I have been to Philly a handful of times. Most times finding something new and different to do, see, and eat. This time was no different. I was a little too tired, otherwise my day of exploring would have been longer. Getting to Philadelphia from New York was quick and relativity easy. It served as a nice day trip and my friends and I had fun.
My friend Joanna and I took the Megabus, located across the street from Jacob Javits Center. Tickets can be purchased online or where the buses meet. It is cheaper to purchase it from their website. I purchased mine right before the cut off point which seems to be about 15 minutes or so prior to the buses departure time. It cost me $9. My friend didn’t make it on the site in time and had to purchase it from the umbrella stand at $15. Both prices were one way.
Once on the bus we sat on the upper deck. The wi-fi on the bus wasn’t working, but we did happen to find the power outlets. Even with a bit of traffic we were able to make it to Philly in 2 hours. Once in Philly there are 2 stops. We got off on the first one because it left us in the middle of everything. We were a 5 minute walk from Reading Terminal Market to go grab some food.
After we grabbed some food we walked around the historical streets. Hung out around Independence Hall a bit before heading over to the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. We sat down on a bench taking in the beautiful weather. We also decided upon a time to head back to New York City and booked the return bus trip. We decided to catch the 9pm class. The total cost for me was $20 round trip.
Soon my other friend who frequents Philadelphia met up with us and we began to explore. We headed over to Penn’s Landing and the Delaware River. Had no idea I could just lay out and relax in a hammock. There are also a ton of places to eat and drink. Boat rides were also there.
Walking further down there was a little amusement area with a ferris wheel, skating rink, and more. We got some crab fries and enjoyed the beautiful weather. There were also games to win prizes and even a life-sized Connect 4.
Our next stop was Graffiti Pier. It looks pretty sketchy and you do have to cause some caution lines and walk through some wooded areas to get to it. I can’t express enough please wear bug spray!!! We didn’t and when we got back home found out our legs were completely eaten up by mosquitos and it took days for them to go away.
Graffiti Pier is an abandoned area that has turned into a place people to go to do photo shoots, shoot videos, or just hang out. There were a bunch of people walking around and even saw some folks spray painting. It isn’t street art, it is what it is called, graffiti! There is also a tree you can climb to get to another area with some great views.
After Graffiti Pier we got in an Uber and headed to the Rocky Stairs. There were a ton of people working out on the stairs. Of course a ton of people were just running it for fun with Rocky music. We ran it sans the music, I did it twice. Not sure what I was thinking. Loved watching the sunset from the steps. We then started taking a walk away from the steps and towards Insomnia Cookies before heading to the bus to go back to NYC. We had a good time and would definitely do another day trip to Philadelphia. We did a lot in 9 hours I can only imagine if we had even more hours!
Have you been to Philly? What did you do?