Recreation

Philly makes it easy to take a load off.

Whether you want to work out your stress on a dance floor, roller coaster or nature trail, the city and its surrounding communities offer you a number of options to relax a bit and have some fun.

Hop on the rides at one of several amusement parks within easy driving distance from campus, from Hershey Park in Pennsylvania to Six Flags Great Adventure in the Garden State.

If you the excitement of the city soothes you, head to the shops on South Street — quite possibly the epicenter of cool in Philadelphia — or Penn’s Landing, where you can go ice skating in the winter months. To get a bird’s eye view of the place, head over to the Philadelphia Zoo’s hot air balloon, which takes visitors 400 feet over the city.

Itching to cut a rug or bust a move? Dance clubs like The Barbary, Shampoo, and The Roxxy cater to the under-21 crowd. Or you might consider heading to one of the region’s’ many outdoor festivals, which seem to happen every month around here. From the Popped! Music and Live Arts festivals in September, to the Manayunk Arts Festival and Roots Picnic in June, there’s something for everyone in the City of Brotherly Love.

Are you the outdoorsy type? Explore sailing at Marsh Creek State Park, tubing down the Delaware River, or zip-lining in Schwenksville, all a short drive away.

If you prefer the serenity of nature, check out Longwood Gardens, one of the finest botanical gardens in the country found in nearby Kennett Square. Or take a stroll through Ridley Creek State Park, which is located just north of campus on Providence Road.

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Dean Fred Akl Video

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Dean Fred Akl Video

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Dr. Marina Barnett Video

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Catherine Rawlings Video

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Dr. Jeannette Wyatt Video

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Dr. Nadine McHenry Video

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1821 Experience

The 1821 Experience
In this pre-orientation program, you will explore how multiculturalism adds to the college experience and connect with other students on campus.

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Summit Widener

Summit Widener
This multi-day backpacking trip, led by members of the Outdoor Adventure Club, offers incoming Widener students a chance to build self-confidence and a social network of like-minded students on campus while having fun in the Appalachian Mountains.

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ELEVATE

ELEVATE
This student life leadership program, Enhancing Leadership Experience Via Activities, Training, and Engagement, aka ELEVATE, allows you to build or hone your leadership skills with learning tracks for emerging student leaders.

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Oskin Leaders

Oskin Leaders
The Oskin Leaders program inspires and equips Widener undergraduates to courageously leverage their passion and leadership skills to create significant, positive change.

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PSC/Bonner Leaders

PSC/Bonner Leaders Program
This program connects Widener students with a service movement of college students around the country. Students in the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders Program complete 300 hours of community service and a variety of leadership activities.

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Old Main

Continuing Studies
University College student Dale Kerns Jr. established the Little Angels Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support for children suffering from cancer, tumors, and other deadly diseases.

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College of Arts & Sciences
Chemistry Major Anna Miller ‘12, from East Prospect, PA, served as site team leader at CityTeam International in Chester, where she coordinated the efforts of 10 other PSC students.

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Sara McManus

College of Arts & Sciences
Anthropology Major Sara E. McManus ’13 has been named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow, an award that recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

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ASB

Alternative Spring Break
Anthropology Major Jess Viscuso ’12 and Nursing Major Devin Weesner ’13 coordinated Alternative Spring Break efforts for 87 students and faculty and staff chaperones at six locations throughout the U.S.

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Widener Pride

Institute of Physical Therapy Education
Doctoral Student Scott Cheney serves on the board of the Society for Student-run Medical Clinics, where he is one of five national directors charged with planning the society’s international conference.

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Jim Harris

Widener University
President James T. Harris III has been appointed chair of the Board Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) for 2012–13. Harris has served on the AICUP Board of Directors since 2007, most recently as vice-chair.

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Augensen

Widener Observatory
Dr. Harry Augensen, associate dean of science and professor of physics and astronomy, helped alumnus Dominic Liberto ’08 arrange a private moment during a public viewing at the Widener University Observatory to propose to his girlfriend, Jenn. She said yes!