Magazine article Security Management

Philadelphia Welcomes

Magazine article Security Management

Philadelphia Welcomes

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American Society for Industrial Security

Philadelphia, a dynamic place where big-city excitement meets hometown charm, awaits your arrival. Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the cradle of liberty offers much more than cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic treasures abound in this city and its surrounding countryside. Despite being the fifth-largest city in the country, Philadelphia is a welcoming place, a city based on freedom of expression.

A long list of world-class attractions contribute to Philadelphia's reputation as one of the hottest destinations in the country. Art and science museums are easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and hotels. A night at the orchestra or theater is just a short walk away on the Avenue of the Arts. And, of course, the greatest concentration of American history can be found just blocks away at Independence National Historical Park, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

There's no better way to experience Philadelphia than a walk through the streets of this "city of neighborhoods," although a carriage or trolley ride can provide some flair and helpful visitor information. No matter how you get around, you'll find fascinating wonders around every corner.

And leave plenty of time and appetite for Philadelphia's wealth of delectable dining. Come enjoy all Philadelphia has to offer. If you have not been to the place that loves you back recently, you're in for a great surprise.

EXPERIENCE PHILADELPHIA

Centrally located in the heart of Center City (the local term for downtown), the Pennsylvania Convention Center is a great starting point for excursions into the city's historical, cultural, business, shopping, entertainment and dining districts.

FAIRMOUNT PARK:

With 8,900 acres of winding creeks, green meadows and rustic trails, the largest landscaped urban park in the world is a hub of outdoor activity. Beginning behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an 8.4-mile loop around the Schuylkill River is a favorite site for runners, bikers and bladers.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARK WAY:

Within a walkable mile of City Hall, you'll find glorious fountains and a vast array of museums and libraries, all ending at the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art.

AVENJE OF THE ARTS:

The performing arts district lies in the heart of Philadelphia, with City Hall in the Center, including theaters, museums, concert halls, universities and the new Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

UNIVERSITY CITY:

Home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, this diverse neighborhood contains a blend of Victorian-era architecture, arts and culture, international influence and esteemed centers of scholarship, technology and medicine.

RITTENHOUSE SQUARE:

One of Philadelphia's most prestigious addresses, Rittenhouse Square is surrounded by posh boutiques, outdoor cafes and some of the finest restaurants in the country.

CHINA TOWN:

The Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch streets welcomes you to the Chinese culture and culinary delights of this ethnic mecca full of restaurants, stores and community centers, all steps away from the Convention Center.

SOUTH STREET:

There's something for everyone along South Street with 300 eclectic shops and restaurants. This is one of the best spots in the city for people watching.

OLD CITY

Historic charm mixes with urban chic in this gallery, shopping and dining district. The First Friday evening of every month is a gallery "happening."

INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK:

America's most historic square mile is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, as well as Carpenters' Hall, site of the First Continental Congress in 1774, the Second Bank of the United States and Franklin Court. …

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