How Do I Get to CollegeFest?

Looking to get off campus and explore Philly? The first step is joining us on Saturday, September 9th for CollegeFest! More than 5,000 students from over 100 schools will be enjoying free admission to 14 local museums + cultural venue, games and freebees from great brands and exhibitors.

So how will you get there? Here are some ways:

Hop on your bike!  Whether you have your own or you ride with Indego, start pedaling to Dilworth Park.


Ride with SEPTA. The following SEPTA routes go directly to CollegeFest: 2, 16, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 & 125, MFL or Trolley to 15th, BSL to City Hall or Regional Rail to Suburban! Map out your trip here.

If you’re coming from Jersey, take the PATCO line (from any station!) to 15-16 and Locust, then head towards South Sydenham St. and hang a left on 15th St. The walk to Dilworth should take less than 10 minute! Tickets to ride PATCO are $3 for a single ride and $6 for a round trip. We recommend a single ride… ’cause once you land in Philly, you’ll want to stay here.

Once you arrive,you will check in with Campus Philly. A valid college ID gets you free admission to FOURTEEN MUSEUMS (!!!) along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in Historic Philadelphia, and free rides on the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop® .

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop®
Your quick, convenient and affordable connection to Philadelphia’s popular attractions! Ride the PHLASH to 22 stops every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Stops 4 and 5 are within 2 blocks of Dilworth Park, providing easy access to must-see attractions while you are exploring Center City during CollegeFest.  CollegeFest attendees who check-in with their student ID at Dilworth Park will receive a wristband that allows rides on the Philly PHLASH for FREE until 6 p.m. on September 9.

For a PHLASH route map and more details, visit www.phillyPHLASH.com.
Students can find PHLASH on-the-go by accessing  www.RidePhillyPHLASH.com on a smartphone or mobile device.

Philly To-Do: Spring Road Trip

This nice weather screams, “ROAD TRIP!” And lucky for you, Zipcar is offering students $10 of driving credit (1 hour of driving) by using promo code: CampusPhillySpring  (Expires 4/30/17) and will be valid for 2 weeks after redemption. Not a Zipcar member yet? Join now and cash in on that driving credit! Below you’ll find our picks for road trip destinations.


Clover Market: Bryn Mawr
| Sunday, April 23rd | Free
Featuring a rotating lineup of over 100 vendors, food trucks, lots of shopping & restaurant options all around town. Check out their schedule here.


Take a hike! No seriously, check out the three top hiking destinations withing 10 miles of Philly. 


Night Market Philadelphia | May-October | Pay as you go
Philly’s favorite street food festival is back … and they’re hitting up every corner of the city.

From the hills of Roxborough all the way down to Washington Ave., plus a one-of-a-kind collaboration with Wawa Welcome America, they’ll be satisfying hangry stomachs throughout the city this #NightMkt season.

First up on the agenda? The Great Northeast! Mark your calendars for:
Night Market Burholme | Thursday, May 11, 6-10 p.m. | Cottman & Rising Sun


From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art | Now until May 21
This exhibition is worth the drive to the Brandywine River Museum of Art! It features fifty-four superb paintings by Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, and many others who revolutionized picture-making in the United States.


Longwood Gardens for their Spring Blooms | Now until May 26
With dogwoods, magnolias, wisterias, azaleas, foam-flowers, and more than 240,000 tulips, Spring Blooms creates a symphony of color. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of spring! Book your trip today.


In addition to giving you something, Zipcar is giving back! They currently have a wrapped vehicle with United By Blue – each hour the vehicle is reserved a $1 will be donated back to them. Now that’s a nice ride!

Whatever path you choose to drive down, we want to know about it! Share your road trip adventures on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag @CampusPhilly #ZipTrip.

