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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.

Philadelphia is perfect for summer exploring. Enjoy your new home and explore the parks, multicultural festivals, dining events, outdoor movies, and neighborhoods that make Philadelphia one of America’s greatest cities. Check out all that Philadelphia has to offer at the VisitPhilly website.

Students in residence for the Penn Summer Global Institute, Pre-College Program, and Penn Summer Academies can look forward to evenings and weekend group organized by the Penn Summer team.

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’s public transportation system, SEPTA, will help you get around. You can also take advantage of Penn’s on-campus bike-share station


As well as having the opportunity to explore the vibrant and historic city of Philadelphia, you can be in New York by bus or train within two hours and Washington, D.C. within three hours.

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3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326

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