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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 199991 times)

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #600 on: August 06, 2018, 02:34:12 PM »
Just used it last week much better experience than off site lots no wait times for the shuttle also came out the same price as the off site lots as they charge $11 flat rate without any other  taxes and fees! Just one thing to consider there are three different entrances do some research which one is the closest to the airport so hopefully you wonít have to sit in the shuttle as it circles the lot itís pretty big!

Thanks so much! I will try to find that out! Did you have to wait long for a shuttle?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #601 on: August 06, 2018, 02:42:38 PM »
Thanks so much! I will try to find that out! Did you have to wait long for a shuttle?
not at all its officially every ten minutes but I didn't have to wait at all when we got there I missed one shuttle as I was getting my luggage out of the car the next one came 2 min later and at arrival there were three empty shuttle waiting at the terminal 

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #602 on: August 10, 2018, 02:08:56 AM »
can anybody tell me why phi has four consecutive blocks of one way the again for the other side not that every other block is the other direction?

The streets their make me mad!!!

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #603 on: August 10, 2018, 02:18:29 AM »
can anybody tell me why phi has four consecutive blocks of one way the again for the other side not that every other block is the other direction?

The streets their make me mad!!!
City Hall area?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #604 on: August 10, 2018, 03:26:22 AM »
Thanks so much! I will try to find that out! Did you have to wait long for a shuttle?
I think that past a certain time at night, they only come every twenty minutes.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #605 on: August 11, 2018, 12:54:28 AM »
I think that past a certain time at night, they only come every twenty minutes.
+1 I think after 10 pm.
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #606 on: September 27, 2018, 07:19:43 AM »
Any restaurant recommended?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #607 on: September 27, 2018, 07:24:20 AM »
Any restaurant recommended?
Star of David grill

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #608 on: September 27, 2018, 02:15:01 PM »
Star of David grill
+1
No frills place, though I never had anything I did not like there.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #609 on: December 24, 2018, 10:35:27 PM »
Was just in Philly for one night. Stayed at the Westin. Got upgraded to suite on top floor, with complimentary full breakfast. No special status on my part. Great experience. Granted, we were there on a sunday night before christmas when the hotel is pretty vacant.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #610 on: January 19, 2019, 07:40:19 PM »
Looking for a minyan close to PHL airport for mincha. Preferable a very early mincha. Anyone have any info?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #611 on: April 11, 2019, 03:05:35 PM »
For a family with all ages, any attractions for chol hamoed besides the Phili Zoo?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #612 on: April 11, 2019, 04:06:39 PM »
For a family with all ages, any attractions for chol hamoed besides the Phili Zoo?
Not in Philly proper, but Longwood Gardens is great. Aquarium and Battleship NJ in Camden (right across the bridge from Philly). Any of those should work well for a variety of ages.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #613 on: April 16, 2019, 06:41:22 AM »
For a family with all ages, any attractions for chol hamoed besides the Phili Zoo?

Ages? How far willing to drive?

We are thinking of doing Philly on way back from Lancaster, and since have a spread in ages some of our choices are crayola factory, Franklin Institute, Herrís tour, US mint and eastern penitentiary.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #614 on: April 16, 2019, 07:09:17 AM »
Ages? How far willing to drive?

We are thinking of doing Philly on way back from Lancaster, and since have a spread in ages some of our choices are crayola factory, Franklin Institute, Herrís tour, US mint and eastern penitentiary.
Crayola is in Allentown. Not so close. Surprises me that you would go to Herr's on pesach

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #615 on: April 16, 2019, 08:00:48 AM »
Crayola is in Allentown. Not so close. Surprises me that you would go to Herr's on pesach

Crayola - true, but not that out of the way when driving back to Brooklyn.
Herrís - is why I may not. Is it any different then going on Hershey tour or similar?

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #616 on: April 16, 2019, 08:06:05 AM »
Crayola - true, but not that out of the way when driving back to Brooklyn.
Herrís - is why I may not. Is it any different then going on Hershey tour or similar?
No different. I personally wouldn't do either.

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #617 on: April 16, 2019, 12:40:24 PM »
Crayola is in Allentown. Not so close. Surprises me that you would go to Herr's on pesach
Why is going to Crayola on chol hamoed better? Most things there are not appropriate for chol hamoed.
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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #618 on: April 16, 2019, 12:41:35 PM »
Why is going to Crayola on chol hamoed better? Most things there are not appropriate for chol hamoed.
No idea, I havent been there since I was a kid

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Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #619 on: April 16, 2019, 01:16:46 PM »
Any Kosher for Pesach restaurants in Philly?