Blog  /  June 2017  /  Local Lunch in the City of Brotherly Love

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Philadelphia’s motto is the City of Brotherly Love. Coined by William Penn, the English Quaker, who envisioned the area as a place where anyone, of any color or background, could live together in peace and harmony. There are so many inclusive activities in and around the Philadelphia area, you’ll have a tough time deciding how to spend your time away from ACE. However, you can take a moment on your lunch break to explore this internationally known city.

Philadelphia, which served as the first national capital city while Washington DC was still under construction, has an unending list of historical sites to visit. Just down Race Street you can connect with the Independence National Historical Park, which includes the Liberty Bell display. It’s also the home of the original continental congress, Independence Hall, and many other sites of historical significance. This area is visited by citizens from all over the world and many of the specific sites require tickets, but the riverside park area is free and available to the public. It’s great place to sit and have a bite to eat. More enthusiastic water workers may want to cross the Delaware river and visit the Adventure Aquarium, another fantastic facility and fabulous feature attraction for your off hours.

Just across the street from the convention center is the Reading Terminal Market which has been in operation since 1893. This unique retail experience will satisfy even the most demanding shopaholic. Featuring mouth-watering aromas as well as locally grown and exotic produce. Amish specialties, fresh meats, seafood, and poultry abound. Handmade confections and baked goods straight from the oven tempt the nose. Everything you need to create a memorable meal, from cookbooks, to table linens, to kitchenware, to fresh cut flowers, and more. Plus, the widest variety of restaurants under one roof.

Philadelphia is known worldwide as the Cheesesteak city. While there are some tourist locations claiming to serve “the original or authentic” Philly Cheesesteak, locals will tell you to “head north” and direct you to Dalessandro’s. It’s an unassuming corner shop located in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia, at the corner of 600 Wendover Street and Henry Avenue. Best of all they stay open until midnight every night except for Sundays, because they have to -  the line is often out the door, but moves fast!

On your way north, you can stop through the Rodin Museum, as well as the Philadelphia Art Museum with the famous Rocky Statue, one of Philly’s favorite sons. The Fairmount WaterWorks are also close by for special programs and a historic pump station tour.

Philadelphia has plenty of Public Green Space available for quiet, off the floor, reflection time. Washington Square and Franklin Square are both within a 5-10 minute walk from the Convention Center and great spots to grab a breath of fresh air before your next meeting.