Things to Do in Philadelphia During the 2016 NFDA Convention

September 22, 2016 Industry Events by Brooke Barry


Photo by Paul Loftland for PHLCVB

This year’s NFDA International Convention & Expo provides great opportunities to enhance your skills by attending workshops and seminars as well as unwinding with peers at social events. Being held in the City of Brotherly Love, it also provides attendees with a chance to explore one of our nation’s most historic cities. If you’re looking to relax, learn a little history or indulge in some amazing food, Philadelphia has it all. To make the most of your downtime, we’ve put together a list of things to do while you’re in town.

Visit one of the many museums.

Being home to the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia has no shortage of historical museums and attractions (from the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Independence Hall to national parks and gardens). Philadelphia has something for everyone. Take a walk down Benjamin Franklin Parkway to wander through the many museums or stroll through the gardens of the Rodin Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of Rodin’s sculptures – including a cast of The Thinker. Stretch your legs in Franklin Square, one of the public spaces laid out by William Penn in his original plan for Philadelphia.

Enjoy the local cuisine.

Just one block away from the Philadelphia Convention Center lies the Reading Terminal Market – the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmer’s market. You’ll be able to eat your way through almost every type of cuisine, from soul food and authentic Asian and Middle Eastern dishes to the iconic Philly Cheesesteak. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a complete dining experience, you’ll be able to find it at the Reading Terminal Market.

Take a trip to Chinatown.

Philadelphia’s Chinatown is one of the oldest in the country. Just two blocks away from the Convention Center, it provides the chance to explore the many different shops and restaurants that Chinatown has to offer. Enjoy some hand-stretched noodles or a bubble tea from a vendor, and check out the local shops to get a taste of Asian culture. Be sure to take a picture by the Chinatown Friendship Gate, which marks the entrance to Chinatown and symbolizes a connection between Philadelphia and its sister city Tianjin.

Have your own “Rocky” moment.

Snap a picture with the Rocky statue located at the bottom of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Then, recreate the iconic Rocky scene by running up the steps and pumping your fist at the top. When you’re done, take a walk inside the Art Museum to gaze upon artworks of different styles that encompass over 2,000 years of human creativity.

Visit Benjamin Franklin’s final resting place.

Just blocks away from Independence Visitors Center, you can visit the burial plots of Declaration signers, composers, poets and medical pioneers. See where Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah, were laid to rest in Christ Church Burial Ground. Be sure to bring along some pennies to place on the Franklins’ burial site for good luck!

Cheer on a local sports team.

If you’re looking for something a little different from museums and historical attractions, Philadelphia is home to some of the most exciting sports atmospheres. Sit back and watch while the Philadelphia Eagles battle the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, October 23rd, or attend the 76ers season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. If you can’t get your hands on tickets to attend the game, Philadelphia has no shortage of sports bars to take in the action. Click here to check out their different atmospheres.

Before finalizing your plans, visit the NFDA convention page on the Discover Philadelphia website for deals and discounts for city attractions.