Heading to Pennsylvania and looking to spend roughly 48 hours in Philadelphia?! You’re in luck, read on to find out how to spend a wonderful weekend in Philadelphia!
Having lived on the East Coast my entire life, can you believe I never made the quick jaunt over to Philly? Not even for 48 hours in Philadelphia! How ridiculous is that?!
At just over 2 hours away from New York City, Philadelphia makes the perfect getaway for a long weekend just about any time of year. So when my sister Ali and I were both able to take a day off from work (!!!), we decided that the City of Brotherly Love would be the most perfect place to explore for a few days.
Here are some of the highlights from our weekend of sisterly bonding:
Even better, we were able to walk to LOVE Park from Hotel Palomar, meaning we could enjoy our bellini’s from brunch without any worry of reckless driving.
After some strolling, we found ourselves hungry again (a recurring theme in Philly) and shared a meal across the street, alfresco style. The square is surrounded by restaurants, shops, and hotels, so naturally, we checked out the latest fashions while digesting. Next time we visit, I’m definitely bringing a good book and relaxing on a bench for a while. Seems like the perfect place to get lost for a while.
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Benjamin Franklin Parkway:
The Parkway, as it’s commonly referred to, is a mile-long scenic road in Philadelphia, starting from City Hall, looping around Logan Circle, and ending before the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Art sculptures line the boulevard (you just have to know where to find them), and some of the city’s most famous sights are here, including the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute, The Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Rodin Museum. If museums are your thing, there’s plenty to see and do, but if you’d rather go for a leisurely scenic stroll, be sure to walk to Fairmount Park via the northern end of the Parkway. On a bright and sunny day there’s no better place to be than on Kelly Drive or the Schuylkill River Trail.
Liberty Bell Center:
If you’re exceptionally tight on time (or the Liberty Bell Center is closed), you can actually view the bell 24/7 from the outside of its glass pavilion. I guarantee you your photos won’t be as good though.
Fun Fact: Did you know there have actually been three (!!!), yes three, Liberty Bells? The first one cracked during a test ringing, and had to be recast twice in 1753. The Bell then cracked again in 1835, which is the bell and crack we view today.
Reading Terminal Market
There are an overwhelming amount of options to choose from – hoagies, Thai, Indian, fish, cheesesteaks, pizza, etc etc etc, along with an endless supply of indulgences for dessert. My suggestion – skip lunch and opt for soft pretzels from Millers Twist, homemade cookies from The Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, and ice cream from Bassett’s. Or have a proper meal and choose one (or two!) for dessert! Just make sure you go hungry!
This long weekend (well, technically 48 hours in Philadelphia) was definitely not enough time to check off all the attractions and restaurants on our very ambitious list, but it gave us a pleasant sampling and overview of the city. On the bus ride back home to good ol’ NYC, we made a list of Philly to-do’s for our next trip, which will most definitely be sooner than later.
If you have more time in this historical city, consider these additional attractions:
- Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
- City Hall
- Explore Philadelphia’s Art Scene
- Meander through Chinatown
- Head on over to the Franklin Fountain for some ice cream
- Betsy Ross’ house