Philadelphia – discovering the city in one day

Hi there! If I’m telling you: Liberty Bell, Graffiti and Rocky, does it ring a bell? That’s right, Philadelphia here I come!

When living, or visiting New York, it’s very easy to go to Philly. As he city isn’t that big, you can visit it, as I did, during a day only! I explored it in October, and as you can see on the pictures below, I had a lovely day with a perfect weather!

Best way to go to Philadelphia

To get there from New York, I took a bus via Megabus (the bus station in New York is at the foot of the Highline on the 34th street, and you arrive directly at Philadelphia’s train station which is in the city center! Only 2 hours ride, in clean buses, with free wifi! And if you book it in advance, you can find tickets for $6 round trip! Yes, I swear, that’s what I did, and yes it’s cheaper than taking the subway in Manhattan.

Here is below how I planned my day in Philadelphia. I arrived there around 9am and took the bus to go back to NYC at 7pm. I discovered Philadelphia in only one day, walking, because I think it’s the perfect way to visit properly a place. So if you were willing to do the same, please don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and take some water and food!

My morning plans

  • I first started by visiting the Liberty Bell museum: this bell, which we all have heard about more or less, would have rung right after politicians signed the US Declaration of Independence in July 4, 1776, according to the legend.
  • Then I wandered in the city center, looking for the graffiti. They are scattered everywhere, especially on parking lots and are more than 5000. Unfortunately I have not seen them all in a day!
  • I discovered then an original “garden”, called the Magic Garden: a unique place, created by the mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. This garden is actually made only with mosaics and recycled materials (glass bottles, crockery, old bicycles … ). Make sure you don’t miss the Batman garage that is nearby, and take a photo, so cliché of course!
  • Then I had a well-deserved lunch in the neighborhood, at Jim’s Steak. I enjoyed (or tasted should I say, as it wasn’t a real gourmet meal) the famous Philly Cheesesteak!

My afternoon plans

  • On the afternoon the plan was to visit the city while walking to a former penitentiary. As you’ll see, Philly looks a bit like New York as it’s a mix between old brick buildings and modern ones. I stopped at the LOVE statue, which is right behind the City Hall. Then went to Logan Square and its fountain and took a street that was going up on the right, to reach Eastern State Penitentiary!
  • This prison is one of the best attractions to visit in Philadelphia. First of all because it’s not every day that you can visit a disused prison. The place is a little completely scary and one of a kind as you’ll see. Second of all, its history is impressive as it was a few years ago the most famous worldwide jail enclosing criminals such as Al Capone! For Halloween, there is a special evening organized for the more adventurous!
  • To end this perfect day, I went back on the main avenue, Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, and wandered to the Museum of Arts. Of course you can do another cliché picture with Rocky’s statue. But the best thing to do remains climbing all the steps while running and singing “Eyes of the tiger”. swear you won’t be the only one as it’s SO cliché! Please don’t forget to put your hands in the air as a victory sign when you arrive at the top! Moreover, you’ll be rewarded with the splendid view over Philly!

 Here is a map to help you!

What about you? Have you already visited this Philadelphia? Any good tips for us?

Boujou (the Norman way to say XOXO)

Infos :

Magic Garden: buy ticket online

Address: 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

Price: $10

Eastern State Penitentiary : buy ticket online

Address: 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

Price: $14

Jim’s steak: $

Address: 400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

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