The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) is pleased to announce the 2019 MDF Annual Conference, taking place Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. This year's conference program will include a host of sessions exploring research, drug development, disease symptom management, and provide formal and informal community networking opportunities. Click here to find more information on the conference.
Outside of the conference programming, attendees are encouraged to enjoy the local sights and attractions in Philadelphia:
- Snap a photo in front of the Liberty Bell - Part of the U.S. National Park Service and Independence National Park, the Liberty Bell’s home on Independence Mall looms as powerful and dramatic as the bell itself.
- Pose with the Rocky Statue & run up the "Rocky Steps." - A near constant flow of people arrive daily to snap a picture with the Rocky statue at the bottom of the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then hustle up the museum’s grand stairway to try their hand at the famous two-arms-raised salute.
- Enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak - In the City of Brotherly Love, cheesesteaks are a civic icon, a draw for visitors and a cultural obsession. Often imitated around the world, the Philly cheesesteak is rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia.
- Tour Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States. - During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England.
- Visit the famous LOVEsculpture. - The City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmark is LOVE itself — the Robert Indiana sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, northwest of City Hall.
- Chow down on food from dozens of vendors at Reading Terminal Market. - Beloved by locals and tourists alike, this historic indoor market features more than 80 vendors offering an astonishing variety of food, with some vendors operating in much the same way that they did when the market opened in 1892.
- Visit the awesome museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. - Philadelphia’s diagonal Benjamin Franklin Parkway stretches one mile from just beyond City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the edge of Fairmount Park, acting as the home of museums, cultural institutions and other attractions.
- Take in an epic view of City Hall — then tour the massive building. - In his original 1682 design for the city, William Penn set aside the Center Square for public buildings, but it took 200 years before the square was used for that purpose.
- Explore Philly's revitalized waterfront. - Once a series of dilapidated piers and underutilized public spaces, Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront has undergone a number of thrilling developments in the 21st century on its way to becoming one of the most exciting spots in the city for residents and visitors.
- Admire the quiet beauty of Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River - Local boating clubs take great pride in their historic 19th-century boathouses, which line the Schuylkill River just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- Go to a Philie’s Game - Spectacular and intimate ... breathtaking views ... dazzling amenities ... and a staggering array of special features! Those are just a few things you can find in your experience at the award-winning Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies' spectacular ballpark.
- Philadelphia Zoo - Home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Leveraging its platform as America’s first zoo, Philadelphia Zoo is working double-time to educate more than 1.2 million annual visitors.
- Take a stadium tour of the Linc, home of our CHAMPION FOOTBALL TEAM - Home stadium of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) and the Temple Owls football team of Temple University.
- Walk through a human heart at the Franklin Institute - Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country.
- See a comedy show - Good Good Comedy Theatre is Philadelphia’s home for live, mercilessly unpredictable independent comedy. It's an intimate, BYOB black box theater that houses up to four wildly different live comedy shows per night.
- Get spooked at Eastern State Penitentiary - Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.
- Get spooked on a Philly Ghost Tour
- Spirits of '76 - Visit more than 20 scary sites to hear Philadelphia's haunted facts and folklore. Experience Philadelphia's monuments by moonlight. Travel the cobblestone streets of Old City to hear chilling stories about the Spirits of '76.
- Grim Phillly - From The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to Hamilton and Washington’s homes- traverse the paths of The Founders with R-rated professors in fresh nighttime sightseeing in the heart of 1776.
- Ghost Tour - Hear haunting tales about Philadelphia's historic sites, such as Independence Hall, Washington Square, Powerl House, City Tavern, and more!
Want to do more? Check out VisitPhiladelphia to find fascinating museums, vibrant parks, national historic sites and famous (and delicious) food in the city of Brotherly Love.