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Get to Know Philadelphia After Dark at the DNC

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | July 25, 2016

Get to Know Philadelphia After Dark at the DNC

PHOTO: Independence Beer Garden. (Photo courtesy of Visit Philadelphia) 

With convention business keeping delegates busy into the night, visitors may only have a few evening hours to explore the city. Here are some ideas for exploring Philly after dark.

Kick Back in a Hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Hard day on the convention floor? Listening to speeches all day can take a lot out of a person – so why not kick back in one of Spruce Street Harbor’s many hammocks. The area is lit by multicolor LED lights hanging in the trees and is an ideal way to catch up on all of the days happenings. 

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Visitors can also grab a snack in the Oasis where there are floating gardens, landscaped barges and lounges. 

Rollin’ On the River at Bluecross RiverRink Summerfest

Let go of the day’s stress with a skate at Penn’s Landing. Located on the banks of the Delaware, it’s the perfect place for an evening roll – and when you are done working up a sweat, head into Chickie’s and Pete’s crab shack and bask in the air conditioning over a snack. 

Partake in a Tradition: Cheesesteak at Sonny's Famous Steaks

You can’t leave Philadelphia without trying a famous Philly cheesesteak. Open until the wee hours, this is place is an institution in the city. Not only is it a great place for a bit to eat, it’s perfect for people-watching, which gets better as the clock approaches 3 a.m.

Moonlight Movies

Watch movies under the stars in Historic Philadelphia. Check out the schedule to watch a variety of films from the modern to the classic in historic locales such as Race Street Pier, Penn’s Landing and the Betsy Ross House. 

Raise a Glass to the Founding Fathers

It’s the birthplace of democracy, so get ready to lift a glass to the founding fathers at the Independence Beer Garden. There’s a delicious menu as well as lawn games and it’s conveniently located opposite Independence Mall and it's huge, with seating for more than 300, so feel free to bring some friends. 

“Sneak” into Independence Hall

Independence After Hours has is open into the evening for special, exclusive tours that allow visitors to “eavesdrop” on the founding fathers at Independence Hall. The experience also includes a Colonial-style dinner at City Tavern. 

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Ice Cream Sundae, Cherry on Top

Top off the night with something sweet. The Franklin Fountain is the ideal stop for delicious treats with history-inspired twists, created by costumed servers until late at night. Word is that the “Franklin Mint” and the “Lightning Rod” are not to be missed.

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