Philly on a Budget: Opening Your Mind More than Your Wallet

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

Visiting Philadelphia for the PRSSA 2013 National Conference could be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. This year’s Conference program has been tailored by the Conference Committee to provide you with numerous opportunities to explore the City of Brotherly Love – but not at the cost of your bank account.

If van Gogh is the name and art is your game, Philadelphia has a many places to choose from with collections that are guaranteed to strike any art lover’s fancy. Spend an evening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and travel the world as you make your way through the European, Asian and American art galleries ranging from the early 1800s to modern day at the discounted rate of $14. If you’re looking for something smaller, check out what the Philadelphia Art Alliance has going on in their unique collections and get a taste of true contemporary art for just $3. No matter where you choose to go, many museums and galleries in Philadelphia offer student discounts making it easier for you to part with your hard earned cash.

History buff? There’s no place like Philadelphia to get more bang for your buck while receiving a history lesson. Make a trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary and tour the historic jail cells where American gangster, Al Capone, did some time. Students can snag tickets at the discounted rate of $10.

For those who have shopping on the brain, then South Street is your ticket to shop ‘til you drop. Serving as one of Philadelphia’s largest tourist attractions, South Street’s bohemian atmosphere is packed with tons of eateries, shops, and bars that are budget friendly.

What is a trip to Philadelphia without filling up on the city’s delicious food? After hours of  networking and attending workshops, you’re stomach is bound to be growling.  Stop by one of the thousands of lunch trucks parked along the sidewalks of Philadelphia where just a little cash goes a long way.

If you get onsite and are still unsure of what adventures you want to pursue in your free time (and maybe you’re no Lewis and Clark) or you would just like more information, feel free to stop by the hospitality desk for more information about Philadelphia attractions, food, and fun.

Stay tuned by liking the PRSSA 2013 National Conference page on Facebook and following the event on Twitter @prssanc.

Jessica Howard is a sophomore at Drexel University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in communication as well as a minor in fine arts. Howard is the communications director for the PRSSA 2013 National Conference. 


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