The streets of Philadelphia

Let’s change our latitude, shall we? We will travel from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. If you’re staying on the East coast, you simply should visit the old American capital and the historic city of brotherly love – Philadelphia.


You can visit the most important Philadelphia sights just for a day with good planning and no rush. Trust me! Once we decided to go I made the perfect plan. But let me tell you something first. Sorry, but the famous “Rocky steps” are not on our list. Perhaps I just lost a few readers, but c’est la vie… The reason is not that we do not like the movie, but jumping and running up the stairs Hollywood style…. and the statue of Sylvester Stallone (ok, right, of his movie character), who is still alive, are a bit too much for me if you know what I mean…

We took the bus early in the morning from Wildwood (like I mentioned in previous posts we spent four months there). It takes three hours to get to Philadelphia. We woke up quite early so I spent some time sleeping on the bus(my favorite combination – travel, and sleep).

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The Adventure Aquarium

The first thing on our list was The Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey. This is a small town located directly across Philadelphia on the Delaware River. Camden and Philadelphia are in different states, but we are in the U.S. and everything is so easy with the transportation. The two cities are connected by subway, water transport, etc. So, no worries!

I went to the bus driver and asked him to drop us at the Port Authority Transit in Camden as we would walk to Adventure Aquarium. He looked at me and asked: “Are you sure?”. “Yes, I am!” – I confirmed without hesitation, although the question sounded strange to me…

Well, a few minutes later we realized what actually the bus driver had asked us. Definitely, this itinerary was shorter but the neighborhood we found ourselves in bothered me a little. We went by some industrial buildings and I wanted to run away really quickly. Honestly!!!

After 15 minutes we reached the civilization – a.k.a The Aquarium. We saw the Delaware River, the skyscrapers on the other side, and then everything fell into place.



Travel Channel writes about the top aquariums across the U.S. and The Adventure Aquarium is one of the favorite ones (you can find more information here). We spent several hours there. It was fun, educational and very interactive. The American museums are such a great experience. Which is the top Aquarium on your list? Please share in the comment form below!

Independence Hall and Liberty Bell

For a few hours, we felt like little kids but everything comes to an end. There are ferries which go from one side of the river to the other, but we didn’t have luck as the water transport wasn’t working that day. And guess what? We had to go back to Camden for catching the subway. “Again, really?!” – I thought. We crossed our fingers and went to the station. Then caught the subway and got to a fabulous metro station – a wonderful mall.

We found ourselves a few blocks away from the National Historical Park Independence, where the Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are situated. We didn’t have the chance to visit the Independence Hall because of some reconstructions. As a historian I felt the soul of this building – it was impressive. Statements, discussions and notable personalities and that luster of the past – irreplaceable!

Washington Square

Around noon, we were already thinking about the famous Philly Cheesesteak. Yummy! We didn’t even go to some special spot for authentic Philly Cheesesteaks but bought some on the street as they could be found everywhere. Sorry, we don’t have pictures of ourselves eating but in September 2010 Instagram wasn’t launched yet (This social media was launched in October 2010, one month later). But here’s one interesting video from


We had our lunch at Washington Square and we came across an interesting find – The Bicentennial Moon Tree. It was planted from a seed carried to the Moon by the astronaut Stuart A. Roosa. Love it!

Chinatown and Dilworth Park

It was time to go back to the streets of Philly and continue our walk. We passed through Chinatown.

China Town, Philadelphia,

And here we are at Dilworth Park which is more like a square to me. It doesn’t look like a real park at all as there aren’t green areas – maybe just a few trees. Anyway, let it be a park! In Dilworth Park is located the City Hall which was built in 1871-1901 and it’s the largest municipal building in the United States.

Right next to Dilworth Park are the JFK Plaza, the famous “LOVE” sculpture of Robert Indiana and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin Parkway is designed like the Champs-Elysees in Paris? It’s a place for annual parades and various city events. All the national flags are lined up on both sides there, a fact which also attracts many tourists.

We took a little break on a bench and for the first time in our lives, we saw a hummingbird <3 A fairytale! Here’s a challenge for you – find the hummingbird on the picture, xoxo.


It was time to catch the bus back to Wildwood. We had enough time to take some pictures and enjoy the night lights of the City of Brotherly Love.

This town was such a strange experience for us. We were so tired in a very strange way. Philadelphia is a mix of the past and the present, of old and new architecture. The city is a little bit chaotic and with a very different atmosphere from the other American cities. It left me with a feeling that I can’t quite put into words. All this on the streets of Philadelphia! The last location – Greyhound Terminal! Goodbye, Philly!

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Streets of Philadlphia,


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  2. Brittany April 22, 2018 at 1:25 am

    I’ve always wanted to see the liberty bell! What a cool and fun trip! And great layout for the day to see everything!

    1. omtripsblog April 23, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you, Brittany! I am happy that you liked the post!

