Although there is no place in the world such as NYC, it is always so great to get out of the city. Philly is conveniently a short bus/train/car drive away, and if you’re only there for a day there are some must do’s!
Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 S St:
Philly Magic Gardens is the top of my list for a reason – there truly is nothing like it elsewhere. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a gallery which takes Isaiah Zagar’s vision of using non traditional materials such as bicycle wheels, tiles, mirrors, and folk art statues, and brings it to life. Make sure to go early if you want to get good pictures and make sure you pre-book your tickets in advance at www.phillymagicgardens.org.
- Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students + seniors, $6 for children 6-12 years old, and $0 for children 0-5 years old.
Rocky Steps, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy:
Touristy but fun! I recommend going at night where it is less crowded (and less people running up and down the steps).
One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market St:
With the best views of the Philly skyline, the One Liberty Observation Deck is a good way to spend an hour or two. Unbeatable views! I ordered my ticket online (5% off), and made sure I was there at 11 when it wasn’t too crowded.
- Tickets are $14.50 for adults (e-ticket is $13.78) and youth is $9.50 (e-ticket is $9.03).
Parc Restaurant, 227 S 18th St:
Located in Rittenhouse Square, this Parisian bistro has one of the best brunches in Philly. Highly recommend getting the French toast while requesting a table by the window to people watch.
Mac Mart, 104 S. 18th St:
Mac Mart takes the classic mac-and-cheese and gives it their own twist with different flavors. Their classic specialty is a creamy seven-cheese mac topped with panko and potato chips. Flavors range from BBQ in a Bowl, In the Buff, Fat-n-Happy, to Heart Attack. I chose the Margherita Mac, which is diced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and potato chip panko crunch.
Federal Donuts, multiple locations around Philly:
Serving chicken, donuts, and coffee, there is something for everyone at Federal Donuts. Although I haven’t tried their chicken, I keep going back for their donuts! Choose between specialty donuts ($2.75) or their warm donuts ($1.75). I highly recommend the strawberry lavender.
Reading Terminal Market, 51 N 12th St:
A classic for a reason, so many options! But, I stick to my grounds that the best Philly Cheesesteak can be found at Carmen’s in Reading Terminal Market. Be prepared for a long line, but worth the wait.