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Old 03-28-05, 09:46 PM
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Things to do in Philly?

The Mrs has a conference in Philly, and I'm tagging along. What are some ways to spend my time while she's tied up in her meetings? Is it easy/safe to get around the public transportation system?
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Originally Posted by Dead
The Mrs has a conference in Philly, and I'm tagging along. What are some ways to spend my time while she's tied up in her meetings? Is it easy/safe to get around the public transportation system?
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South Street, and get a Cheese Steak from Jim's on South Street (I'm sure you're going to get other opinions on this)

See a Phillies game if they are in town, very nice stadium.

Philadelphia Museum of Art -- They currently have an exhibition on Salvador Dali, and you can see where Rocky ran up the stairs.
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Originally Posted by Dead
Is it easy/safe to get around the public transportation system?
SEPTA is actually pretty safe. Easy? Well, not really IMO.

Most tourists go to Pat's for cheesesteaks.

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the liberty bell, drove past it on saturday and there was about 100 people or more in line to get in a see it. personally i don't really see the attraction.

the hard rock cafe is lame. if you like that chain it might be interesting to stop in and see how lame it is to others. it is very very small.

the philly film fest starts april 8th, of interest to me, Oldboy and Izo.
http://www.phillyfests.com/templates/home.cfm will give all the films, showing locations and times.

the franklin institute.

the mutter museum, seems interesting, i haven't made it there yet. but during the halloween season they bring out some strange stuff, not sure if that stuff is on display in the "off season."

there is that prison tour, i forget the name. i haven't gone, but relatives have and found it interesting.

south street is pretty much crap. but if you've never been to a GAP or Mcdonalds or Tower records, check it out. there are some cool shops there in honesty. go to Infinite and get peirced.

i think there is a tour or something at city hall that get you up into the statue of william penn that stands on top of the building.

market street east has the gallery, a mall, i haven't been there for many years but it should have a good starwars bar vibe to it. any shop on the other side of market should fulfill any pager and sound needs you have.

i would go to market east trainstation and take it north to fernrock and back and enjoy the window seats. that trip has inspired many apocolyse fantasies of mine.

all mass transit should be safe, using common sense, during the day. even at night it should be too bad. there is, if it still exists, a short purple bus called the phillyphlash, that caters to sightseers.

you should have a cheese stake at pat's or gino's. atleast to pay 6 some dollars for a steakum with cheese wiz. jim's, as mentioned, well... i had one there once and i just got the horse meat vibe from it. on south street there is a ruby tuesdays, below it on the underground level is some pizza place that does a decent cheese stake, cut up meat with american cheese.

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Venom covered alot of the hot spots. I would also recommend the prison tour, Eastern State Pen. Was closed for the winter but they usually re-open in April sometime. Pretty cool place, really huge.

South Street is pretty crappy. If you want to kill some time shopping wander around Market St and/or Chestnut St.

The Hard Rock is only a block or two down from the Convention Center, i like the food but it is very cramped and doesn't have much memorabilia there.

The Mutter (sp?) museum is neat, three headed cats, two headed babies and whatnot...its on Chestnut, 'round about 17th st.

Try to check out a Phillies game....i haven't been to the new stadium yet but it's supposed to be great.

Of course, check out Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, maybe Penn's Landing.

Cheese steaks are a must.

SEPTA is pretty safe and everywhere you need to be...check out the routes ahead of time on their website.
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Originally Posted by Tony Dvdfan
The Mutter (sp?) museum is neat, three headed cats, two headed babies and whatnot...its on Chestnut, 'round about 17th st.
i checked, it is mutter but with the german dots over the U.

http://www.collphyphil.org/muttpg1.shtml

"The Museum's collections include over 20,000 objects, including fluid-preserved anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments, anatomical and pathological models, items of memorabilia of famous scientists and physicians, and medical illustrations. View the Museum's new OB-GYN instrument collection databse, developed with a Museum Project grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission."
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Most of the stuff worth seeing has been covered.

Things I can add are---

Pat's/Geno's are the #1 touristy place to eat cheesesteaks. They're open 24 hours a day and across the street from one another. If you have some time, try both. The only other one worth mentioning is Jim's on South Street.

If you want to go see the Dali exhibit, book tickets in advance:
http://www.philamuseum.org/ticketing...li/intro.shtml --the museum is also closed on Mondays.

South Street has a bunch of oddities stores---like really indie, used cd stores, piercings, tattoo places--there's a cool poster store, it completely depends on your interests if you'll enjoy this area...

