View Full Version : Bored in Philly. Any ideas.

22nd Apr 2005, 09:21
Well not bored yet. But will be in Philladelphia in early may for 5 days while the director of all operations (the missus) is in a conference.

Any ideas of what to do. Aviation related. some museums maybe that are good day trips.

Anything else to do in the area - I have never been to the area so would love some thoughts.

22nd Apr 2005, 09:40
The USS New Jersey moored on the Delaware river is worth a visit. Enormous ship with some mind boggling armaments. Details here. (http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/index.cfm?fa=tickets)

The Amish market, the Liberty Bell, Constitution Square and Constitution Hall are all worth a visit. If you have a car Hershey's Chocolate factory is about 2 hours drive away too.

It is a great city with a good atmosphere.

22nd Apr 2005, 10:03
Make sure you start your diet now !!

Them Philly cheese steaks gonna plump you up some.

For a slightly more upmarket nosh try Smith and Wollensky's, not far from the Liberty Bell. Obsequious waiters and all. There's also a bar in an old bank vault not far from there - could be good for a "lock in" ;)

22nd Apr 2005, 10:34
There is the Franklin Institute science museum in Philly - though I haven't been there since before the calendar was invented.

Washington is a day trip by train. and is full of museums, art galleries, etc. There is roughly hourly train service. It's a bit disrupted right now since the newer equipment from Bombardier has been withdrawn due to defective brakes. This reduces service by maybe 30%.

Entry to most Washington museums is free. The Metro [underground] will get you close to museums from Union Station easily.

The main Air & Space museum is duly famous and crowded this time of year.

They run (not cheap) shuttle buses out to the branch near Dulles airport.
The Udvar-Hazy center at Dulles is huge, so huge that it seems fairly empty with only 90-some aircraft on display. Docents give 90-minute guided tours a few times a day, though wandering around may suit you better.

You may not recognize Mr. Udvar-Hazy, but you've probably heard of his company, ILFC, the big airliner leasor. He donated roughly half the cost of the Dulles museum building.

22nd Apr 2005, 23:28
Don't forget to go to the South Street Seaport...lost of bars, reataurants, clubs. The zoo is fun too. Don't know the schedule for the Phillies (Baseball team). The Philly fans are renowned "homers". They booed Santa Claus once !!

Conversely, head North on a train to NYC. About an hour away into the heart of Manhattan. Both the trains to NYC and Washington leave from 30th St Station as does the train to Atlantic City in New Jersey. The only public beach (read free) in New Jersey as well as host to 10 or 11 rather large casinos on the Boardwalk. Please don't think Atlantic City = Las Vegas as there is no comparison. Still A.C is a fun place to go for a day.

All in all, you're in a prime location in Philly...

Newarksmells :ok:

24th Apr 2005, 01:27
Hey all,

thanks for all the info. Very handy.

I will be in NYC for 2 days passing through from longhaul flight and have been before but Philly will be all new to me.

Love the sound of the new Smithsonion at IAD, may investigate a day trip.

New Jersey looks good too.

I got ACARS wx yesterday on JFK and it was 12c and misty. Is that typical for this time of year.

Thanks again.

24th Apr 2005, 18:14
May 5 is Space Day at Smithsonian/Dulles and will probably really upset normal visiting.

"Space Day [will be], Thursday,
May 5 at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy
Center near Dulles Airport. Hours are 10 AM - 2 PM for
student groups, 2 - 4 PM for the general public, and
4 - 9 PM for families.
It's also a chance to meet the Shuttle Return to
Flight astronauts and other VIP's."

Amtrak has managed to find enough equipment to essentially replace the defective Acela trains with older equipment for the hourly service. And they now assert that the older Metroliners are about as fast as the Acelas - which I had guessed all along.

An important point is that reservations seem to be required on all [Metroliner?] trains.


Warning - the water temperature at the Jersey shore is really chilly this time of year - probably around 50 F / 10 C.

Atlantic City

Have a good time.