BEST TOURIST SPOTS TO SEE IN PHILADLEPHIA PENNSYLVANIA
BY Stu Leventhal (Philadelphia Restaurant Consultant)
1. Philadelphia Museum of Art:
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
The Art Museum is simply awesome with special exhibits going on all the time! World Class art is on display daily! But perhaps the biggest draw is the famous ROCKY Statue. Feeling in shape, test yourself. Take a run up the museum steps where Stallone’s Champ worked out! It is not so easy as it looks!
2. Rittenhouse Square is Center City Philadelphia’s famous Park! Located on Walnut St btwn 18th & 19th streets the well maintained park attracts lots of people, especially during lunch on business days! In the summer bring a blanket and catch a sun tan or just park your butt on one of the many park benches and read a book. For example my new mystery book ‘High Sea’ by (me) Stu Leventhal! Check out the video book trailer http://youtu.be/R3NICAjPOZ4
There’s a cool goat statue and some other great statues and fountains! This is certainly one of the best place in the city to chill and people watch.
*Rittenhouse Square is bordered by many fine-dining and drinking establishments like Parc Brasserie, located at the corner of 18th and Locust Streets; from where you can sit, relax and watch the bikers, runners and walkers do their laps around the park!
Rittenhouse Square really is an oasis inside Philly’s sky scrapers!
3. Reading Terminal Market:
51 N 12th St between Arch & Filbert Streets
The Reading Terminal Market is a suave, Farmer's Market filled with great deals! You will find fresh vegetable stands, ethnic food stands, superb desert stands, café’s, fish and beef markets and much more…Come and bargain with the numerous Amish merchants!
4. The Franklin Institute:
222 20th Street… at Race Street
The world famous Franklin Institute is a Science Museum that is super popular with visiting school tours, families and kids of all ages! Who wouldn’t want to take a walk through the Giant Heart! And, do not miss the planetarium!
5. Washington Square:
210 W Washington Square, between Locust and Walnut streets
Washington Square Park is a 6.4 acre protected park located in Center City Philadelphia. The park is home for the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier’.
TRIVIA: Did you know; A very special sycamore tree was planted in the square in 1975? The SYCAMORE MOON TREE was grown from seeds that had been carried to the moon by astronaut Stuart Roosa on the Apollo 14 mission!
*Well, no Philadelphia tourist spot article could ever be complete without a few suggestions for where to find the best cheese steaks in the City! Believe me when I say they are all so good! Here are a few of the best....
6. Pat's King of Steaks:
1237 E Passyunk Ave at 9th Street
Sandwiches extraordinaire! Cheese steaks of all kinds! A local favorite!
7. Tony Luke's
39 E Oregon Ave
Tasty and large sandwiches! Always on everyone’s list for Best cheesesteak in Philly! Their chicken cutlets are great with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe. The ROAST PORK ITALIAN is a local favorite!
8. Jim’s Steaks:
400 South Street and 4th street
When you are walking along South Street window shopping, seeing the sights or pub crawling and you get a case of the munchies, Jim’s Steaks is the place for you! I highly recommend ‘The Whiz’ with plenty of cheese whiz and onions!
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