Philly — Labor Day Weekend

It was my (almost) last weekend of maternity leave and needed to do something. Andy also had a three-day weekend due to the Labor Day holiday so we decided to take a day trip to Philly. It’s about 2 ½ hours from our house. The weather was kind of crappy but we hoped that would keep the crowds away.

It did! Despite there being a two-day music festival downtown, we felt like we had the city to ourselves.

First, we took our time getting ready that morning. Haha! That’s a lie. It just takes us forever to get all three of us out the door. We’re working on it though.

On our drive, we found a cool little flea market with great deals on some furniture. Since we weren’t in the mood to think about future DIY projects, we moved on with a promise to each other (me and Andy that is) we’d return.

Since it was a Sunday and we didn’t get into town until about noon, our options were limited. Plus, besides a short jaunt into DC one day, this was our first trip with Little Man. Who knew what his eating schedule would be like or how he’d handle being out for so long.

After we found parking, we stopped by the Information Center, got our tickets for the 3:15 tour of Independance Hall then set off to find lunch at Reading Terminal.

It’s a food lover’s heaven. After a short walk through with a stroller (bad idea), we saw gyros. Done. We love gyros and they were delicious!

I’d been on a short-term, dairy-free diet for the little guy and was either going to go back on dairy that day (Sunday) or the next (Monday). Really? You try walking through a food market and not eating dairy. So, Sunday it was. However, I did resist the ice cream! More on this soon.

Next, we were off to Independence Hall for our tour. It started to rain pretty hard and we tried to find some cover where I could feed Callan. We made it through security, got in line, then a super nice National Park Guide told us we could wait in the covered area and he’d come get us when our tour was ready. So, under the archway we went. We’re still in view of the main street and the line for the tour but Callan needed to eat. BF in public was a success!

Before eating.

After eating.

After Independence Hall, we stopped by the Liberty Bell. Have you revisited tourist sites as an adult and been disappointed? Besides the historical relevance, we were a bit bored. Am I allowed to think this, let alone post this? Oops!

We were getting a bit tired so decided to stop in to a restaurant and have a drink. It was only about 5 o’clock when we were done but since all the touristy places were closed, we didn’t know what else to do.

Andy wanted to stop and get a cheesesteak on the way out of town but then we decided to look up Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives to see if there were any recommendations for Philly or somewhere on the way home.

 We found one! Good Dog Pub…supposedly has the best burgers and sweet potato fries. Off we went, found a seat at the Pub and placed our order. Cheeseburger, fries, and Chicken Cordon Bleu bites. The fries were awesome but the rest was pretty blah.

We headed back to the car and made our way home. It sounds like it was kind of an underwhelming day but we really did have fun. It was nice to get out of town and also nice to know we’re still committed to getting out with our new addition.