Philadelphia, PA

Benjamin Franklin Statue

Benjamin Franklin Statue in the Franklin Institute

Welcome Philadelphia! I hadn’t been back since I was here for my fraternity’s convention back in 2011. The city was just as I remembered it except this time I actually had time to explore it! The city itself doesn’t have much parking and the public transportation isn’t as good as elsewhere. I think it is mainly designed as a walking city and at that it is kind of amazing. You can walk almost anywhere you want to!

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute

The first thing I did in Philadelphia was go to the Franklin Institute! Yes, I am that big of a nerd. The institute was cute! They had all of Franklin’s inventions and kind of how he thought up the experiments. They had a whole section on electricity where kids could go and shock themselves as many times as they wanted. They also had a whole exhibit on different types of light bulbs and how the competition between Edison and others worked out. Not only that but they also had a whole section on airplanes and on the human body which I guess is their permanent collection. The human body section was pretty cool and they have a super famous exhibit of the human heart where you can literally walk through a replica of the heart as if you were a red blood cell. It was kind of epic and super fun to walk through. The museum was pretty slick.

Academy of Natural Sciences

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The next day I went to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University which was pretty cool. They had a lot of different animal exhibits. My favorite was the panda exhibit of course! They also had a whole section on dinosaurs. If you don’t like stuffed animals and dinosaurs though, there isn’t much to do so I was there only a short period of time. Even their butterfly exhibit was kind of lacking, although it was fun to see a butterfly hatching!

Ishkabibble's

Ishkabibble’s

Lastly I had to have a cheesesteak! After reviewing many different locations I stumbled upon this one. Why this one of all the choices? Because it has the same name as my first car! How many places do you know are called Ishkabibble’s?! I had never heard anyone use the name other than me so I decided it was destiny and had to try it. The cheese steak was probably the best I had ever had in my life. The last time I had a cheese steak I wasn’t that impressed. This time round I near died. It was one foot of bliss and I was tempted to order a second foot. I didn’t want the sandwich to end! The best part was that you could customize your order to get additional components added as you saw fit. I personally added mushrooms. It was nommy beyond belief.

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