Most students find themselves in a confusing situation after the school year has ended. On one hand, a few months off of homework, readings, class, and worrying about your GPA is as welcome as summer vacation in elementary school; a well deserved time to recharge your batteries. On the other hand, Temple empties out. Sure, there are summer classes and students there, but nothing is going on. No sports, no clubs, no activities. You might think you’re pining away for Fall semester, but really you just aren’t used to the campus being devoid of life.
Fear not, though. Temple University has the luxury of being located in the City of Brotherly Love. There’s plenty to do here. While this certainly won’t be the most in depth look at what Philly has to offer, here are the top five things to do in between semesters.
5) Reaqauaint yourself with history:
What Philadelphia offers to everyone is the unique experiencing of being where history was made. The United States capital city in the early years of the Union, and the place where our governing documents were drafted, Old City provides a plethora of historical landmarks to explore. Old stone houses where the founding fathers lived still stand, and are open for exploration. There are rooms filled with relics of the Revolutionary past.
The city also has a bevy of museums, from the National Constitution Center, The Rodin Museum, The Philadelphia Art museum, and the Franklin Institute. The list could go on, and on, and on, and the important thing to remember is this; whether it’s absorbing the unique role Philadelphia played in this countries founding, or pounding the steps like Rocky before enjoying the extensive armor collection at the art museum, history is just waiting for you to experience it again.
Philadelphia proper is a great place, full of fun things to do, but there’s another reason Philadelphia is a great place to live. It’s located in a prime area to get all along the East Coast. Trips to New York City, Washington DC, Baltimore, and Boston are all quite simple and relatively inexpensive. NJ Transit can help you get to the middle of New York City, Septa runs a train into Wilmington, and 30th Street Station is an Amtrak hub.
Budget bus services, such as Bolt bus and Megabus, run up and down the coast with fares often under $20. At times, fare can be under $10, meaning a trip to surrounding cities is inexpensive, easy, and relatively comfortable. Go see a show in New York, explore the landmarks of Washington DC, and explore new areas. No matter what, Philadelphia truly is a “keystone” to the East Coast.
3) Take in some culture:
Sure, it might be great to go looking at the historical side of the city, but every now and then, you start to want something…better. The Liberty Bell is great, but it just sort of hangs there. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to entertain yourself. Philadelphia boasts plenty of venues for live music, performing arts centers, theater, you name it. In the mood to laugh? We have comedy clubs. Whatever your into, you can go out and catch something great to watch.
2) Take in some sports:
Philadelphia might be better known by our reputations as sports fans. ESPN likes to throw out the cliche’s so I’ll spare you; nevertheless, the city has one of the best sports complex’s in the country. Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, and the Wells Fargo Center make up an impressive one-two-three of venues, housing the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, MLB’s Phillies, and the Flyers and 76’ers of the NHL and NBA respectively.
The Arena Football champion Soul also play at the Wells Fargo center. The stadiums are all next to one another, meaning that while parking can be a drag, hopping on Septa’s Broad Street Line is a fast and cheap way to hit up a sporting event.
1) Go off the map:
There’s so many highlights to hit in the city. The art museum…Pat’s and Geno’s, the Italian Market. A great part of Philadelphia, however, is the true ability to explore. It’s a walkable city, which means that so long as you have a fairly comfortable pair of kicks and a good few hours, you can stake out and see all kinds of cool things.
Go explore interesting graffiti. Walk along the river until you come to a casino. Find a great little pastry shop in a corner of Chinatown. Find something entirely different. Why not? This is your city too. Don’t feel as though you have to stay on Liacouras Walk to have fun…there is so much to do and see!
So what are you waiting for? Turn off the computer, and go out and drown out those evil desires for a new semester with Philly’s finest.