3 Things you Should Do Before Leaving Philly

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Whether you’re coming to Philadelphia for the Convention in July or stopping by for the weekend, you should be doing something other than sitting in your hotel room. Philadelphia is a city with so much culture and opportunity for exploration.

We’re much more than Rocky steps, the LOVE statue and soft pretzels, so here’s three things you should try to do in the City of Brotherly Love before you leave:

First thing on your Philly bucket list is to go on a Mural Arts Tour.

Philadelphia is known as the mural capital of the world. Each piece of art means much more than a beautiful scene of color on the side of a building.

Each tour includes everything you want to know about murals, the artistic process, the artists and the history of the diverse communities that inspire each unique piece. You can also request a jazzy private tour and ask all the burning questions you want to know about the biggest open art gallery!

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Checked off the tour? Now let’s get some food! The perfect way to satisfy a craving is experiencing restaurant week in the city.

Almost every month, restaurant week is happening in some part of the city. From Manayunk to Rittenhouse, restaurants come together to provide foodies with a week of full course food heaven from appetizers to dessert for a great price.

Now, if you come when restaurant week isn’t happening (which just means you have to come back), plan a day to visit an area in Philly like East Passyunk Avenue and try at least one thing in each place you see. You’ll make your Instagram followers jealous and your stomach happy.

You toured, you ate and now it’s time to walk it out. Stroll through a culturally rich neighborhood.

It’s a city of neighborhoods. Want to experience different cultures without hopping on a plane? Go into El Bloque de Oro (The Golden Block) to experience a mix of Latino culture or visit the lively street of Chinatown. Neighborhoods are what define Philadelphia as a city so take the time to get to know one.

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Each corner of the city has some sort of history to be discovered. Finding hidden gems for the best foods or stores that are only known by the residents that live there can only be discovered if you have an open mind and a couple hours to roam around.

Laiza Santos is a bilingual social media content creator in Philadelphia, fascinated by the Internet & romantically involved with lattes. By day, she is the Social Media & Marketing Manager of the city of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Social Media Coordinator for the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. Laiza is also the creator of the #PhillyWelcomesYou video series for the Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention. If not listening to Undisclosed Podcast, you can find her tweeting, snapchatting, or posting on all her social media channels at @lzixxaa.