Originally Posted by chickie19020
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. I don't think safety is a problem, I've lived in or near Philly my entire life and I've never been afraid. I'm sure if you take the same precautions that you take at home in Houston you should be fine. Hope this helps a little!
I live in Philly and have lived here all of my life. As long as you stay in the tourist areas, you should be fine. True, Philly has crime, but what large city doesn't? You just keep your eyes open and watch your back, as I am sure you do anyway in your home town. FWIW, I use SEPTA entirely. I don't drive. I also work night work and routinely take buses and trains to and from work. My work is not in the tourist areas, but rather in a more declining sort of area, and I have had very few problems.
Philadelphia is a city rich in history. There is also a lot to see and do here. The Constitution Center, Franklin Institute, Art Museum ... these are just a few of the neat places to visit if you have the time. Then there's Independence Hall, Betsy Ross' House, City Hall ... for a few more ideas. All of these places are in reasonably close proximity to one another. A SEPTA bus can get you to all of them. You might want to consider buying a day pass, which will let you hop on and off any bus route (or SEPTA train, el or subway) all you want.
Depending on the weather, another neat thing to do is head down to Penn's Landing. There are all sorts of bars and other eateries down there, and in the warmer weather they all offer outdoor seating. One of my favorite restaurants down there (though I haven't been there in years) is the Chart House. It's located right on the water, so if you get a nice table by the window, you can dine while looking out on the Delaware River. There's also boats that take tourists on an evening cruise on the river, as well as the "Spirit of Philadelphia" which offers both dinner and "cocktail" cruises on the river. The later evening cruises, I believe, are only offered on the weekends, though.
Yes, Philly is a wonderful city, and while we certainly do have our share of crime, I don't think we're any worse than any other large metropolitan city. There's a lot to see and do here, and to be honest, it would probably take a week to do it all. And, the things I mention here are only the things in the city proper. There's a whole lot more if you venture into the outlying suburbs.
Of course, living here, it's been years since I've done much of these things. Sadly, when you live somewhere, you are usually the last person to avail yourself of everything that there is to see and do. But it's funny ... a niece and I were talking towards the end of last year, and we were saying that maybe when the weather breaks this spring, we should spend a few days in a hotel in center city and just play "tourist" ... going to see all this neat stuff that others specifically come to our city to see. And, you know what, we just might do it!
Blue skies and enjoy your trip to Philadelphia ... the city that loves you back!