hall to see the famous Love Park. It's really just a small sign above a fountain, but tourists loves it.
From there take a bus/cab to Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the infamous Rocky statue.

Here are some foods you have to try while in Philly:
Some of my favorite from Reading Terminal Market alone:
Soft pretzel from Miller's Twists
A BBQ sandwich from the Rib Stand
Fried oysters from Pearl's Oyster Bar
Also obviously:
A whiz wit from Geno's and Pats. Also Tony Luke's and Jim's. (Provolone or American if you don't like Whiz)
Pizza from Lorenzo's on South Street
Crab fries from Chickie's & Pete's.

Basically historical stuff in olde town, food in south Philly, shopping in center city.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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Default check out events

Philadelphia - Official Visitor Site - visitphilly.com
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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Elfreth's Alley
Besty Ross's House
Ben Franklin's Grave
City Hall
Reading Terminal Market (lunch)
Italian Market (dinner)
Christ Church
Philadelphia Mint (if you've never been to a mint)
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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Elfreth's Alley
Besty Ross's House
Ben Franklin's Grave
City Hall
Reading Terminal Market (lunch)
Italian Market (dinner)
Christ Church
Philadelphia Mint (if you've never been to a mint)
No! If you're only there for a day then dinner should definitely be a time for the infamous Philly Taco:

1) Go to Jims and get a cheesesteak.
2) Go to Lorenzo's and get a slice of pizza
3) Wrap the cheesesteak with the the slice of pizza
4) Eat the monstrosity
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:24 PM
 
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there's a cheesesteak place that's just as good, if not better, near independence mall called sonny's (300 block). buy a ticket on the phlash
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:19 AM
 
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PhaninWA mentioned Archer St, it's actually Arch, no "er" on the end.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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Have lived here my entire life and couldn't have said it better than all they guys who have already answered you. Have a great time and follow their suggestions!
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:13 AM
 
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Thanks everyone! This really helps.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:19 AM
 
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there's a cheesesteak place that's just as good, if not better, near independence mall called sonny's (300 block). buy a ticket on the phlash
yes! sonny's at 3rd/market! used to love that place. back when i was an old city resident.
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