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Discover Philadelphia

Scenes of Philadelphia

As the second largest city on the east coast and one of the nation's most walkable cities, Philadelphia is Drexel's "living laboratory" with plenty of places to explore, learn, engage in recreation, and experience the arts. Located on Drexel’s campus in the heart of University City in Philadelphia, the Drexel Conference Center is easily accessible by public transportation and within walking distance of 30th Street Station. Summer interns can easily navigate the city by hopping on the Market-Frankford line or the Trolley line, accessible by three stations on Drexel’s campus.

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own personality and highlights. Some of Philadelphia's most diverse neighborhoods include:

  • Old CityOld City, located between Front and Sixth Streets, bounded by Vine Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south, is best known as the site of Elfreth's Alley, the Betsy Ross House, the Liberty Bell and Independence Mall. Besides hosting many of Philadelphia's historic sites, Old City is a hub for nightlife and boutique shopping.

  • Rittenhouse Square – Rittenhouse Square is one of Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Home to high-end shopping and great nightlife, Rittenhouse Square is a must-see for any visitor to Philadelphia.

  • Avenue of the Arts – Located on Broad Street between City Hall and South Street, the Avenue of the Arts is Philadelphia’s premier arts and entertainment district. With a variety of outstanding performing arts venues like the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music and the Wilma Theater, excellent restaurants and shopping, the Avenue is a great destination with something for everyone.

  • South Street – The “hippest street in town,” South Street is famous for its eclectic shops, diverse restaurants and dynamic nightlife. Check out a show at the Theater of Living Arts (TLA) or grab a bite to eat at Jim’s Steaks!

  • Northern Liberties – Northern Liberties is one of Philadelphia’s “up and coming” neighborhoods. It is a haven for local artists and musicians and is home to excellent restaurants and boutiques. Located between 6th andFront Streets and bordered by Girard Street to the north and Callowhill to the south, Northern Liberties is a nightlife hub!

  • Chinatown – The main venue for Asian culture, Chinatown is smack in the middle of the city. It would take years to visit every shop, market, restaurant, and noodle house inthis compact neighborhood.

  • South Philadelphia – Home to thousands of Italian families, restaurants, and markets, this vibrant section of the city is one of its most famous. There is also a sizable Asian population here, and their restaurants and markets rank among some of the city's best. It's also home to Philadelphia's major league sports teams including the Phillies, Philadelphia Eagels, Flyers, and Sixers. All within a block of each other.

  • University City – With its funky vibe and unique spirit, University City is one of Philadelphia's most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. Located on the west side of downtown Philadelphia, the area is a hotbed of education, science, medicine and research. This dynamic, close-knit community is home to college students, artists, and families who coexist amid world-class universities, dining, nightlife and cultural offerings.

  • Museum District – Located just blocks away from Drexel, the Museum District is home to some of the nation's best collections of art, history, and culture. As you travel past City Hall heading west on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, you'll discover some of Philadelphia's best museums. Visit The Philadelphia Art Museum and take your picture with the Rocky statue (from the film Rocky). Or take a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary, where American gangster Al Capone once stayed. There's also the Mutter Museum which contains the history of diseases, anatomy, and human medical anomalies. Among others are the Rodin Museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences, The Franklin Institute, and the Levy Gallery. Continuing west is Fairmount Park, where Philadelphians love to bike, row, and jog alongside the Schuylkill River. Beyond that, the Philadelphia Zoo, America's First Zoo.