The stakes are high this election season and we're sure you're all anxious to follow the goings on In Philadelphia as over 4,000 delegates gather at the Democratic National Convention to select their candidates for the next president of the United States. Even beyond the DNC, politics and history are difficult to escape in the birthplace of American democracy. But, the quickly exhausted (or emotionally exhausted) will be pleased to hear that attractions of a lighter nature also abound. Here are our picks for where to take your mind of this, er, unique election cycle.
1. Yoga on the Waterfront
Convention activities seem to officially get going at 10 a.m., so that gives you time for an invigorating yoga session prior to starting the day. Every weekday at 7 a.m. you can join a free yoga session at Race Street Pier, a relaxing oasis in the shadow of Benjamin Franklin Bridge and a 15-minute drive from the convention center. Yoga is just one part of the Delaware River Waterfront's summer activity schedule. there are also movies under the stars (it's Star Wars: The Force Awakens on July 28, the last day of the DNC), as well as concerts and markets.
2. Pedal Away
Indego, Philadelphia's bike-share program, launched just last year but has already proved so popular that it was recently expanded to incorporate 24 new stations and more bikes. Downtown Philly is very bikeable but if you have the time, take the head-clearing, eight-mile-long, West River/Kelly Drive Loop for views of the Schuykill River, skyline and Boat House Row. It begins and ends at the art museum, so don't miss the opportunity for a Rocky on the Steps-inspired selfie before or after. Keen to offer and outlet for overwhelmed delegates, the company is offering 30-minute rides for only $3 during the DNC.
3. Late Night Eats
With all the politicking, maneuvering, hustling and arguing that goes on at these types of things, you might find your days running into overtime. Your stomach needn't worry, however, as Philly has some excellent eateries that serve well into the wee hours. Our favorite bites include truffled egg pizza at Barbuzzo (open until midnight), tapas at Bar Ferdinand (until 1 a.m.) and classic American fare — including an all-day breakfast menu — at the 70-year-old Melrose Diner (open 24 hours).
4. Late-Night Drinks
Perhaps a stiff drink is rather more in order after a long day with the delegation. In that case, good news! Philadelphia has helpfully loosened up its liquor laws (temporarily) for the DNC, pushing back last-call to 4 a.m., instead of the usual 2 a.m.. Where better, then, to celebrate than at Rittenhouse Square speakeasy Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., named after a Prohibition era's smuggling ring, and not, refreshingly, Benjamin.
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