Pennsylvania Tourist Traps

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Pennsylvania Tourist Traps

  • Liberty Bell

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    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 the Liberty Bell in late September: perhaps it was the time of year, but there was no line, and we were in and out of the Liberty Bell Center in less...

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  • Independence Hall

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    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 the creation of the Consitution. Tours are offered and they are free. I certainly recommend everyone check it out even though it is a bit of a tourist...

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  • South Street

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    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 nights. If you like to stroll down the sidewalk at a snails pace and holler out to the hot mammas, well then, this is the street for you. This street...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    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 builing even. Go there. This is one the best places in Philadelphia to eat, grab a beer, shop & look at the Amish. Real local flavor.

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    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 Although there really is nothing close by, the zoo isn't too far by car or bus.

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  • Elfreth's Alley

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    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 picture snapping tourists standing in your way. If going to Elfred's Alley, go mid-week, early morning to avoid the crowds. It is a charming place when...

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  • Original Bookbinders

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    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 2004). And in fact, the food's not bad, but it's outrageously priced for what you get. The original in Old City (2nd and Walnut) has now reopened after...

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  • Philadelphia Phillies

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    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..... admittedly I was probably spouting out the same type of frustration in '02!!! Become a Mets fan...

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  • Betsy Ross House

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    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 then see something else.

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  • Visiting Independence Hall in...

    Free tickets, long queues For a visit to Independence Hall you need a ticket that is distributed on a daily basis by Visitors Center. Of course during summer months with those hundred thousands of pupils and organised tours it is almost impossible to obtain a ticket after noon for the same day. I was at around 10.00 a.m. on ordinary week day in...

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  • Penn Hills Resort Poconos is a joke!!

    Please do not be fooled by the website for Penn Hills Resort in the Poconos. Although my weekend there was entertaining and tons of laughs.... this place was completely outdated!! they had rugs on the walls and mirror tint on the ceilings... you almost need to go check this out and just drive by to believe all of this. The service is absolutely...

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  • Dress like the Amish

    Don't be caught dead taking your picture with all the hick tourists...well unless you are taking a picture for your VT pages of course, then it is allowed. That short neckless Amish person is my daughter, they had only ADULT Amish, wonder where all the kids were, I mean with no cars, no phones, television, computers, bars, discos or other...

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  • Cheesy "Romantic" hotels in the Poconos

    Anyone remember those ridiculous commercials for Mt. Airy Lodge, with the champagne shaped jacuzzi? Well that stuff is real all right. Overpriced nonsense that makes you feel as though you stepped back into the 70's (this was probably the last time most of these rooms were redone as well) It was just sort of sad and pathetic. Not that I stayed in...

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  • I guess it is because I live...

    I guess it is because I live here that I consider this Lancaster area a tourist trap. Amish are private people and do not enjoy the intrusive buses and cars that drive by them with people staring and taking pictures. Many of the businesses take advantage of the culture here and sell their goods to duplicate and represent the Amish traditions and...

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