Your time in Philadelphia may seem short, but we’re here to help you make the most of it. We’ve noted a few things to do and the best places to eat while you’re in Philly!
Things to Do:
Christ Church Burial Ground: The cemetery dates back to 1719 after the churchyard cemetery was full. Amongst other Declaration of Independence signees, the burial ground is home to our dear Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah. As the most visited gravesite, visitors come to toss pennies on the grave as a symbol of good look and Franklin’s motto, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Christ Church itself still rings the original eight bells which proclaimed independence from England in 1776 once a week.
Located across from the Independence Visitor Center and National Constitution Center, admission is a cheap $2 for adults ($15 for a group of up to 10 people). If you’re interested in a tour, $7 is the entrance fee, but make sure you’re available between 11 AM and 3:30 PM.
Terror Behind the Walls: During October, we all have an inclination towards all things spooky! If you’re looking for a fright, go to a massive haunted house in a REAL PRISON. Behind the castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary, is one of the top haunted attractions in the country. There are 6 main attractions inside, and it’s worth taking a look at their preview page before you go. Keep in mind, this attraction isn’t for the faint of heart!
For tickets, buy them ahead of time online!
Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience: If you’re not into the haunted house scene, shift to the Longwood Gardens. This is the second year the gardens have done an after-dark-only installation. The Philadelphia Klip Collective uses the gardens expansive backdrop for a, “spectacular display of light, sound, music, and projection creating an incredible multi-sensory experience.”
This is a ticketed event, and it’s available Wednesday through Saturday evening. Ideally, it’s best to go after 7 PM.
Places to Eat:
Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies and Cheesesteaks: You simply can’t leave Philly without trying a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Located in the Reading Terminal Market, Carmen’s is open until 6 PM. Even President Obama has made a stop to taste the delicious made-to-order sandwiches!
Jim’s Steaks South St.: Just in case you need your fix after six, Jim’s open until 1 AM. Fans include Kings of Leon, Ice Cube, and even Kevin Hart! Located on the “hippest street in town,” Jim’s has been serving cheesesteaks since 1976. They are highly awarded, and you’ll agree too after taking one bite! Additionally, they do offer to ship anywhere in the U.S. just in case you miss it!
Stargazy: If you’re looking for a quick bite for lunch or dinner, this is the way to go. The rich meat pies are unlike anything you will find elsewhere. With ingredients like duck and pineapple, your taste buds will be clamoring for more! Don’t forget to try the sticky toffee pudding! Take a look at their ratings!
Bibou: There are many great French-American restaurants, and it’s difficult to get a reservation! Bibou charges $100 a person for a 7-course meal that will knock your socks off. From Sunchoke Soup to Foi Gras to Chestnut Hot Soufflé, you will walk away with a finer palette of delectability. You can make a reservation online right after you drool over this menu, or should we say menue?