There is no doubt that attending the 2017 National Principals Conference (NPC) will provide an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate with school leaders across the Pre-K through grade 12 spectrum, but if you’re new to Philadelphia, what else can you do to make your trip memorable?

Check out our suggestions for activities, places to see, and things to eat while you’re in the City of Brotherly Love.

NPC-Sponsored Tours

 Learn about the history of Philadelphia, see its historic district, attend a Phillies game, and more through the official tours of #NPC17.

Sign up to purchase your spot on these tours here.

Historical Sites 

Interested in seeing the famous Liberty Bell? Curious about the place where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were created? Want to pay your respects at Benjamin Franklin? You can do all these things in Philadelphia’s Historic District.


Cultural Institutions

If you’re a fan of museums and zoos, Philadelphia has you covered. Channel your inner Rocky Balboa and run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For more art and a place to think, see one of the world’s greatest collections of Auguste Rodin pieces at the Rodin Museum. Afterwards, visit the Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first.



Foodie Heaven

Philadelphia may be famous for cheesesteak, but there is a myriad of culinary delights available for any discerning palate.

Peruse the historic, indoor Reading Terminal Market for globally-inspired food from over 80 vendors, enjoy a French-style brunch at Parc! Peek at this handy guide to figure out where to eat your next meal in Philly.


Other Activities  

Book Donations – Also sponsored by the PA Principals Association, boxes will be provided near the Scholastic Bookstore area to collect books. Attendees are encouraged to donate a book to be given to a local school district.

5K Walk/Run – The PA Principals Association will sponsor this Sunday morning event for conference participants. The first 225 participants will get a T-shirt, and a donation of $20 is suggested.

So, while at the National Principals Conference, collaborate, innovate, and transform, and on your down time, take some time to enjoy Philadelphia—a city of firsts for a groundbreaking conference.

For a comprehensive guide to Philadelphia, check out the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Discover Philadelphia site.

And if you haven’t registered for the National Principals Conference yet, what are you waiting for? Register now!

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