– buy your tickets online to save money. Usually when a buying a ticket online, you get hit with a “convenience fee”. With the Auto Show, it’s the opposite. Tickets purchased online are valid for any show day. Adult tickets are only $10, which is $2 less than when purchased onsite during the weekends.
– unless you want to be one of those people sitting in traffic blowing their horns pointlessly, park a few blocks to the north, on either side of Vine Street. The Philadelphia Parking Authority has a great online Center City Parking locator. Use 1201 Arch Street for the convention center address.
– have brunch, lunch or dinner in Chinatown, which is just to the east of the convention center. We had a dim sum brunch before the show. Ocean Harbor, Ocean City, HK Golden Phoenix, and Joy Tsin Lau are all great places for dim sum. Dim Sum is usually served until 2pm, and so it is only an option if you plan to go the show early in the afternoon. If you plan to go the show at night, many restaurants in Chinatown are open late, so a post-show snack is an option as well.
– be careful when exiting any of the exhibition halls. You can easily find yourself outside the ticketed area and not able to get back in, which happened to us. Luckily we already saw pretty much all that we wanted to, but wanted to check out the Smartcars again.
Philadelphia Auto Show
Now until Sunday February 10th