#WTSFest Philadelphia is back September 19th, 2024 - Get your tickets.

WTSFest Philadelphia City Guide

Author: Cass & Areej

Last updated: 13/06/2024

The Women in Tech SEO Festival is coming back to Philadelphia on Thursday, September 19, 2024!

This will be our second ever WTSFest USA-edition, featuring over 200 attendees

A full day conference - 10 brilliant talks by 10 brilliant speakers

You can grab a ticket right here.

With lots of WTSFest attendees visiting Philadelphia from all around the world to join us for our conference, we wanted to put together a guide to help you make the most out of your time with us. The guide is focused on the surrounding area where we'll be hosting our conference, with local recommendations on accommodation, attractions, restaurants, cafes, and more.

Without further ado, presenting our WTSFest Philadelphia City Guide!

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Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, situated at the junction of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Known as “the birthplace of America”, it is steeped in history and holds a pivotal place in the narrative of the USA. Our venue is located at 30 South 17th Street in Center City.

Center City is the heart of the city, encompassing a wide range of neighborhoods including the waterfront of Penn's Landing, the historic Old City, the vibrant Gayborhood, and the picturesque Rittenhouse - where #WTSFest London will be hosted this year.

Rittenhouse is home to an array of local boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars. Not to be missed is the leafy charm of their half-acre park, Rittenhouse Square.

Our venue

Location: Convene 30 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Floor 13
Between Ludlow & Ranstead Street

The venue is a short 5 min walk from the City Hall SEPTA station.

The weather in Philadelphia in September is likely to be warm and sunny. Aircon is quite common and strong though, so make sure to bring layers.

Getting there

The nearest station to the venue is 19th Street, which is served by all routes of the SEPTA line. You can get the 13, 11, 13 and 34 lines to or from 30th Street (approx 8 minute journey), which is a major hub for Amtrak and regional rail services.

The venue is a 5 minute walk from Suburban Station, which is served by the SEPTA Air Airport line, directly from Philadelphia Airport.

Getting around

19th Street is a 3 minute walk from the venue, and is served by all routes of the SEPTA line.

Ubers and Lyfts are frequent, reliable and easy to catch in Philadelphia.

Accommodation

Below are a list of recommended hotels near the venue.

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Attractions

Below are some of the most popular attractions near the venue-

City Hall
Philadelphia’s City Hall is not just a municipal building- it's a grand architectural masterpiece and a symbol of the city's rich history and civic pride. Located a 5 minute walk from our venue, you can book a guided tour or simply walk around the outside and marvel at the architecture.

LOVE Park
Open year round

Officially called JFK Plaza, this public space is most famous for its giant LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana. A 5 minute walk from our venue.

The Mütter Museum
Open Wednesday- Monday from 10am-5pm
Tickets approx $20

A unique medical museum renowned for its collection of anatomical specimens, medical instruments, and pathological specimens, located a 10 minute walk from our venue.

The Franklin Institute
Open daily from 9am-5pm
Tickets approx $25

Founded in honor of Benjamin Franklin, this museum offers hands-on exhibits, interactive displays, and immersive experiences exploring topics such as space, technology, and the human body. A little further away from our venue at a 10 minute walk.

If you would like to explore some of the other attractions spread throughout Philadelphia such as The Philadelphia Museum of Art (alongside the famous Rocky Statue), The Liberty Bell and Reading Terminal Market, we recommend the following hop on hop off bus tours, which depart from locations all over the city- Big Bus ToursCity Sightseeing

Food & Drink

Your ticket to WTSFest includes lots of catering throughout the day, with a light breakfast, hot lunch, refreshments, and snacks in our breaks. But if you plan on spending a longer time in Philadelphia, here are a few recommendations near our venue.

Food

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  • Parc- a Parisian style bistro, known for authentic French cuisine - 5 mins walk from venue
  • The Love- a contemporary American restaurant that focuses on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients - 5 mins walk from venue
  • A.kitchen+bar- a sleek and modern restaurant and wine bar - 7 mins walk from venue

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  • Harpers Garden- an outdoor restaurant with American dishes and cocktails - 5 mins walk from venue
  • Giuseppe & Sons- Italian restaurant with beautiful pasta dishes - 5 mins walk from venue
  • Mission Taqueria- tacos and tequila! - 5 mins walk from venue

Drink

Some bars and coffee shops near the venue-

  • Ranstead Room- upmarket cocktails - 5 mins walk from venue
  • Konditori Coffee- a cute little coffee shop - located opposite the venue
  • Good Dog- a local bar - located a 9 min walk from the venue

Safety

Philadelphia, like most cities, is generally safe in the built-up central areas like where our venue is. However, like any city, there are measures you can take to ensure you keep yourself safe.

  • Ensure your personal belongings are hidden when walking around- pickpocketing can occur in crowded areas, so be vigilant in busy places and popular tourist attractions.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert, especially when exploring unfamiliar areas late at night.
  • If you plan to enjoy the nightlife, be cautious and use reputable transportation options to return to your accommodation.
  • Public transport in Philadelphia is well connected, frequent and safe- however you are also able to take Ubers and Lyfts around the city, these are generally safe.