 

 

Philly Field Trip: Chinatown, Reading Terminal, Italian Market & Little Saigon

There’s never a shortage of things to do and places to explore in the city of Brotherly Love. However, knowing where to start on your Philly adventure can be a daunting task, enter Philly Passport! The Passport provides a checklist of places to go that you can turn into your personal itinerary filled with things to do around the city. Instead of giving you the stereotypical Philly guide, we focused on visiting neighborhoods that contribute Philly’s diverse scene.

So, teaming up with my fellow intern, Haley and I set out to explore the city and check some things off the passport. Beginning the adventure in Chinatown! Chinatown poses an interesting mix between old and new. There are new restaurants sprouting seemingly every day, bubble tea spots, and noodle houses that cater to younger audiences. But there are also traditional staples that bring you a more original taste of China. You would be remiss to leave here without getting a picture at the Friendship Arch.

Conveniently located near Chinatown, and next on the passport was the Reading Terminal Market. The best thing about Reading Terminal is that there’s so many options for food, the worst part? Deciding what you want. I opted for Hunger Burger which was phenomenal, while Haley went with Profi’s Creperie. The Reading Terminal Market is sure to be a go-to spot, it’s affordable, fun, and filled with choices.

With our stomachs filled, we headed over to the Italian Market. The streets of the Italian Market are adorned with open air markets, delis, and boutique shops. This neighborhood like many others in Philly has deep roots in the Philadelphia community. It’s where the Di Bruno Bros. got their start and became a household name. It’s a quaint neighborhood that’s perfect for taking a stroll.

Just a short walk away, we entered Little Saigon, where we recapped the day over some Vietnamese coffee. Little Saigon is home to Asian supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes. If you like cooking up some Asian inspired dishes, I’d strongly recommend taking a trip down to Little Saigon.

Watch us complete the Philly Passport:

Campus Philly Passport! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

It should be noted that although each neighborhood was different, one thing they had in common were beautiful murals. Philly is known for being an artistic hub, be sure to keep a look out on the facades of many buildings. Added to the beauty, is the ease of navigation. Walking from neighborhood to neighborhood is certainly doable as Philly is a “walking city.” Grab your camera and some comfortable footwear and you’ll be well on your way to perusing the city with your Philly Passport! Get yours here and watch how to fold it here.

P.S. Once you’ve completed the Passport, play some Campus Philly BINGO!

Philly Field Trip: Center City

In the center of our fine city, you’ll find Center City. Other cities say “downtown” when referring to their version of Center City, but Philadelphians are known for being lingo pioneers.

Strike a pose…on the subway steps!

I frequent this section of Philadelphia more than any other, but each time I discover something new. Getting there is a quick SEPTA subway ride from Temple’s campus. We hopped off at the City Hall stop and I made my roommate for an impromptu photoshoot in the subway. She was embarrassed, but I was loving it, I found a stairway that caught my eye and starting posing, twirling, and smiling—you can easily turn anything into a photo shoot spot and a stairwell in the subway is no exception.

City Hall

Photo shoots aside, my favorite part about my Center City commute has to be walking up the stairs from the subway and being greeted by the skyline, the bustling of the city, and the beautiful City Hall building.

What next? Shop ’til we drop. Chestnut and Walnut Street have a lot of shops to do just that. We made our way to our first destination, but were easily distracted as we noticed a two-story Five Below at 1529 Chestnut St. It was filled with everything Philadelphia related and as both of us are from out of the state, we acted like complete tourists and fell in love. We found these awesome Philly themed canvases that we would later use for our girl’s night.

After we weaved our way in and out of all stores, we were tired and hungry. Finding a spot to relax and order food wasn’t hard. Some of my favorite spots so far are Mac Mart and sweetgreen, both equally delicious, but one is definitely a little healthier than the other. We decided on Mac Mart and treated ourselves to the “In the Buff” Mac and Cheese, which is a delicious buffalo chicken infused bowl of greatness.

