Extensive walking at the Convention Center. Wheelchairs are available at no charge, but must be reserved in advance. Please contact your Site coordinator to have one reserved. Due to early entrance, there is a lack of crowds which makes viewing of the exhibits more relaxing and not strenuous.
In the hotel’s Balcony Cafe on the Mezzanine Floor, the extensive breakfast buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, cheeses, oatmeal, granola, cereals, whole and sliced fruit, bagels, pastries, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We will set out early 7:30 a.m. for a private, Road Scholar exclusive field trip to explore the Flower Show before the public opening. Flower Show staff will lead us around the exhibits in small groups. The 2021 Flower Show theme has yet to be announced. Some of America's leading floral and garden designers will exhibits recreating jungles, forests and woodlands, and even arid landscapes that display the astounding array of flowers and plants thriving in each environment. Following our expert-led exploration, we will have independent time to see and do what interests each of us most. Our tickets permit us to visit the Flower Show in the morning, afternoon, and evening. In addition to major displays, the Flower Show presents lectures, demonstrations, and special events. See the Flower Show website for details: https://theflowershow.com/events. As its website explains, “the Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation's largest and longest-running horticultural event, and features stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers.” It was inaugurated in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and continues to operate under the same auspices today. Proceeds from the Flower Show benefit the year-round programs of PHS that have become national models of urban greening.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. We recommend the Reading Terminal Market adjacent to the Convention Center. This historic urban farmers’ market had its origins in the 19th century. It is now a foodie paradise, replete with locally grown produce, Amish merchants, and exotic specialties from around the world. Philadelphia Cheesesteaks and Hoagies are favorites here as well as Bassett’s ice cream, first scooped at the Centennial celebration of 1876. A lunch is on your own today and we suggest the Reading Terminal market adjacent to the convention center where the flower show is exhibiting. Today, the Reading Terminal Market, considered by many as the best farmer's market in the U.S. Originally opened in 1892 as a city market situated in a building owned by The Reading Railroad Company from which the Reading trains would come and go from the city to the suburbs. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Eighty-six merchants including Amish Farmers have food stalls that offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods. Shopping and dining become a pleasure in this warm, inviting, and unique atmosphere. The Reading Terminal Market, like it did over a hundred years ago, is reminiscent of personal, neighborhood shopping, and still offers something for everyone. A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without stopping here.
On your own at the Flower Show to attend lectures. We provide our own shuttle bus back to the hotel from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The convention center is 8 blocks from the hotel, if you wish to stay later and walk, taxi or public bus back. Your ticket allows you to go back to the show later that evening.
Dinner is at a local restaurant frequented by Philadelphians' we will order from a select menu. All diet restrictions can be accommodated.
This evening is free, if you wish to return to the flower Show after dinner. The Show closes at 9:00 PM.