Summer in Philadelphia

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As the only American city to be named a World Heritage City, Philadelphia has endless sights to see and is the perfect place to spend your summer. (Photo Credit: Photo by Bob Krist for the PHLCVB)

Use your Penn ID to receive a student discount into the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Photo Credit: Photo by Paul Loftland for PHLCVB)

While you’re in historic Old City, visit Independence Hall for free and see where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed.

Celebrate America’s birthday in the city where it was born with a week-long festival that culminates in a huge outdoor concert on the 4th of July. (Photo Credit: Photo by for PHLCVB)

While exploring historic Old City, don’t forget to see the nation’s oldest residential street, Elfreth’s Alley. (Photo Credit: Photo by PHLCVB)

One of the city’s most popular cultural institutions, the Barnes Foundation houses the largest private collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art outside of Paris. (Photo Credit: Photo by for PHLCVB)

Step inside Philadelphia’s favorite food market for a taste of everything—from world-famous cheesesteaks to Amish baked goods and artisanal brews. (Photo Credit: Photo by PHLCVB)

It’s not summer in Philadelphia without a trip to Citizens Bank Park to see a Phillies baseball game. Extra credit for dancing with the Phanatic! (Photo Credit: Photo by Bryan Lathrop for PHLCVB)

Every June, Philadelphia hosts one of the largest Pride parades and festivals in the country—a weekend celebrating the city’s diversity and the contributions of the LGBT communities. (Photo Credit: Photo by Edward Savaria for PHLCVB)

Use the affordable and easily accessible bike share program Indego to make your way around the city. (Photo Credit: Photo by Jeff Fusco for PHLCVB)

Traveling around the city and the suburbs is easy with SEPTA’s subways, buses, trolleys and regional trains.

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.

Getting Around

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.


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