The Top Things To Do And See In University City, Philadelphia

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Carlotta Bosi

Philadelphia is well known in both popular culture as the rest of United States, being the place where the Founding Fathers met in order to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Movies like Philadelphia and Rocky only contributed to settling the historic city in legend and today the town is laden to the brim with interesting things to see and do, even across the Schuylkill River and amidst youthful University City.

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Sports and relax

Weather you’re a student or a tourist, you enjoy watching sports or playing them, there are a lot of dedicated spaces in University City. Right beside The Woodlands Estate is the Hamlin Tennis Center, situated inside Penn Park, where everyone can either find a spot to relax or play soccer with a view of Philadelphia in the background. For football lovers there is Franklin Field, a stadium for football and lacrosse. And then there are the oodles of other gardens and green spaces that pepper the area.

1. The Woodlands

Cemetery, University

The Woodlands

Situated on the left bank of the Schuylkill River, The Woodlands is an historic landmark, which includes several amenities: from the Georgian-style mansion with its impressive colonnade in the front, also somewhat recalling an ancient Greek temple, to the botanic gardens. Definitely worth a visit is the Woodlands Cemetery, in which a number of notable Americans rest. The Woodlands also hosts educational events on different subjects, from architecture to botany.

The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia, PA, United States

3. Irvine Auditorium


Irvine Auditorium

At the heart of the University City campus, Irvine Auditorium was built on the occasion of Philadelphia’s World Fair in 1926. It features a huge room that can accommodate numerous audience members, with a whopping 1,260 seats available. The Irvine Auditorium is home to the Curtis Organ, one of the biggest pipe organs in the world, with its 11,000 pipes. The spaces of the auditorium are rentable for events.

Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

4. Fisher Fine Arts Library

Building, Church, Library, University

Fisher Fine Arts Library

The Fisher Fine Arts Library is a charming building both outside and in. Resembling a mix of a church and a medieval castle on the exterior, with those high ceilings, the wide arches and the voluminous stairs, the inside looks like it came out of a movie. The library features volumes on all the aspect of the arts and history, from architecture to sacred art, from contemporary to prehistoric. Visitors may lose themselves among the shelves and pick one of the big tomes to read through at their leisure.

Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

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