Spending A Weekend in Philadelphia

I have been to Philly a few times prior, but due to different circumstances I was never able to really explore the city. Due to my lack of exploring I really wanted to head back and seize that opportunity. For my birthday weekend I finally got to do just that. Taking a 2 hour road trip from New York I made spending a weekend in Philadelphia happen.

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After settling in and getting some rest it was time to hit the streets. Only one slight problem, it decided to snow and rain, in April on my birthday. Other than that I had a great time. The city area of Philly reminds me of New York a bit because it was pretty walkable. Parking is pretty expensive as well. The couple of places we did park at cost between $20-$36 for only a couple of hours at some places to all day in and out parking at others.

Standing in front the Love Sign ©2016 HollyDayz
Standing in front the Love Sign ©2016 HollyDayz
Beautiful Architecture ©2016 HollyDayz
Beautiful Architecture ©2016 HollyDayz

The first thing we did after having a nice breakfast inside the hotel is walk around towards the LOVE sign, which was smaller than I thought for some reason. Also saw some beautiful architecture, statues, and an area where there were different types of oversized game pieces.

Benjamin Franklin ©2016 HollyDayz
Benjamin Franklin ©2016 HollyDayz
Cool game pieces ©2016 HollyDayz
Cool game pieces ©2016 HollyDayz

Eventually we had to head back to the hotel. My shoes and socks were pretty wet. So after changing that we headed back out. We drove over to The Liberty Bell and found parking on the street nearby. The line was a little long, but moved quickly and it was free to enter. While standing out there, there was much to read about African-American history that was so intriguing and insightful.

Liberty Bell ©2016 HollyDayz
Liberty Bell ©2016 HollyDayz

After going through security we began to walk around. Inside there was a lot of historical things to see. There was even more African-American history and more. There is much to learn and I would highly recommend going. The last thing to see is of course, The Liberty Bell. It is the real bell, because I asked. It looks much smaller than anticipated.

Tomb of the Unknown Solider of the American Revolution ©2016 HollyDayz
Tomb of the Unknown Solider of the American Revolution ©2016 HollyDayz

While headed back to the car we stumbled upon the Tomb of the Unknown Solider of the American Revolution. It was really nice and even with the crappy weather, the fire was still burning bright. It was time to head back towards the hotel which was right next to the Reading Terminal. The Reading Terminal is an indoor farmer’s market with all kind of amazing things inside. You can buy fresh meat, fresh fish, all types of cooked food, flowers, and so much more.

Some of the food from Tootsies ©2016 HollyDayz
Some of the food from Tootsies ©2016 HollyDayz

After roaming around a bunch I decided to get some soul food from Tootsies. There is also a sit down restaurant in Philly. I went some years ago and I enjoyed it. The food was still great! There was also a donut place with an extremely long line. I wanted to get some, but I had no interest in waiting on that line as hungry as I was. After eating and relaxing a bit we got dressed and headed to a sports bar to watch the Bradley v Pacquaio fight. That was a lot of fun, but I was exhausted.

Philly Cheesesteaks ©2016 HollyDayz
Philly Cheesesteaks ©2016 HollyDayz

The next day we headed to get a Philly Cheesesteak from Jim’s Steaks, which was recommended to us by many locals. I loved the atmosphere of the place and noticed that many celebrities have been and frequented this place. I realized why, the food was really good and filling. The two floored restaurant allowed for people watching while enjoying my food.

Rocky Statue ©2016 HollyDayz
Rocky Statue ©2016 HollyDayz

Next stop the Rocky Statue and Stairs. It is located right before the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There was a line to take a picture and some guys who stand there and will take the picture for you. Don’t get caught slipping them a couple of dollars to do so, they could go to jail. One guy got hauled off when someone told the cops. Afterwards I made a failed attempt of running up the steps because I was tired, but the view from the top was beautiful.

AMOR sign in front of the museum ©2016 HollyDayz
AMOR sign in front of the museum ©2016 HollyDayz

At the top was also an AMOR sign. One of the guards allowed us to walk around the Museum while we were there. The staff was very nice and extremely knowledgeable. One staff member walked around explaining so many different things to us about armor, swords, and more. You could hear how passionate he was.

There is so much more to see, do, and experience in Philadelphia. I look forward to going back as I had such a great time exploring and learning so many new things. There are also some food places I would like to try. I will be back soon Philly!

Have you ever been to Philadelphia? What did you do while you were there?

47 thoughts on “Spending A Weekend in Philadelphia

  • July 9, 2016 at 9:19 am
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    I haven’t been to Philadelphia in many years. While there, I also didn’t really get to explore. It looks like it’s a lot of fun!

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    • July 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm
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      It was fun. Plenty to see and do.

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    • July 10, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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      I was excited to find them.

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  • July 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm
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    Never been to Philly but I bet you and everyone’s gonna tell me it’s not a Philly Cheesestake unless it’s from Philly 🙂 I love Philly Cheesestake sandwiches and it’s probably enough for me to go and visit. That and I’m a Rocak Balboa fan 🙂

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    • July 10, 2016 at 9:34 pm
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      Yea, it is true. That is where you get the most authentic one. The Philly Cheesesteaks are delicious so you have to go so you can get one.

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  • July 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm
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    I love taking photos by all those “love” and “amor” signs – even if it can be touristy. I’ve seen a could things on Philly lately and now I’m itching to go!

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    • July 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm
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      It was fun. Philly is great I would like to go back soon.

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  • July 9, 2016 at 11:15 pm
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    I grew up near Philly so this city is close to my heart. I find something new every time I go back!

