How to Spend Your Weekend in Philadelphia
It’s officially the week of our first Fall Open House! With hundreds prospective students and their families expected to visit campus this weekend, we are very busy in the office answering many questions, from how to get here, where to stay, and, most importantly, where to eat. Open House is an amazing opportunity to gain a ton of information about our various program offerings (including presentations from the faculty themselves), tour our campus, win fun prizes, and meet other prospective students. But one of the most important aspects of the weekend is seeing how you can embrace the city of Philadelphia as an extension of your campus! Make some time during your weekend visit to campus to explore the City of Brotherly Love and the culture that will surround you if you choose to be a Jefferson Ram. Here are some of the fun things ideas to get you started:
- Grab a Cheesesteak.
I mean…duh, right? Here in Philly, we pride ourselves on being able to serve the country’s best cheesesteaks. You may have heard of the famous competition for best cheesesteak between Pat’s and Geno’s but here’s a little secret: Dalessandro’s is the real winner, which just happens to be 5 minutes away from our campus.
2. Enjoy beautiful art at many of Philadelphia’s art museums.
After touring our own mini museum of student work in Hayward Hall, you will definitely be inspired to check out some artwork in Philadelphia. Be sure to check out the Art Museum (Jefferson University students get in free), the Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum, and all the other museums Philadelphia has to offer. Don’t be surprised if when you go to the Museum of Art you see many people running up the stairs – this is where Rocky Balboa finishes his famous run!
3. Explore East Falls, our hometown.
Our campus is located just on the outskirts of Center City Philadelphia, in our hometown East Falls. Located along the Schuylkill (sku-kill) River and dreamy Kelly Drive, our neighborhood is full of history. What started as an “industrial community known for textile mills and catfish dinners” has turned into the perfect spot for businesses, coffee shops, restaurants, and more! Be sure to explore all of the offerings of East Falls. Our students’ favorite? Vault & Vine: a coffee shop and floral retail studio in one. While you enjoy some of the city’s best coffee, you sit among gorgeous arrangements of succulents and support local and sustainable brands.
4. Explore Manayunk, our charming neighboring college town.
Just 10 minutes from our East Falls campus lies Manayunk, a Philadelphia neighborhood that prides itself for having an “urban experience, small town charm.” Stroll along Main Street and stop into the eclectic boutiques, cozy coffee shops, and try some of the amazing food. Our top recommendations? Lucky’s Last Chance (for the pierogi burger), Winnie’s (for brunch), Insomnia Cookies (for those warm cookies delivered right to your door), and Couch Tomato (for seasonal pizza, sandwiches, and salads).
5. Experience Wawa.
For those of you asking “what’s a Wawa?”: 1. I am truly sorry. 2. Prepare for the best coffee and hoagies you could ever ask for. We are lucky enough to have 2 Wawa’s within about a 10 mile radius of our campus. Be sure to treat yourself to a coffee before our early start Saturday!
6. Get into the fall spirit by attending a local harvest festival.
With weather expected to be sunny and in the low 60’s, it will officially feel like fall! While our Ravenhill campus will be a source of great fall footage for your Instagram, there will be many activities around Philadelphia if you are searching for more events to get you into the autumn spirit. Check out some of our favorite places nearby, including Linvilla Orchards, Shady Book Farms, and Reading Terminal Market. Best part? Most of these attractions are free!
7. Explore the historical areas.
Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in our country; after all, it is the birthplace of the United States! Spend some of your weekend learning about the history of the City of Brotherly Love by visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, National Museum of Jewish History, the Betsy Ross House, the National Constitution Center, or The African American Museum.
8. Get Outside!
Philadelphia in the fall is breathtakingly gorgeous, so spend some time outside and take it all in! There is an entrance to Wissahickon Trail right on the corner of our campus. This is a popular hiking spot in the area and you’ll be in great company with the many runners and cyclists that use this recreational area.
9. Ask us for suggestions!
Here in East Falls, we pride ourselves on having the luxury of learning on a park-like campus but having a Philadelphia zip code and our Center City campus just 15 minutes away. During your visit, ask our students what they like to do on the weekend to make Philadelphia feel like home. And if you find your new favorite spot, don’t forget to share it with us!
We can’t wait to see you on campus this weekend for our first fall Open House. Sign up now: http://www.philau.edu/undergrad/PlanYourVisit/openhouse.html (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/undergrad/PlanYourVisit/openhouse NULL.html). Can’t make it this Saturday? We hope to see you at our November 10th Open House instead, or follow along on our Instagram for full coverage @jeffersonadmissions.