Location, Location, Location . . .
In many ways, finding the appropriate “home base” for a college-bound student can be as important as choosing the school itself. With this in mind, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) would like to introduce you to Philadelphia!
Philadelphia is an inseparable part of PAFA’s campus, which is entrenched in the heart of Center City. To experience our location firsthand, we encourage all students and their families to visit. The following materials were developed to help you explore the City of Brotherly Love, or learn more from afar. We hope that these recommendations will illuminate our city and leave you with a memorable impression of Philadelphia!
Food: Philadelphia has far more to offer than soft pretzels and cheesesteaks! To learn more about Philadelphia’s culinary hot spots, including a few of our personal favorites, please review our Dining Guide.
Historic Sites: The city of Philadelphia is rich with cultural landmarks. For visitors who would like to experience Philadelphia’s historical significance, we have developed the following guide to significant Cultural Sights in Philadelphia.
Hotels: Are you interested in visiting the city, and wondering where to stay? For prospective students and families who are planning a trip to Philadelphia, we have developed the following guide to Hotels in Philadelphia.
Directions and Transportation: Whether you are traveling by car, on foot or by bus and train, we want you to experience the charm of Philadelphia! For visitors who are navigating the city, our Driving and Transportation Guide will make your travels easy.
Neighborhoods: Residential neighborhoods are sprinkled throughout Philadelphia, enriching the city and offering an abundance of housing opportunities. PAFA’s Neighborhood Guide can help students who are considering apartment-style living, or simply want to become familiar with the city.
Galleries and Museums: Philadelphia has a thriving art scene, offering several exceptionally significant historical collections, a wealth of art and design institutions (including PAFA) and a vibrant contemporary gallery scene. The Museum and Gallery Guide will show you where to sketch from the masters, explore the contemporary scene or sprint to the top of the “Rocky Steps,” which ascend to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.