Fun Philadelphia Attractions
The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
We are the proud, exclusive hotel partner of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts offers world-class performances ranging from jazz, dance, international theatre, and world music. Located just 2 blocks from The Center, it is also home to the country’s largest annual International Children’s Festival that offers more than 60 performances specially designed for young audiences. The Annenberg Center also offers facility rentals for special events and meetings. Visit www.annenbergcenter.org for a full schedule of performances.
World Café Live.
Project Twenty1 is an organization dedicated to exhibiting, promoting, inspiring, and connecting artists from all walks of life through filmmaking. We host film festivals, networking events, education workshops, and competitions in the Greater Philadelphia area that attract participants from all over the world. We also partner with other organizations globally to provide maximum exposure for our participants, community, and sponsors.
This year, Project Twenty1 will co-found OctoberFest Philly, a city-wide, month-long celebration of independent film. The Project Twenty1 Film Festival’s schedule, October 1st-4th, 2009, will place it as the kick-off to the entire OctoberFest. The 2009 festival will comprise an extended weekend of screenings, film and music events, and will be bookended by Opening and Closing Night Parties, all based in the University City area. Sunday will also feature the Awards Ceremony, where we will announce the Winners of the 2009 Philadelphia Filmathon and our always popular 21-Day Filmmaking Competition.
Please visit ProjectTwenty1.com for further information and current featured events.
Institute of Contemporary Art. The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is among the top art institutes in the state. View and interpret original works of art created by established and emerging artists. Various tours, educational programs, lectures and special events are held throughout the month and are open to the public. Free tours are offered on the first Sunday of the month. The Institute of Contemporary Art was established in 1963. Visit www.icaphila.org.
Penn Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology.The University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology has been exploring human evolution for 120 years. The Museum has collected more than 1 million artifacts, many through anthropological research and university field excavations. Museum galleries are spread across three floors and feature ancient artifacts from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, Bible lands, Asia civilizations. Also on display are materials used by native Americans, Polynesians and Africans. Rotating exhibits, lectures, and educations programs are also offered through the museum. Visit http://www.museum.upenn.edu/index.php.
University of Pennsylvania.University of Pennsylvania, a prestigious Ivy League school founded by Benjamin Franklin, is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 10 universities. University of Pennsylvania is situated in the heart of Philadelphia and comprises 12 graduate and professional schools in addition to its extensive undergraduate programs. Visit www.upenn.edu. [Top]
Drexel University.Drexel University is a nonsectarian, private university in Philadelphia. Drexel was founded in 1891 and has been providing students with advanced academic opportunities in arts and sciences for over 100 years. Drexel is known as Philadelphia’s Technological University and was the first major university to offer wireless Internet service and require all students to have a microcomputer. Drexel has also offered online courses since 1996. Visit www.drexel.edu.
Please Touch Museum.Please Touch Museum is Philadelphia’s renowned children’s museum that encourages kids and parents to enjoy hands-on learning. The museum is geared for children age 7 or younger, although kids of all ages are welcome. Exhibits at Please Touch Museum are all interactive and each features many fun things for kids to do. Some exhibits include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Supermarket, and Barnyard Babies. Visit www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.
The Franklin. Formerly know as The Franklin Institute, is Philadelphia’s premier science and technology museum. The museum features hands-on exhibits that explore everything from the heart’s function to generating electricity to kinetic and physiological impacts on sports performance. The Franklin Institute also features an IMAX theater and a planetarium. Visit http://www2.fi.edu/index.php. [Top]
Philadelphila Museum of Art. A cultural icon--the "Rocky Steps" are the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Made famous during all 5 "Rocky" movies featuring Sylvester Stallone, the steps have become a must-do for tourists and locals. The steps symbolize every man rising to the challenge. Take your picture with the Rocky statue, which is located at the bottom of the steps. The third largest museum in the country is a must-see cultural icon in Philly. www.philamuseum.org
Independence Hall. Independence Hall in Philadelphia is the political birthplace of the United States of America. It is here where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. The Georgian-style building was completed in 1753 and is recognized as a U.S. National Landmark and a World Heritage Site. The Liberty Bell is displayed across the street from Independence Hall. Timed tour tickets into Independence Hall are free if you purchase your tickets the morning of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center (located at 6th & Market Streets).
LIberty Bell. Located at the starting point of the Trolley Works Tours, the Liberty Bell is a must see attraction. The Liberty Bell is a symbol of unity as it was first rung to announce the opening of the First Continental Congress in 1774. This Bell is actually the second bell as the original bell cracked after arriving in Philadelphia from London. The Liberty Bell that is now on display was created from the melted metal of the original bell, but it also cracked after it's first ringing. The Bell was last rung on George Washington's birthday celebration in 1846. Admission is free.
Reading Terminal Market.
Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, it is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. With over 80 unique merchants, most stands are family operated. When you visit the market, you can enjoy eating every type of cuisine, from authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and traditional Pennsylvania Dutch to Asian, Middle Eastern and more. Another must see Philly attraction! www.readingterminalmarket.org.
Wells Fargo Center. The Wells Fargo Center (formerly Wachovia Center) is the epicenter for Philadelphia sports and events. More than 400 events, including concerts, family shows, and sporting events, are hosted at the Wells Fargo Center each year. Wells Fargo Center is also home to NBA basketball team the 76ers and NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, or the Broad Street Bullies as they’re affectionately referred to by loyal fans. Visit http://www.comcast-spectacor.com/default.asp.
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