You won’t want to miss all the city of Philadelphia has to offer during the NASP 2012 Annual Convention. Whether you’re soaking up history at one of Philadelphia’s historic landmarks, enjoying the view at one of the city’s many museums, or dining at a world-class restaurant, there’s something for everyone in the City of Brotherly Love.
Home of William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, and Betsy Ross, Philadelphia was the center of the original 13 American colonies during the birth of the nation. See sights like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the newly opened National Museum of American Jewish History, all less than a mile from the hotels.
Soak in all that Philadelphia’s thriving arts scene has to offer just steps from the hotel. Located next to the Convention Center, Lenfest Plaza is an open-area piazza brimming with public art, trees, and outdoor dining. Or walk a half mile to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts where you can hear Philadelphia’s top musicians, catch a Broadway show, or watch dancers light up the stage.
More than a decade of development has advanced Philadelphia’s culinary scene to a world-class level. From fine dining to pho, you can pick from an array of options just steps from the hotel. Be sure to visit the historic Reading Terminal Market just around the corner from the Convention Center and enjoy your choice of baked goods, ethnic eats, and more in this bustling historic farmers’ market.
10 Reasons Philadelphia is Hot Even in February!
1. Taste Test Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks
Walk south a mile and a half to weigh in on the famous cheesesteak debate! Philadelphia’s dueling cheesesteak kings, Pat’s and Geno’s are conveniently situated directly across from each other on Passyunk Ave. near Ninth Street.
2. See a Flyers Hockey Game
Catch a Flyers hockey game with Philadelphia natives in a local sports bar. Take your pick of local hot spots to watch the Flyer take on the Jets on Tuesday, February 21, or the Oilers on Thursday, February 23.
3. Visit an American Icon – The Liberty Bell
No trip to Philadelphia is complete without a trip to see the Liberty Bell. This classic piece of American history never fails to amaze visitors. Just a short walk away, this is an easy, FREE outing.
4. Admire the Masterpieces at the Museum of Art
Visit the third-largest art museum in the country, the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Just a short cab ride away, you can browse the expansive art collections, or visit one of 80 period rooms ranging from a medieval cloister to an Indian temple.
5. Meet a Champion
Don’t miss this larger than life statue of fictional boxer, Rocky Balboa, at the base of the east stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Come have your picture taken with this triumphant statue of the Italian Stallion!
6. Read the Words That Shaped Our World
Visit the National Constitution Center to explore this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays. Just a short walk from the hotel, this is the only museum devoted to exploring the story of we the people.
7. Explore Philadelphia’s Newest Museum
Take a trip to the newly opened National Museum of American Jewish History—the only museum dedicated to chronicling the American Jewish experience. Follow more than 350 years of American Jewish history through all three floors of this inspiring museum.
8. Get in Touch With Your Classical Side
Head a few blocks south to Philadelphia’s renowned Kimmel Center to see The Abduction from the Seraglio. The Opera Company of Philadelphia takes on Mozart's musical genius in this humorous tale of a Turkish ruler's comically passionate pursuit of his beautiful young prisoner.
9. Dine in Style
Over a decade of development has transformed this town into a gourmand’s dream. Take advantage of Philadelphia’s blossoming fine dining scene and head out for a night on the town!
10. Experience the Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Reading Terminal Market
After exploring Philadelphia, head back to the Reading Terminal Market, right across the street from the hotel. Grab a bite to eat, enjoy local music during Midday Melodies, or take the Market Tour to hear the history of this iconic market.