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    Meet, Eat & Play in Historic Philadelphia

     
    POSTED July 18, 2017
     
  • Sponsored

    Meet, Eat & Play in Historic Philadelphia

     
    POSTED July 18, 2017
     

Sponsored by Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Philadelphia was recently named the nation’s first World Heritage City. This accolade recognized Philadelphia for its wealth of contributions as the epicenter of American democracy and applauds the city’s commitment to preserving its historical and cultural assets. Groups visiting The City of Brotherly Love, can embrace the city’s heritage in every aspect of their trip, from where they meet to where they eat. 

Where to Meet:

The Pennsylvania Convention Center offers 1 million square feet of total event space, including the largest ballroom on the East Coast, 82 meeting rooms, 679,000 square feet of exhibit space, and a 34,960-square-foot Grand Hall. The flexible space combines historic preservation and architectural innovation with state-of-the-art technology. The convention center is centrally located with direct access to the bus system, subways, regional rail and taxis, so getting around is easy and with more than 10,000 hotels rooms within walking distance, groups will have no problem finding a suitable space to kick up their heels and relax after a day of meetings. 

For a unique view on the history of Philadelphia, and the United States, head to the newly-opened Museum of the American Revolution. From enslaved people and Native Americans to women who took up arms to fight for the cause, the museum tells a tale that is the lesser known side of the Revolutionary War. Located two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the 118,000-square-foot museum offers six event spaces with additional outdoor space. The Rotunda handles up to 350 guests for a reception, and the theater is ideal for presentations and speeches and seats 171. Other spaces include the Oneida Indian Nation Atrium Exhibit and the Tent Theater. 

Where to Eat:

One can’t visit the city of Philadelphia without tasting the famous Philly cheesesteak, and there’s no place better than at Campo’s Deli. Situated in Old City Philadelphia, this local spot has been serving up hoagies for over 70 years. Campo’s originally opened as a neighborhood corner butcher shop and is now the official cheesesteak of the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers.

For elevated Philadelphia dining with private event space, check out Volvér or Vetri Ristorante. Volvér offers an evolving menu that emphasizes seasonal ingredients and modern techniques where Vetri Ristorante is one of the most respected and influential Italian restaurants in the country.

To experience a little bit of everything that Philadelphia has to offer, head to Reading Terminal Market. This historic market is home to 80 merchants that offer international and local cuisine including Pennsylvania Dutch specialties, mozzarella cheese from the Valley Shepherd Creamery, and Travel Channel’s Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America. 

What to Do:

Philadelphia is home to the world’s largest outdoor art gallery: Mural Arts Philadelphia. Over 3,600 murals make up the outdoor gallery and have earned Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.” Tours of the area are available and provide insight into the murals themselves, the artistic process and the history of the diverse communities that serve as the backdrop for these pieces. A variety of tours are available including walking, train, trolley and step-on, and spots can be reserved for both public and private excursions.

Steep your group in history with a visit to Old City Philadelphia, where everything old becomes new again. Known as America’s most historic square mile, this part of town offers impressive architecture, timeless shops and a whole lot of history. Fork, The Olde Bar and Zahav make great spots to grab a bite to eat and City Brew Tours and Historic Philadelphia, Inc. provide unique tours of the area covering everything from the Founding Fathers to the city’s craft beer scene.

Finally, tour the city in style with Red Pedal Tours on a 15-guest pedicycle. This open-air bike has 12 seats for the active pedalers and three seats in the back for riders who need a break. Riders pedal the Big Red Pedicycle around the city and stop at historic sites, popular restaurants and lively pubs, depending on which tour is booked. Most tours are two hours long and allow guests to see a different side of Philadelphia.

Sponsored by Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

With a state-of-the-art Convention Center located in the heart of the city, plus world-class shopping, nightlife, culture, dining and thousands of hotel rooms all within a few blocks, there is nothing missing in this modern metropolis. Add in the city’s excellent off-site venues and our award-winning hospitality industry, and you’ll see that the list of all Philadelphia has to offer within a compact, walkable downtown is as long as our history.

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