Add a day on either end of the conference and get out and about in the City of Brotherly Love.
These gems, both on- and off-the-beaten tourist path, are recommended by Host Committee members Jenny Snyder of the Grace S. & W. Linton Nelson Foundation and Elizabeth Christopherson of the Rita Allen Foundation.
In Center City
- Reading Terminal Market This is a truly special place in Center City with food stalls representing cultures from around the world. The market is in an old train shed and brings together people from all backgrounds. Located across the street from the hotel, at the corner of 12th and Arch Streets.A visit also offers an opportunity to learn about the Food Trust and its work to bring healthy foods to all people and neighborhoods.
- Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Although lesser known than the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Barnes Institute, PAFA has a very impressive and diverse collection, housed in equally impressive and diverse gallery spaces. And admission is very affordable!
- The Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia This museum of medical history is truly a unique spot and arguably the most interesting museum in Philadelphia. Some exhibits aren’t for the faint of heart or may turn a stomach or two, but it is worth a visit.
- American Philosophical Society, “the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of ‘promoting useful knowledge.’” This museum is a gem hidden in plain sight. There is no admission fee, so it’s easy to pop in for a visit to the museum and/or library for a glimpse of a rare collection that highlights innovation throughout history.
Just Beyond Center City
- The Philadelphia Zoo The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in America. If anyone is traveling with family members, this is a top recommendation and a quick cab ride from Center City. There is even a beer garden summer through fall with great food and drink options.
- The Schuylkill River Trail is a new series of bike and walking paths connecting the city along the Schuylkill River. The Schuylkill Banks section in Center City was supported by the William Penn Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts.
- Bartram’s Garden This 45-acre National Historic Landmark outdoor garden and classroom is in a revitalizing section of the city. This garden oasis in the city serves nearly 40,000 each year, including 9,000 students from area schools.
And, of course, these popular visitor stops are synonymous with Philadelphia:
- Independence National Historical Park, considered the birthplace of American democracy, includes a number sites such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
- There are a dozen world-class museums within two miles of the conference hotel, including the Franklin Institute, the oldest science museum in the country; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Barnes Foundation.
Finally, many nationally and internationally known artists call Philadelphia home, such as Philadanco, an award-winning dance company founded in 1970, which focuses on African American dancers and dance and pushes the boundaries of dance and community.