History & Foodie Walking Tour of Philadelphia - A Day Trip on Amtrak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's time for Second Half Rally to extend our range of meetup destinations with a fun day trip to Philadelphia on Amtrak.  Our excursion and walking tour will include Philly's Little Italy, Chinatown, Reading Market, and the Independence Mall area, as well as two impressive train stations that represent the golden era of passenger travel by train in America.

RSVP's for this event will close at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 30, so I can make a reservation with the tour company telling them how many people will be there.  I will remove anyone who doesn't have an Amtrak ticket.

Agenda for the Philly Day Trip

After meeting at Washington's historic Union Station, we'll enjoy a relaxing 2-hour train ride to Philly's 30th Street Station.  Both stations have been updated and restored to their glorious past.  From 30th Street Station, our group can catch the subway to the City Hall area and Independence Mall.

The subway ride takes about 15 minutes and costs $2.00 cash each way.  EXACT CHANGE ONLY, SO BRING SOME DOLLAR BILLS FOR THE SUBWAY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We'll spend the afternoon taking an entertaining walking tour called "Real Philadelphia".  The tour starts at 1:00 pm and lasts 4 hours as the guides lead us on a 3-mile adventure while telling stories about the historic and offbeat parts of Philadelphia.

The route takes us through the cool neighborhoods of downtown, and also gives us opportunities to try some of the famous Philly food and drink available in Little Italy and Chinatown.

Bring cash to make our market stall transactions speedy, and also a bag if you want to carry anything home on the train.

The "Real Philadelphia" tour is advertised to be "free", but the guides work hard for tips.  Although there is no set amount, each person should plan to tip the guide $20.00 for providing us with four hours of afternoon adventure and entertainment.  That's a fair price which is just a little more than going to a movie.  It should be a lot of fun!

We'll need to get back to 30th Street Station for the return journey by 6:00 pm.  The Amtrak train arrives back at Union Station in Washington at 8:30 pm.

Here is the "Real Philadelphia" tour description:

Join Free Tours by Foot - Philadelphia on this 4 hour adventure. There are plenty of opportunities to snap photos of this picturesque city and get a taste of the distinctive Philly phlavor. Tour includes several food/refreshment breaks. Guests will have the opportunity to sample various items at the Reading and Italian Markets, such as fresh baked soft pretzels, cheesteaks, sticky buns, sweets and more.

For more information, please visit http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/philadelphia/real-philadelphia.asp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking Amtrak to Philadelphia

The total roundtrip cost for our day trip from Washington to Philadelphia is $70.00.  Here is the information you need to purchase your tickets at Amtrak.com.  You can print out an E-ticket that you give to the conductor on the train.  You will also need a photo ID to board an Amtrak train.

Washington to Philadelphia

Train #164 Northeast Regional departs Union Station at 9:25 am.  Adult fare is $35.00 one way.  Arrives at 30th Street Station at 11:16 am.  The same train departs Baltimore's Penn Station at 10:10 am.  Adult fare is $32.00 one way.

Philadelphia to Washington

Train #159 Northeast Regional departs 30th Street Station at 6:32 pm.  Adult fare is $35.00 one way to Washington, and $32.00 to Baltimore.  Arrives at Baltimore's Penn Station at 7:41 pm, and at Washington's Union Station at 8:29 pm.

Buy your Amtrak tickets here:  http://www.amtrak.com/home

Final Details

This event will go rain or shine since we'll already have our paid Amtrak tickets and we can walk around dowtown Philly with no problems.

Contact Jake at[masked] with questions or to find us on the train or in Philadelphia.  I'm really looking forward to having a terrific time riding the train and touring the history and cool neighborhoods of Philly.

I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks! Really enjoyed the outing and meeting members of SHR. Will return in Aug. for more meet ups!

    April 23, 2013

  • Mary S

    THANK you Jake! It was a great day! Glad the city of brotherly love subsidized your metro trip.

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A big THANK YOU to Big Jake! Ya done good Bro'! Best damn cheesesteak I ever ate... Musta been the company!

    April 7, 2013

  • Linda L.

    What a great day! Tour was interesting, sausage was delicious, and the good-humored "jabs" were fun. The small, fun group made it special. Thank you Jake for pulling this together and getting us all to our destinations safely!

    April 7, 2013

  • Lisa

    Jake - Thanks for a fantastic trip. You chose a great tour.

    April 7, 2013

  • Gloria

    THANK YOU JAKE for planning this sweet day trip to Philly! We gotta go back! The train ride was awesome and I had a great time with a fun group. Absolutely excellent!

    April 6, 2013

  • Jake

    Our train trip and tour of Philly turned out perfectly. We had a fun group of 10 people and beautiful sunny spring weather. The train and subway trips in Philly worked with no problems. Our tour guide was good and it was just the right amount to learn and walk around. Great cheesesteak at George's in Littly Italy. Thanks to everyone who attended!

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry... I have come down with a terrible cold and won't make it now.

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jake-- thanks for sending us the update...much appreciated!!! Haven't had a chance to read the whole thing yet but did notice your heads up about bringing plenty of single dollar bills. Now I'm REALLY excited about the "whatever happens in Philly, Stays in Philly" experience!!! WooHooo! You are the best! ;-) see ya soon dude! Regards, Buck Naked

    1 · April 3, 2013

    • Jake

      I'm always lookin' out fer ya, Buck. In Philly, you tuck the dollar bills into your belt (zipper area), and then the fare girls pull them out according to how much they think you've got. I peg your fare at 50 cents. hahaha....

      April 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the upgrade Jake! At my last performance the lady threw a dime on the stage and asked if I could "make change". :)

      1 · April 4, 2013

  • Lisa

    Italian market has great food for taking home: pasta, pastries, cheese, etc. Suggest bringing a bag to carry stuff home.

    April 4, 2013

  • Julie S.

    Hi jake, I'm planning to drive to Philly with Del so the two of us are planning to do the walking tour but not take the train. OK?

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a ticket ; thought I sent a message and planned on going.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    we are fortunate to have and caring organizer ... i wish i could go ... i will try to do better as a group participant.

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • debbie

    sorry, I have to cancel Have fun.

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I missed out on the early bird special of $35 one way. It's up to $72 one way. I've never been to Philadelphia but the ride is a little to pricey.

    March 26, 2013

  • Linda L.

    Ticket Purchased!

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not available this week

    March 25, 2013

  • Bryan W M.

    I have a schedule conflict. This sounds fun, I'm sorry to miss meeting you all. I'll plan better next time.

    Bryan

    March 24, 2013

  • Lisa

    I adore phili. Looking forward to it.

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yo! Adrian! I gots my choo choo tix!
    ...might have a +1

    March 21, 2013

  • Mary S

    Have my Amtrak ticket

    March 21, 2013

  • Mary S

    I have my Amtrak ticket; looking forward to it !

    March 21, 2013

  • Bobbie

    I've had my ticket for WEEKS -- really looking forward to it.

    March 21, 2013

  • Janis L.

    so sorry, going out of town to a LAX tournament...

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just purchased Amtrak ticket

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time with SHR...looking forward to the outing

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't have my ticket yet... sorry

    February 18, 2013

  • Donna M

    oh Jake - Fabulous idea! Not sure I can make it though as might be in NYC that weekend......

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yo Adrianne!!! :)

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been wanting to learn more about Philly... this sounds fun!

    February 10, 2013

  • Bobbie

    Something I've been wanting to do!

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great day trip!

    February 10, 2013

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