Philly Things To Know

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Points of Pride

Philadelphia is a city of firsts—the first computer, the first zoo, first capital, first Girl Scout cookie sale—and home to some of the oldest structures and locations in the country—oldest theater (Walnut Street Theatre), oldest  residential street (Elfreth’s Alley). Read on for more interesting tidbits that Philadelphians share with pride.

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Talk Like a Local

Want to talk the talk like Philadelphians? Here are some of the common words you may hear in your day-to-day Philly excursions.

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Safety Tips

While living in a large metropolitan area, safety is always a priority. It’s all about using common sense. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

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Summer Housing

Whether you’ve secured a summer internship or you just can’t bear to be away from your favorite city for three months, Philadelphia has some great housing options for students.

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Arts & Entertainment Guide

From city-wide events to pocket museums, there’s no doubt that Philly’s got culture and a variety of ways to immerse yourself in it.

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Shopping Guide

Philadelphia is a great place to shop! Under Pennsylvania law, clothing is tax-free, meaning those deals are even better than they look.

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Sports & Recreation Guide

Don’t be fooled by the endlessly reaching skyscrapers—Philly has plenty of indoor and outdoor sporting and recreational activities to offer. Whether it’s for exercise, fun or intense competition, you can find it here.

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How to SEPTA Philly

Becoming a pro at how to navigate the local transit system should be at the top of any city slicker’s list. Check out these great how-to videos put together by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia’s public transit system, for quick tips on how to use Philly’s four main modes of transit–rail, bus, trolley and subway.

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