Envision yourself and your attendees in a number of the Philadelphia’s unique or historic venues with the help of online tours, 360-degree photos, videos, and other resources.
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Featuring more than one million square feet of saleable space, 82 meeting rooms, a stunning Grand Hall (the former Reading Railroad train shed), and one of the largest ballrooms on the East Coast, the Pennsylvania Convention Center is a meeting and events behemoth located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, just steps away from popular attractions such as LOVE Park and Reading Terminal Market. To better acquaint yourself with the massive venue, consult the Center’s virtual tour, which uses a series of photos to showcase the flexibility of its different halls and ballrooms. For a more in depth overview of the space including measurements for individual areas, consult these comprehensive floor plans.
Kimmel Center Cultural Campus
The epicenter of Philadelphia’s performing arts community and home to the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus is comprised of three buildings along the Avenue of the Arts (a short walk from City Hall) — the Kimmel Center, Merriam Theatre, and historic Academy of Music. You can explore the venues online via virtual tours on their website.
Reading Terminal Market
One of the oldest continually operating farmers’ markets in the nation, the 127-year-old Reading Terminal Market is conveniently located just steps from the Pennsylvania Convention Center (and is connected to its Grand Hall) and during the day offers attendees a wide range of essential Philadelphia eats. In the evening hours, the market can be transformed into the perfect offsite venue able to accommodate your attendees. As a tasty bonus, many of the vendors able to stay open to offer appetizing meals. For a video overview of the market’s event capabilities, click here.
Located in the heart of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, Xfinity Live! is not only an essential experience on game days, it’s also a versatile option for events, featuring unique venues inside totaling over 500,000 square feet of space. The facility also boasts over 90 televisions, outdoor areas, and some of the city’s most iconic eats such as Geno’s Steaks and Chickies & Pete’s. Photos and 360-degree tours are available on their website.
Science History Institute
Just a short walk from Independence Hall in the city’s Historic District, the Science History Institute is home to 13,500 square feet of indoor meeting space, with an additional 4,500 square feet of event space outdoors. The newly renovated space accommodates everything from meetings to receptions. The institute offers virtual conference center tours on their website.
National Constitution Center
Found on the northern end of Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center is the only museum in the nation dedicated to the United States Constitution. In addition to its many exhibits, the Center also boasts a suite of customizable event spaces, such as the Grand Hall Overlook which offers sweeping views of historic Philadelphia and Independence Hall. For a virtual tour of the space, click here.
Add a competitive edge to your reception at the 12,000 square foot SPiN Philadelphia ping pong lounge in Center City. The space features 16 ping pong tables and a VIP room with lounge space and a private bar. For 360-degree walkthroughs of SPiN’s event spaces, click here.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Standing opposite the Pennsylvania Convention Center on North Broad Street, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the nation, with its classrooms and galleries spread across two buildings, including the Frank Furness-designed Historic Landmark Building. A convenient option for meeting planners with larger events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, PAFA’s buildings offer the unique opportunity to dine alongside the rotating art exhibitions. You can take a virtual tour of each of the spaces courtesy of Constellation Culinary Group.
The Curtis Atrium
Situated next to Independence Hall in the historic Curtis building, this elegant event space features a terraced waterfall, alabaster columns, a 49-foot-long stained glass mosaic mural, and other stunning architectural elements. You can get a 360-degree view of the beautiful space online courtesy of Constellation Culinary Group.
Located just across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Camden, NJ, Adventure Aquarium presents you with the opportunity to host your event with the backdrop of the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm, or with a sweeping view of the Philadelphia skyline over the shimmering Delaware River. This 360-degree tour gives you a sense of the unique event spaces that await.
Set sail with your event by hosting it aboard one of two boats that sail along the Delaware River, offering picturesque views of the Philadelphia skyline and Benjamin Franklin Bridge. For a 360-degree tour of the Spirit of Philadelphia, click here. To view a 360-degree tour of the more intimate Freedom Elite Private Yacht, click here.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
A popular spot in the summer months thanks to an exciting lineup of concerts and performances, the Mann Center provides stunning city views from 22 acres of green hills in Philadelphia’s lush Fairmount Park. The unexpected event destination features over 6 outdoor and indoor spaces totaling over 15,000 square feet. For a virtual tour of the venue, check out their website.
Perched high atop the Cambria Hotel, Attico Rooftop is one of Philadelphia’s signature hotel bars and serves as a convenient option for post-event receptions given its close proximity to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For a virtual tour of the rooftop covered bar space, click here. For additional photos of the outdoor and uncovered rooftop space, click here.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
Boasting 25,000 square feet of total meeting space and located in the heart of Philadelphia’s popular, restaurant-filled Fishtown neighborhood, The Fillmore can easily transform from a concert hall into a customizable event venue with three different spaces, six bars, and full-service event production. Take a virtual tour online.
Ideal for offsite meetings, receptions, or smaller conferences, Convene’s three Philadelphia properties provide flexible, well-designed event spaces complimented with high-tech solutions, kitchens, catering, and more. The company offers virtual tour, one-sheets, and floorplans for each of its three Philadelphia properties: Cira Centre, CityView, and Commerce Square.
For more information on Philadelphia’s wide array of meeting and event venues and to help identify the perfect option for your next event, please contact the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Convention Services team or reference our free Destination Planning Guide.
Cover photo courtesy of The Fillmore Philadelphia.