Flawlessly entertain any visitor in Philly with this guide

Published On 07/26/2013 Published On 07/26/2013

Too often, you send guests home from Philly with little more than a Whiz stain on their favorite... well, everything... and hazy memories of the hundred local drafts you readily recommended for spilling on that Whiz stain to keep it from setting in. But not every visitor can be entertained on beer and cheesesteaks alone, so take Thrillist Philly's advice for handling anyone who comes your way. THE GUEST: YOUR SISTER AND HER THREE-YEAR-OLD KID Remember when you were three and the only things that made hanging out with your sister tolerable were video games and ice cream? Your nephew probably feels the same way, so improve his hand-eye coordination, glucose levels, and ability to drive her crazy with this high-scoring tyke tour that demonstrates your brotherly love. Sundaes at Franklin Fountain, 116 Market St; 215.627.1899 Give the kid the scoop on American ice cream history with turn-of-the-century sundaes dished out in an old-world soda shop.

Breakfast at Honey's Sit'n Eat, 800 N 4th St; 215.925.1150
The South St breakfast spot's got ample stroller parking, a rainbow of menu-friendly crayons atop the table, and massive portions of syrupy, bacon-stuffed pancakes even more tempting than that Banana Mania yellow.

The Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St; 215.448.1200
The MFA may as well be called the Please Don't Touch Museum, so go to the Franklin Institute to get a feel for mad science, like liquid nitrogen air shows and epic soap bubble monsters.

Pizza Brain, 2313 Frankford Ave; 215.291.2965
Want to do more than touch? Eat your way through the world's first pizza museum in Fishtown.

Dave & Buster's, 325 N Columbus Blvd; 215.413.1951
Right beside adult playground Morgan's Pier, D&B doesn't just serve It' Always Sunny's favorite steak -- it has every arcade game under the sun, even though it's actually more under a bunch of fluorescent lighting.

Show your grandparents there's more throwback action in Philadelphia than that Randall Cunningham shirt at Mitchell & Ness, when your birthday's only five weeks away, and it's the last one in your size, and it's almost football season, and...

The Flea at the Piazza at Schmidt's, 1050 N Hancock St; 215.467.4603
Reclaim everything you broke when you were little -- like last Thanksgiving -- during the Brooklyn Flea's Sunday pop-ups in NoLibs.

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St; 215.409.6600
Take pride in outliving the hippie movement at the NCC's 1968 exhibition.

A Show at the Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad St; 215.670.2300
Bring the night home down the block at the Kimmel for off-Broadway Broadway shows like Wicked, Once, and Footloose.

Parc, 227 S 18th St; 215.545.2262
You can sit in the park when you get home -- start your stay on the park at Stephen Starr's open-air Rittenhouse-side brasserie.

Happy Hour at 10 Arts at the Ritz Carlton, 10 Avenue of The Arts; 215.523.8273
$5 gourmet apps make an early bird date night at prices from back when they were actually dating.

Remember that time your buddy thought it best to ride the SEPTA naked because he wanted to let his clothes dry after swimming the Delaware? He doesn't. So give him a weekend he'll never forget with a booze-free bender of food trucks and naked girls, neither of which he'll be tempted to lift. This time.

The Food Trucks at Drexel, Multiple Locations
Binge, uh, eat down a two-block crawl of the city's most gluttonous food trucks and drink in bowls of Buffalo chicken mac & cheese and Old Bay tots.

Barcade, 1114 Frankford Ave; 215.634.4400
Crush your boozily diluted friends and their Tapper high score aspirations at Fishtown's old-school video game-lined bar.

SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N Delaware Ave; 267.232.2000
Play all day on the Delaware without getting wet inside Philly's first gambling den. Citizens Bank Park doesn't count.

Crusader Paintball, 225 Lincoln Highway; Fairless Hills; 215.949.4600
You know you guys probably have some issues left over from back in the day to work through, and what better place to do it than this massive outdoor paintball facility just outside the city?

Burlesque at PhilaMOCA, 531 N 12th St; 267.519.9651
Better than taking your Fodor's in the bathtub, see Naked Girls Reading's monthly themed stripteases in a former Chinatown mausoleum guaranteed not to be in any guidebook.

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1. Franklin Fountain 116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Franklin Fountain is a soda fountain and ice cream parlor that aims to give an old-school experience.

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2. Honey’s Sit N' Eat 2101 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (South Street)

Honey’s Sit N' Eat, a premier breakfast/Southern comfort food spot on Philadelphia's South Street, serves all of your favorite morning specials, and then adds three different kinds of bacon just to make you sweat. Made mostly of locally farmed and fresh ingredients, this eatery encourages sweet, gluttonous indulgence with a conscience. Normally it's one or the other.

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3. The Franklin Institute 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Franklin Institute is an educational center and museum devoted to science and technology learning through hands-on experiences.

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4. Pizza Brain 2313 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

What qualifications does Pizza Brain have to back up its claim of being a pizza museum? For one, it has a certificate from Guinness World Records that nods to its large collection of pizza-related memorabilia, which includes vintage comics and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figurines (those turtles do love their pizza). The kitchen slings out-there flavor combos with quirky names like the Bob Shieldsmoose, a brisket sandwich-like pie topped with blue cheese, mozzarella, and horseradish. There are simpler pizzas too, with names to match: the Tom is a cheese-less tomato pie, while the Jane comes with mozzarella, aged provolone, and grana padano.

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5. Dave & Buster's 325 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Fishtown)

The Philly branch of Dave & Buster's has got all the amenities you need to feel like a kid: drinks, pizza, games, and good company.

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6. The Piazza at Schmidt's 1001 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

The Piazza at Schmidt's is a huge outdoor eating-and-drinking place with food trucks, live events, and even some good ol'-fashioned living.

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7. National Constitution Center 525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The National Constitution Center is a museum dedicated to the American Constitution.

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8. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts 400 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

The Kimmel Center is a performing arts institute and venue in Philadelphia.

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9. Parc 227 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Stephen Starr-created Parc in Rittenhouse Square slings authentic French cuisine in the manner of a Parisian bistro and cafe.

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10. 10 Arts 10 Avenue of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102

10 Arts is Eric Ripert's Ritz Carlton restaurant, serving up classic seafood in a huge, classy space.

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11. Barcade 1114 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

This joint is boldly mixing booze and quarters in a way that won't remind you of late nights in seedy frat basements. No, this Brooklyn-born venture is part bar and part arcade (obviously) that's in an abandoned electrical supply house. Complete with a 25-tap bar and 35 arcade games straight from the '80s that all cost only a quarter, Barcade's got it all going on.

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12. SugarHouse Casino 1080 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

SugarHouse Casino is Philadelphia's first casino, located right on the river.

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13. Crusader Paintball 225 Lincoln Hwy, Fairless Falls, PA 19030

Crusader Paintball is a large outdoor paintball arena in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.

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14. PhilaMOCA 531 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Located in a former mausoleum showroom, PhilaMOCA is a contemporary art gallery and performance venue that's a bit off the beaten path.



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