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Attractions
Franklin Institute
Please Touch Museum
National Constitution Center
US Mint
Adventure Aquarium (just across the river in Camden, NJ)
Longwood Gardens in Kenneth Square, PA (about 45 minutes south-west of the city)
Eastern State Penitentiary
National Museum of American Jewish History
Philadelphia Zoo
Ride the Ducks (duck tour)
Independence Seaport Museum
Smith Playground
Liberty Bell (plus a bunch of other historical sites nearby)
Independence Hall
Trolley tour bus

For discounts on admission, consider the Philadelphia Pass or the Philadelphia City Pass (if your visiting enough attractions), or buy the Entertainment book for the coupons. If you order it online, you should be able to print out all of the coupons you need immediately.

Hotels
Sheraton Society Hill is near the Liberty Bell area and the River. (probably the best place to stay for shabbos)
the Westin is by Rittenhouse Sq and City Center is North of City Hall area closer to Museum Row.
The Westin on 17th & Liberty. has some Old World charm to it
Sheraton City Center - was fine. clean, neat, pool and fitness but nothing special
Le Meridian across from city hall
Hyatt at the Bellevue on Walnut and Broad st.
Hyatt Penn's Landing
Homewood Suites City Avenue

Westin a plain hotel over the River in Mt Laurel , NJ
Aloft - Mt Laurel. (Aloft is  not your typical hotel. Very young crowd. Relaxed staff. Place is nice and new).

Restaurants

Downtown:
Burger.org - 1901 Chesnut Street CLOSED
Mama's Vegetarian

Lower Merion (15 min from downtown):
Shalom Pizzeria
Citron and Rose - more upscale. Make reservations in advance.
The Dairy - very nice dairy restaurant.

Star of David Kosher grill- 942 Montgomery Ave, Narberth, PA 19072. Cheaper option for meat, Chinese, sushi
Nana's kitchen in the JCC-Address: 45 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood, PA 19096 Phone:(703) 586-3103- Call before, but usually open in the daytime with seating. Don't have to be a member to attend. Excellent dairy food options and very reasonably priced.

Northeast (35 min from downtown):
Holy Land Grill
Espresso Cafe

Cherry Grill in Cherry Hill, NJ is just across the Delaware River (via Ben Franklin Bridge.). Fairly classy ambience, better than decent food. 3/5 stars. Hechsher by the O-K and the Cherry K Vaad Hakashruth.

This is a pretty good list of the generally accepted kosher restaurants in Philly.
This is the website for the generally accepted community hechsher: http://www.keystone-k.info/

Shuls
www.phillyshul.com (actually 2 shuls which they alternate between). Run by a very nice chabad rabbi.
Sephardi shul (www.mikvehisrael.org)
Mekor Habracha

Lower Merion (15 min drive from downtown):
Lower Merion Synagogue
Young Israel of the Main Line
Philadelphia Community Kollel - next door to Citron and Rose

Northeast (35 min drive from downtown):
Congregation Ahavas Torah
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Philadelphia Master Thread
« on: April 28, 2009, 11:30:14 PM »
i'm looking to take the wife to philly for night/day any ideas/suggestions?

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Re: Philly hotels/attractions
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009, 08:36:17 AM »
Franklin Institute is a pretty interesting science museum with lots of interactive activities.

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Re: Philly hotels/attractions
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2009, 03:46:26 PM »
looking for hotel ideas


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Re: Philly hotels/attractions
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2009, 01:16:06 PM »
If you have time, Longwood Gardens in Kenneth Square PA (http://www.longwoodgardens.org ) about 45 minutes south-west of the city is a georgous place to go to. Your wife will love it, and you will too.
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2009, 08:31:55 PM »
Can anyone suggest a good SPG hotel in the greater Philadelphia area... Something that would be worth my while and accepts cash and points!

Thanks!!
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Re: Philadelphia SPG Hotel
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2009, 09:08:06 PM »
Can anyone suggest a good SPG hotel in the greater Philadelphia area... Something that would be worth my while and accepts cash and points!

Thanks!!

 there are a few , any particular part of the City as for C&P just go onto www.spg.com put in the date/s and look at the 3rd box on each Hotel listed , if theres a check mark then its available , click that box and it will tell you how many Pts and how much $$ as well (remember theres tax on the $$ part).
If youdont find what you want then call SPG, sometimes there is availability but it wont show online

 Sheraton Society Hill is near the Liberty Bell area and the River, the Westin is by Rittenhouse Sq and City Center is North of City Hall area clsoer to Museum Row. SH is also right off the I-95 I would think these are probably the best of the SPG Hotels with maybe The Westin being the best but not if you want to be in walking distance to the Historical area then SH is better

 Now if a minyan is important theres The Westin a plain hotel over the River in Mt Laurel , NJ theres Sons of Israel and a YI that is maybe a 5-10 min drive away, in Cherry Hill,NJ and over here free parking unlike the other Hotels
 
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Re: Philadelphia SPG Hotel
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2009, 09:10:19 PM »
I dont need any specific location... Im flexible.

I was just wondering if someone stayed somewhere in the area and the hotel was something not to be missed...

Thanks!

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Re: Philadelphia SPG Hotel
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2009, 09:21:18 PM »
I dont need any specific location... Im flexible.

I was just wondering if someone stayed somewhere in the area and the hotel was something not to be missed...

Thanks!

 Sorry then I think you are out of Luck if you are looking for a Dream of a Hotel. Heck in NY theres the St Regis and in my book thats all in that type of category

 Could be The Westin on 17th & Liberty would be your best bet then, it does have some Old World charm to it

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Re: Philadelphia SPG Hotel
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2009, 09:46:40 PM »
Thanks Steve!

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Re: Philadelphia SPG Hotel
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2009, 11:31:51 PM »
stayed at the sheraton city center - was fine. clean, neat, pool and fitness but nothing special

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2011, 05:28:45 PM »
Staying at the Aloft - Mt Laurel tonight. Will advise if any issues etc.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2011, 06:16:52 PM »
Nice place. Aloft is  not your typical hotel. Very young crowd. Relaxed staff. Place is nice and new.

Only one suite in this building. I think they said about 150-160 rooms. 6 floors. Bar, pool (aka Splash), wxyz Bar, pool table, free wifi, workout room.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2011, 09:43:31 PM »
Was there again last night. Got them to upgrade me to the Suite.

Half of it was the typical setup and size of the regular rooms. Then there was a dining room with tables for 6. Long couch and another large flatscreen in the living room area. Kitchen with a full size fridge/freezer (the bedroom had a small one as all of them do). Nice kitchen along with a few dishes even a KitchenAid dishwasher! and a second bathroom.

Pool table, computer bar, lounge/bar all in the lobby area. Also have a Gym (24hr) and a pool.

Not bad for $103 after tax :)

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2012, 01:08:38 PM »
any good indoor kids activites in phily? kids 8 and under?
all i got so far is camden aquarium and please touch in philly

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2012, 10:31:52 PM »
Franklin Science museum
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