I enjoyed the Mutter Museum---a collection of medical anomalies. Definitely do not eat before you go here. There's a collection of fetuses in jars; a collection of items removed in surgery; a colon that at one point weighed 200 pounds; a lady decomposed into soap; all kinds of skulls....

If you're looking to shop, about 30 minutes away from Philly is Franklin Mills mall---one of the (if not the) biggest mall on the east coast. It's enormous and has lots of outlet stores for designer brands --so you can occassionally get some deals. Between 22+Walnut to about 13th, there are also a whole row of stores--mostly expensive clothing stores. There's also "Jewe'er's Row" around 8th and Chestnut..for a whole block of jewelry stores.

If you're not into the history stuff, I would say skip it--as it's a long wait for something rather underwhelming.

Olde City has the nicer, more expensive, livelier restaurants and bars. You can take the blue line from Septa to 2nd street and from there wander around. Two places that I recommend are the POD (expensive--Sushi place) which is on 37th and Sansom--and the new Continental (very cool sky bar) on 18th and Chestnut.

As for SEPTA, it's pretty safe--but some of the orange line stations I would certainly be wary of. Definitely don't go wandering in areas of deep west philly or outside of the Temple area, unless you're looking to get mugged or shot or score some crack/heroin.

Fairmount Park is pretty relaxing ways to spend an afternoon if you want to go for a nice walk--depending on the weather...

Well, that's all I have.
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If you are going to be in town for 4 or 5 days...


Let's get your cheese steak sampling in order:

1. Go to Pat's first (9th and Pasayunk)..

2. The next day go to Jim's on South Street

3. The 3rd day go back to 9th and Pasayunk and hit Genos!



The Mutter museum is very cool... but you might be able to find more "philly" things to do while you are there.

Definitely check out the Franklin Institute. Go for a stroll down near Independence Mall. It's a nice walk, you can see some history and pick up a hot dog on the way.

Septa is alright... Depending on where you are staying though.. maybe you want a car?


Oh and I second the motion to check out a Phillies games if they are playing. The new Citizen's Bank park is GREAT! I am not a huge baseball fan, and even I loved watching the game there.
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Originally Posted by Sominex
If you are going to be in town for 4 or 5 days...


Let's get your cheese steak sampling in order:

1. Go to Pat's first (9th and Pasayunk)..

2. The next day go to Jim's on South Street

3. The 3rd day go back to 9th and Pasayunk and hit Genos!


4. And hit Tony Luke's on Oregon Ave.

But, if you do go to a game, Ashburn Alley has Tony Luke's and Geno's. I haven't tried it yet, but I hear The Schmitter® (Cheese steak with extra cheese, fried onion, tomato, salami and homemade special dressing) is awesome. I also recommend the Crab Fries. Ashburn Alley used to open when there was not a game too, but I'm not sure of the hours.
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you might also want to try Delasandro's on Henry Avenue @ Green for cheessteaks. Absolutely wonderful! Mutter's very cool and the Franklin Institute is defiantely a must-see. The Museum of Natural History is also good. I'd have to agree with the above posters regarding South Street. It's hey day is long since past and it's really not that big of a deal anymore. Dave & Busters is cool if you like gaming. SEPTA absolutely sucks with one exception...The Regioinal Rail. you can get to all the great sites in Philly using the Regional Rail (R7, R3, R8, R1etc...) They tend to be on time more times than not and the cost($5-$7 each way) tends to keep the louder, more-troublesome fringes off. If you are interested, I've heard that the Mummers museum is pretty cool too, provided you are into that sort of thing. A couple of places to eat that are a bit pricey but are worth it are, Zanzibar blue & the Striped Bass. Excellent food and atmosphere. And whatever you do, stop at a street vendor and treat yourself to a meatball sandwhich with cheese, soft pretzel W/mustard and a grape soda. Man, I'm homesick now
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A Tastykake factory tour. 29th and Allegheny Avenue- 800-33-TASTY

Eating tastykakes is also acceptable. I recommend peanut butter kandy kakes, chocolate juniors, and butterscotch krimpets.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Self Destruct
If you're looking to shop, about 30 minutes away from Philly is Franklin Mills mall---one of the (if not the) biggest mall on the east coast. It's enormous and has lots of outlet stores for designer brands --so you can occassionally get some deals.
King of Prussia is the biggest mall, which is also not far from Philly. It is a regular mall, though, not outlets.
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Originally Posted by PeMo
King of Prussia is the biggest mall, which is also not far from Philly. It is a regular mall, though, not outlets.
I still do live about 10 minutes outside of the KoP mall (for another 3 days)... it is a nice mall... huge mall to be sure. It's fairly easily accessible (125 bus route I believe, although you should check on that if you're planning to go). It's also only about a mile from the mall to Valley Forge, if you want to go there as well.

