From Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia: 6 Reasons to Spend the Day in Philadelphia

Living in Northeastern PA has plenty of perks. There are endless outdoor activities, plenty of great food and a booming microbrew scene, and a ton of historic gems to explore. But another unsung benefit of NEPA living is easy access to surrounding major cities, including Philadelphia. And though you can get there by car, taking a bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia lets you take advantage of everything the city has to offer without worrying about tolls, traffic, parking, or other hassles.

Philadelphia has plenty to offer visitors of all ages and interests, and it’s a great destination for a day trip or even an overnight stay. If you’re thinking of heading from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia, here are a few of the top spots to check out while you’re there:

 Old City District

Philadelphia may not be the first city in the United States, but in many ways it’s the foundation for our nation. That’s particularly true when it comes to the Old City District, where the seeds of the American Revolution were planted when our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. And though hundreds of years have passed since then, visitors can still stroll through many the historic streets and buildings that still stand.

Nestled along cobblestone streets are iconic landmarks and attractions like the Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell; Carpenter’s Hall, where the First Continental Congress met; and the President’s House, where both George Washington and John Adams lived.

In addition to the many other historic heritage sites and museums restaurants, and shops to explore. You’ll have no problem staying entertained and well-fed while you spend the day exploring the heart of the American Revolution and the birth of our nation.

Penn’s Landing 

Taking up a full ten blocks along the Delaware River, Penn’s Landing is a year-round hot spot for visitors and residents alike. Though Penn’s Peak is home to several permanent attractions, like the Independence Seaport Museum, Workshop on the Water, two historic battleships, and some fabulous restaurants, it also offers a wide range of unparalleled seasonal fun.

In the summer, Penn’s Landing is home to Summerfest, a bustling, month-long event that includes a boathouse-themed lodge, an outdoor roller-skating rink, live music, and plenty of food and drinks. Once the colder weather sets in, Penn’s Landing transforms for Winterfest. There, visitors can relax in heated cabins or next to outdoor fire pits, take a spin around the ice-skating rink, and grab something to eat or drink as they check out the holiday lights. Both festivals also feature plenty of kid-themed activities, making Penn’s Landing the perfect spot or all ages.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway Museum District

If it’s museums that pique your interest, then the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Museum District is where you’ll want to spend the day. But don’t think that means a day limited to antiques and art. Along this famous parkway, you’ll find plenty of attractions for adults and children alike

If you have a toddler or young children in your group, you’ll want to add the Please Touch Museum to your itinerary. There, kids can explore their creative side with one of the many permanent and rotating exhibits. Then, take a quick ride to the Franklin Institute, where visitors of all ages can explore everything from the human heart to the moon.

Looking for a more traditional museum experience? Head over to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which features pieces over 240,000 artifacts and objects, some from world’s most famous artists, like Manet, van Gogh, and Renoir. You’ll also be able to check out the iconic “Rocky” steps, made by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky III. 

The Parkway Museum District is also home to several other museums and great attractions, including the Eastern State Penitentiary, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Barnes Foundation, and historic Fairmount Park. It’s easy to spend the entire day in this part of town.

 Reading Terminal Market

If you’re looking for a bite to eat, there’s no better place to stop then the Reading Terminal Market, one of the nation’s oldest and largest public markets. Situated in downtown Philadelphia, it’s just a few blocks away from other city favorites, like Chinatown, Old City, and City Hall. Plus, it’s a brief three min walk from the Filbert Street Station, one of the two regular stops for Martz passengers.

Inside the market, you’ll be able to grab something to eat from one of the many permanent vendors, including DiNic’s, which holds the Travel Channel title of “Best Sandwich in America” or well-known Bassets Ice Cream, which has been calling the market home since 1892.

Food lovers will especially enjoy the wide range of local and imported goods, which include meats, seafood, artesian cheeses, all sorts of baked goods and sweet treats, flowers, spices, and more.

South Street

If you’re looking for one street to please everyone in your crew, then South Street is the one. In just a 14-block span, you’ll find hundreds of shops, cafes, eateries, and bars as well as galleries and performing arts venues – each bringing a unique presence to one of the cities busiest districts.

Hot spots include low-key favorites like Lorenzo’s Pizza or Tattooed Mom, and upscale spots like Serpico, which features global cuisine, or Pumpkin, a 15-year favorite that offers local and sustainable American food.

If it’s music and the arts that you’re after, be sure to check for upcoming shows at the Theatre of Living Arts and MilkBoy Philly or hop into Bridgeset Sound or Repo Records for some new and vintage vinyl.

Keep in mind that the street technically runs throughout much of the city, but the shopping and entertainment district runs from Broad Street to Front Street, which is just a brief walk from Penn’s Landing.

 South Philadelphia Sport Complex

If you’re a Phillies, Flyers, 76ers or Eagle’s fan, you probably already know what any Philadelphia sports fan does – it’s a great town for sports.  The South Philadelphia Sports Complex is home to the Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and Citizens Bank Park.

There, you can catch your favorite East Coast team (or favorite rival) as well as other major entertainment events and concerts.

Taking the Bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia

When you take a Martz Bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia you can begin your journey from our Washington Street Terminal, which centrally located in downtown Wilkes Barre. Then, get off at one of our two regular Philadelphia stops: the 30th Street Station or the Filbert Street Station.

Both stops offer easy access to SEPTA services, which include trains and buses, as well as taxis and other car services like Uber and Lyft. Still, many attractions and destinations within the city are within walking distance of the Filbert Street Station.

Chartering a Bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia

If you have a specific destination in mind and want to travel with a large group or plan a school field trip, your best bet is to charter a bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia. This gives you control over both your pickup and drop-off locations, allowing you to create an itinerary that meets the unique needs of your group.

Chartering a bus is also an affordable way to get everyone in your party into and out of the city and from destination to destination with little to no stress.

Philadelphia is packed with attractions and events for everyone, and getting there by bus makes it easy to enjoy all the city has to offer without dealing with the hassles and unnecessary expenses of travel.  With daily runs to and from Philadelphia, it’s easy to plan the perfect day trip.  Reserve your seat today, and let us do the rest.