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    • July 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm
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      I am sure since there is so much to see and do.

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  • July 10, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    Philly is one of those places in the states i’m really looking forward to visiting one day

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    • July 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm
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      It is a great city with a lot to offer.

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  • July 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm
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    I have never been to Philly, but I have heard so much about the place. Of course if you are there you must have a Philly Cheesesteak , You are correct, somehow the love sign looks smaller.

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    • July 10, 2016 at 9:40 pm
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      The Philly Cheesesteak was delicious. OK see it isn’t just me then, good to know.

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  • July 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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    My kids had never heard of Rocky before we went to Philadelphia! So of course, they got a lesson in classics of film history and I sang the song while they ran up the stairs. Complete with the jump punching the air on the top step :-)) I videoed the whole thing and I’m embarrassed to say that you could hear my panting by the time we reached the top step (which the kids thought was hysterical).

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    • July 10, 2016 at 9:41 pm
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      I am not too surprised, just shows we are all getting older haha. You did better than me I was like forget this running lol

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  • July 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm
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    Thanks for the tour of Philly – I haven’t been, but it’s so close to New York that I think I should make a trip happen the next time I fly into the States 🙂

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    • July 10, 2016 at 9:41 pm
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      You should make a trip. You will enjoy it. The city has a lot to offer.

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  • July 10, 2016 at 9:41 pm
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    I spent a weekend in Philly a few years ago and I really loved it. There is so much history there! I think my favorite part was just walking around and taking it all in. And the cheese steaks!

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    • July 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm
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      It is a great city with a lot of history and character. There is a lot to take in. I am glad you had a great time there.

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  • July 10, 2016 at 10:41 pm
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    Philly is such an amazing city filled with so much history. I love how you can see the Liberty Bell for free! Thanks for all the great ideas on places to eat. Do you remember the name of the donut shop? We always try to go to one when we visit a city.

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    • July 20, 2016 at 10:58 pm
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      It really is! Me too. No problem, there are tons of great food to eat there. I don’t recall the name, but it is inside the Reading Terminal and pretty hard to miss with the longest line ever!

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    • July 20, 2016 at 10:58 pm
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      It is a great city. Hopefully you stop there next time you get the opportunity and really explore a bit.

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  • July 11, 2016 at 8:27 am
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    I’ve only been to philly traveling for work and never got the chance to explore the city so I will put philly on my list

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    • July 20, 2016 at 10:59 pm
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      The first few times I had been there I never got to explore so I understand. When I got to this time I really enjoyed it.

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  • July 11, 2016 at 1:25 pm
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    We love Philly! We try to make that a quick getaway every year. Very walkable city.

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    • July 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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      Yes it is! Great city to explore, glad you make it an annual trip.

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  • July 11, 2016 at 6:02 pm
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    Fun! I had a chance to visit Philly a few years ago but didn’t go. Your pics make me wish I had changed my mind.

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    • July 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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      I hope if you get the chance again you go. Great city.

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  • July 11, 2016 at 8:40 pm
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    Philly is one of my favorite cities, so happy you enjoyed your time there! I haven’t seen the Liberty Bell live, so it was nice to hear your account and see the photo of what its like inside. Those lines are so intimidating!

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    • July 20, 2016 at 11:03 pm
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      I really did, I look forward to going back soon! The lines can be intimidating, but it moved pretty quickly and we were inside in no time.

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  • July 12, 2016 at 8:01 pm
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    I visited Philly years ago for an All Star Game, but I never really had the chance to explore the city. I’d love to go back someday soon, especially to explore its black history.

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    • July 20, 2016 at 11:03 pm
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      If you get the opportunity go back and explore. Much to see and learn.

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  • July 12, 2016 at 10:35 pm
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    Looks like you had an amazing time in Philly! That Philly cheesestick looks delicious. I haven’t been in Philly since 2006 for a sorority conference.

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    • July 20, 2016 at 11:04 pm
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      It was delicious. If I wasn’t content and filled I would have gotten another.

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  • July 13, 2016 at 12:19 am
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    I went to philly years ago, but I was only passing through and didn’t get to see much, but it is on my hit list. It looks like your trip was awesome

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    • July 20, 2016 at 11:04 pm
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      Hopefully you can stop next time and see some of the great city. I enjoyed my time there.

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  • July 13, 2016 at 9:27 am
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    The town of brotherly love. You know I will be honest the only reason why before I would consider going to Philly is for a cheesesteak (I know cliche) and to stand under the LOVE/AMOR sign. Your post was a good recap maybe I will look more into future travels.

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    • July 20, 2016 at 11:29 pm
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      There is so much more in Philly besides that and you should visit and see for yourself! Great city with lots to see, do, and learn.

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  • July 14, 2016 at 2:36 am
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    I was privileged to read your post. and I left a comment. so great to meet you. I’m “following” you. I hope you have a great weekend.

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    • July 20, 2016 at 11:29 pm
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      Thank you, you as well.

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  • July 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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    I always have a good time in Philly! Looks like you hit all the main attractions! Awesome recap!

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    • July 20, 2016 at 11:30 pm
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      It is a great city. I really enjoyed it. I tried to but I know there is much more.

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  • July 23, 2016 at 7:30 am
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    Food is definitely what attracts me to a place of travel. Philadelphia looks interesting and I would love to attend some day.

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    • July 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm
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      That is understandable. Philly has some really good food.

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  • October 28, 2016 at 8:18 am
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    I haven’t been to Philly but I’m def gonna get one of those Cheesesteaks. Oh my nom. *adds to travel list*

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