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“Green oasis in Philadelphia”

University of Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia's Beyond the Cheesesteak Walking Tour Including Penn and Drexel
Ranked #26 of 443 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: This Ivy League institution counts, among its founders, Ben Franklin.
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“Green oasis in Philadelphia”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

I recently attended a short course at the Wharton School of Business so I had a chance to look at the campus grounds and buildings. It is a great space to wander around and enjoy something very different to the gritty streets of downtown Philly.

The trees, lawns and gardens make for a quiet, calm hideaway. Lovely walks through a range of buildings and architechure dotted with art installations and statues. Take some time out it is worth it.

And of course, being a university, it has easy access to great pubs and eateries that are fun and good value. My pick was Sansom Street where there is plenty to choose from.

Visited October 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Urban oasis”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Even the university is situated in the big city of Philadelphia, once you enter the campus you feel like you have entered private park. There are number of beautiful buildings, statues, cozy sitting areas where you can read a book. The whole area is full of trees and flowers. While visiting, don't forget to say hello to Ben Franklin sitting on a bench on one of the walk ways that connect the many buildings. For all of you who are interested in science, you should know that the premier research facility Wistar Institute is part of the university as well.

Visited October 2013
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Staten Island, New York
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“great university really friendly students”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

the area the university occupies is enormous and immaculately maintained. staff and students uber friendly and willing to stop and take you where you need to get to as the place is so large it is easy to get lost

Visited September 2013
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San Gabriel
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“Impressive”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

What's not to like about an Ivy league school??? Incredible buildings and with a history from 1740 it is well worth walking around the campus....

Visited October 2013
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Haddonfield, NJ
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“Memories of Penn”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

I would strongly recommend anyone visiting the area to tour the Penn campus, peruse the library, and take in the archeological museum and Wistar Institute. Fascinating stuff. There are excellent restaurants in surrounding neighborhoods, as well as bookstores, and theaters such as the Zellerbach that regularly feature special events. Be sure to visit the boathouses along the river, many of which were there when Eakins painted the scullers on the river.

Visited November 2012
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