I mentioned in my previous blog a few things that I wish I’d known about Philly. Here are some of the highlights of my trip.
Franklin Institute had an exhibit called The Art of the Brick. It is a Legos exhibit by Nathan Sawaya. All of the “sculptures” are made of Legos. It was amazing. My 13 year old and I absolutely LOVED It. Aside from that exhibit, I was only semi-sold on the Franklin Institute. The engineering exhibit was decent, as well as the Newton exhibit upstairs. We purchased the combo that included the Genghis Khan exhibit, which I found to be incredibly boring, and I would have been highly upset if I’d paid just to see it. The Art of the Brick was worth the $81 for two, in my opinion.
The Magic Gardens was an impressive “garden” mosaic made of piece of glass and recycled materials. It was obvious that years of time and effort went into making it. It was put together by one man by the name of Isaiah Zagar. We went on a Saturday around 2 and there was about a 20 minute wait to get it. It’s pretty small, so it’s not a place you would plan to spend an extended amount of time, but it’s worth a see. Perfect place for a photo op! Note: Some of the art was a bit sexual. I wasn’t bothered by it, but my 13 year old commented on it. Just an FYI.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
This was one of my favs! It is a small park in Penn’s Landing. There were several vendors, some concession stands, and an arcade overlooking the water. There was some type of museum there, but we didn’t go to it. My favorite part about it was the hammocks that were spread all over the park. You can lie back and relax under the trees. I could have stayed here all day! We tried the waffle sandwich from Franklin’s Ice Cream. It was two scoops of ice cream in between two waffles. Deliciousness! While you are here, you must take the picture with the Love Philly Chair.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Now I’m not much of a history buff, but the Eastern State Penitentiary was FASCINATING to me. I debated on whether or not to go, and I’m glad that I did! It is a self-guided audio tour through what was “America’s Most Historic Prisons.” This was one of my first times inside of a prison, and I was just awed at the conditions that prisoners live(d) in. I learned a bit about the history of solitary confinement, and got to view what is said to be a replica of Al Capone’s jail cell. If you are in the area, and even remotely interested in history (or not), I recommend this one!
Reading Terminal Market
This little gem was steps away from our hotel, and unfortunately, we didn’t check it out until two days before we were leaving. Inside the market are multiple restaurants, donut shops, coffee shops, smoothie shops, a florist, bakeries, and fresh produce and meat. There are SO many places I plan to try when I revisit Philly, but I got to enjoy a maple-bacon donut from Brieler’s. We had breakfast at Molly Malloy’s. It was average. We also had lunch at Keven Parker’s Soul Food Café. It claims to have America’s Best Fried Chicken. We tried the fried chicken, and found it was nothing to write home about. It was tasty, but definitely not the best.
Here are some other places I visited that are worth stopping by if you are in the Philadelphia area:
The Rocky Steps at the Art Institute