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Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

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Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

This has been a very helpful forum. Lynn 3 has been super and have enjoyed the other posts as well. Would like you to weigh in with your thoughts.

Us: 5 Adults [including one senior], 4 kids Ages 8-12

HomeBase: DC Area

Transporation to and from Philly: The Family Van

Accomodations: Hyatt Regency, Penns Landing - courtesy Lynn3's expert Hotwire suggestion.

Other Items: Budget conscious, so probably looking at public transport and reasonably priced family-type restaurants. One birthday in the group on Friday so we would like to find something a bit "out of the ordinary".

Here's what we're gleaned so far;

Arrive 10:30A – Hotel Hyatt Regency Penns Landing

Lunch - Reading Terminal Market

Afternoon

Possible Duck Tour?

Franklin Institute ?

Independence National Historical Park ?

Dinner - ??

Evening

Lights of Liberty tour

Friday AM

Breakfast Dutch Eating Place

US Mint or Liberty Bell

Lunch Tony Luke’s, Jim’s or Campo’s

Afternoon Philly Museum of Art

Dinner – Birthday celebration ? Need a suggestion

And oh yes, we've added on Saturday to visit the Lancaster area. Any suggestions there are appreciated as well.

Well, bring it on! Thanks. Todd

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1. Re: Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

Looking also for suggestions of activity sequencing for most efficient movement as its tough to move 9 people around at one time! Is SEPTA a good option?

Many thanks in advance.

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2. Re: Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

Not to be negative, but your intinerary is, um, interesting and practically impossible. You will need to choose among the many things you have listed. Your list is like saying that you want to see the entire collection of Smithsonian museums in two days, and go to Georgetown for breakfast and Adams-Morgan for lunch while you're at it. Things are much closer together here, but the scale of the idea is the same.

The Franklin Institute is a full-day affair, not an afternoon. Ditto The Museum of Art. Tony Luke's is too far out of the way of the things you want to do. Do Campo's or Jim's for lunch.

As it is, you are zig-zagging all over. You won't be able to use your van due to parking issues (frequent in-and out is slow and VERY expensive, and attempts at on-street are not for out-of-towners), and cabs will cost you a fortune with a group that size (too big for one cab). Maybe you are on foot, which is normally okay if the weather is nice, but with 2 young kids and a senior, that may also be hard to do given the distance to be covered in the allotted time. You may want to get SEPTA day passes ($5.50/person, good for one day). They can be purchased on line here: https://shop.septa.org/index.php…

But- you need to know which buses to take and where to catch them. You can stick to the #38 bus to keep your life simple.

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3. Re: Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

I disagree with the Franklin or the Art Museum being all day affairs. It's different for every group of people. To see absolutely everything, sure it would take a bunch of time....but when traveling with 9 people, you've got to pick and choose the exhibits you want to see. Especially with kids, seniors, etc on a 2 day vacation. A half day is fine, and you'll more than get your moneys worth. The last time I went to each of them it was for a half day.

For the first day, I'd probably do the Franklin. It's a great place for kids, and entertaining enough for adults. That said, I haven't done a duck tour or seen all of Independence Park.

The 2nd day, I think you might be able to combine all the activities around 5th and Market (Liberty Bell, Independence Park, Mint). Personally, unless you're dying to see the Bell, I don't think it's that great an attraction. To each their own......

Stay away from Tony Lukes, I agree it's too far. Unless you are going down to South Street, I would stick to Campos for the steak. It's about 3-4 blocks from the Mint or Liberty Bell.

As for dinner, the sky's the limit. What's your budget, tastes in food, etc.?

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I'd just drive around. SEPTA for 9 people gets expensive. Those all day passes will set you back $50. And coordinating 3 different cabs would be a pain.

Yeah, a parking garage at Reading Terminal, AND at the Franklin, AND at dinner is pricey, but not much more than $50, and quite possibly less.

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5. Re: Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

Max1856,

Short term parking could easily run $18-36 at each location.

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6. Re: Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

Since you are staying near Penns Landing, you may want to consider touring the Cruiser Olympia and the WWII Becuna submarine located at the Independence Seaport Museum. The kids may find this more interesting than the Philly Art museum.

http://www.phillyseaport.org/

Also if you plan to visit the US Mint be sure to go to the US Mint web site and review the security procedures. We were disappointed as we were unable to go in because we had camera phones and cameras in our possession. They are very strict and won't let you in if you have shopping bags or other bags, cameras, etc. and there isn't any place to check these items.

www.usmint.gov/mint_tours/index.cfm…

It is a short walk to the Liberty Bell historical area (4 or 5 blocks) from Penns landing so you don't need to take your car when going to this area.

Campos Deli located on 214 Market st is also close to Penns Landing. Definitely very good for lunch. Tasty hoagies and philly cheese steaks and they have seating which some of the other places don't have much of.

http://www.phillyhoagie.com/

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7. Re: Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

owlyn, parking does not cost nearly that much.

right next to Reading Terminal:

philapark.org/findparking/…

Up to ½ hour $4.00

Up to 1 hour 8.00

Up to 1 ½ hours 10.00

Up to 2 hours 12.00

Up to 12 hours 14.00

Up to 24 hours 16.00

right next to the Franklin:

philapark.org/findparking/…

Up to 1 hour $4.50

Up to 2 hours $8.00

Up to 12 hours $12.50

Up to 24 hours $13.50

Independence mall:

philapark.org/findparking/…

Up to ½ hour $3.50

Up to 1 hour 7.00

Up to 1½ hours 10.00

Up to 2 hours 13.00

Up to 10 hours 15.00

Up to 24 hours 16.50

Total $46.

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8. Re: Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

...actually $41.50 total at most, as no one of those spots will need more than 10 hours.

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9. Re: Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

As I recall, you plan to be here in June. If so, the easiest, most economical transportation will be the Phlash. It runs from Penn's Landing to the Art Museum, going past all the spots you're interested in. Tickets are $1 per ride, or $4 for an individual all-day pass, or $10 for a family pass. Google "Phlash" and you'll get all the info.

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10. Re: Pls critique our Itinerary for Apr 5-6 Suggestions welcomed

All of the lots near the FI have jacked up their prices ~ Your best best is to park in the lot on 23 rd & Arch.