With shopping bags in hand and mac and cheese in our bellies, we headed back to the subway station. Like something out of a movie, the sun began to set in the backdrop, allowing an iridescent glow to bounce off City Hall, and my roommate and I exchanged a look of contentment and said our goodbye as we made our way back to campus.

 

For Planners Making Plans: Holiday Edition

Every friend group has a planner– I know this because I’m the unofficial event coordinator in my group. I worry about the stuff that makes the magic actually happen, from buying the tickets and having everyone Venmo me, or making reservations at that super popular restaurant we all want to check out.

The #1 question in our group chat is “How are we going to get there?” It all depends! We hop on a SEPTA train or bus. If all of our tires are full of air, we bike; if it’s close enough, we walk. All great ways of getting around. Oh oh, and Zipcar, we love a ZipTrip! There’s nothing like plugging your phone in, putting on some good jams and driving around the city with your friends.

Planners like deals, so here’s one for you — When you reserve a Zipcar Mon-Thurs from 6pm-8:30am, it is only $29 for the entire period! Get the deets here: http://www.zipcar.com/overnight. Not a member yet? Go to www.zipcar.com/campusphilly for discounted memberships!

We also like recommending things to people like events! There are a lot of those happening this time of year. Here are some road trip-worthy events:

Holiday Light Show at Shadybrook Farm | November 19 – January 8

Experience the magic of more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland! Encounter whimsical displays and familiar characters as you drive through in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show on an open air wagon ride (weather permitting).

Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and cook up s’mores at a toasty bonfire (cocoa, s’mores kits, and more treats available for purchase in the Farm Market.


A Longwood Christmas | November 24 – January 8

Organ sing-alongs, strolling carolers, and performances fill our Gardens with festive cheer. Delight in their holiday horticulture showcasing more than 6,000 seasonal plants.

Outside, the sounds of oohs and aahs fill the air as illuminated stars twinkle above, colorful fountains dance to holiday music, and a half-million lights brighten the night.
Student admission: $20/non-peak time; $27/peak


Waterfront WinterFest at Penn’s Landing | Opening Friday, Nov. 25

“Are we in Philly?” That’s what you’ll be asking when you get to this winter wonderland near the Delaware River. WinterFest is a cold-weather version of Spruce Street Harbor Park, which houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with recycled shipping containers, a heated tent, holiday trees, fire pits and plenty of cozy seating.


The Miracle on South 13th Street Holiday Light Display | Lights go on at the end of November

I accidentally found out about this holiday tradition! One wrong turn and I was driving down the most festive street ever. Reserve your Zipcar and load your car up with friends to drive down this well-known street! From one planner to another, gather your friends, reserve a Zipcar and explore all the city has to offer during this very festive time!

For even more events, check out our calendar here!

Deals & Tips for Planners Making Plans

Every friend group has a planner– I know this because I’m the unofficial event coordinator in my group. I worry about the stuff that makes the magic actually happen, from buying the tickets and having everyone Venmo me, or making reservations at that super popular restaurant we all want to check out.

The #1 question in our group chat is “How are we going to get there?” It all depends! We hop on a SEPTA train or bus. If all of our tires are full of air, we bike; if it’s close enough, we walk. All great ways of getting around. Oh oh, and Zipcar, we love a ZipTrip! There’s nothing like plugging your phone in, putting on some good jams and driving around the city with your friends.

Planners like deals, so here’s one for you — When you reserve a Zipcar Mon-Thurs from 6pm-8:30am, it is only $29 for the entire period! Get the deets here: http://www.zipcar.com/overnight. Not a member yet? Go to www.zipcar.com/campusphilly for discounted memberships!

We also like recommending things to people like events! There are a lot of those happening this time of year. Here are some of my favorites:

Chrysanthemum Festival | Now until Nov. 20
Have you ever made a trip out to Longwood Gardens? This festival is one of the many reasons to take a road trip there. It features nearly 20,000 beautiful blooms grown in extraordinary ways throughout Longwood’s four-acre conservatory. The centerpiece of the show is a Thousand Bloom Mum, made up of more than 1,500 meticulously arranged yellow flowers on one plant. Look it up, it’s very gram-worthy.


