Philly phlyer From United States of America, joined May 1999, 317 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1975 times:
Since you said Friday "night" and not afternoon, I will not suggest taking a taxi to the historic district (Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, etc are about a 20 minute / $20 cab ride away). [As a political science major, this might have been of interest to you.] You could take a taxi to "South Street" where there are a lot of shops and pubs, but, with a 3 hour layover, you wouldn't have much time. I will limit my suggestions to within the airport.
Between terminals B & C is a shopping center with shops and restaurants. Included in that area is a Dock Street Brewery & Pub and a TGI Fridays. Down both terminals B & C are Philly Rock restaurants and bars. I mention all these places because you can sit down, have a drink (being a third year student, I am assuming you are 21 years old) and watch sports on television.
The best restaurant in the terminals, however, is in the Marriott which is at the end of the Terminal B walkway to parking and luggage pick-up (stay on the upper level).
Also, in the connector between Terminal A and B is a "Laptop Lane" if you have your laptop with you and want to do some web surfing. If you want programs or supplies, there is a "Staples Express" at the entrance to Terminal B. If you are into art, there are rotating art collections throughout the terminals. Finally, large white rocking chairs have been added in many locations between Terminals B & C if you just want to rock and watch the people or planes.
For watching the airplanes, the best place is the US Airways club on the third floor between terminals B & C. You might want to see if any of your friends belong or have the one-time passes they give their frequent flyers. [Might even check with whomever you sit next to while flying into PHL. If they belong, they could get you past the front desk as their guest and then leave.]
I would suggest that you go to the following website for the Philadelphia airport and select "Philadelphia Marketplace" to see listings of shops and restaurants by location. It also has a map of all the terminals.
Lowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1954 times:
You can also go to 'A' terminal and see the progress on the international terminal(The best place: In the mini-food court between A4 and A6.) Next you should go outside of 'E', and see the new regional terminal.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3071 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1912 times:
Thanks for your help everyone. I have between 5:47pm and 8:30pm. Actually 8:30 is departure, so they will probably board the trans-Atlantic flight a half hour-45 minutes or so early? So I guess I really only have 2 hours to kill. I'll just pace around the airport I guess and check out the restaurants and shops. I'm not quite 21, so I can't get hammered between flights. My aunt was supposed to come down from Abington and visit but she made last minute plans to go to Isreal so she can't be there. I was counting on a free dinner . Thanks again,