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Question for Camden and Philly area guys.

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Jerseyguy, Apr 20, 2017.

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  1. Jerseyguy

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    I know Breeze and Hammie know this area,I honestly dont. Never been to Camden and only places in Philly are the airport and stadiums. Would like to finally see Battleship NJ and points of interest in Philly. Theres a company that advertises day passes to the NJ and the Philly attractions called the Philadelphiapass. ,This includes 2 days on the doubledecker bus.
    You can get this pass from one day to five. Right now its on sale. How would you guys approach this? Should I drive from LBI area to Camden water front each day and take the ferry over.? These passes good for a year.
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  2. smerrian

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    If you don't want to drive into the city, I would take PATCO. The train lets you off at 8th and Market...right near the heart of things in the city. I leave from Ferry Station which has plenty of free parking (free if you arrive after 10:00am) and for $4.50 RT I get into the city hassle free. There are 2 stops in Camden (Broadway and City Hall). One of these stops has connection to The River Line which is a light rail line that travels north from Camden. If you want to spend more time traveling, you can catch The River Live up towards Trenton and connect to PATCO at the Camden Stn and then get to 8th & Market.
    I was at the Battleship NJ once and I believe they had parking there. You could just drive to the Battleship and then drive into Philly. That's the easiest if money for parking isn't a problem. I drive if PATCO isn't near where I'm going.
     
  3. Jerseyguy

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    Thanks ,always heard Camden was bad news so I'm trying to avoid most of it.except the NJ
     
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    Hi JG, here is a link to the Philadelphia Pass. http://www.philadelphiapass.com/En/how-it-works/

    It looks like a pretty good deal, but like a true native, I have been to a couple of the attractions but not all. I guess you need to determine how many days you're going, a 1,2,3,5 day pass is available. I think the clock starts ticking the day your visit your first attraction. Then figure out which attractions are up you're alley. For example, Longwood Gardens is available, but that's all the way down in Kennett Square, about an hour from the city, as is the Helicopter Museum in West Chester. If you are into post-impressionistic art, the Barnes Foundation has one of the greatest collections in one place. Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso.

    The Adventure Aquarium (been there twice) and Battleship NJ are about a half mile apart. If you are up for the walk, you could park at the aquarium and visit and then walk over to the Battleship. Or, as smerrian suggested, you could park at a PATCO station and take the High Speed Line to the Broadway station and transfer to the River Line which is a light rail train, kind of like Hudson Bergen line in North Jersey.

    Parking in Philly like any city is expensive, but driving in gives you the flexibility to log as you please. The Philly attractions such as the Barnes, the Philadelphia Musuem of Art, and Franklin Institute are close together. The Rodin Museum (The Thinker) is also nearby. If you are thinking of a two day pass, maybe you can stay over in the city. Weekend hotel rates are usually better than weekday, maybe check out Friday night rates. Priceline is pretty good, I booked the Marriott on a Saturday night for $62.

    I guess figure out what you want to see and how many days and we can go from there. But if you drive into Camden, make a visit to Donky's Place, great cheesesteaks on a round kaiser roll. Anthony Bourdain proclaimed it best he'd ever had. After all, he's an important chef with a couple tv shows, so he should know what's good.
     
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    Thanks Hammie,I looked at the website the passes are on sale now ,I forgot my son lives not too far from Philly and goes there once and a while also. so he can give me some ideas.
    Maybe theres parking at the casino there? If its CET we should park free.
     
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    Sorry, late to the thread. The New Jersey is well worth seeing. Lots of good historical stuff. The gun turret tour is good but I had to drop out because it was 100 F outside and about 120 F inside the turret. The New Jersey State Aquarium is also close by. We went over to Philly's Chinatown for dinner afterwards.

    Things are not hard to find. Plenty of direction signs. And of course, it's the age of GPS.

    The new Museum of the American Revolution just opened. Should be interesting.

    Sugar House Casino is on Columbus Blvd., just south of Center City and along the river. Other restaurants around that area as well.
     
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    Harrah's Philadelphia is actually in Chester, PA, about 17 miles south from center city. Plus they don't comp drinks unless you are higher tier. Last time I was there I ordered a beer at the VP bar, I was playing full coin, and the bartender charged me $6.

    Sugar House was recently expanded and is pretty nice. They have a new player promotion with a minimum of $10 free play. They will comp beers at the VP bar and actually have a decent craft beer selection. Parking is free as well. Next to the Sugar House is Yards Brewery and they have a tasting room and usually a food truck outside.

    There are other attractions that are not included with the pass: the US Mint, Constitution Center, Independence Hall. Christ Church is actually pretty interesting, many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence worshipped here and some are buried on site. Valley Forge is about 25 miles west of the city.
     
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    Thanks guys I'll figure it out ,when a city like Camden is always voted as one of the most dangerous cities in America going there never appealed to me,but I do want to see the NJ and they say it's not in a bad area.Maybe we can park at the Sugar House and grab that bus close by. Gonna wait till it warms up a bit before going..
     
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    Unlike most places they won't comp you at the bar, but just about every other place on the floor they do, sans premium drinks, of course. Many of those are $3 & up. Don't ask me which as I don't drink, but my SO does and we've pulled up the price difference from her Gold and my Diamond menu. I just get a soda from the fountain or a Redbull and cranberry juice from the CW.

    Not a fan of SugarHouse as a casino, but if you're popping in the city to check out the sights, I'd definitely recommend going there. I do like the eats and live music you can find there. Enjoy the area, though! It is pretty great.
     
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    Not to mention it's in Chester, PA, the world's armpit.
     
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    OK I ordered the 3 day passes because today was the last day to do so and recieve the $20 off offer..Same price as the 2 day. Breeze I drove past Chester a few times to make an end run around the DelMem Bridge on 95 to go over the Com. Barry. Didnt look too inviting. Thanks to all you guys again Maybe spend one day concentrating on the Nj and aquarium then 2 in Philly.
     
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    @Jerseyguy - If your Philly schedule permits, consider the Mutter Museum, a medical museum with many anatomical specimens including slides of Einstein's brain. Unique one of a kind.
     
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