Philadelphia Bleisure Guide

Build some sight seeing, relaxation and exploration into your AFP 2022 experience. The City of Brotherly Love has so much to offer, which is probably why it’s one of only seven destinations (and one of only three in the U.S.) to make Condé Nast Travelers’ 2021 Gold List.

Below we’ve compiled some fun activities for you to check out before, during or after the conference, broken out by interest. Plus, here’s a list of fall activities that will be going on during the conference.


With a multitude of award-winning chefs and restaurants, a wide spectrum of cultural diversity (including Italian, Israeli, Mexican, and Malaysian), and new restaurants popping up every day, the Philadelphia food scene is more than enough to delight any foodie’s palette.

Art & Culture Lovers

Compiling a list of all the art and culture there is to see and experience in Philadelphia would be a full-time job. The city is bursting with public art — it made Travel + Leisure’s 2022 list of cities around the world with Must-see Public Art — museums, dance, theater and music. Here are some of the best guides to get you started.

History Buffs

The city that birthed our nation and America’s first capital, Philadelphia is a fantastical world for history buffs — and our country’s first World Heritage City. The “most historic square mile in America,” Independence National Historical Park is comprised of historic houses, government buildings, museums, churches and cemeteries, all open and available for our history loving visitors.

Sports Fanatics

Is there any sports fan quite like a Philly sports fan? These fans have been living through the ups and downs of their teams for over 100 years. Home of five major-league sports teams — basketball, football, hockey, baseball and soccer — plus a top-tier regatta, the world’s oldest relay meet, marathons and more, there is no shortage of activities for sports fanatics in Philly.  


Retail therapy is easily supported in Philadelphia from high-end fashion to vintage and independent boutiques, there is something to meet everyone’s taste, budget and look. And FYI, clothing and shoes are tax-free in Philly — how’s that for some brotherly love?

Night Owls

For those of you who want to get out and enjoy the night, Philadelphia offers rooftop bars, outdoor beer gardens, fancy cocktails, dive bars, live music and dancing, so no, you don’t have to go home — you night owls can stay out all night.

Did we miss something? Learn more about all there is to do in Philly on Visit Philadelphia. And for an itinerary that goes full tourist or, on the other extreme, takes you off the beaten path to the unexpected …