Philadelphia is known as the City of Brotherly Love. It’s a great east coast city full of museums, history, interesting architecture and great food.
You might say Philadelphia is the spot of the official beginning of the United States of America since the Declaration of Independence was signed there and the Constitution was written there. You can visit Independence Hall, the building where these two events took place, for free, but you have to reserve tickets in advance. You can also take a selfie next to the Liberty Bell, the famous bell with the crack in it, right next door. No tickets, but expect a line.
If art is more your speed, there are several museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which lies at the top of the “Rocky Steps”, so named for the famous Rocky III movie. Run up the 72 stairs like Rocky did and get a great view of Philadelphia. Try to plan your visit for a Friday when the museum holds “Friday Nights”. They have live music, drinks and food, in addition to an amazing variety of art open until 8:45 pm. It’s a lively and cultural way to kickstart your weekend.
On top of all the art and history, Philadelphia is definitely a “foodie’s” dream, with a great variety of cuisines. The best place to sample a little bit of everything is Reading Terminal Market, one of the country’s oldest and largest public markets. You can try a famous Philly Cheese Steak or grab some Beiler’s fresh, handmade donuts to go. Beiler’s is owned and operated by a Pennsylvania Dutch family who run a few other stands in the market selling pickles, baked goods and salads among other tasty morsels. Don’t be turned off by the long line, it moves quickly and the donuts are worth the wait.
If time allows spend a few hours walking through the city to see the famous “Love Sign”, stroll along the Schuylkill River where you can glimpse rowers practicing in the water, and finally stop in at the Eastern State Penitentiary. The Penitentiary once housed such notorious personalities as Al Capone but is now only a museum. There are a variety of thought provoking exhibitions and art installments to see that are definitely worth a visit. Whether you are interested in learning, exercising, eating or just relaxing, a weekend escape to Philly will be a rewarding experience.
By Fleur-Isabelle Stewart,
English expert at Primera Languages for Business