• Philadelphia Visitor’s Center – Not Just for Tourists

     
    POSTED June 4, 2014
     

It seems that I keep bumping up against things I don’t know. Whether it’s a fact I didn’t know or a place I wasn’t aware of before, it seems that at least several times a week I discover something new.It used to bother me and make me feel less "in the know," but now I put my ego aside and just enjoy the moment of basking in something new.

Case in point was last week’s joint ISES and PHLCVB meeting. It was held at the Philadelphia Visitor’s Center. I always thought of the Visitor’s Center as just that - for visitors - but true-blue Philadelphians can also get in on the action.

Upstairs from the brochures and introductory movies is a fantastic event space that’s just right for your next Philadelphia-based meeting or event. Split into a reception area and a main room, it’s spacious, airy and bright. Of course, it’s not what’s inside that counts here - it’s what is outside. Step outside onto the large terrace and you have a bird’s eye view of Independence National Historic Park. Most guests enjoy events with outdoor space, but looking out over the Liberty Bell and  Independence Hall is more inspiring that most.

Have you been to the space or held an event there before? Email me - nancy.depalma@tigeroak.com -  and we’ll post your comments on the pa.meetingsmags.com. 

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