Summer in Philadelphia
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History buffs, foodies, tech lovers and creative types alike flock to Philadelphia during the summer. Discover a city of firsts while studying at the first university in America. Philadelphia is home to America’s oldest residential street, the first school of medicine, the first zoo and the first computer. Make your mark on the city as you explore the parks, multicultural festivals, dining events, outdoor movies and neighborhoods that make Philadelphia one of America’s greatest cities.
Throughout the summer, you’ll stumble across pop-up gardens all over the city that offer local libations and phenomenal food. There are also First Person Arts StorySlams, walking tours through Independence National Park, a huge Pride Day parade and festival and the esteemed Barnes Foundation—the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork outside of Paris.
In July, take part in the Welcome America festival—a week-long celebration that culminates on the 4th of July with a massive free concert hosted by Philadelphia hip hop-legends The Roots. The finale of the festivities is a spectacular fireworks display that takes place over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
For those of you who will be in residence for the Penn Summer Global Institute, Pre-College Program and Penn Summer Academies, the Penn Summer team has organized multiple evenings and weekend group excursions for you.
Make the most of your summer at Penn by making the most of Philadelphia’s fabulous events, dining, exhibits and more.
In addition to being a very walkable city, Philadelphia has a great public transportation system, SEPTA, to help you get around. You can also take advantage of the bike-share station located right on campus.
Philadelphia is an excellent gateway to other major cities along the east coast including Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. Whether you travel by train, bus or rent a car, these destinations make for exciting day trips.