15 Places to Go in Philadelphia

SPRING 2015

VIDEO BY GUYRANDY JEAN-GILLES

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1. Italian Market

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Pat's and Geno's. Cheesesteak. And great authentic Italian food. All in convenient South Philly.

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2. Longwood Gardens

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Longwood Gardens is the perfect place to escape the city blues. Located about an hour outside of campus, the gardens boast stunning display and indoor exhibitions of flowers all year long.

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3. Electric Factory

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The Electric Factory is underrated as a small and intimate concert venue that not many people at Penn know about, but it attracts the biggest names from today's electronic music scene (although musicians from other genres perform there as well).

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4. Wissahickon Valley Park

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A lovely, wooded valley with Wissahickon Creek running through its entire seven-mile length, the Wissahickon Valley Park is more of an excursion from campus, but is surprisingly still close to Philly for such a large wooded forest.

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5. Avenue of the Arts

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The Kimmel Center, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, offers $25 season passes for students. Other cultural landmarks on the Avenue include the Academy of Music, the Merriman Theatre and the Wilma Theatre, all of which offer discount student tickets through Campus Philly Open Arts.

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6. Race Street Pier

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The Race Street Pier offers an unhindered view of the Delaware River Waterfront and the Ben Franklin Bridge that most Penn students usually don't see. The Pier is also picnic-friendly, and some nights there's live music and fireworks in the summer.

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7. Go Vertical

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It's a great alternative to going to the gym! People are really nice there and you can take classes to be certified to belay or take beginner climbing classes. Make sure you are with someone who is certified at Go Vertical or have called ahead to have a staff member belay you! If you really like it, membership rates are available.

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8. St. Andrew's

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St. Andrew's Chapel is hosting the last weekend of an art installation this weekend. Using a geometric web of electric blue parachute tethering, the artist, Aaron Asis, wanted to draw attention to the beauty of the chapel.

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9. Magic Gardens

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Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a permanent art institution that is open to visitors throughout the year located on South Street. It is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that provides access to installation and public art.  Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, wine bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of daily materials that has been transformed into art. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens gives viewers a place to relax, enjoy and explore in the noisy center city.

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10. Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

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The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a beautiful over-the-water extension of the existing Schuylkill River Trail and offers a great view of the Schuylkill (when it isn't busy being partially frozen) and Philly itself.

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11. Baltimore Ave

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Few students venture that far down Baltimore, but many of the local shops and cafes are quite underrated. Penn students should definitely check out the summer and fall Baltimore Dollar Stroll, where many restaurants and businesses showcase their wares, such as craft beer, ethnic bites, and other offers for only a dollar.

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12. Reading Viaduct

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Reading Viaduct offers a great view of Philly itself, while still allowing visitors to poke around railroad tracks that used to be a part of SEPTA. As a unique elevated linear park, it's similar to the High Line in New York City.

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13. Elfreth's Alley

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Elfreth's alley is also an underrated Old City locale - it's actually America's oldest residential neighborhood! It's extremely quaint and very photogenic. It's also only a couple blocks away from the SEPTA stop.

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14. The Franklin Fountain

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Authentic old-fashioned ice cream parlor and soda fountain. Need we say more?

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15. City Hall

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In general, Penn students should really take more advantage of Center City and all it has to offer! Even just exploring Center City at night can be its own (instagrammable) adventure.

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