$100 a Day: Philadelphia

As part of our February story on giving your budget a boost by using a destination management company, we asked some of the experts from DMCs across the country to plan activities in popular destination cities - for under $100 a day. Here's the scoop on the City of Brotherly Love:

Explore the Independence Seaport Museum, board the Olympia, the Nation’s oldest floating steel warship and watch as artisans build and restore traditional wooden boats as you enjoy an afternoon along the Delaware River.  
Visit the Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo.  The zoo features more than 1,300 animals.
Enjoy historic Philadelphia on a walking tour that includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross’ House, and the National Constitution Center.
As one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites visitors from around the world to explore its renowned collections, acclaimed special exhibitions, and enriching programs.
Just a few miles outside Philadelphia sits a treasure trove of Independence history. Start with Valley Forge Secrets & Spies, where you’ll help foil a plot to kidnap General George Washington while learning colonial spy techniques. Or explore Valley Forge After Hours and experience a little Continental Army “night life.” It’s history that speaks to you.  
Stroll through Philly’s Rittenhouse Square where you’ll encounter over 200 upscale dining, retail, and cultural establishments. It’s one of the nation’s most exclusive shopping neighborhoods, brimming with art galleries, haute couture boutiques, national retailers, specialty shops, luxurious spas and salons, restaurants, and cafes.  
Visit the Mutter Museum where you’ll encounter the remains of medical oddities, including a plaster cast of the Siamese twin-sensation of Cheng and Eng, the bones of a 7’6” giant next to the skeleton of a dwarf, and a presidential tumor. This museum is not for the squeamish, but is a must for the morbidly curious.  
Tour Eastern State Penitentiary, where some of America’s most infamous prisoners have been held prisoner.  
Climb aboard a double-decker bus and tour the city at your leisure. Hop on and off of the bus at any of its 21 stops. Run the steps that Rocky ran, enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak, stroll along South Street, or grab a bite to eat in Chinatown.  

- Marty MacKay, GEP