  3. Benzinger23 April 20, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    This is great! I love the video of how to order a philly. The map that you added is such a cool feature!

    1. omtripsblog April 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      I am glad that you find the map useful!

  4. Haley April 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for your in depth description of your activities. I went to Philly on the way back from DC as a kid, it we only saw the liberty bell. Seems like there’s a lot more to do!

    1. omtripsblog April 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you for your nice comment!
      The old American capital is amazing option for a weekend trip. 🙂

  5. Magic In The Everyday April 19, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    This looks amazing!! My sister lives in Philly and I want to visit. That aquarium reminds me of the one here in ATL, its gorgeous!

    1. omtripsblog April 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      You have to visit Philly when you have a chance! The Adventure Aquarium is indeed gorgeous, do not miss it 🙂

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  8. lisa December 15, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Great pics!I have never been to Philly but it sounds like it would be an interesting experience!

    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      I have really great memories from there 🙂

  9. The Motivated Mom December 13, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I want to visit Philly so bad. I have heard great things…this post backs them up.

    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      It is really impressive!

  10. agentizerozerosetter December 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Loved your pictures! Would love to visit Philadelphia one day, looks like there are so many things to see and enjoy!

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      As an old American capital, Philadelphia is still hiding its history and oldtime glory. Very interesting city! I hope that you can visit it one day!

  11. Siti Aana December 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun there. The scenery looks amazing!

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Yes, we’ve had wonderful time! Thank you for the positive words!

  12. Kitty December 12, 2017 at 2:31 am

    These are some great pics… I wish I can go there sometime soon 😀

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      New year, new opportunities 🙂

  13. MONNKA December 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Great pics! I love the way you presented this article>

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      🙂 you are so sweet, thank you, @MONNKA

  14. Stargazer Writes December 11, 2017 at 7:40 am

    This is a nice guide if you want to explore Philly. I love the story of the bicentennial moon tree the most. It has travelled so far.

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      @Stargazer Writes, I was also so impressed, that I can’t take my eyes off it.

  15. Melina December 11, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Love the way this travel guide is displayed with photos slides for locations!! Maybe a tri for future!

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Dear Melina, I am glad that the post has inspired you somehow. 🙂

  16. Blair Villanueva December 11, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Thank you for virtually touring us in Philadelphia. This city is something I just only saw in various movies, and glad you enjoyed your trip.
    Where is your next stop?

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      @Blair Villanueva, we really enjoyed our stay in Philadelphia. Speaking of future travels we haven’t decided yet. And what about you, where are heading next?

  17. adstanfield25 December 10, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Such a great guide! I remember visiting Philiadelphia once as a little girl-my uncle lived there. I would love to go back as an adult and visit the aquarium and Chinatown. Looks so fun!

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you, @adstanfield25! Philadelphia is definitely a must! Great history, remarkable architecture and so many things to do. The Aquarium and Chintown is very good choice indeed 🙂

  18. OurIrishFamily December 10, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve never been to Philadelphia, but you just made me think twice about why we haven’t visited whilst in the US.. I love aquariums we don’t have good ones in Ireland so wherever we travel we have to visit one.

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      If I have to be honest the Aquariym in Philadelphia is the best I have ever visited. So when you go there do not miss it! Happy travels!

  19. mjchristine December 10, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I wish to visit this state once in my life but thanks for the photos and the experience though i haven’t been I felt that somehow I know how it looks like and got an idea what to see in that place.

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      I am happy that you felt this way while reading the article! Thanks!

  20. ChrissyAdventures December 10, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Nice guide to Philadelphia! I’ve never been there but would love to visit one day. Maybe this could be another bucket list item!

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Yey, so many inspired people here! 🙂

  21. Corinne and Kirsty December 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I have never been to philadelphia and the only pics I saw where from It is always sunny in philadelphia (tv show). The city looks amazing! so many things to do there!

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      I don’t know this TV show but I will check it right away.

  22. Soonjoo December 10, 2017 at 11:21 am

    What a fun place! I’ll probably visit there near future. Love your photos. And Moon Tree is really cool!

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Yes, the moon tree is still in front of my eyes.

  23. Daria Gora December 10, 2017 at 10:14 am

    It is a very good travel guide. I have just moved to USA a year ago. Right now we are exploring California, the state where we love but I would love to see other cities. I do not know much about Philadelfia and your article gave some insight. the pictures are very pretty as well

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Enjoy your stay in the States and do not forget to travel around. 🙂

  24. joancajic December 9, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Great guide and love the photos, I hope to visit there one day.

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      You are so nice! Thanks!

  25. Lisa Bulpin December 9, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Lovely travel guide for Philadelphia, I will probably never go there because its suuuuuper far away for me so I enjoyed reading about it! Thanks! I love the thin long tree, so beautiful!

    1. omtripsblog December 12, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Nothing is so far away, it is only our perspective 🙂

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