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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 CLOSED
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. CLOSED

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


Author Topic: Philadelphia Master Thread  (Read 187250 times)

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #120 on: April 08, 2014, 12:12:10 PM »
Definitely do please touch museum, my kids loved it.
If you want to drive, there is a place with really good schwarma - holyland grill
How old were they when you went?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #121 on: April 08, 2014, 01:27:44 PM »
Definitely do please touch museum, my kids loved it.
If you want to drive, there is a place with really good schwarma - holyland grill

Thats really far. Go to Citron if you want something upscale, or mamas, burgers.org or hamifgash if you want something casual. Hamifgash has shwarma too btw

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #122 on: April 08, 2014, 01:37:13 PM »
Thats really far. Go to Citron if you want something upscale, or mamas, burgers.org or hamifgash if you want something casual. Hamifgash has shwarma too btw
It depends if he's going to eat before the activity or after. If he's going before he can go to the places on Castor Ave (ETA: Holy Land Pizaa, Holy Land Grill, Espresso Cafe), north of the city proper. Citron and Rose (or any of the places closer to Bala Cynwyd) is actually more out of the way overall for the trip.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #123 on: April 08, 2014, 01:39:28 PM »
It depends if he's going to eat before the activity or after. If he's going before he can go to the places on Castor Ave (ETA: Holy Land Pizaa, Holy Land Grill, Espresso Cafe), north of the city proper. Citron and Rose (or any of the places closer to Bala Cynwyd) is actually more out of the way overall for the trip.

Please touch museum is pretty close to bala. As is any of attractions in center city, maybe 15 min drive tops. Northeast is like 45 mins. Plus he said hes coming from DC so to go to northeast first is just plain out of the way

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #124 on: April 08, 2014, 01:50:54 PM »
Please touch museum is pretty close to bala. As is any of attractions in center city, maybe 15 min drive tops. Northeast is like 45 mins. Plus he said hes coming from DC so to go to northeast first is just plain out of the way
Read it again, he wrote from NYC to DC. I'm not talking about going into city center and going backwards to eat. I'm talking about going to lunch first  and then continuing on to the attraction, which provides as straight a line as you're going to get (especially if the attraction is the Seaport Museum because then both places are as close to I-95 as possible).

Either way, it's not 45 minutes to Northeast Philly. That's where I stayed when I went and it was generally <30min to the attractions.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #125 on: April 08, 2014, 01:59:58 PM »
Read it again, he wrote from NYC to DC. I'm not talking about going into city center and going backwards to eat. I'm talking about going to lunch first  and then continuing on to the attraction, which provides as straight a line as you're going to get (especially if the attraction is the Seaport Museum because then both places are as close to I-95 as possible).

Either way, it's not 45 minutes to Northeast Philly. That's where I stayed when I went and it was generally <30min to the attractions.

Ok if going from NYC then he can get off exit 6 and go to northeast although its still out of the way. Northeast aint philly man. Its like staying in Flatbush to see attractions in manhatten

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #126 on: April 08, 2014, 02:17:55 PM »
Ok if going from NYC then he can get off exit 6 and go to northeast although its still out of the way. Northeast aint philly man. Its like staying in Flatbush to see attractions in manhatten
The attractions are in Philly, the eating is because they need to eat and there are more options in Northeast Philly than in Philly proper. Franklin Institute and either Mama's Vegetarian or Burger.org is a good combo too, but no reason to drive out to Bala just for lunch.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #127 on: April 08, 2014, 02:30:36 PM »
The attractions are in Philly, the eating is because they need to eat and there are more options in Northeast Philly than in Philly proper. Franklin Institute and either Mama's Vegetarian or Burger.org is a good combo too, but no reason to drive out to Bala just for lunch.

100% wasnt advocating the bala bit at all.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #128 on: April 08, 2014, 02:38:53 PM »
How old were they when you went?

We went with  6 and 8 year old.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #129 on: May 14, 2014, 05:43:30 PM »
My adult children are arriving in Philadelphia from Israel at 5:20 AM and their next flight is at 10:15 AM. Is there anything open early in the morning close to the airport, with a good hechsher, where they will be able to get something to eat? Is there a supermarket near the airport?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #130 on: May 15, 2014, 08:09:21 PM »
My adult children are arriving in Philadelphia from Israel at 5:20 AM and their next flight is at 10:15 AM. Is there anything open early in the morning close to the airport, with a good hechsher, where they will be able to get something to eat? Is there a supermarket near the airport?

LOL wrong city for that, bring food along.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #131 on: June 30, 2014, 10:48:31 PM »
has anyone stayed at the four points by sheraton northeast philadelphia?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #132 on: July 01, 2014, 12:32:13 AM »
has anyone stayed at the four points by sheraton northeast philadelphia?
Yup.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #133 on: July 01, 2014, 09:31:59 AM »
whats the neighborhood like? i know its a four point but how is the condition?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #134 on: July 01, 2014, 09:39:36 AM »
Neighborhood is decent. I dont know anything about the hotel.
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #135 on: July 01, 2014, 10:37:58 AM »
whats the neighborhood like? i know its a four point but how is the condition?
It's right along a busy road (3 lanes each way), with retail store all around it. It's fairly close to the Jewish areas of Northeast Philadelphia.

ETA: The condition of the hotel itself was okay. Just an ordinary, lower end hotel.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #136 on: July 01, 2014, 12:47:15 PM »
Is there is netz minyan anywhere in Philadelphia?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #137 on: July 01, 2014, 07:51:32 PM »
I've read through this thread and checked out the restaurants that users have previously provided. Does anyone know of any Kosher restaurants open on Motzei Shabbos?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #138 on: August 07, 2014, 09:51:46 PM »
I will be staying in staybridge suites Philadelphia-Montgomeryville for a couple of days next week. Will have 2 little kids with me (3, 2) Any recommendations in that area or what is worth driving for?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #139 on: August 07, 2014, 09:59:54 PM »
I will be staying in staybridge suites Philadelphia-Montgomeryville for a couple of days next week. Will have 2 little kids with me (3, 2) Any recommendations in that area or what is worth driving for?
::) I would suggest that you read through the thread, since it isn't long and it's full of suggestions already. Enjoy your Stay!  8)

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