As a previous overseas visitor to Philadelphia, I think you will pleasantly surprised if this is your impression the city. All the areas on the page 1 map seemed perfectly safe to walk around and I would recommend you stay an extra day or so to do so.
I used the subway to get to the sports complex and although at some points near my hotel at night it seemed like a deserted nuclear bunker, it and the city areas you'll come in contact with as a tourist are certainly no more threatening than say, new york, toronto.
If you really wanna be in the "safe zone" I suggest grabbing a hotel in Kensington if they have one, or if you dont mind staying a little bit further out I here Camden is a real nice place too.
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Song, I hope you have as much fun at the game and in Philly as I did (back when I used to go to Flyers games on a regular basis). Like everyone else says, just use some basic common sense and you'll have a great time
I visited Philly last year from a small town(18,000) in the Arctic of Canada.
We stayed there for almost 3 weeks to catch a pile of games. Never had one problem the whole time. Stayed at the Stadium Holiday Inn right close to the sports complex during game days to we didnt have to fight traffic. Also stayed at the Sheraton hotel by Penn State.
Never saw any trouble at all. Everyone I met there and asked for help with directions were very helpfull.
Hey, so if the Flyers make it to the cup... I want to go see a game in Philly...
I was thinking of driving, but honestly, I am concerned about my car, if I went I would want to go for game 6... and Lord knows if the Flyers win, **** will hit the fan... I want to be a part of the madness... just not a victim...
I am not trying to say Philly is a bad or shadey city... but I met a guy from Philly last year and told him how I wanted to go there for a hockey game... and he said "Yeah, I lived in Philly for 15 years, have had a gun pulled on me twice... if you go to Philly be cautious, it ain't no Canada that's for sure, just don't carry lots of cash and be willing to fork over wallet if it comes to that"...
So... that is where my concern has stemmed from... but I love you guys in Philly, you fans are INSANE and I love that... and I want to be a part of that insanity!!!...
I want to be a part of the orange crush, dine on philly cheesesteaks, shout "hey ref you suck"... I want to do it all!!!
Maybe there is a place or a part of town I can drive to and than commute to the actual areana?... I am not sure.
I would probably just drive to a hotel... stay 1 night (the night of the game) and than drive home the next morning...
I figured this is the best place to ask for assistance.
Any help or suggestions is appercaited.
If you believe all that nonsense and all the stereo-types then stay home. That's my advice. Otherwise, grow a sack, park at the hotel & take public transportation to the game. Not because your car will be destroyed, but because traffic getting in & out of the arena sucks.
Sorry, not trying to be mean, that's just the way it is. But yeah, DON'T cross the bridge. Jersey is great, but if you accidentally wind up in Camden you may never GET to the rest of NJ. Now THAT'S a Hell hole!
You'll be fine. Hell, if worse comes to worse, write something and stick it on your car saying you are a Flyers fan. Plus, if it's for the next series, you will be okay. Anyone with Chicago stuff, not so much.
I visited Philly in the spring of 2009. Saw some historic sites, walked around downtown, visited Dancing Ferret and such.
It was a really nice city. Very clean, nice people, very historic feel to it. The only problem I ever encountered was finding a washroom. Honestly, that city has to have the fewest restrooms in America or something. But that was the biggest problem I ended up facing.