Take a Day Trip to the City of Brotherly Love

Ever feel like just picking up and getting out of town for the day? We all do. The problem is that most people live in places where they have to drive for hours to get somewhere worth going—unless they happen to live at Kensington Place. In our East Brunswick location, you have two of the biggest and best cities in the country, each only an hour away. So feel free to spend a day, or a weekend for that matter, at either one.


Sure there’s all the historical things, but to tempt you, we’ve worked up some more local things you might enjoy on a day trip to Philadelphia.


1. Start with a dose of culture

Check out the Barnes Foundation in Logan Square. Originally the art collection of chemist Albert C. Barnes, you’ll see dozens of paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and more, arranged in “wall ensembles”, so you can compare different periods and styles of works next to each other. It’s a unique art museum experience.


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2. Sample the best sandwich in town

And no, it’s not the cheesesteak. It's the city’s roast pork sandwich. With layers of roast pork, sharp provolone cheese, braised broccoli rabe and charred long peppers, all contained in a Sarcone’s Italian roll, this sandwich might just be the best thing you’ll eat this year. Try DiNic's interpretation (crowned Best Sandwich in America by the Travel Channel), John’s Roast Pork or hit High Street on Market for some of the best versions in the city.



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3. Soak up the suds

Someone once said,“Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Some people say it was Ben Franklin, which would be great for a Philly beer tour, but that’s simply not true. Regardless of the source, we can all agree on the sentiment. There are places aplenty to enjoy a local pint indoors and out. Travel down to Yards Brewing Company’s tasting room to sample some of the freshest beer in town. Or, find your way to any one of a host of pop-up beer gardens throughout the city during the summer, including Independence Beer Garden overlooking the Liberty Bell at Independence Mall West, Haas Biergarten at La Peg Brasserie by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Frankford Hall in Fishtown. 



4. Don't Forget Fishtown

Just northeast of Center City lies Fishtown, a pretty awesome place to grab a bite and see some local culture, outside of the more touristy parts of town. Visit a pizza museum—yep, you heard right—at Pizza Brain, which also serves delicious brick-oven pies. Follow that up with a scoop of balsamic banana on a hot afternoon at Little Baby’s Ice Cream, serving eclectic and regular flavors of premium handmade ice cream. There are great tacos at Loco Pez, games (and more beer) at Barcade, tasty food and shows at local landmark Johnny Brenda’s, BBQ at Fette Sau and, if you look around, someplace that's ready to be your new favorite spot in Philly. 


This is just a smattering of what is offered just an hour or so away from your front door when you live at Kensington Place. Plus, the best part is that you get to live in a beautiful apartment in East Brunswick, NJ, so close to Philadelphia and New York City, which we’ll get to in a later post (as if we need to). So, come take a tour and once you see all that Kensington Place offers, you might have just found your new home.

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