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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 Kennett Square, PA (about 45 minutes south-west of the city)
Eastern State Penitentiary
National Museum of American Jewish History
Philadelphia Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
Smith Playground
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
One Liberty Observation Deck
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
The Ritz-Carlton located near City Center was originally a Bank and worth a visit.
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

Center City:
Burger.org - 1901 Chesnut Street CLOSED
Mama's Vegetarian
Center City Soft Pretzel Co. - unusual hours

University City:
Kosher Dining at the University of Pennsylvania - check hours/dates, only open during academic year

Lower Merion (20-25 min from center city, but up to 45 in traffic):
Shalom Pizzeria
Citron and Rose - more upscale. Make reservations in advance. Closed but recently reopened (as of May 17, 2017)
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-permanently closed
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
Orthodox Jewish Philadelphia Directory
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

Bensalem (10 min drive from Sesame Place)
http://www.bensalemoutreach.org/

Eruv Maps
http://www.philly-direct.com/frum/eruv.html


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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #30 on: May 06, 2012, 01:38:46 PM »
Anyone know the deal with kosher restaurants? Which are good (and kosher)?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2012, 01:56:06 PM »
Max and David's closed down, there is however a new burger place call burger.org. Web site is burgerorg.com

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2012, 07:00:34 PM »
Thanks a lot. Anyone know of a milchig place?

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« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2012, 09:00:14 PM »
Thanks a lot. Anyone know of a milchig place?
moms vegeterian and shalom pizza

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Adventure Aquarium-Camden
« Reply #34 on: July 31, 2012, 10:45:36 AM »
Where can I get discounts/coupons for the Aquarium in Camden?

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« Reply #35 on: July 31, 2012, 12:35:34 PM »
Sign up for Philly.com newletter and you'll usually get $2 off offer shortly after.

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« Reply #36 on: July 31, 2012, 07:34:37 PM »
Anyone here check out the National Museum of American Jewish History yet?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #37 on: August 21, 2012, 12:54:44 PM »
I will be in Phili tomorow for about 5 hours with my 2 older kids. I need one good place to go and one convenient place to eat. My kids don't like typical museums but I was thinking to either go to Eastern state penitentiary or possibly to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Franklin Institute (if I can convince them they'd like it).

Can anyone tell me if the Easter state penitentiary is interesting and how far is it from downtown. Also, any good lunch recommendations within an easy drive or walk from downtown?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #38 on: August 21, 2012, 01:02:59 PM »
Penitentiary is really cool. Google the distance, but I don't remember it being too far. Not more than an hour/hour and a half activity
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #39 on: August 21, 2012, 02:25:17 PM »
Eastern State is a very good place to visit

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« Reply #40 on: August 21, 2012, 02:45:31 PM »
Thank You, How about a good place for Lunch on way back. I will be driving from Eastern State to Downtown Philli to pick someone up from the Hospital.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #41 on: August 23, 2012, 10:28:41 AM »
We ended up going to the Eastern State Penitentiary and it was extremely interesting. We were quite surprised to find a fully reconstructed Shul and Jewish exhibit in the prison.

http://www.easternstate.org/support/completed-projects/alfred-w-fleisher-memorial-synagogue

We went to Mama's Vegetarian for lunch. They had better falafel than any place i've been to in NY.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #42 on: January 16, 2013, 05:18:19 PM »
I have an upcoming stay at the Hotel Monaco and the front desk manager recommended Hamifgash as a good nearby kosher restaurant that she personally visited. Any views here?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #43 on: January 16, 2013, 10:40:34 PM »
I have an upcoming stay at the Hotel Monaco and the front desk manager recommended Hamifgash as a good nearby kosher restaurant that she personally visited. Any views here?
Their 'Hechsher' is http://www.ko-kosher-service.org/ The website looks legit but the rabbi is a Conservative Rabbi....
Not sure how kosher the situation is...

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #44 on: January 16, 2013, 10:47:34 PM »
Their 'Hechsher' is http://www.ko-kosher-service.org/ The website looks legit but the rabbi is a Conservative Rabbi....
Not sure how kosher the situation is...
Try BurgerOrg at either 326 South Street or 1901 Chesnut Street. It's fast food but decent. There's always http://mamasvegetarian.com/ and if you want something nicer you can go into Cherry Hill to  Cherry Grill