I second whoever suggested Tony Luke's for cheesesteaks instead of Pat's or Geno's. Those two places are way, way overrated (IMO).

And if you're going to have a car, hop on the Turnpike, head west, and go to Hershey. That place is great.

(other than that, everything's been suggested)
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Oh, don't forget - A.C.'s only an hour away!
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Originally Posted by PeMo
King of Prussia is the biggest mall, which is also not far from Philly. It is a regular mall, though, not outlets.
That's the first thing that came to my mind, Franklin Mills doesn't even compare in size. But, FM at least used to be a great mall for cds (I haven't been there in pushing 9 years). And Philly in general has lost a lot of it's smaller (and the HMV) music stores it seems in past years.
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Things to do in Philly when you're Dead.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Things to do in Philly when you're Dead.
I thought of that when I read the title of the thread.

Philly is a nice city, if you can get over the cold damp feeling for most of the year along with the garbage and the crime. But that's the Northeast for you, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
Thanks for the link... there seems to be quite a bit of information.


Originally Posted by Venom
i checked, it is mutter but with the german dots over the U.

http://www.collphyphil.org/muttpg1.shtml

"The Museum's collections include over 20,000 objects, including fluid-preserved anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments, anatomical and pathological models, items of memorabilia of famous scientists and physicians, and medical illustrations. View the Museum's new OB-GYN instrument collection databse, developed with a Museum Project grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission."
Oooh, that sounds like a place to add to my list!


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As for SEPTA, it's pretty safe--but some of the orange line stations I would certainly be wary of. Definitely don't go wandering in areas of deep west philly or outside of the Temple area, unless you're looking to get mugged or shot or score some crack/heroin.
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We'll actually be staying in King of Prussia. Hopefully I'll be able to work my way from there into town.


Originally Posted by PeMo
Oh, don't forget - A.C.'s only an hour away!
I've mentioned that to the Mrs already!
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Originally Posted by IDrinkMolson
4. And hit Tony Luke's on Oregon Ave.

But, if you do go to a game, Ashburn Alley has Tony Luke's and Geno's. I haven't tried it yet, but I hear The Schmitter® (Cheese steak with extra cheese, fried onion, tomato, salami and homemade special dressing) is awesome. I also recommend the Crab Fries. Ashburn Alley used to open when there was not a game too, but I'm not sure of the hours.

Of course! How could I forget Tony Lukes? I have never eaten there myself but hear nothing but good things about them.

There are many different flavors and varieties of cheese steaks in philly... some people stick with one religiously, and others hate it...

But I have never ehard anyone complain about Tony Luke's. Not too far from the Walt Whitman bridge on oregon Ave, if I remember correctly

I was also told they have an amazing pork sandwich there too!


And what is this Ashburn Alley you speak of? They have Geno's and Tony Luke's sandwiches at this place?? Is it in Citizens Bank Stadium??

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Originally Posted by Sominex
And what is this Ashburn Alley you speak of? They have Geno's and Tony Luke's sandwiches at this place?? Is it in Citizens Bank Stadium??

mmmmmmmmmmmmm
Yes it is.

http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com...rk.jsp#ashburn
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YOu should molest BAndo while you're down there. Yu're also staying about an hour away from me
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Originally Posted by Sominex
And what is this Ashburn Alley you speak of? They have Geno's and Tony Luke's sandwiches at this place?? Is it in Citizens Bank Stadium??
Yeah, what we usually do, is grab a Geno's before the game, then around the 7th inning when the lines die down, go get a Tony Lukes. I haven't made it over to the Bull's (Greg Luzinski) BBQ yet.
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If you are used to Vegas than AC is going to be a huge disappointment.

As for the ballpark, we compaired a Geno's cheese steak with a Bull BBQ sandwich and the BBQ won hands down. The Schmitter sounds pretty good and I guess you can get that at Fairmount Fries, anybody know where I can get the crab fries?
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If you are used to Vegas than AC is going to be a huge disappointment.
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I've never been to Vegas, only to the casino in New Orleans and those in Tunica.

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