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Fun in Philadelphia

Here are some suggestions for fun things to do in Philadelphia with your family and friends during Commencement weekend.

For food lovers:
Lunch at Reading Terminal Market or the famous Italian Market
Cheese steaks at Pat’s, Geno’s, or Jim’s Steaks in South Philadelphia
Tour Philadelphia’s Yard’s Brewing Company in the Northern Liberties section of the city

For art lovers:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation 
Rodin Museum
The Magic Gardens mosaics on South Street

For science lovers:
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (free admission with a PennCard!)
The Franklin Institute
The Academy of Natural Sciences
The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

For history buffs:
The National Constitution Center
Philadelphia Historic District
to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
Tour the eerie Eastern State Penitentiary

For nature lovers:
Penn’s Morris Arboretum (free admission with a PennCard!)
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia’s beautiful Fairmount Park District

For car lovers:
Simeone Automotive Museum

For animal lovers:
The Philadelphia Zoo
Adventure Aquarium



Common Room Summer Hours begin Monday, August 3:

Monday-Friday: 12PM - 5PM
Sat & Sun: Closed
Study Rooms Closed

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221