If you asked the average in-state Penn State student where their hometown is, most would say that they live “right outside” either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. Since a large portion of students return home over Spring Break, we’ve compiled a list of things to do once the initial excitement of free laundry and home-cooked meals has worn off.
Are you stuck in the Philadelphia area over Spring Break? There’s no need to fear. Here are 10 ways you can make the most of your week off in the City of Brotherly Love.
1.) Walk around Old City: Known as “America’s Most Historic Square Mile,” Old City is one of the greatest aspects of Philadelphia. You can visit the Constitution Center, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Penn’s Landing all in one day if you wanted. There’s so much to learn about our nation’s history right in the heart of Center City.
2.) Search for the Best Cheesesteak in Philadelphia: Pat’s? Geno’s? Tony Luke’s? None of the above? Which will you choose as the Most Authentic Philly Cheesesteak? Personally, I’m a fan of Pat’s, but don’t let my bias stop you from finding your cheesesteak hot spot.
3.) Head to a Flyers or 76ers game: For all you sports fans out there, both Philly teams will be playing at the Wells Fargo Center next week. The Flyers have two big Metropolitan Division games: the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday Night and those dastardly Penguins for a Saturday matinee showdown. Meanwhile, the Sixers will host the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Indiana Pacers — who boast the best record in the Association — on Friday night, and the Memphis Grizzlies right after the Flyers-Pens game on Saturday. Even if you don’t buy tickets, you can head over to Xfinity Live! to watch the games.
4.) Learn something new at the Franklin Institute or the Academy of Natural Sciences: Chances are you probably haven’t been inside them since your grade school field trips, but don’t underestimate these museums. Both of them have endless exhibits to examine for those still eager to learn after all of those dreadful midterm exams.
5.) Stop by the Philadelphia Zoo or Fairmount Park: If the weather permits, check out more than 1,300 animals in America’s first zoo for only $20. But if cages aren’t your thing, stroll through one of the 63 individual parks that make up Fairmount Park.
6.) Wander through Reading Terminal Market: Reading Terminal has been around for more than a century and offers practically every kind of cuisine you can imagine. Just walking through the market makes you feel like a more cultured person. Hell, just thinking about the roast pork sandwich at DiNic’s has me salivating.
7.) Explore the wonders of the Art Museum or the Barnes Foundation: If you’re the artsy type, perhaps one of these elegant museums is the destination for you. You can run up the stairs of the Art Museum a la Rocky Balboa and check out more than 200 galleries and exhibitions. At the Barnes Foundation, there is a myriad of Post-Impressionist and early Modern pieces from the likes of Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, and many more.
8.) “Turn Up” at local concerts: This coming week, there will be three big names coming through Philly to play shows: Juicy J at the Theatre of Living Arts on Thursday, Ellie Goulding at Temple University’s Liacouras Center next Friday, and The Glitch Mob at the Electric Factory, also next Friday.
9.) Soak in the nightlife at Manayunk or South Street: For the 21+ crowd, there’s more to nightlife than the State College bar scene. Manayunk’s Main Street is lined with bars like Manayunk Brew Pub, Mad River, and J.D. McGillicuddy’s. Down on South Street, you can grab some local craft beer at Manny Brown’s, head to Bob and Barbara’s for “The Special,” or stop by Tattooed Mom to get your inner punk on.
10.) For everything else, there’s Wawa: Need I say more?