Despite living in the Big Apple with numerous of summer things to get into, sometimes you just want to go somewhere. And this time, Philadelphia was that place. Not knowing what to get into and what to expect, we opted for a quick overnight trip to the City of Brotherly Love. And this is what we did:
- Afternoon of Touristry: Since they were a good walking distance from the hotel, we headed straight to the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center to get a good dose of American history. We actually grabbed an early dinner at one of the restaurants on the way, there were a good number to choose from as you walk down Walnut street.
- Wanting to explore more of the city, we took a healthy walk from the Liberty Bell Center all the way towards Penn’s Landing where we saw a familiar sign – Dave & Buster’s. Although a chain, it was nice to be able to step in and get some rest from such a long walk.
- On our way back, we wanted some dessert and found Capogiro Gelato which had me wanting to come back before we left Philly. I can still taste the macadamia nut gelato and the peach orchard. Sigh. I want some of that right now!
- The following day was another tourist day, but with a geek twist. It was Segway day! I was able to book a Segway “tour” online and it was fun as fun can be on a Segway. There was more Segway riding than actual touring though, but that’s not a complaint from me. I did still learn a few things about Philly that I never knew.
- With some time to kill before lunch, we headed to the Philadelphia Zoo since our post-lunch spot was already planned. It was a decent zoo, small in size compared to what I’ve seen (The Bronx and The San Diego Zoos). But what made it super cool was the Lego exhibits on display.
- So when lunch hit, so did this downpour. And it was like hurricane weather downpour. And because of this, we couldn’t really do our personal taste test between Pat’s and Geno’s – the ultimate tourist thing to do when in Philly. We made our way to Pat’s but the rain thwarted any advances to Geno’s. And I’ll be honest and say that as a foodie, it wasn’t really worth it. But as a first time Philly tourist, you just kind of have to do it. If I ever go back I probably will try Geno’s, just to say that I tried them both and then I can render my official opinion between the two.
- With still some more time to complete our overnight stay, we went to check out the Franklin Institute and their well-advertised Cleopatra exhibit, which was done very nicely.
For my first actual Philly visit, I think this was a good template of things to see and do. I honestly had a hard time trying to find what Philly had to offer. Even the Gowalla list wasn’t as forth-coming with suggestions as I had hoped. If I ever found myself back there I probably would do the Segway tour again, and maybe not the tour, but just rent it for an hour or so. I was told they also provide that service. And I would DEFINITELY head back to the Gelato pl
For more detailed reviews on some of some of the Philadelphia’s best, check out my Yelp list here.
For more Phillly pictures, check out my Flickr page here.