Philadelphia, PA: Tourists in town
Philadelphia, PA is a beautiful city with a powerful history. In the next few days I will share with you Philadelphia through the eyes of a tourist. Over the weekend we had our cousins Baz & Stephanie in town and explored Philadelphia much the way a tourist would. Buckle up and join us for the ride!
First stop: Ride the Ducks tour
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Duck tours are a great way to get a broad overview in a new city. The Boston duck tour is probably the most famous, but a few other towns host duck tours as well, including Philadelphia. Ride the Ducks begins at the Independence Visitor Center and takes you through a few of the most famous sites including Independence Hall, Society Hill, the Liberty bell, Elfreth’s Alley, and Penn’s Landing. We even saw another Duck (quack, quack) when we headed into the Delaware river!
Our driver, DJ Tony, kept us laughing and smiling through the whole tour while sharing bits and pieces of Philadelphia history with us. He also orchestrated a few “quack attacks” where we used our duck whistles to quack at pedestrians on the street. It was a really fun experience and PB and I loved giving our visitors a brief visit through the most important sights with the duck tour. We will definitely take all visitors on one!
Second stop: Reading Terminal Market
A trip to Philadelphia is not complete without a stop into the Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia’s historic farmers market. Reading Terminal can be a bit overwhelming for a first time visitor (or 10th time visitor!), but it is a lot of fun! There are dozens of vendors there ready to sell you anything from fresh farm produce to Philadelphia cheesesteaks to falafel sandwiches. The smells compete with one another, and the patrons do too- for a seat at one of the many tables. We headed there for lunch after our fun duck tour and everyone took a good 15 minutes to decide what to have. I finally settled on a vegetarian burrito (lettuce, guacamole, salsa and cheese) and some fries from the community pile. PB thought I wouldn’t like the skinny fries so he bought two kinds. What a guy!
Everyone else had… Philly cheesesteaks! The line was long but they said it was worth it. Baz was really excited for his first official cheesesteak!
Of course, what trip to Reading Terminal Market is complete without a visit to the Flying Monkey? I bought a strawberry cupcake for Stephanie and a blueberry apple bar for myself.
I was supposed to share my bar with PB but somehow he was only able to get 1/4 of it. It was so incredibly delicious and I can’t wait to go back! Another vendor worth mentioning is Metropolitan bakery, in my opinion, the best bakery in Philadelphia! We had their multigrain boule on Friday, and I often buy their bread on visits to DiBruno’s at 18th & Chestnut.
The first day of our Philadelphia tour was off to a great start! Next stop? Love Park!