International Studies Education
St. Francis University
Neumann University is located in Aston, Pennsylvania, thirty minutes from the exciting and historic city of Philadelphia. Here is a brief Philadelphia overview, along with links to more information.
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Philadelphia is commonly referred to as Philly, The City of Brotherly Love, or the Birthplace of America. A centerpiece of early American history, Philadelphia gave birth to the American Revolution and American independence. It was here that America’s Founding Fathers met and created the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. It served as the nation's first capital in 1774 and was the most populous city of the young United States.
Today, the Philadelphia metropolitan area has a population of 5.8 million and is the fifth-largest in the United States. Below are just a few of the many things to see and do in this culturally-rich and wonderfully diverse city.
Historical Landmarks: Independence Hall, Independence National Historical Park, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin’s print shop, Betsy Ross’ House, Battleship New Jersey Museum, Christ Church, Elfreth’s Alley, Valley Forge.
Art Museums: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum (featuring the largest collection of Rodin's works outside France), the Barnes Foundation (featuring a celebrated collection of French Impressionist painting), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (housing important American paintings and sculptures).
Performing Arts: Philadelphia Orchestra (at the Academy of Music), the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Wilma Theater, the Arden Theater Company, the Walnut Street Theater, World Café Live, Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theatre, Fringe Festival.
Cultural Districts & Other Attractions: The Atwater Kent Museum, Adventure Aquarium (across the Delaware River in Camden, NJ), the Philadelphia Zoo, the Reading Terminal Market (great place for lunch), the Mummer’s Museum, the National Constitution Center, the Franklin Institute (museum of science and technology), South Street, the Italian Market, Old City, Rittenhouse Square, King of Prussia Mall, Chinatown, Society Hill, University City, Penn’s Landing and the Waterfront.
Sports & Recreation: Among Philadelphia's outdoor attractions is Fairmount Park, the largest urban park system in the United States with five major parks located throughout the city, each offering a variety of recreational facilities. Philadelphia is also a city of sports lovers, and is home to professional teams in four major spectator sports; the Eagles (American football), Phillies (baseball), 76ers (basketball), and Flyers (hockey).
Day Trips: Hershey Park (chocolate-themed amusement park), Lancaster County (famous for its Amish settlements), the New Jersey shore (beaches, great seafood, etc.), the casinos and boardwalk of Atlantic City, Baltimore, Pocono Mountains, Longwood Gardens.
Getting Around Philadelphia
Philadelphia's mass transit system, SEPTA, operates a coordinated system of bus, subway, elevated train, and trolley lines that covers the city and surrounding counties. During the academic year, Neumann offers shuttle service to the Elwyn Train Station, where you can take the R3 train directly to downtown Philly. The Philadelphia International Airport can be reached by taking the R3 train to 30th Street Station, then taking the R1. If driving, the airport is only a twenty-minute drive from campus.
After a 38-minute SEPTA ride from the Elwyn station to the 30th Street Station, Neumann students can catch an Amtrak train to New York City and Washington, D.C. Taking the bus is another, inexpensive option for traveling to and from New York and Washington D.C. Check out the Chinatown Bus, Bolt Bus, or Greyhound.