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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
Ride the Ducks (duck tour)
Independence Seaport Museum
Smith Playground
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
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
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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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #465 on: February 22, 2017, 05:25:30 PM »
Just went back to Philly for a quick trip with the kids. We've been a few times in the last few years, staying in Northeast Philly without the kids around New Years 2013 (3 days, 2 nights) and in Cherry Hill with extended family on Chol Hamoed 2015 (2 days 1 night). This trip we decided to stay in Bala Cynwyd.

Here was the itinerary (posting without too much detail, but at least if someone searches any of these places they'll know who to ask):

Battleship NJ - highly recommend, especially if you're into military history.
The Dairy Cafe - good cc pancakes and really good fries. Less impressed by the regular pancakes, plain bagels.
Fairmount Horticultural Center - was pretty dead this time of year.
Please Touch Museum - fantastic if your kids are young enough. Also, don't miss the model of the Centennial Exposition on the lower floor.
ACME Market - picked up deli and rolls from their kosher deli and bakery for dinner.
Homewood Suites - not particularly impressive, but had the space we needed (queen size pullout for 3 and 5 year olds, crib for infant). The kids enjoyed the pool for a while the morning of day 1.
Shalom Pizza - $10 pie. Price was the only good part IMO, though I was too hungry to care much that it wasn't great pizza.
Longwood Gardens - a little far at 45 minutes south of Philly, but totally worth it. The theme in the conservatory/greenhouses this time of year is Orchid Extravaganza, and it was spectacular.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #466 on: February 23, 2017, 08:51:44 AM »
Here for the day with young kids under 2. Any suggestions for anything free in the area to keep them busy?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #467 on: February 23, 2017, 10:13:51 AM »
Here for the day with young kids under 2. Any suggestions for anything free in the area to keep them busy?
Franklin Square playground. The playhouse at Smith Playground.

Not much else is free, other than the historic stuff, which doesn't help for 2 year olds. Please Touch Museum would be perfect, but it's not cheap (only <1 is free).

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #468 on: February 23, 2017, 02:04:55 PM »
Franklin Square playground. The playhouse at Smith Playground.

Not much else is free, other than the historic stuff, which doesn't help for 2 year olds. Please Touch Museum would be perfect, but it's not cheap (only <1 is free).
Thanks for the reply. Was cold in the morning to do any outdoor activities so ended up at the Franklin Institute. Was not cheap but kids 2 and under were free. Place had a bunch of exhibits and 2 year old had a blast. Highly recommended. Been to the Please Touch Me museum a couple times already in the past and was also a great place.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #469 on: February 23, 2017, 03:01:06 PM »
Thanks for the reply. Was cold in the morning to do any outdoor activities so ended up at the Franklin Institute. Was not cheap but kids 2 and under were free. Place had a bunch of exhibits and 2 year old had a blast. Highly recommended. Been to the Please Touch Me museum a couple times already in the past and was also a great place.
Weather.com had said high of 71, so I figured outdoor was actually better.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #470 on: February 27, 2017, 07:09:42 PM »
Is Citron and Rose closed down? Did it just change names?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #471 on: February 27, 2017, 07:14:19 PM »
Is Citron and Rose closed down? Did it just change names?
you asked that question already and you were answered

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #472 on: February 28, 2017, 02:49:39 PM »
you asked that question already and you were answered
Thanks. My bad. Somehow I missed the earlier response. I didn't end up going last time and now it came up again.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #473 on: March 02, 2017, 08:43:05 PM »
Is there any good food place that delivers to CHOP hospital? Looking for something like sushi or a good salad?
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #474 on: April 16, 2017, 05:30:25 PM »
Staying in Philly wed night. I know there is a residence inn & Hilton on city ave wondering if there are any others that I missed in that area? Also if I stay downtown where would I be able to get shachris? & just a quick rundown of the kosher restaurants that are open. TIA

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« Reply #475 on: April 16, 2017, 05:37:48 PM »
Staying in Philly wed night. I know there is a residence inn & Hilton on city ave wondering if there are any others that I missed in that area? Also if I stay downtown where would I be able to get shachris? & just a quick rundown of the kosher restaurants that are open. TIA
all the info you need is in the wiki

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #476 on: April 16, 2017, 05:49:20 PM »
all the info you need is in the wiki
Thx just wanted to make sure everything is up to date & im on my phone so can't check the websites I'll give a look on my comp. Any suggested activities for a couple with a 9 month old on a rainy day?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #477 on: April 16, 2017, 07:11:39 PM »
Thx just wanted to make sure everything is up to date & im on my phone so can't check the websites I'll give a look on my comp. Any suggested activities for a couple with a 9 month old on a rainy day?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #478 on: May 16, 2017, 06:24:49 AM »
Any kosher food in Bryn Mawr? Thanks.

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« Reply #479 on: May 16, 2017, 10:17:33 AM »
Any kosher food in Bryn Mawr? Thanks.
No, but it's only a 10-15 minute drive to all the kosher places in the Main Line area.
http://keystone-k.org/establishments/