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Where to go, what to do in Philadelphia

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

GETTING THERE

Philadelphia is 133 miles north of Washington on Interstate 95. If you don't want to drive, Amtrak tickets start at $44 one way. Several Chinatown buses, such as New Century and Apex, can also take you there for $15 each way, sometimes less.

STAYING THERE

Club Quarters, 1628 Chestnut St., 215-282-5000, http://www.clubquarters.com. The hotel is in the central business district, two blocks from Rittenhouse Square. Rates start at $114 a night.

EATING THERE

Alma de Cuba, 1623 Walnut St., 215-988-1799, http://www.almadecubarestaurant.com. Upscale modern Cuban cuisine with main courses ranging from $21 to $32.

Geno's Steaks, 1219 S. Ninth St., 215-389-0659, http://www.genosteaks.com. For a traditional Philadelphia cheese steak, try this Italian-market-area establishment. Cheese steaks $8; additional ingredients $1.

Pat's King of Steaks, 1237 E. Passyunk St., 215-468-1546, http://www.patskingofsteaks.com. This rival of Geno's Steaks is just across the street. Cheese steaks $8.25; add-ons 50 cents.

PLAYING THERE

Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., 215-236-3300, http://www.EasternState.org. Daytime admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students and children ages 7 to 12.

Terror Behind the Walls (888-763-NITE, http://www.terrorbehindthewalls.com) runs through Nov. 7. Weeknights $20; Friday and Sunday nights $25; Saturday night $30. On Sunday family nights, children ages 7 to 12 get in for $10. Children younger than 7 are not admitted. Your ticket stub gets you $5 off the admission to daytime penitentiary tours.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

http://www.gophila.com

-- N.T.

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