The Pennsylvania Convention Center is in an ideal location to explore Philadelphia – even if you only have an hour or two. In between sessions or when you have a free afternoon, check out these quick breaks in and around the Convention Center District that will help you fill your time (and make some memories):
SHOP TIL YOU DROP
- Housed in the historic Wanamaker Building, Macy’s Center City is a National Historic landmark with marble arches, three fashion-filled levels and one of the world’s largest organs. Time your visit with a free organ concerts, offered Monday-Saturday at noon. Or, step into Century21, also on Market Street, for designer clothing at steep discounts. BONUS: all clothing and shoe purchases are tax-free in Philadelphia!
- If you have some extra time, walk a few blocks further down to Rittenhouse Row along Walnut Street to splurge on trendy home décor, indulgent cosmetics and luxury accessories. You’ll find top designers and brands as well as an array of decadent dining options.
- Still not done shopping? Check out our Shopping Guide.
- Head across the street from the Broad Street entrance of the Convention Center and you’ll be right in charming Lenfest Plaza, part of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and home to Claes Oldenberg’s Paintbrush sculpture. Don’t miss stopping into the spectacular gift shop, Portfolio, which carries unique gifts and locally-made items.
- More than 3,500 massive murals grace the walls and communicate the essence of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. If you have a free afternoon, experience the city’s dynamic outdoor art scene on the Mural Arts Tour. Departing just a few blocks from the Convention Center at 9th and Market streets, this tour will take you around the city by foot, bike, trolley or train to view the murals and sculptures first hand.
- If you want a comfy bench and an outdoor seat (combined with jaw-dropping achitecture and famous art), spend some time in Dilworth Park, adjacent to Philadelphia’s City Hall. City Hall is an example of stunning French Second Empire architecture. And you can visit one of the food trucks that can be found during the lunch hour in LOVE Park, home to Robert Indiana’s iconic statue.
- Want to see more public art? Check out our Arts + Culture Guide.
FOR HISTORY BUFFS
- With more than 100 merchants, stop across the street from the Convention Center for a quick lunch at the nation’s most successful public market. Reading Terminal Market offers an array of fresh and prepared foods from Amish delights, fresh meats, seafood, produce and cheese to the traditional Philadelphia cheesesteak and classic Tommy Dinic’s Roast Pork sandwich – named the best sandwich in the U.S.
- Just steps away from the Convention Center, Philadelphia’s bustling Chinatown neighborhood features more than 50 restaurants serving authentic Asian cuisine. Stop and take a photo in front of Chinatown’s Friendship Gate, a four-story symbol of the friendship and cultural exchange between Philadelphia and its sister city Tianjin, China.
- Philadelphia also is one of the best dining destinations in the world. Learn more in our Restaurant Guide.