12/15/2012: We are currently working on a Locale for the conference. Here’s where we were last year!
Our inaugural Digital Family Summit was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an extremely family-friendly and accessible historic city, located within driving distance from most East Coast cities and via hundreds of flights daily from around the country.
The second-largest city on the East Coast, Philadelphia is famous as the birthplace of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” From Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell to the famous “Rocky” steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum, you’ll recognize national treasures and cultural icons throughout the city.
Philadelphia is famous for museums, including the Art Museum, but is also the home of the Mutter Museum of Medical Curiosities, the Rodin Sculpture Garden, The Franklin Institute, the Please Touch Museum, and a number of historical sites, including the Betsy Ross House, the National Constitution Center, and the Philadelphia Doll Museum.
Philadelphia food is also extremely family-friendly: from soft pretzels and Philly cheesesteaks to food trucks to relaxed restaurants from up-and-coming chefs, Philly will appeal to everyone’s taste buds.
Sheraton Society Hill
Our home for the conference was the Sheraton Society Hill, and our group will essentially take over the hotel for the weekend. From the spacious lobby where casual groups can gather to the sunny indoor pool on the fourth floor, there are plenty of places where conference participants and the rest of the family can hang out and relax.
The hotel also features a fitness center, the Taste restaurant serving American cuisine, valet parking and newly renovated guest rooms (they’re really beautiful!).
Nearly everything you’ll want to visit is within walking distance from the Sheraton Society Hill: Independence Hall, the Reading Terminal Market, Betsy Ross’ House, Ben Franklin’s House, Penn’s Landing and dozens of beautiful parks.
A short drive or trolley ride away is America’s oldest zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the fifth largest aquarium in the country is right over the bridge in Camden, NJ. For the little ones, the Please Touch Museum is a wonderful interactive experience for kids up to age 7.