Philadelphia Bound

4 Hour Insider Itinerary

Site Seeing:

Independence National Park

Packed with history and lots of choices…. The National Park spans 50 acres on 20 city blocks within Philadelphia.

Independence Visitors Center

Start at the center when you arrive! This is THE place to plan out your trip, and pick up timed tickets for Independence Hall.

Hours: 8:30am-6:00pm
525 Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | Get Directions
(215) 965–7676
http://www.independencevisitorcenter.com/

Liberty Bell Center

Liberty Bell was cast in London and sent to the then Pennsylvania State House in 1753, which is now known as Independence Hall. The Liberty Bell measures in at 12 feet in circumference, weighing 2, 080 pounds. While in Liberty Bell Center check out displayed historic documents and learn about all the myths surrounding the bell.

Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
600 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 | Get Directions
(215) 965–2305
http://www.visitphilly.com/history/philadelphia/the-liberty-bell-center/

Independence Hall 5th and Chestnut Streets

The birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Admission: Free
Hours: Walk-up tickets are available for pick up at the Independence Visitor Center day of starting at 8:30 am. Arrive early… tickets can run out.
14 N 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA | Get Directions
(215) 683–9408

Rocky Statue/Steps

Sylvester Stallone’s character, Rocky Balboa, was immortalized in bronze in 1980. It resides at the bottom of the PA Museum of Art stairs. The statue is quite possibly one of Philadelphia’s most famous pieces of art. Just as famous, are “The Rocky Steps,” which make their cameo in the epic Rocky music montage scene. They lead up to the East Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of art. Make sure to recreate the famous scene!

26th Street Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA | Get Directions
http://www.visitphilly.com/museums-attractions/philadelphia/the-rocky-statue-and-the-rocky-steps/?gclid=CKfEm6LGxLECFY4FRQodHAwABA

Markets/Shopping:

Reading Terminal Market

Nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market! The market provides a blend between food vendors, produce, Amish delicacies, and other necessities to meet your shopping needs. The dining choices are extensive – so, make sure to look around the entire market and see what looks good to you!

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 8:00am-6:00pm, Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm
1100 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA | Get Directions
(215) 592–0591
readingterminalmarket.org

Rittenhouse Row

Boasts over 200 dining, retail, and cultural establishments, with a unique mix of national retailers next door to small boutiques… with so many options, you are bound to find something!

1831 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | Get Directions
(212) 972–0100
http://www.rittenhouserow.org/

South Street

Considered to be one of the most eclectic streets in Philadelphia! Plus for you night owls, many of the shops are open late from noon ‘til midnight!

Extends from Front Street to 11th Street on South Street
http://www.southstreet.com/

 

Diners & Drive–Ins

Good Dog Bar & Restaurant

Cuisine: Gastropub; Deep-frying handmade empanadas loaded with a Philly favorite

224 South 15th St Philadelphia, PA 19102 | Get Directions
(215) 985–9600
www.gooddogbar.com

Honey’s Sit-n-Eat

Cuisine: Southern/Jewish fusion

Voted Best of Philly 2011: Casual Breakfast
Cash only
800 North 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19123 | Get Directions
(215) 925–1150
http://honeyssitneat.com/

Sam’s Morning Glory Diner

Cuisine: Fresh take on old classics!
Be prepared to pay cash.

735 S. 10th St Philadelphia pa 19147 | Get Directions
(215) 413–3999
http://www.themorningglorydiner.com

Silk City Diner

Cuisine: Part diner, part club, Silk City Diner is a staple in Northern liberties.

Dinner daily 5pm-1am
Brunch sat/sun 10am-3:45pm
435 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19123 | Get Directions
(215) 592–8838
www.silkcityphilly.com

Jim’s Steaks

Cuisine: Steaks, Cheese steaks, and Hoagies

400 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | Get Directions
(215) 928–1911
http://www.jimssteaks.com/

Interstate Drafthouse

Cuisine: American Southwest Craft Beer Bar. After all, you are on a road trip… why not make it complete and stop by Interstate Drafthouse for a beer?

1235 East Palmer St., Philadelphia, PA 19125 | Get Directions
http://www.facebook.com/Interstatedrafthouse

 

Best Running Routes

Schuylkill River Trail

This path runs along the Schuylkill River for 23 miles from Center City Philadelphia to Valley Forge National Historical Park in Montgomery County. Most of the trail is 10 to 12 feet wide paved surface with grassy shoulders. There are multiple access points http://www.schuylkillrivertrail.com/

Mileage: 10 miles

Kelly Drive

Run like a local, and check out Kelly Drive. Philly Runners use the Kelly Drive loop for their Saturday club runs. Head along Kelly Drive next to the river, following Kelly Drive. Turn left onto Falls Bridge to cross the river. Take a left onto W. River Drive. Continue onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and follow this along the river, until you meet Spring Garden Drive. Take this and head back across the river, follow it until it meets up with Kelly Drive. Circle around the art museum, heading back up Kelly Drive to Lloyd Hall where you started. Lloyd Hall serves as a recreation center with public restrooms available during their business hours.

NotePark at Lloyd Hall (1 boathouse row, Philadelphia, PA)
Mileage: 8.5 miles

Rocky Run

If you are going to check out the Rocky Statue and Steps… Why not throw your shoes on and go for a run? Starting at the parking lot head down S. 22nd St toward Market St. Take a left onto Locust St, passing through Rittenhouse Square. Take a quick right onto N. 10th St, followed by a left onto Spruce St, and another quick left onto 8th St. Take a right onto Locust and follow that around Washington Square (home of Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier). Taking a left onto S. 5th St where you will pass through Independence Mall State Park with the Independence Hall on your left. Take a left onto Market St as you head back toward the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Take a right onto S. 12th St followed by a left onto Arch St running right past the Philadelphia Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market. Head down Arch as you pass JFK Plaza (home to the famous LOVE statue) and follow Arch Street as it takes a right and becomes Race Street, following Race Street around Logan Square. Continue up Benjamin Franklin Parkway, heading straight through Eakins Oval, taking a left as you run past the famous Rocky Steps and Rocky Statue! As you following Eakins Oval back around, head back down taking a right onto 24th St, and following it back to where you started!

West Philly

Starting at the corner of 45th St and Locust, head on Locust towards S. 43rd St. Follow Locust through the University of Philadelphia campus. Take a left when you hit Spruce St. Follow Spruce St. and continue when it turns into South St at S. 33rd st. Follow South across the river, and take a left onto S. 27th St, followed by a quick right onto Lombard St. Turn left onto 11th St go down 5 blocks and take a left onto Locust. Run through Rittenhouse Square, and head out on Walnut St, which you take you back across the river to the west side. Take a left onto 45th St, which you wil take you right back to where you started.

Mileage: 6 miles