PennTracks

Below are the PennTracks that were offered in 2018! Check back regularly for information on who is leading the tours and other great highlights. 

PennTracks are free, guided tours throughout Philly. Join your fellow classmates in discovering more about your new home!

To register for PennTracks, log into PennInTouch in August and register as you would for a class. Visit the Registration page for more details.

Tours will be led by PHINS Leaders unless specified otherwise. Meet at College Green a few minutes prior to the start of the tour unless other directions are specified. All tours listed below are being offered on the following days:

  • Friday, August 24 from 7pm to 9pm

Location: View Avenue of the Arts Map

Philadelphia has been a cultural Mecca for over two hundred years. There is great theatre, ballet, opera, and music abounding in this city, and the Avenue of the Arts is the cultural spine.

Location: View Chinatown Map

This tour will take you through one of the several Asian American cultural centers of the entire Philadelphia region. Chinatown offers a variety of amazing cuisines including Japanese, Thai, Korean, Burmese, Halal, Malaysian, and Vietnamese. Each one is unique, so you won't know which is your favorite until you've tried them all. Chinatown offers much more than just great restaurants. Through this tour you will see churches, temples, artwork, and a concert hall among other highlights.

While the map is a guide, this tour will be more organic. The Chinatown PennTrack will be led on August 31 by student leaders and administrators of the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) and the Asian American Studies Program Undergraduate Advisory Board (ASAM UAB). On these days, the tours will begin at PAACH, which is located at 3601 Locust Walk.

Location: View Historic Philly Map

This tour will take you through the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who lived in Philadelphia when they were laying the groundwork for a new nation. But you will see more than Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. This tour will also visit 18th century churches, 19th century factories that became 20th century apartments and art galleries, and the hippest restaurants of the 21st century.

Location: View Italian Market Map

This tour will take you down to Philly's Italian Market where you can taste cuisines from around the world. Hit up Pat's and Geno's and find out which one makes the better cheesesteak. You should also try out the various delis, specialty shops, and food vendors along the way.

Location: View Rittenhouse Square Map

This tour will take you through the beautiful Victorian neighborhoods around Rittenhouse and Fitler Squares towards the Schuylkill River Park. A novelty of this tour is that it will be a soundwalk where the focus is listening to the urban environment. As you walk through Philadelphia’s streets, you will experience a site-specific soundscape with a mixture of dialogue, music, and sounds created by Penn graduate composer Marc LeMay in collaboration with InVersion Theatre.

Learn more about the soundwalk here.

Location: View South Philly Map

This tour will take you down to South Street, into the heart of South Philly with its largely Italian neighborhoods and through the famous Italian Market. It continues through the oldest neighborhood in the city, Queen Village, and then up and down the eclectic and energetic South Street. Along the way, you will find the best cheesesteak, water ice, seafood, pizza, and cookies in the city, so come hungry!

Location: View Gayborhood Map

This tour encompasses the Washington West "Gayborhood," the heart of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community. It features nightclubs, sidewalk cafes, theaters, and community centers. Some say the LGBTQ rights movement began in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1965, when, outside of Independence Hall, the first "Annual Reminder" was held protesting America's treatment of gays and lesbians. Since then, the LGBTQ community has become integrated with the entire city, but this neighborhood remains its most vital scene. Some of the stops on the tour are not wheelchair-accessible.

This tour will be led on August 24 and August 31 by the LGBT Center.

On these days, the tours will also begin at the LGBT Center, which is located at 3907 Spruce Street.

Location: View Mural Mile Map

This tour of Center City takes you through the many exquisite mural pieces that Philadelphia has to offer. The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program was founded in 1984 by Jane Golden to combat the city's rampant graffiti, and it has evolved into a staple of the City of Brotherly Love and a proud demonstration of cultural identity.

This tour will be led on August 31.

Location: View West Philly Map

This tour of West Philadelphia will take you past campus to visit The Woodlands, Clark Park, Garden Court, and more! Explore every cultural aspect of this famous area, from beautiful Victorian neighborhoods to great ethnic restaurants and a great park—all in Penn’s backyard.