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Under $100: Philadelphia

by Kimberly Krol

Aug 4, 2014

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Begin your day in the City of Brotherly Love with a stop at Federal Donuts, the donut and chicken chain currently taking Philadealphia by storm. Start at the several locations closest to you – South Philly, Center City, West Philly or North Philly. Fancy donuts – think chocolate sea salt – are $2 a donut; the hot and fresh options – flavors like vanilla spice – are $1.25 or $6 for six. Grab a coffee to caffeinate for the day ahead. Breakfast for $6.

Get to know the nation’s birthplace by wandering the city’s historic sights. Some of the free attractions include Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the United States Mint, Carpenter’s Hall, President’s House, Elfreth’s Alley and the Betsy Ross House. Wrap up the morning with a visit to the Constitution Center; adult admission is $14.50.

For an afternoon break, grab a Philadelphia staple at Center City Pretzel Co. Soft pretzels are three for $1; another $1 for dips and some money for a drink, and re-energize for around $5.

After wandering Rittenhouse Square, head to Reading Terminal Market and check out more flavors of Philadelphia. Another $8 will get you a cookie from The Famous 4th Street Cookie or a yummy treat from Termini Brothers.

Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring any of these Philadelphia icons for under $25: Philadelphia Art Museum; Franklin Institute ($18); Mutter Museum

Geno's Steaks in South Philly © Tashka | Dreamstime.com

Geno’s Steaks in South Philly © Tashka | Dreamstime.com

($15); Barnes Foundation ($22); or Philadelphia Zoo ($20).

With $45 left (depending on your afternoon activity) start your night at Pat’s or Geno’s, Philly’s rival cheesesteak vendors. Across the street from each other, the choice is yours. For around $15, dine on a cheesesteak (practice your wiz with or wiz without order), fries and a drink.

Attending a sporting event is a must for getting to know the city. Purchase standing room only tickets for a Phillies game for $17; wander the stadium and enjoy nighttime views of the skyline while taking in some baseball.

With $13 left (or a little more), cap off your day with a beer (or two) at any of the city’s iconic bars. A few suggestions? Abbaye, The Belgian Cafe, Eulogy, Monk’s, McGillin’s Old Ale House, Standard Tap, City Taphouse or Bridgid’s.

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