Things to do in Philadelphia When Your Flight is Delayed


Philadelphia International Airport is an extremely busy airport known for its layovers. Travelers are in luck though because there are a variety of things to do in the airport. And if the layover is going to be for more than a couple of hours, it is only a 15-minute taxi ride into downtown Philadelphia to do some sightseeing while waiting for the next flight.

University City

This part of West Philadelphia is close to the highway for easy access to Philadelphia International and 30th Street train station for public transit. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes and a few museums to entertain the weary traveler. There is also a Hilton Hotel for travelers with an extended layover.

Pod Japanese Restaurant – This spot with its funky décor is a great place to eat sushi or other Japanese-fusion items for lunch or dinner. Visitors can easily take a walking tour of the historic University of Pennsylvania campus. If having lunch, travelers can stop by the Institute of Contemporary Art or catch a mummy exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

South Philadelphia

The East Passyunk section is an avenue lined with shops, cafes, bars and BYOB restaurants. In the warmer months, visitors can also sit on a bench, watch all the people pass with their cute babies and dogs while enjoying the singing fountain and eat takeout food. There is a small boutique hotel, the Alexander Inn, located just one mile north of East Passyunk, giving travelers with extended layovers even more options for touring historic Philadelphia.

Marra's Restaurant - This is an old-school Italian restaurant serves lunch and dinner along with takeout. Located right in the center of East Passyunk Avenue, travelers can treat themselves to a variety of Italian dishes, like Veal Marsala, lasagna or order one of Marra's famous pizzas (see menu here). After dining, sightseers can travel a few blocks north up the avenue to Capogiro's scoop shop and splurge on a few of their authentic Italian gelato flavors and sip an espresso.

Center City Philadelphia

The Alexander Inn is a quaint boutique hotel. Travelers with an extended layover can drop their bags at their hotel room and set out to explore a variety of sights around town. The hotel is just blocks from the historic district and Independence Mall where free tours take place all day long. There are many different shops and restaurants to choose from and a comprehensive guide can be found here.

The City Tavern and a carriage ride is the most traditional way for tourists to enjoy the historic experience. The tavern has been around since 1773 and boasts previous guests like Paul Revere. The servers and hosts wear traditional costumes from the 18th Century and the menu also reflects culinary traditions from the same time period with dishes like West Indies Pepper Pot soup. After lunch or dinner, travelers can take a horse carriage ride and revel in the rich history on every corner.

Stasia DeMarco is a native Philadelphian. She has been a freelance journalist and content writer for 20+ years.

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