Welcome to Philadelphia!

rocky_stepsNo trip to Philly is complete without the ubiquitous Rocky Stairs pose. So run up those stairs on Friday evening and start your weekend at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5. Enjoy the best view of the city while sipping Martinis on the portico!

Contrary to popular belief, Philadelphians eat more than cheesesteaks, hoagies and pretzels.  Sneak out during a break to the Reading Terminal Market and taste some of Philadelphia’s delicious culinary offerings, including Amish shoofly pie and international cuisine like tom ka gai and sashimi.

Philly’s Chinatown is within walking distance of the conference and offers great restaurants where you can eat like a king on a nonprofit budget. Personal favorites include Sang Kee Peking Duck House and Vietnam Palace.

If you decide to explore the city in your free time, try wandering through Old City where you can’t help but stumble upon something historical like Ben Franklin’s or Betsy Ross’ houses. Or stroll through the Italian Market and experience the pleasure of eating a chocolate chip cannoli from Isgro Pasticceria, an Italian bakery founded in 1904.

Philadelphia is also the mural capital of the world. The Mural Arts Program offers tours of the city’s super-sized works of art.

There are many amazing neighborhoods full of history and character, all with their own scene and distinct flavor. Check out phillyfunguide.com for listings and discounts on cultural happenings throughout the city and region.

Lastly, if the weather permits, Rittenhouse Square is the perfect place to relax and people watch. Grab a cappuccino at La Columbe!—Mia Gannon, advertising and promotions coordinator, Philadelphia Museum of Art

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