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Topic: What’s Cool in Philly?  (Read 1092 times)


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What’s Cool in Philly?
I’m going to be in Philadelphia for the next few days and I have no idea what there is to do there. Are there any especially awesome places for a tourist to visit?

I’ll probably spend most of the time just doing the stuff my job is paying me to do or catching up on homework. But I want to have at least a little bit of fun. This will be my first time ever in the area.

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What’s Cool in Philly? #1
If it's your first time in the general region, go to a Wegman's for groceries. It's probably the best grocery chain in the U.S. and no other store will feel the same afterwards.
Aside from that, there's the general tourist-y places - Reading Terminal Market is really cool to walk around in and go for lunch. The Franklin Institute is a kid-orientated science museum that's still neat for an adult, as long as you don't mind young children wandering around. King of Prussia Mall is less than hour (?) away and is absolutely huge - I think it's the second largest mall in the U.S. outside of Mall of America. Every time I've gone I had to break it up into two days because there's just so much to cover. Depending on the weather, you should also check out Eastern State Penitentiary. It's best on cold and rainy days, and it's amazing how eerie it can be even though it's in the middle of thse city.
Stay away from Intercourse, Kettle Village or pretty much any other Amish town. They're the biggest tourist traps and tend to be boring as sin. The only exception to this are the butchers you can find there, which, if you can transport it home, have the best meats and cheeses you can find.
Also, people will yell at you to get a cheesesteak, but get some lebanon bologna, some Tastykakes, and shoofly pie. Philly is great if you just want to be a fat fuck every day of the week.

Source: family is in Philly and we go every few years.

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What’s Cool in Philly? #2
Positronic lives in Philly. She's pretty cool.

Also if you're into boats there's the U.S.S. Olympia, one of the last surviving late 19th century warships anywhere in the world.


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What’s Cool in Philly? #3
Update: I'm back from Philly now, and it was pretty awesome. I didn't have nearly enough time to do everything I wanted, but still saw some cool stuff.

I went to Reading Terminal Market almost every day since it was across the street from the convention center, and it was awesome. Excellent food, especially the donuts (I think every Philly native I met told me I HAD to have the donuts).

My group did the Rocky steps and took pictures of statues and stuff. We also went to Chinatown and had some amazing Chinese food. I also spent a lot of time just walking around admiring the street art and architecture and stuff.

Hopefully I get to go back and spend more time not working. It seemed like a cool place.
Seth "Slimy" Rollins

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Btw if you ever go back to philly and want cheesesteaks, stay the fuck away from Pats and Genos. They’re pure tourist traps and real Philadelphians don’t go near them. I’m not super up on current cheesesteak discourse (in my experience arguing about cheesesteaks is more Philadelphian than eating them) but the one I hear brought up very frequently is Mama’s in Bala Cynwyd, and my dad who is a true cheesesteak connoisseur swears by Dalessandro’s in Manayunk.