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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?