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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Cheaper Philadelphia with Go Cards

You guys know that I'll be traveling to Philly in October. Our original plan was to go there strictly for Chester Hill's Harry Potter Festival, but now Warner Bros is cracking down on unauthorized festivals and conventions, so that won't be taking place now. That just means we have two more days of sightseeing, and we can do it cheaper with Philadelphia Pass from Smarter Destinations.
You can save up to 45% on 1-, 2-, 3-, or 5-day trips with your Go Card. The more things you do, the more you save, plus you skip ticket lines and can go straight in. We've used Go Cards on other trips, including California, Las Vegas and Washington, DC. Each time we've saved a bundle and been able to do a lot more than we expected.

Here's how we plan to spend 5 days in Philly with our Go Card this Fall:

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Big Bus Philadelphia

This hop-on, hop-off bus has been fun everywhere we've done it. You basically get an awesome fact-filled tour and a perfect vantage point from which to take pictures and see all the city's best landmarks. Each stop allows you to get off and hop back on at will, so you can customize your own tour. 

In the past, we've made a complete loop on the bus, then stayed on to enjoy the activities that sound the most fun to us. It saves a lot of walking and transportation fees, and you get the history on the places you're going to visit.

photo courtesy of SmartDestinations

Eastern State Penitentiary 

This abandoned prison is now an official historical landmark. When at its height, it was the "home" of the infamous Al Capone, among others. The prison takes you through the history of the building and it's prisoners through a self-guided audio tour. It's said that it's haunted by those who perished there and I'm excited to wander the castle-like building.

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One Liberty Observation Deck

You can learn a lot about a place by seeing its skyline and viewing it from above. This deck is located 57 floors up and includes free tours. There are exhibits and a 360-degree view, and maps showing you historical buildings that you may have already visited or plan to on your trip. 

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Independence Tour

There's nothing like taking a city walking tour to really see the background of a city. Qualified historians take you to historical locations, like Ben Franklin's homes and Independence Hall. Neither Eric or I have ever been to Philly, so we're interested to learn more about it and see some of our country's most notable destinations.

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Grim Philly Twilight Tours

I don't know why, but I'm super interested in the haunted histories of places, whether that be a building, and underground tunnel system, or a whole city. I want to hear about all the creepy stories that have been told about Philadelphia while I see where they were said to happen.

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Longwood Gardens

I'm a sucker for a botanical garden and Longwood Gardens features over 1,000 acres of plants and flowers. The conservatory was built in 1921, here are two lakes, fountains, a treehouse, topiaries and more. I'm going to get all my steps in on this day, since there are several hour's worth of things to see.

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National Liberty Museum

Who doesn't want to actually see the Liberty Bell and the big crack in it? It's a piece of our nation's history and it's a must when visiting Philadelphia. 

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Mutter Museum

I've been hoping to visit this museum for, literally, decades. The Mutter Museum is full of medical oddities and is truly one-of-a-kind. If, like me, you're fascinated by all things medical, odd or not, then you'll want to put this on your list as well. From spinal surgery innovations to Civil War medicine to cross-sections of Albert Einstein's brain, if you're hoping to find it, it's here.

I'm sure this isn't a complete list of things we'll be doing in the city, but they are the ones on the top of my list. The Philadelphia Pass features 37 unique attractions and allows you to do the things in the city that interest you most. If you have children, then perhaps including a trip to The Philadelphia Zoo, the hands-on Independence Seaport Museum and the Adventure Aquarium is in order. 

No matter how you choose to spend your time, your visit is sure to be budget-friendly, educational and fun. Purchase your Philadelphia Pass now, or save up to 55% off all attraction passes.

What do you want to see most on a trip to Philly?

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