Survey Results – 2016 Conference Getaway Activities
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Thank you to everyone for sharing your thoughts with us about what you like to do at a conference! We got some great ideas fueled by the fun stuff you enjoy doing. We also received great suggestions for Philadelphia-specific activities. Here are the top three activities you guys said you dig:
- Scoping Out Fine Dining
- Checking Out Funky Districts/Scenes
- Being a History Buff – Tours/Museums
Sara and I just got back from our planning trip (our very first trip to Philadelphia), saw the hotel, and ran around the city checking out what is important to you guys. Here are just a few reasons you should go to Philly:
Reading Terminal Market
Okay, this is where you’re going to find me after hours. This amazing indoor market offers some great places to grab a quick, but awesome meal. We had a breakfast at Molly Malloy’s the first morning (try the French Toast!) and went back for Profi’s Creperie the second morning. I’m going back to check out the Soul Food Café, bakeries, and Chocolate by Mueller (they sell anatomically correct chocolate hearts!). Profi’s Creperie was cool – it has a small counter where you can watch them make your sweet or savory crepe right in front of you! You could easily eat yourself silly there. The Market is two blocks from the hotel, and we’re checking to see if we can have a small networking lunch there. The atmosphere is bustling and fun, there’s even a bookstore tucked in there. Definitely worth checking out.
History – Tours/Museums
We hit the Constitution Center and saw Independence Hall where the Constitution was signed. That was amazing – I’m from Colorado and we just don’t have that kind of thing out here. The Liberty Bell is right there on the mall, and across the way you can walk through colonial streets and see other historic sites, all within about a three block radius. The Constitution Center (which has a terrible website or I’d include it), has Signer’s Hall, featuring bronze statues you can walk between of everyone that was at the signing. We also saw a draft of the Bill of Rights! On our way to the Philadelphia Art Museum (yeah, we had to check out the Rocky steps), we found the Philadelphia Free Library and the Rodin Museum (The Gates of Hell on the outside as you walk up is fascinating). After that, we took a nice walk to The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, which sounds like a strange place for us to go, but it houses the Mutter Museum. We’re talking a wall of skulls, conjoined twin skeletons, the second largest skeleton in the world, Einstein’s brain – all kinds of cool stuff. TV star Mike Rowe has been there – check out the clips on their website (not for the squeamish!).
What to Expect
We met with Juvenile Law Center and Support Center for Child Advocates, both located in Philadelphia (thanks for the lunch guys!). They provided us with so many cool unique things to do in the summer. We’re going to pull them together and shoot them out to you. We’re going to take the coolest places and setup discounted tickets, snag some gift cards for giveaways, and give you a refined list of things to do while you’re there. This will be locally produced and vetted, so you’ll have the best of the best! You guys work hard and your time away from the office should be put to good use!
Early registration ends March 31st! Save $75 now and feel like you can spend it when you’re checking out Philadelphia! Click here to register.
Daniel and Sara – Conference Directors
National Association of Counsel for Children