Philadelphia Journals

Philadelphia, PA and environs

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A travel journal to Philadelphia by EPearl

Quote: There are many points of interest in and around Philadelphia, PA, to interest young and old alike. You don't have to leave the city, if you don't have a car, but it does expand your horizons. Come visit the city of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia, PA and environs

Overview

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The first visit to the city has to be to the most historically significant area - the Liberty Bell, the home of Benjamin Franklin, the house where Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag, and Independence Hall. Quick Tips: The city has recently added a transportation system especially for tourists. It allows you to get around the city, and get off at various points of interest, and get back on and continue along your way. You may also be able to negotiate with a taxi-cab driver to take you around the city to the various points of interest. Best Way To Get Around: Walking may still be the best way to get around in some parts of the city, especially when you are in the downtown sh...Read More

Moshulu Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant | "The Moshulu"

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This is a different type of dining experience. The riverboat is permanently anchored at Penn's Landing and you can enjoy the river atmosphere. During the evening there is music and dancing. If you don't make reservations for dinner, you probably won't get a seat in this restaurant. Lunch may be more open and not as formal. For a different type of atmosphere, give it a try!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

Moshulu Restaurant & Bar
411 S Chris Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
(215) 923-2500

Le Bec-Fin

Restaurant | "Le Bec -Fin"

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Based on the recommendations of friends, this is one of a number 4 star restaurants in our area (it was recently downgraded from 5 star). It has been in business since 1970. Georges Perrier - chef. If you love French cuisine, it is not to be missed. Dinner is served Mon.-Thurs., with seatings at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, the second seating is 9:30 p.m. The fixed price is $120.00. Classical guitar is featured on Friday and Saturday nights. There is a separate smoking area. Lunch is less expensive, with seatings at ll:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. Lunch will run about $38.00. For special occasions, this might be a consideration, or if you are a lover of fine French ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

Le Bec-Fin
1523 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
+1 215 567 1000

Spirit City Cruises--Philadelphia

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Restaurant | "Spirit of Philadelphia"

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For another unique dining experience, try floating on over to the Spirit of Philadelphia. Docked at Penn's Landing, it is available for many different types of cruises, which include lunch or dinner, or even moonlight cruises, starting at midnight. Prices for the cruise, meal, and entertainment depend on the actual preference (lunch or dinner), as well as type of entertainment offered. There is dancing on board, as well as a live musical revue show. It is a great family outing, or it is also a very romantic setting for a date. Lunch cruises start at $27.00 during the winter months, ranging up to $35.00 during the summer months. Dinner cruises start at $42.00 (summer $66.00). They also vary a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2002

Spirit City Cruises--Philadelphia
Penn's Landing / Columbus Boulevard and Lombard Circle
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(215) 923-4354

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

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Attraction | "The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts"

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For the opening season of this beautiful Center, well known performers such as James Galway, Andre Watts, the Mark Morris and Alvin Ailey dance companies, and many others have made their Kimmel Center debuts. This is the new home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Upcoming performers include The Vienna Philharmonic, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Cecilia Bartoli, and Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, to name a few. The Kimmel Center houses the 2,500-seat Verizon Hall and the 650-seat Perelman Theater. Additional features include the Merck Arts Education Center, the beautiful Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden, and spaces to accommodate art events and exhibits -- all enclosed in the grand indoor Commonwealth Plaza un...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2002

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
1420 Locust Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(215) 893-1999

Atlantic City Casinos

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Attraction | "Atlantic City, NJ"

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If casino action is your cup of tea, check out the local bus companies, such as Starr Bus Company, for their day trips to Atlantic City, NJ. They usually include a coupon for lunch and starter money (for the slots or whatever). Your hotel may have more information on this also. These tours are especially popular, locally, with the senior circuit.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2002

Atlantic City Casinos
Atlantic City, Nj
Atlantic City, New Jersey
(888) 228-4748

New Hope, PA

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It is definitely a people-watching town. Come to see or be seen, as well as shop in the many quaint stores in town. New Hope is farther north in Bucks County. It probably would take about an hour from Philadelphia. Get a good local map of Bucks County to help you get around the area. Parking lots are available, but may be hard to locate for the out-of-towner. Try the side streets. I believe there is a lot before you enter town, although you would have a bit of a walk to the bridge crossing over to Lambertville. You could spend as much time and money as you wanted here. Lots to see and do. This town used to be an artist's mecca. Nice way to spend a day in the country.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 15, 2002

Longwood Gardens

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Attraction

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This is another beautiful place in the Philadelphia area that you don't want to miss, if at all possible. There are over 1,000 acres of beautifully manicured lawns and gardens, inside and out, to roam and enjoy. There are fountains, fireworks, and concerts available on given dates (call for details 610-388-1000). The display varies depending on the season of the year, but it is always a delight. There is a restaurant on the premises, so you can come and spend the day, or just a few hours if it gets to be too much walking. (Wheelchairs are available if needed). The usual hours are 9-5, but as I mentioned, there are evening concerts and fireworks displays for special occasions. During the Christm...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348-0501
(610) 388-1000

