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Things to do near Widener University

Widener University is located just minutes from Philadelphia. Philadelphia has everything you could want in a big city - architecture, history, arts and culture, delicious food, and plenty of entertainment. With its welcoming vibe, top-tier universities, and many attractions, Philadelphia is a distinguished destination for innovation and academia. Philadelphia is a perfect city for international students!

Widener University is located just minutes from downtown Philadelphia. See maps and travel information.

Downtown

Philadelphia City Hall in Center City Philadelphia

Center City is Philadelphia's thriving commercial and business district. Several skyscrapers in this area make a stunning city skyline, especially from across the river. In Philadelphia City Hall, visitors can take a glass elevator to the observation deck to admire the expansive views of downtown.

Center City is home to the boutique shopping area Rittenhouse, the distinguished free Philadelphia Public Library and many prestigious offices where diplomats work. There is a good chance your country's consulate is located here!

Three Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Center City: Sunoco (which regularly employs Widener University graduates), Comcast, and Aramark.


History

Historically, Philadelphia is one of the most essential American cities. It is where the 'Founding Fathers' of the United States met and signed the most important documents in US history: the Declaration of Independence which declared the United States independent from Great Britain; and the Constitution of the United States, the governing law.

Philadelphia was the capital of the United States for 10 years, while Washington DC was being constructed.


Top Philadelphia attractions

Independence Hall in Philadelphia Independence National Historic ParkIndependence National Historical Park

Home to so many historical sites it is called 'America's most historic square mile'. The most famous landmarks are Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell has become an international symbol of freedom, used to promote women's right to vote and to protest political oppression.

At the National Constitution Center, one of the rare original versions of the US Constitution is on display. Only 4 pages long, this document still determines American laws.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia's major art museum is one of the largest art museums in the USA. With striking Greek architecture and a vast collection of art, this majestic museum features works by renowned artists like Degas and Cezanne, as well as contemporary local artists.

Philly Cheesesteaks

A cheesesteak is a sandwich roll with sliced beef and melted cheese. Many places copy this recipe, but you can only eat an original Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia. Many places claim to have the best Cheesesteak in the city!

South Philadelphia Sports Complex

Cheer on the home team during a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park. Even if you aren’t a fan, you can still enjoy a traditional hotdog at this stadium recognized for its delicious food. Watch an ice hockey, basketball or lacrosse game at the 20,000-seat Wells Fargo Center. Visit the entertainment center Xfinity Live! and enjoy its restaurants, SportsNet Interactive Zone, ice cream parlor, high-definition state-of-the-art sports viewing, family movies, and live performance stage.

The Franklin Institute

A unique, interactive science museum dedicated to enhance the inventions of Ben Franklin. The Franklin Institute is Philadelphia's most visited museum. It has a 'touch-and-experiment' approach to science, and houses a planetarium, IMAX movie theater, virtual-reality technology, climb-aboard steam engine, simulated earth-orbit research station, fully-equipped weather station, and indoor SkyBike!


Sports

American Football stadium, home of the Philadelphia Eagles

In American sports, you may not understand each play that is happening, but you can still be part of the team spirit in Philadelphia. It is interesting to watch, but even more fun to participate with the passionate fans in this city.

In the USA, the most important and followed sports are known as the 'Big Five'. Not many cities have professional teams in all Big Five sports, but Philadelphia does:

  • Philadelphia Eagles for American football
  • Philadelphia Phillies for baseball
  • 76ers for basketball
  • Philadelphia Flyers for hockey
  • Philadelphia Union for soccer

Except for the soccer team which is based close to Widener University at PPL Park, these teams all play in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. Throughout the year at Widener University you will have the chance to participate in America's favorite pastime - sporting events!


Culture and Entertainment

Widener University students often visit Philadelphia's museums, restaurants, and entertainment venues, which host to some of the world's most renowned exhibits, restaurateurs, speakers, and performers.

Philadelphia has something for every type of culture lover. Art, theater, dance, music and architecture all have their place in modern Philly as well as in its history. Music has moved from jazz to hip hop and now to indie artists.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, one of the USA's largest outdoor amphitheaters, holds summer concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and everything from rock to pop to opera to funk to Broadway and dance events.

Tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the gateway to the beautiful Philadelphia City Hall. Along its path is the outdoor sculpture garden and several fantastic museums including the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute and the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Shopping

Walnut Street - Philadelphia's high-end shopping district

One of the best things about shopping in Pennsylvania is there isn't sales tax on clothes or shoes. Many other American cities have an additional fee of up to 12% on these items.

Popular department stores in Center City, like Macy's, carry everything from women's clothes to kitchenware. For more unique items, although more expensive, explore the many boutiques on cute streets in the neighborhoods - you'll find high-end galleries, sleek home decorations, vintage furniture, handmade jewelry, and designer clothes.

The largest shopping mall in the USA - King of Prussia Mall - is just 31km from the city center. Premium Outlet shopping and large discount stores are in the suburbs.

20 minutes from Philadelphia