Live Like a Local: Philadelphia!
Welcome to Philadelphia, PA!
Located on the eastern border of Pennsylvania, just a short drive over the bridge from New Jersey, Philadelphia is the second largest city on the East Coast. Known as the “City of Brotherly Love”, Philly actually has a great small town feel despite its size. A city chock full of history and culture, spending time in Philadelphia is an enriching experience and an exciting option for your next travel nurse assignment.
Philly’s history spans hundreds of years. Both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed here and famous movies, such as Rocky, used the city as its backdrop. Its also plays host to a variety of professional sports teams including the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers. You can take a break from city life to visit beautiful parks such as Washington Square and Franklin Square (named after famous citizen Benjamin Franklin). Whether you enjoy a fast paced life or a quiet one, there’s something for everyone here is Philly.
Around the City:
You can’t leave Philadelphia before you pay a visit to the famous Italian Market, otherwise known as the South 9th Street Curb Market. The market is open 365 days a year and features grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and unique shops. You’ll find everything at the market from fresh flowers to fresh meat, hand embroidered apparel, and one of a kind jewelry
While Philadelphia boasts more than 60 parks, one in particular stands apart from the rest. Fairmount Park is more than 4,000 acres of beautiful greenery and includes local art and Bartram’s Garden, North America’s oldest existing botanical garden.
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There are so many museums in Philly, we couldn’t pick just one! No matter what you’re into, you’ll find a museum for it. The African American Museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences, and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania are definitely places to check out but don’t miss out seeing the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Climbing those stairs alone will make you feel like a world champion boxer before over 200,000 works of art leave you completely breathless.
No matter what time of year you’re spending time in Philly, there’s always a sports team to cheer for. Philadelphia is home to the Eagles (NFL), Phillies (MLB), Flyers (NHL), 76ers (NBA), and Union (MLS). Be sure to wear a jersey representing the home team though, as their fans are known for being quite passionate about their players.
The Avenue of the Arts
Near City Hall is an area of Broad Street known as The Avenue of the Arts. You’ll feel quite cultured as you spend time in the heart of the city and check out the very best of live theater, music, art, dance and film. Be sure to spent a night hearing the iconic Philadelphia Symphony at their home, the Kimmel Center.
Food and Drink:
Save those pennies for one night at Laurel, located on East Passyunk Avenue. Sure it’s a little pricey, but there’s a reason why it consistently lands at the top of Philadelphia’s Best Restaurants lists. Locally operated, you’ll feel like you died and went to foodie heaven when eating their seven-course tasting menu.
Need something a little more moderately priced? Don’t pass up the chance to eat at Dizengoff. Named for a famous street in Tel Aviv, you can get a full Middle Eastern meal for under $15. Once you try their creamy pepper and eggplant hummus, you’ll never want to buy the store brand again!
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