Franklin Square Holiday Festival | Starts Thursday, Nov. 10
Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO and enjoy seasonal foods and beers at SquareBurger and the Winter Beer Garden.


Open Arts College Night at the Barnes Foundation | Friday, Nov. 18 | 6-10 p.m. 
You won’t believe how close you’ll be standing to some of the most famous paintings ever. And believe it, this is a free event for college students!  Explore the Barnes collection alongside live music, performance, short stories and a few surprises! Collection access included.


Waterfront WinterFest at Penn’s Landing | Opening Friday, Nov. 25 
“Are we in Philly?” That’s what you’ll be asking when you get to this winter wonderland near the Delaware River. WinterFest is a cold-weather version of Spruce Street Harbor Park, which houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with recycled shipping containers, a heated tent, holiday trees, fire pits and plenty of cozy seating.


The Miracle on South 13th Street Holiday Light Display | Lights go on at the end of November
I accidentally found out about this holiday tradition! One wrong turn and I was driving down the most festive street ever. Reserve your Zipcar and load your car up with friends to drive down this well-known street! From one planner to another, gather your friends, reserve a Zipcar and explore all the city has to offer during this very festive time!

Zip Along the Path to Success!

Written by: Debora Charmelus, Campus Philly Program Manager

The number one rule to interviewing is showing up! Whether it be by bus, train, bike or car, you can’t interview unless you are actually there (tele-interviews are a whole other story). While we’re huge fans of SEPTA and Indego as a way to get around, here are a couple of reasons why Zipcar is our choice for getting to and from interviews.

With Zipcar you can…

  1. Use all the space in the car to ensure that you look your best

With a car at your disposal, you have a fitting room and vanity to make sure you can present your best self. No need to worry about wrinkling your outfit on your commute- just hang up your blazer to make sure it stays pristine.

  1. Listen to some relaxing jams or rock out to calm your nerves

The best way to get rid of butterflies in your stomach is by listening to some of your favorite tunes. Classical music can help you remember what you’re going to say or have a mini dance session in the car to get your energy up!

  1. Get to your interview with time to spare

There’s nothing worse than stressing about whether or not you’ll get to your interview on time! With Zipcar you don’t have to rely on forces beyond your control to be punctual. Just book a car when you need it and bring it back when you’re done.

  1. Stay stress free with parking on campus

As a college student, your days are always jam packed. After doing your best at an interview, trying to find a parking seems like another long task. Zipcar makes it easy to get back into the rhythm of things with designated parking for your car.

Interested in learning more? Visit zipcar.com/campusphilly to find cars on your campus has cars and to get that sweet student discount.

Post-CollegeFest Hang Out Spots

Written by Campus Philly Interns, Ashley Cappetta & Brenna Fallows


The fun doesn’t stop when CollegeFest ends! After, be sure to check out these well-known Philly spots:

Spruce Street Harbor Park
Take the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop to Penn’s Landing (Stop 1) and head over to Spruce Street Park! Featuring food trucks, hammocks, games, and ample outdoor seating, Spruce Street Park is definitely a great spot to finish off your fun day at CollegeFest. Grab a hammock and get your relaxation on!

Reading Terminal Market
Serving fresh and local foods everyday, Reading Terminal is the perfect spot to explore some good eats post-CollegeFest! Walk from Dilworth Park or take the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop (either stops 4 or 8) for some super convenient transportation.

Rittenhouse Square
Ah… Good ole Rittenhouse. Walk on over to Rittenhouse and grab a bench, take in the tree-lined streets and, well, just relax! You could even head into Joe Coffee across the street or opt to shop around in the Barnes & Noble. Regardless of what you end up doing in Rittenhouse, it’s a great place to explore.

