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Places You Must Visit in the City

July 17, 2007

I’m almost ashamed to say this seeing as though I’ve lived in Philadelphia my entire life, but Friday was my first time visiting the Fairmount Water Works.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s a great place to go to eat, site see, bike, run, skate, and even fish.  It’s right off Kelly Drive and located by the Art Museum, which means that it is a great place to spend an entire day.  If you do decide to go to the Art Museum when visiting the Fairmount Water Works, I suggest Sundays because admission to the Museum is by donation, so you pay whatever you can afford. 

One of the reasons why I think most summer associates don’t stay in the area after graduation is because they don’t know about all of the little hidden treasures that this city has to offer.  To a certain extent I would even put myself in that group.  For example, the city offers many activities for young and old to enjoy such as the Franklin Institute, Please Touch Museum, the National Convention Center, Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater, and the African-American Museum.  Not to mention the fact that the Barnes Foundation, which is currently located in Lower Merion will be moving to the Parkway in the near future. 

So, if you can think of some places that I haven’t named, which would interest a young law student with some time on their hands, feel free to drop a plug. 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lawyer-Man permalink
    July 17, 2007 9:19 am

    You’d have to be a really young law student to enjoy Please Touch Museum, but I have taken my kids there and they love it. I secretly enjoy the play supermarket, myself.

    As for older law students, I would recommend the following places (some of which require you to come back to Philaldelphia to see): (1) the holiday light show that takes place annually in what is now a Macy’s across the street from City Hall, (2) afternoon tea at the Four Season’s Hotel, (3) the NJ Acquarium, especially if you have younger brothers/sisters/cousins visiting you, (4) the helium balloon ride at the Zoo (no matter how old/young you are), (5) a Big 5 basketball game at the Palestra (especially the holy war between ‘Nova and St. Joe’s), and (6) Manayunk.

  2. Dave Koller permalink
    July 17, 2007 2:03 pm

    the wissahickon trail and valley green is something that went undiscovered by me for way too many years. running, walking, biking, hiking, it beats central park in my book.

  3. brndnsbruceesq permalink
    July 17, 2007 10:51 pm

    I recommended certain locations like the Please Touch Museum and the Franklin Institute for those non-traditional law students who come to the legal profession at a later age and who already have children. I typically take my nephew to a lot of places that I wouldn’t think that I would enjoy, but found to be a great family experience. As you noted, the Adventure Aquarium in Camdem is great and you can’t lose by visiting the Philadelphia Zoo, which was the first Zoo in America.

  4. July 20, 2007 1:39 pm

    Among the programs and services offered by the Free Library that may be of interest to young law students in Philadelphia are the Author Events series at the Central Library on the Parkway. All summer events are FREE. In the fall and spring, free and ticketed event series run concurrently. Nathan Englander, Natalie Angier, Chuck Palahniuk, Khaled Hosseini, Sherman Alexie, John Updike, Julia Glass, Helen Oyeyemi, and Alison Bechdel have all taken the stage at the Central Library’s Montgomery Auditorium this summer. Most events begin at 7:00 p.m. and are followed by a book signing. Check the Author Events calendar (linked on the lower right side of the Library’s homepage) for up-to-date information.

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