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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 #645 on: July 14, 2019, 04:29:41 PM »
Anywhere you're going to find a big property (ie lawn) with a pool is likely fine.

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« Reply #646 on: July 18, 2019, 09:52:39 AM »
Just wanted to share on this thread that a few weeks ago spent a night by the Residence Inn Langhorne/Philadelphia the night before kids day at Sesame.  Was totally fine for just a night.  Suite wasn't huge, but was comfortable

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #647 on: August 13, 2019, 01:28:01 PM »
Homewood Suites vs Courtyard Marriott on City Ave, Anyone have experience?
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #648 on: August 19, 2019, 02:44:22 PM »
Has anyone stayed at the Windsor Suites in Philadelphia?
Any comments on it?
Also, any suggestions as to what to do in Philadelphia for a couple?   - going for 2-3 days

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #649 on: September 12, 2019, 08:30:57 PM »
Going to be in Center City for the Marathon on Sunday. Any recommendations for kosher food for after the race? Kosher seems to be complicated with the ikc. Is heyhummus reliably kosher? Other options?
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #650 on: September 12, 2019, 09:50:22 PM »
Going to be in Center City for the Marathon on Sunday. Any recommendations for kosher food for after the race? Kosher seems to be complicated with the ikc. Is heyhummus reliably kosher? Other options?
mamas vegetarian is very good

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #651 on: September 12, 2019, 09:59:16 PM »
mamas vegetarian is very good
I believe itís temporarily closed

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« Reply #652 on: September 12, 2019, 10:13:13 PM »
I believe itís temporarily closed

Any other options then?
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #653 on: October 15, 2019, 09:26:56 PM »
Any of the restaurants have a Sukkah?
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
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There is a simcas beis hashoeva tonight at 6pm at the Lubavitch Center on Castor Rd.

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Where is the best wine store with good prices and good selection near Philadelphia/Cherry Hill?