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Recommendations for a few hours

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Recommendations for a few hours

My daughter and I land at 9:20am on the 17th and have an international flight at 9:15pm. We do have TSA Pre if that helps. Would it be possible for us to see anything with a short timetable? Not sure how close the airport is to everything. I've always wanted to see the Liberty Bell. I looked at the Independence Hall reservations and the tickets are sold out. It's rather last minute for us. Any suggestions? I've never been to Philadelphia. My daughter is 14. Thanks for any advice you have.

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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1. Re: Recommendations for a few hours

The downtown area, referred to as Center City, can be reached via a train that stops at each terminal. Our trains are run by SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) which is your BART. It takes about 20 minutes from the airport to the Jefferson Station in Center City, which is about 5 blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Right next to the station is the Reading Terminal Market that has lots of places to eat since it’ll be close to lunchtime when you get here. You’ll have to checkin for your international flight first and check your luggage so you won’t have to carry it around. Enjoy your short visit. I’m sure you two will be exhausted after flying all night from the “city by the bay”.

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2. Re: Recommendations for a few hours

Just a couple of minor corrections to the above post. The trip from the airport to Jefferson Station takes about 30 minutes, and it's about a 6 block walk to Independence Hall. Our downtown area is pretty flat, so the extra block shouldn't be a bother.

The airport trains run twice an hour, so factor that into your timing. Fare will be $5.25/person each way if you buy your tickets at the kiosk. If you pay on board, it is $7/person each way, cash only. You could also take a taxi or Uber/Lyft. If there is no traffic, that trip takes about 15-20 minutes. Taxi fare is a fixed price, and should run around $33 including tip.

Here is a link to the SEPTA information:

http://www.septa.org/welcome/airport.html

San Francisco...
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3. Re: Recommendations for a few hours

Thank you both. I appreciate the details. You are right that we’ll be tired. Are there any brokers who are legitimate sellers of tickets to Independence Hall! Thanks for all the help.

Voorhees, New Jersey
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4. Re: Recommendations for a few hours

You can check Stubhub to see if there are any tickets available. I’m not sure if the tickets hit the secondary resale market. There are lots of other historical places to see like the relatively new Museum of the American Revolution, National Constitution Center that has an exhibition on Hamilton, Carpenter Hall, Betsy Ross House, and Ben Franklin’s burial site. There’s a hop on hop off bus that will give you an overview of the city but your time will be short. It will take you to the Art Museum and the Rocky Statue. I hope you and your daughter enjoy yourselves.

Marlton, New Jersey
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5. Re: Recommendations for a few hours

Tickets to independence hall are free, they can be booked online from the park service for a small processing fee or are first come first serve. They are not required after 5 PM in the summer.

San Francisco...
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6. Re: Recommendations for a few hours

Thanks for all of the ideas of more places to see. Some of those sound super interesting. I’m not yet sure when I feel I need to head back to the airport. I won’t need to check any bags, but I want a comfortable amount of time. Thanks for all the help.

Voorhees, New Jersey
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7. Re: Recommendations for a few hours

Your international flight is at 9pm so I would start heading back from Center City around 6:30ish. That should be plenty of time to make it back at least 2 hours before your flight leaves. You may be tired way before that, though.

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8. Re: Recommendations for a few hours

Liberty Bell, independence Hall (Lines can be really long), Reading terminal market, observatory Deck, Art muesuem. You can blow a couple hours doing something of that stuff.

San Francisco...
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9. Re: Recommendations for a few hours

Thanks so much again. I know there is a train from the airport. If we need to go UBER/LYFT/Taxi route, does anyone have a preference? thanks.

Philadelphia
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10. Re: Recommendations for a few hours

Check the train schedule. They run every half hour. If you don't have to wait more than a few minutes, I would take that.A taxi is $28.50 plus $1 for each additional passenger plus tip. Check Uber and Lyft and take the cheapest of the three. If it's non-surge pricing, Uber/Lyft will be better priced.

I would get off the train at Jefferson Station and start at the Reading Terminal Market, or get dropped off there. Have lunch and then cross the street and get on the Philly Phlash. It's a HOHO for only $5 and loops around Center City.

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