New Jersey State Aquarium

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Attraction | "Camden Aquarium"

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A very short ferry ride from Philadelphia will take you across the river to the Camden Aquarium. Two pleasures in one. If you need to drive into the city, park by Penn's Landing. The ferry is not far from there. The aquarium is not as grandiose as Baltimore, but it is certainly to be visited if you are in the Philadelphia area.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

New Jersey State Aquarium
1 Aquarium Drive
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 08103
(856) 365-3300

Sesame Place

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Sesame Place keeps expanding its facilities. They have more shows now than ever before. The restaurants/eateries in the park are fairly pricey. If you should choose to eat outside of the park, such as picnicking at your car or visiting the other local fast food establishments, you can get your hand stamped for re-entry (Taco Bell, Pizzeria Uno, Chili's, Boston Market, Burger King). Some of the water rides can be a little scary for the younger tots. There are lifeguards. Crowds can be overwhelming at peak season. Early morning arrival or maybe late day are other possibilities. There are computer games and rope climbing, as well as fountains and wading pools. A roller coaster for the younger se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd
Langhorne, Pennsylvania 19047
(215) 752-7070

Philadelphia Zoo

Attraction

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The Philadelphia Zoo was America's first zoo. It opened in 1874.It is a fairly large facility, with a good offering of animals. There has been continuing reconstruction done in recent years to house the animals in a more natural environment. Much work has been done after the fire a few years ago. The Primate Reserve opened in 1999. It is in a nicely shaded area and usually keeps the hottest days tolerable. A treat for kids of all ages!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(215) 243-1100

Veterans Stadium

Attraction | "Veteran's Stadium"

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As mentioned previously, for the sports fanatic in all of us, this is the place to be. Even if you are not a Philly Phanatic, it's a relaxing time for one and all. Prices vary depending on the actual seating location. A large entertainment complex is nearby, so parking could be problematic if another concert is under way. Fans in Philadelphia are very loyal and vocal, so be ready for the "boo birds". The sale of alcohol is curtailed in the later innings to prevent fights and/or outbreaks in the crowds. (These problems are more common in the upper levels.)

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Veterans Stadium
3501 South Broad St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148
+1 215 463 2500

Franklin Institute Science Museum

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Attraction | "Franklin Institute and Science Museum"

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There are many prices for entrance to the museum, depending on how much and how deep you want to get into it. The Tuttleman IMAX Theater costs an additional $8.00 (IMAX only; $16 combo, adults and $13.00 children), children and adults. The shows change regularly. The museum believes in a hands-on approach to science and technology. There are 4 floors of exhibits in the Science Center. The Mandell Center also offers two floors of innovative science exhibits. And if that's not enough for you, the Fels Planetarium has just undergone an extensive renovation and is now open. In addition, there are free science demonstrations throughout the museum. For your shopping pleasure, there is a huge science...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2002

Franklin Institute Science Museum
20th St and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
215/448-1200

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For those of you who love to shop until you drop, there are many malls in the area. The Franklin Mills Mall is outside of the city, closer to Bensalem, PA. There are many stores of all types and two large foodcourts. There is also a cinema complex and various restaurants around the outside of the mall complex. The mall is said to be a mile in length. Start saving your money if shopping is part of the fun of your vacation; also, wear comfortable shoes. In the early part of the day there are mall walkers. I love the fudge shop, where they perform a "show" for you while they are making the fudge, and then give out free samples. There are over 200 stores.
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To really get the sights and smells of this wonderful city, you have to pay a visit to the Reading Terminal Market. It used to be the old Reading Railroad Station. There are many food vendors, selling all kinds of cuisine, to go or to eat in. At present, there are 86 vendors. It includes everything from Pennsylvania Dutch food, to gourmet candy, fresh seafood, to Philly cheese steaks and sausage with peppers and onions, to luscious pastry. So you can imagine the smells wafting through the air! It has to be one of your stops for lunch, at least. Fresh produce is also for sale, as well as fresh flowers. There are also gift items, such as handmade pottery and jewelry. There is something for ever...Read More

South Street

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For shopping, browsing, or just hanging out "where the hippies meet", South Street has been famous, or infamous for many years. It is a great place for the party crowd in the evening. Penn's Landing is within easy walking distance. Be careful where you park. Police department is very vigilant about ticketing cars not parked in the proper location. There are a number of metered spaces, if you are lucky enough to get one, but it may take some time to find a spot. Walking is the only way to truly experience this interesting area. There are lots of restaurants when you get tired and hungry. Bring your wallet loaded with cash or a credit card if you plan to do any shopping or spend any time here. Be...Read More
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If you want to see a piece of military history, swim on over to Camden and see the battleship U.S.S. New Jersey. It has served in World War II, The Korean Conflict, and the VietNam War. It was decommissioned in 1991, but had been docked in Washington State. Now it has come home, just a short distance from the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where it was originally launched in 1942. There are a number of interesting sights in Camden. This will add to your pleasure.