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About Philadelphia

Philadelphia is an important part of the Temple University experience. Every academic program is enhanced by the cultural and intellectual life of the nation's fifth largest city. Besides that, Philadelphia is a fun place, adding to the University's rich array of things to do when you put your books away. Alive with Innovation The Philadelphia story is expanding. Yes, history is still an important part of the city's image and significance, but time didn't stop when John Hancock put down his quill pen at Independence Hall.

As the second largest city on the east coast, Philadelph ia is at the center of a region alive with innovation in commerce and finance, technological and scientific advancement, achievement in medicine and law, and accomplishment in the arts. Speaking of the arts, Philadelphia's Broad Street has been transformed into an axis of theaters, galleries, and performance spaces. The Avenue of the Arts, as it is known, is a ribbon of creativity winding from South Philadelphia, wrapping around City Hall, and continuing north through Temple's Main Campus.

There, it winds past the newly refurbished Rock Hall, an acclaimed chamber music space. Moving north, it passes the University's Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, the School of Communications and Theater, and WRTI radio, Temple's nationally known jazz station, and then reaches almost into Elkins Park, where Temple's Tyler School of Art has trained world class visual artists for more than 60 years. City of Excitement Back in Center City, if you travel east of the Avenue of the Arts, you traverse a district well known to shoppers, convention visitors, tourists and historians: Market Street East. Here, you'll find the Reading Terminal Market, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a smorgasbord of restaurants, and the Liberty Bell. Continue east on Market and you come to Penn's Landing, a scenic boulevard at the edge of the Delaware River splashed with clubs and restaurants. Add to these possibilities Fairmount Park, the nation's largest landscaped city park, the reknowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, the nightlife of South Street, the Flyers, Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, and a mosaic of vibrant neighborhoods, and you can see why Temple University is happy to call Philadelphia home

Official Visitor Guide



Fun in Philly