Boathouse Row
Stop 11 on the the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop takes you to Boathouse Row–another awesome hangout spot. Walk along the lit-up boat houses or take a seat on a bench to watch the sunset. After a great day at CollegeFest, Boathouse Row is a perfect hangout spot for killin’ views of the city, illuminated by the outlined boat houses along the Schuylkill River.

Getting Around at CollegeFest

 

Looking to get off campus and explore Philly? The first step is joining us on Saturday, September 10th for CollegeFest. More than 5,000 students from over 100 schools will be there for games and freebees from great brands and exhibitors.

So how will you get there? Here are some ways:

Hop on your bike!  Whether you have your own or you ride with Indego, start pedaling to Dilworth Park

Ride with SEPTA. The following SEPTA routes go directly to CollegeFest: 2, 16, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 & 125, MFL or Trolley to 15th, BSL to City Hall or Regional Rail to Suburban! Map out your trip here. 

If you’re coming from Jersey, take the PATCO line (from any station!) to 15-16 and Locust, then head towards South Sydenham St. and hang a left on 15th St. The walk to Dilworth should take less than 10 minute! Tickets to ride PATCO are $3 for a single ride and $6 for a round trip. We recommend a single ride… ’cause once you land in Philly, you’ll want to stay here.

Once you arrive, you will check in with Campus Philly. A valid college ID gets you free admission to TEN MUSEUMS (!!!) along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in Historic Philadelphia, and free rides on the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop.

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop is the quick, convenient, and affordable way to access key destinations with 22 throughout Center City and beyond. Its route travels in a continuous loop from the Delaware Waterfront to Fairmount Park, providing service to each stop every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop is the perfect way for students to get to and from CollegeFest’s participating museums and cultural venues, which include Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Stop 17), African American Museum in Philadelphia (Stop 3), Eastern State Penitentiary (Stop 9), Franklin Institute (Stop 16), Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, National Constitution Center (Stop 3), National Museum of American Jewish History (Stop 3), Philadelphia History Museum (Stops 3 and 21), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Stop 11 and 15) and Rodin Museum (Stop 8). For a PHLASH route map and more details, visit www.phillyPHLASH.com. Students can find PHLASH on-the-go with live updates by visiting www.RidePhillyPHLASH.com.

 

Explore Philly–and fit everything in– with Zipcar

Zipcar’s the world leader in car sharing. But while you’ve got the wheels, they’re all yours.

So grab your bestie (or your mom) and a Zipcar and head over to IKEA to stock up on all your last-minute items. Split the bill with your roomie and hold onto more moolah for late-night snacks.

Shopping can really work up an appetite! IKEA is rewarding Zipcar members rigorous retailing with a free frozen yogurt at their restaurant, just show the cashier in the Bistro your Zipcard…YUM!

Still hungry? Lucky for you, Philly has a long list of places to grab some grub. Hop in your Zipcar and head to some of our favorites– Tony Luke‘s for a cheesesteak (39 E. Oregon Ave.), The Industry (1401 E. Moyamensing Ave.) for a chill outdoor lunch, or Bing Bing Dim Sum (1648 E. Passyunk Ave.) for delicious soup dumplings.

If you have some energy to spare, hit the lanes and get some strikes at South Bowl (19 E. Oregon Ave.)!

An added perk: Car sharing means fewer personally owned cars, which means less traffic, more space for bikes, and a nice deep breath of fresh air. (Plus, more money in  your wallet– cha-ching!)

IKEA makes your room your own, and Zipcar can help make Philly your own. Follow us on Twitter for ideas of where to #ziptrip in Philly, as well as sweet prizes all semester long.

And hey, if you’re #ziptrip-ing, be sure to share your photos with us! Post a pic of you in your Zipcar and use the tags #ziptrip and #meetphilly. A special prize may be in your future…

For more details, check out http://www.zipcar.com/ikeaziptrip