Philly day-trip

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  1. falconati

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    If I were to only have one day in Philly, what should I absolutely be doing? I know I need to eat a real cheesesteak, but besides that - what should I be seeing/doing? I'm staying right downtown (Center City I think folks call it?), so don't let the location of anything dissuade you from suggesting it! I'm fine with driving places or walking - I just want to know what I should absolutely be experiencing. I know there's lots of history here, and I want to take advantage of that.

    Thanks for any suggestions to you have! I'm trying to put together a list and see how much I can cross off :)
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  2. ST-DocLizard1

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  3. docgonzo

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    If you like art, you really should go to the new exhibit for the Barnes:

    http://www.barnesfoundation.org/visit/philadelphia/

    Used to be housed in a private estate on the Main Line, and only a limited number of visitors were allowed each day. Now, it's in it's new location near the famous "Rocky" Art museum.

    Get tickets in advance. Enjoy.
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  5. ktmdirtybiker

    ktmdirtybiker Been here awhile

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    You didn't say when your were going to be here... The Franklin Institue has a Titanic show till the first week in april. In the first week of May a spy show will be opening. The spy show looks like fun:D.
    If you want to do some thing bike related Fast by Ferracci is in Willow Grove pa. About 30 mins. on public transport. I think there is a septa station only 2 blocks from his shop. Since you have a Duc, it is worth the trip. Really nice to me when I stopped in. Lots of cool bikes.
    Don't forget to try a soft pretzel:clap
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    wizze Wizze = Wise

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    Damn! beat me to it so +1
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    I went here a few weeks ago, pretty cool. I'd skip the Philly Cheesesteak and get some food that is actually good (I can say that because I live here, right?). Tons of good places to eat in philly, just need to decide what kind of food you like.
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  9. Sno Dawg

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    if you are in Center City - eat at Reading Terminal
    it has a fantastic selection of food :eek1

    I would suggest Dinics Roast Pork and Beef :evil
    http://www.tommydinics.com/

    get one with a slice of provolone and you will be in heaven - trust me :clap
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  10. racermx66

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    Go to Jon's Bar and Grille on South Street. It was where the greatest actor of TV and screen was born and raised, Larry Fine, of the Three Stooges. You can't miss the place because it hasa huge mural of Larry. Stopped in there over the summer for a Yuengling and ended up having quite a few beers. Plan on going back this summer.:freaky
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  11. falconati

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    Thanks for all the great suggestions, gang! :freaky
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    Most say you have to visit a Stephen Starr restaurant when in Philly.
    http://www.starr-restaurant.com/
    Parc being my favorite for food.
    The Continental Midtown for martinis and people watching.

    Cheese steaks-Forget Genos or Pat's, only tourists go there. Try Chink's for the real deal. Make sure you ask for cheeze-wiz.
    "Cheese steak wit" being the proper nomenclature... Closed on Sunday, FYI.
    www.chinksteaks.com

    Chickies and Petes is always voted the best sports bar in the country. Get your fill of true Philly sports fans. Try the Crab Fries!
    http://chickiesandpetes.com/

    The "Tree Streets" have many options. Chestnut and Walnut being the busiest for shopping.
    Walk down South Street for your fix of weirdness or if you need an extra piercing or tattoo...

    Eulogy and Monks for cool beer selection and funky atmosphere. I prefer Eulogy (Less pretentious). Both have great mussels and pommes frites.
    http://www.eulogybar.com/
    http://monkscafe.com/

    When in Philly, you have to go to the Rodin museum to take your picture in front of the original "Thinker" statue. Mondays are pay what you wish days. Near the Art Museum, Franklin Institute and Academy of Natural Sciences (think dinos).
    www.rodinmuseum.org

    I enjoy a stroll through University of Penn's campus. Think Ben Franklin. Independence Hall is cool.
    Elfreth's Alley gives cool perspective to how small things were back in the day.
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/26043245

    Most of what I listed is fairly close to the Convention center area. Most is laid back except for Parc and the Continental.

    If you start seeing flags for Temple University, RUN! You are now in the 'hood!
    DO NOT GO TO CAMDEN! EVER!
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  13. racermx66

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    I went to Dave And Buster's over the summer and had a good time. It's right next to the Ben Franklin Bridge. Has some nice views of the Delaware River and views of Camden at a safe distance! I dated a girl that was going to school in Philly and the views around University City are amazing. You will get whiplash.:evil Just make sure your wife/gf doesn't catch you looking!
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    Spoken like a true honky. White fear at it's best.:eek1
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    No fear, experience! I live close to Camden. I went to school in Camden (Rutgers). I do not want to go back to Camden. :eek1
    Ron
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