Philadelphia Tourist Traps

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Most Viewed Tourist Traps in Philadelphia

  • 1. Liberty Bell

    Many people call the Liberty Bell a tourist trap, but I cannot help but think it is because of the time spent waiting in line. After all, there is no charge for visiting the Liberty Bell. We visited...

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  • 2. South Street

    South St started out as an area populated many new immigrants, evolved into a hippie mecca in the 60's then a punk rock haven in the 70's-80's, now it's just an open air mall/meat market on weekend...

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  • 3. Independence Hall

    What we now refer to as "Independence Hall" was originally the Pennsylvania State House. This building held important political meetings including the signing of the Declaration of Independence and...

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  • 4. Philadelphia Museum of Art

    You will arrive at this famous museum far away from any civilization in the city, just to find crowds, traffic, and bad exibits, such as a black line painted accross a painting. philamuseum.org ...

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  • 5. Original Bookbinders

    This place has been around since 1865, so I gotta give it some credit. Any place that can stick around that long has to have some good qualities (it did close for a few years, but reopened in late...

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  • 6. Hard Rock Cafe

    A truly awful place. If you've been to one you've been to all of them right? Heck why would you go to any of then in the 1st place? Right around the corner is the Reading Termila Market, in the same...

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  • 7. Elfreth's Alley

    Elfred's Alley is certainly worth having a peek at with its all too well preserved row of typical homes from the 1700's, but there are lots of great old buildings scattered around the city with less...

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  • 8. Philadelphia Phillies

    Probably the 2011 WS winner... If you must go....try to time your game to see C Lee pitch, oh wait, perhaps that Halladay guy, hmmmmmmmm...yes this team is pathetic:) Couldn't help myself........

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  • 9. Betsy Ross House

    The house is pretty small and there is not much to see. In addition, historians disagree on Ross's role with the flag. If you have time see it, if not take a picture from the outside of the house and...

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  • 10. Lights of Liberty Show

    Absolutely avoid the 'Lights of Liberty' show. It's advertised heavily by the local power company, but it's definitely not worth your time and money. Also stay away from Liberty Place near Rittenhouse...

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  • 11. Benjamin Franklin Grave

    Walking in the old town we were attracted by several signs indicating the way to Benjamin Franklin tomb. Curious we followed the signs, and verifying that it...

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  • 12. SACRILEGIOUS cheesesteak chatter

    SACRILEGE! Jim's on South is the tourist trap... I used to live around the corner at 4th and Cypress and never went even though it was closer. Jim's doesn't...

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  • 13. Rittenhouse Square

    This is supposed to be Philadelphia's answer to New York's Central Park, but it's nothing more than a patheticly-small-campus-quad-like hang out. You can always...

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  • 14. Antique Row is over the top

    I always enjoy antique shops when I travel. However Antique Row, as they call it...was a bit of a disappointment to me. Most of the shops were lacking in...

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  • 15. Read the signs verrrry carefully

    Nancy has gotten more than one ticket since she's been in Philadelphia. City parking is always a hastle, but here we found a missing meter...but a legal spot to...

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  • 16. Pat's or Geno's,the...

    Pat's or Geno's, the venerable and yes, the original cheesesteak makers.Hey, some things were meant to be improved on. If you must, drive by and take a picture,...

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  • 17. Very interesting city, a great...

    Very interesting city, a great one, but why the whole city closes at 7:00 pm?here are no malls, museums or buldings open after 7:00; national landmarks close at...

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  • 18. Egads people! Realizing it has...

    Egads people! Realizing it has historical significance, the Liberty Bell is a big bell with a crack housed in a plastic McDonalds-like structure! Skip it if its...

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  • 19. Period Testimony: Quotations &...

    Period Testimony: Quotations & Random Thoughts As we turn and look back towards the Main Building, we are treated to one of the most beautiful sights it has...

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  • 20. The Philly Reichstag was built...

    The Philly Reichstag was built for the 1876 celebration of the American Centennial. Memorial Hall or ''Centennial Hall'' became the Philadelphia Art Museum...

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  • 21. Duck Tours

    Skip the Duck Tours that annoyingly honk their way through Old City and the onto the Delaware River. They're grossly overpriced and not always accurate in their...

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  • 22. view from the Philly...

    view from the Philly Brandenburg Gate. The Philly Reichstag (1876) influenced the Metropolitan museum of Art in NYC (completed in 1880) and the German Reichstag...

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  • 23. DEM AMERIKANISCHER...

    DEM AMERIKANISCHER VOLKEdesigned by Fairmount Park employee Hermann Schwartzmann, who never designed a building before in his life.

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