Philadelphia is not only home to many national historical sites, it’s also home for me. Well sort of. I grew up in South Jersey and cheered for Philly sports teams, ate Philly Steaks and took school field trips to the The Franklin Institute Science Museum. Whenever we visit my family in South Jersey, I always take Aracely into the city for my favorite things to do in Philadelphia.
1. Run Up the Rocky Steps
In the Oscar winning film “Rocky”, Sylvester Stallone runs up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. If you drive by the Art Museum on a weekend you will find kids and adults reliving the climb, jumping up and down with fists in the air at the top.
2. Eat Philly Cheesesteaks
Notice that the word is plural. You can’t have just one cheesesteak in Philadelphia. Once you become familiar with the sandwich you will realize it tastes different around the city. Made from thinly sliced steak and melted cheese, Provolone, American or Cheez Whiz, in a long roll, preferably an Philadelphia Amoroso roll. You must go to South Philly and visit the headquarters of Cheesesteak history. Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks sit across the street from each other and have a big rivalry. This won’t be your best sandwich, so be sure to check out another famed cheesesteak establishment.
3. See the Liberty Bell
Visit the Independence National Historic Park in Old City Philadelphia for an incredible tour of our Nation’s history. Most significant is the Liberty Bell. Enter the free museum and learn about the history of the bell and how it was used as a symbol throughout history for different causes.
4. Watch a Phillies Game at Citizens Bank Park
Considered one of the best ball parks in all of baseball, Citizens Bank Park standing room only tickets are perfect for any visitor looking to catch a game of the 2008 World Champions Philadelphia Phillies. With an open main concourse (360 degrees) you find that seats aren’t necessary. The open outfield provides scenic views of Philadelphia’s Center City Skyline. Philadelphia has a rich sports history dating back to the 1800’s. Don’t forget to join the tailgate party.
5. Walk South Street
Beginning at the Delaware River, South Street is famed for its mix of eclectic shops, bars, and eateries. Stop by Jim’s for cheesesteaks, get a tattoo, pick up some condoms at Condom Kingdom, tour the mosaic buildings or bar hop at night.
I am biased, Philadelphia is my favorite city. After spending some time in the city you’ll realize it’s a big city with a small town feel, and they are passionately connected with their sports teams.