Guide to Philadelphia

Guides & Maps

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Philadelphia-based Scribe helpfully produced a guide of notable attractions and dining options in the area. View some samples of their recommendations below, and download the full guide to Philadelephia today!

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Additionally, this map (PDF), from, may help orient you during your time in the City of Brotherly Love.



Philadelphia has a warm, humid, temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The month of June is characterized by daily temperatures that can reach as high as 78°F to 85°F and daily low temperatures ranging from 60°F to 67°F. Throughout June, expect a chance of thunderstorms and light to moderate rain.

Conference rooms are a climate unto themselves, of course! We suggest bringing a sweater or jacket to be prepared.


Places to Eat & Drink


Philly boasts an abundant dining scene that includes much more than the city’s famous cheesesteaks! Read on for a few exciting culinary destinations that are within walking distance of the conference hotel.
Amis – Philly’s well known chef Marc Vetri owns this restaurant, serving Roman (Italian) style small and large plates.
Cheu Noodle Bar – Hip ramen bar with graffiti-covered walls serves noodles and Asian bites plus beer, wine & Cocktails. Worth the wait.
Reading Terminal Market – One of Philly’s gems, this historic train shed has 31 restaurants and food stores. A must-visit lunch spot!
MilkBoy – Locally sourced eats and café with an upstairs bar hosting live music.
Vedge – Upscale vegetarian restaurant in a historic mansion.
Tony Luke’s – We had to include at least one cheesesteak. “The REAL taste of South Philly.”Ground Transportation


Philadelphia-area microbreweries are on the rise and are renewing the city’s reputation as a hundred year old brewing great. Many bars in Philly offer locally made brews and many brewing facilities are open for tours and tastings.
Yards Brewing Company – Brewing in Philly since 1994, Yards is known as Philly’s “Hometown Brewery.” Free brewery tours and visits to the tasting room for folks over 21.
Philly Brew Tours –Try a personalized pub crawl experiencing Philly’s best breweries.


Events & Things to Do

5K "Rocky" Run/Walk

Energize like Rocky Balboa at the third annual early morning 5K Run/Walk. Beth Bouloukos (SUNY) and Brian Halley (Massachusetts) will lead you through the streets of Philadelphia on an invigorating run. The event is very casual, no blocked-off route, timing chips, medals, or water stations along the route.
The informal run/walk, sponsored by Project MUSE, will take place on Friday, June 17 at 7:00 AM. Please run rested and hydrated, and be sure to apply sunscreen!

Baseball Game at Citizens Bank Park

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The Philadelphia Phillies will be in town for AAUP 2016. Get more information and buy tickets here. 


Places to Visit

The Franklin Institute

An innovator in designing hands-on exhibits before “interactive” became a buzzword, The Franklin Institute is as clever as its namesake. Its eminently touchable attractions explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space.

Philadelphia Art Museum

Like Philadelphia’s own Parthenon, the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see on the city’s cultural circuit.

The Penn Museum

The Penn Museum is one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums. The building itself is an experience with a unique blend of eclectic features, including the Harrison Rotunda and Auditorium featuring the largest unsupported masonry floor-dome in the world. Outside, you’ll find beautiful public gardens featuring fountains, sculptures and a koi pond.

The Philadelphia Zoo

One of the best laid-out and most animal-packed zoos in the country, the Philadelphia Zoo is set among a 42-acre  garden with tree-lined walks, formal shrubbery, ornate iron cages and animal sculptures.

Morris Arboretum

Stroll through the classical English landscape structures and sculpture gardens at Morris Arboretum, a 92-acre Victorian arboretum in the Northwestern corner of Philadelphia. Complete with a formal rose garden, majestic old trees and unusual plants from North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. A garden railway provides fun for kids.