There are many excellent universities in Philadelphia that you may want to visit while you’re in town this summer.
Temple University is in the heart of North Philadelphia, yet maintains that great college campus feel. There are guided tours offered in the summer, but make sure you also check out the following places at Temple that your tour guide won’t show you.
The Bell Tower & Beury Beach: This is the ultimate outdoor spot on warm days. Students fill the grass with colorful lawn chairs and beach towels and enjoy the sun. It’s a central spot on campus, so grab some food nearby and lounge around out here if you have some free time.
Richie’s: If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, try Richie’s. Richie’s is always packed, no matter the hour or the weather. Students crowd the window ordering his extremely popular breakfast sandwiches and wraps.
Maxi’s: If you’re in the mood for pizza, Maxi’s is the place to go. There are many choices for slices, from penne vodka to chicken bacon ranch and everything in between. Behind the counter where you order is the most popular bar on Temple’s campus.
Sports and Recreation Fields on 15th Street: The fields are a great off-campus destination. They’re in constant use throughout the school year and summer for sports games, practices, and students and community members’ personal use. The fields are even usable at night and the lights are so bright they light up the entire block of 15th street.
Founder’s Garden: This is a spot on campus a lot of people seem to forget about. It’s a little bit hidden, right behind Alumni Circle on Liacouras Walk. This is a great place to read outside or gather with friends. It’s a beautiful spot that makes you forget you’re in the middle of a major city.
Ali Razzi is a junior at Temple University and an intern with the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee. Her favorite thing to do in Philadelphia is try new restaurants and coffee shops.