Warning! This wiki is not complete. Please read through the thread for more info.AttractionsFranklin InstitutePlease Touch MuseumNational Constitution CenterUS MintAdventure Aquarium
(just across the river in Camden, NJ)Longwood Gardens
in Kenneth Square, PA (about 45 minutes south-west of the city)Eastern State PenitentiaryNational Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhiladelphia ZooRide the Ducks
(duck tour)Independence Seaport MuseumSmith Playground
Liberty Bell (plus a bunch of other historical sites nearby)
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
1901 Chesnut Street
Lower Merion (15 min from downtown):Shalom PizzeriaCitron 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 CafeCherry 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/Shulswww.phillyshul.com
(actually 2 shuls which they alternate between). Run by a very nice chabad rabbi.
Sephardi shul (www.mikvehisrael.org
Lower Merion (15 min drive from downtown):Lower Merion SynagogueYoung Israel of the Main Line Philadelphia Community Kollel
- next door to Citron and Rose
Northeast (35 min drive from downtown):Congregation Ahavas Torah