Philadelphia on a budget



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Luckily for those traveling on a budget, Philadelphia is a wonderful walking city with many interesting things to see and do that cost nothing or very little. While you will have to pay for lodging, this guide takes you to some of the best local eateries (like the Reading Terminal Market and Silk City) and some of Philadelphia's most picturesque outdoor locales, and it won't be hard on your wallet. You'll spend time in the beautiful and bustling Rittenhouse Square, wander through Fairmount Park to see Boathouse Row, and tour Philadelphia's historic district by foot.

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Day 1 - Philadelphia


After checking in to your hotel (an adorable bed and breakfast on Philadelphia's antique row), head over to Rittenhouse Square to do some people-watching. If you get bored of that, there are plenty of stores, cafes, and coffee shops around the square to browse through. For dinner, grab a bottle of wine or a few beers and head to El Azteca, a tasty little Mexican restaurant that will leave you full without damaging your wallet. For a true Philly dive-bar experience, check out Good Dog, where local bike messengers and hipsters spend many an hour.


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Antique Row Bed & Breakfast

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Location:

341 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5907

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tel: 215-592-7802
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Rittenhouse Square

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1801 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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tel: 215 636 1666
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El Azteca

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Location:

714 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3201

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tel: 215 733-0895
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Good Dog

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Location:

224 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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tel: 215 985 9600
fax: 215 985 1918
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Day 2 - Philadelphia


After breakfast, look into taking a mural tour with Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program. If a trolley tour isn't in your budget, try one of their self-guided walking mural tours. These tours take you to interesting neighborhoods of the city and give you a glimpse into one of Philadelphia's most important contributions to the national art scene. Grab some lunch at the Famous 4th Street Deli (you can get giant sandwiches to go if the weather's nice), and then wander around Independence National Historical Park. If Park admission isn't in your budget, you can certainly get a taste of Colonial Philadelphia simply by walking the streets of Society Hill. When you've had enough of colonial history, walk or bus your way up to Silk City, a popular upscale diner (but still on the cheap side) and music/dance venue. You'll probably be able to catch a live show here for just a few dollars' cover, or you could walk a couple blocks to 700 club, a neighborhood bar turned staple of Philadelphia nightlife.


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Mural Tours

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Visitor Center, 1700 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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tel: 215-685-0754
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Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

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Location:

700 S 4th St
At Bainbridge St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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tel: 1 215 922 3274 / 1 215 922 3535
fax: 1 215 923 6121
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Independence National Historical Park

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Location:

145 S 3rd St
One North Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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tel: 215 965 2305
fax: 215 597 1548
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Silk City

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Location:

435 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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tel: 215 592 8838
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700 Club

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700 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123-3008

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tel: 215 413 3181
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Day 3 - Philadelphia


Spend your last morning wandering around the Reading Terminal Market, where you can buy lunch (and groceries), sample some Amish pastries, and even buy a small souvenir or two for your friends. Be sure to get some snacks for the road, as your afternoon will involve a lot of walking. Make your way over to the Mutter Museum, Philadelphia's home of medical oddities (where the low cost of admission is well worth the visit), and then continue walking west towards Fairmount Park. If the Philadelphia Museum of Art (at the end of Ben Franklin Parkway) isn't in your budget, try strolling along Kelly Drive, a popular path for walkers, joggers, picnickers, and others out to enjoy the day. You can stroll along Boathouse Row and, if the timing is right, watch rowers go by on the Schuylkill River.


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Reading Terminal Market

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Location:

12th & Arch Sts
12th and Arch sts
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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tel: 1 215 922 2317
fax: 1 215 922 2040
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Mütter Museum

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The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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tel: 215 563 3737 ext. 242
fax: +1 215 575 3499
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Boathouse Row

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Location:

Kelly Drive
East Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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tel: 215 769 9693
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