Extend Your Philadelphia Business Trip for Bleisure

When visiting Philadelphia for business, you may be tempted to stay longer. If at all possible, do it! Philadelphia is a great city for history buffs, but even if history is not your thing, there's plenty to experience on your travels. Here is a look at a few must-dos if you combine business and pleasure in Philadelphia.

Schuylkill River

There are many ways to enjoy the Schuylkill River, which flows through the heart of Philadelphia. For example, you can walk, jog or bicycle on the Schuylkill River Trail, and if you feel like spreading your wings, the trail spans nearly 130 miles. That's a lot of Pennsylvania to see!

You can also stroll on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and canoe or kayak in the river. There are river cruises too, and major Philadelphia attractions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park are accessible from Schuylkill Banks, part of the river's trail system. However, if you are going for a hard-core exercise session, you may want to stock up on water instead of depending on fountains along the way.

Reading Terminal Market

You'll need to eat during your trip, and the Reading Terminal Market is a top place to find new favorite foods, whether it is cheese, poultry, meat, produce or baked goods you seek. The market has been in operation since 1893 and is open every day.

The history and people-watching make it worth checking out even if you don't want to buy food. Plus, you can purchase flowers, table linens, cookbooks and much more here. Do be prepared for crowds.

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute is one of these fantastic places that brings science to life in a compelling way. Not only that, there are movies, simulators, 3D printing, live shows, a planetarium and even dissections. Bottom line: Whether you're on your Philadelphia business trip solo or with children, this attraction is bound to please.

Be sure to go through the giant heart as well. It's an oversized replica of the human heart that has charmed and fascinated museum visitors for more than 50 years.

The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is no mere bell, which is why it draws scores of tourists every year. Its crack probably developed sometime in the first half of the 1840s, and the bell, long seen as a symbol of freedom, has been used by civil rights supporters, suffragists and abolitionists in addition to calling the Pennsylvania Assembly to meetings.

The bell is free to visit, as is Independence Hall right nearby. You do need tickets for Independence Hall, so show up early to get them if you can. There is a small charge for advance reservations, and parking can get pricey.

Pat's King of Steaks

When you're in the mood for a cheesesteak (and in Philly, you gotta be at some point!), then Pat's King of Steaks should fit the bill. It's open 24 hours a day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and lines often extend into the street.

If you want another cheesesteak during your visit, you can try across-the-street friendly rival Geno's. No matter which place you go to, it helps to have your money ready and your order ready to say.

Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rocky Statue

The Rocky statue is tremendously popular because of the movie but also because it symbolizes hard work and triumph to many people. Located at the bottom of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it's free to visit and is a great photo-taking opportunity. While you're there, the art museum is a worthy place to visit in its own right even if the weather is perfect.

No doubt, there's a lot to do in the city after your Philadelphia business trip ends. To learn more about your options, check out the Twitter accounts of Philadelphia social influencers @nealfredsantos and @HughE_Dillon.\

What other local activities are we missing from our list? Share your favorite things to do in Philly with fellow business travelers in the comments below.