One of the greatest things about Cabrini is that students are able to experience the best of both worlds. They get to enjoy the comfort of a quiet, suburban neighborhood, as well as the excitement of a city atmosphere. Only about 30 minutes away from Cabrini by train, Philadelphia is home to a wide variety of activities, events, and museums that are perfect for those days when you just don't know what to do. The majority of these places are either free, or offer student discounts, so students can create fun memories without breaking the bank. On top of that, Cabrini's SEaL office provides Fast Track discount train tickets throughout the semester so be sure to check your calendar!
1. The Magic Gardens
Located on South Street, the Philadelphia Magic Gardens is a unique, outdoor art museum created by Isaiah Zagar. The artwork is made entirely of glass mosaics, garbage, and everyday items. It is the perfect place to hold photoshoots with your friends, or capture that perfect Instagram pic. Before arriving, you must sign up for a time slot on their webiste, and tickets are only $8 for students.
2. Reading Terminal Market
Reading Terminal is probably one of my favorite places to visit in Philly. Located in Center City, this enclosed marketplace offers every type of food imaginable. Whether you're in the mood for Italian, Mexican, Indian, or Chinese, Reading Terminal will definitely not disappoint. One of the greatest things about this market is that almost all food sold is fresh and homemade, since the majority of the stands are family-owned. The space is open to anybody, and prices vary depending on which vendors you visit.
3. Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the most well-known landmarks in Philadelphia. Here, you will find a diverse collection of artworks and exhibits, that even non-artists will appreciate. Before you go in though, run (or walk) up the famous Rocky steps and get your photo-op with the Rocky statue. The museum offers a student ticket for only $14, which can be used for all exhibits on display.
4. Eastern State Penitentiary
As one of the oldest and most famous prisons in America, East State Penitentiary is definitely a must when visiting Philadelphia. This museum looks like it has not been touched since it closed in 1971, and features the original architecture of the prison and its cells. It even gives tourists a glimpse into Al Capone's living quarters, as well as a look at some art installations that were created by the prisoners themselves. Starting in the fall, you can visit Eastern State's Terror Behind the Walls, one of the scariest haunted attractions in the country. Tickets for students are $10, unless you buy online then they are $2 off.
5. Spruce Street Harbor Park
If you're in the mood to relax and enjoy the city environment, then Spruce Street Harbor Park is the place for you. Located on Columbus Boulevard, the park faces the Delaware River, which creates a serene, yet social, environment. With hammocks to lounge in, a giant chess board to play on, an arcade, and a variety of food vendors to choose from, Spruce Street Harbor Park is the ultimate hangout space.
Whether you're a local or a newcomer to Philadelphia, I hope that everybody at Cabrini gets the chance to explore and enjoy this great city. Although I only listed five, there are endless amounts of adventures that Philadelphia has to offer, no matter what your interests are. Remember to take a break from your studies once in awhile to have some fun, clear your mind, and create exciting, new memories with your friends.