Things to do: Philadelphia, PA


I thought about calling this "Roaming in Philadelphia," but then I remembered that our blog is low on the SEO totem pole, so I'll spare you the creative and keep it easy and generic.

In an attempt to share our travels over the last couple of months, I had a lot of time on my hands the brillant idea to highlight the wonderful city of Philadelphia as the Rock 'N' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon is quickly approaching on September 15.

So, if you're traveling to the The City of Brotherly Love for this race or just for fun, here are a few ideas to toss around if you're wondering what to see or do during your trip (in no particular order):

1.  GO TO A PHILLIES GAME 

Okay, maybe this is the only "must see" that deserves the rightful position of numero uno. As you probably already know, we're huge baseball fans, so visiting Citizens Bank Park and marking off our 17th ballpark together was our first priority.

I had just started my 31-day vegetarian kick, but if you go to a game...cave in like Casey and get the delicious I-wanted-to-inhale-it-bathe-in-it-may-have-even-licked-the-broccoli-rabe-container-clean, roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe from Tony Luke's. 

If seafood is your thing, go for Chickie's and Pete's crab fries. 






For a pre-game brewski, head to McFadden's for a great outdoor patio and live music. Plus,  it's connected to the ballpark so it's easy entry once you're ready for game time.

2. LIBERTY BELL

Best part about the Liberty Bell? It's free.




Showing off the Liberty Bell (on my shirt) at the Liberty Bell.
I couldn't resist. Lame jokes commence. 

3. INDEPENDENCE HALL

We just admired Independence Hall from afar before we got in line to see the Liberty Bell, but if you'd like to go inside tickets are required. However, free walk-up tickets are available for pick up at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of your visit starting at 8:30 a.m. Visit Philly recommends arriving early as tickets are often gone by 1 p.m. during the busy season. 

You can cover a lot of ground in this area as there is a lot to see and do within a short walking distance: Independence Hall, Liberty Bell. First and Second banks of the United States, Independence Visitor Center, Washington Square Park (featuring the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier), the President's House, and the list goes on and on...


Independence Hall
The President's House
Admiring the cobblestone.
Can you imagine running on this every day?
Second Bank of the United States


4. NORTHERN LIBERTIES

We stumbled upon the Northern Liberties neighborhood on our quest to cross off another "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" spot, Standard Tap. Watch a video featuring their owner here, and head to this location to take a load off, throwback some of Philly's local brews, and be sure to head upstairs to call dibs on a table located on their relaxing (and shaded) outdoor patio. 

If this isn't your jam, walk around this neighborhood and you'll be sure to find an eclectic and fun spot to suit your vibe. 


The outdoor patio is nestled right behind that tree limb on the right side of this photo.


5. LOVE

Because it's just something you have to do. Nothing big, nothing special, just get the signature touristy (but you secretly love it so much) photo and be on your way.


I thought this was going to be a lot bigger?
My love. 

6. ROCKY 

Another "because you have to" stop and honestly, I was so jazzed after taking this photo and running the iconic steps that I was ready to run a marathon afterward if my knee would have allowed it. 

Stop here to kick your rear into gear, get some extra motivation, relive the pre-plastic surgery days of Sylvester Stallone and take home the best souvenir photo that doesn't cost you a dime. 


Chyeah.
Yo, Adrian! 

7. PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

After you get your fill of pumping up that booty on the stairs, just keep running to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 


Out of breath
Almost there!

8. READING TERMINAL MARKET

If we lived in Philadelphia, I'm pretty sure we would hit up Reading Terminal every single day to try something different. Head here to grab lunch, a smoothie, groceries OR if you're my cookie monster, Casey, feast on dessert at the Famous 4th Street Cookie Company. Nom! Nom! 


A chocolate dipped chocolate chip cookie--this is what dreams are made of.


9. BOATHOUSE ROW

So you've got your art fill and your Rocky fill, now strap on your running shoes for great views and more history at Boathouse Row. Once the adrenaline hits from running up the stairs one too many times, there is a great bike bath nearby that leads right to this charming area filled with 19th-century boathouses lining the Schuylkill River. Bonus: the breathtaking views of the city.


10. THE FRANKLIN FOUNTAIN

With an obsession for ice cream, I am sad to announce that I didn't make it to the best dessert shop in Philadelphia--The Franklin Fountain. Nightly, we saw a line of people out the door for this place and understandably so, they serve ginger ice cream waffle sandwiches people! Unfortunately, we never made it back and I'm so sad I never got to smash my face into one of their amazing, homemade creations. Therefore if you're traveling to Philly, stop by and take a picture of whatever you're eating and send it to me. Sigh. 

If Philly Cheesesteaks are more up your alley, there's always the great debate between Geno's and Pat's.


I KNOW THERE ARE MANY FANTASTIC NEIGHBORHOODS AND PLACES WE MISSED, WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR OUR NEXT TRIP? 

GENO'S OR PAT'S?

WHAT IS THE "GO-TO" ORDER AT THE FRANKLIN FOUNTAIN? 

TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE/DO/EAT IN PHILLY? GO!

Note: We were only in Philly for a couple of days. I am sure there are many more sites to see and things to do, this is just what we did during our short time. xo

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