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Schuylkill River Park
Just a few blocks from the heart of Center City Philadelphia, Schuylkill River Park, a long swath of green space along the edge of the Schuylkill River, offers numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. In addition to trails for running, biking and rollerblading, the park features a dog park, community garden,...
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JFK Plaza—more commonly known as Love Park—welcomes businesspeople on their lunch breaks and visitors who want to capture an iconic Philly picture in front of the Love sculpture. From the urban oasis, people can view City Hall in one direction and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the other. The fountain,...
Credit: Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™
What better place to stroll and relax than Independence Mall? It’s the same place where Washington, Franklin and Jefferson walked around this area countless times, all while envisioning a new nation. Dubbed “America’s most historic square mile,” Independence National Historical Park encompasses some of the country’s most treasured icons, including...
Credit: Photo by D. Cruz for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™
Schuylkill River Rowing
On the western edge of Center City Philadelphia, the calm, sheltered waters of the Schuylkill River have made it one of the world’s most coveted regatta sites. And the view is especially beautiful in the spring when cherry blossoms line the river....
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One of five original squares planned by city founder William Penn in the late 17th century, Rittenhouse Square sits in the middle of some of the most desirable addresses in Philadelphia. High-rise residences, luxury apartments, an office tower, popular restaurants and retail stores surround the tree-filled park, which offers an...
Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™
South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival
One of the liveliest streets in Philadelphia gets even more animated during the South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival—eight blocks of food, drinks, live music and shopping. Two celebrations in one, the festival also includes Maifest hosted by Brauhaus Schmitz. That means even more activity and fun, of a German...
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Taken from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this nighttime city scene includes the bronze and granite Washington Monument, the culture-heavy Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the iconic City Hall and the towering Comcast Center....
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Built in 1926, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which traverses the Delaware River, connects Philadelphia, the nation’s fifth largest city, and New Jersey. More than 100,000 cars, dozens of pedestrians and high-speed rail lines cross the bridge daily....
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Sleek, modern buildings dominate Philadelphia’s skyline. Until 1987, a gentlemen’s agreement limited building construction to the height of City Hall. Today, lights emanate from dozens of buildings, making the nation’s fifth largest city sparkle....
Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™
Philly Tours Explore History, Art, Food, Bridges & The Supernatural
Visitors to Philadelphia can choose from an assortment of options to explore the region, including those of the air, automotive, audio, culinary, self-guided and water-based varieties. And the sightseeing fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Those who come out at night can join tours that feature behind-the-scenes action and even spirits from beyond. Here’s a selection of tours available throughout the region:
History Lessons By Day & Night:
- The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia – Visitors get an up-close look at historic sites such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall during this 75-minute walking tour. It
Tourism: Philadelphia's $10.4 Billion Industry
Released today, the VISIT PHILADELPHIA® annual report demonstrates the importance of the region’s travel and tourism industry, responsible for $10.4 billion in economic impact in 2014 alone. The report is downloadable at visitphilly.com/annualreport.
“Greater Philadelphia’s tourism industry is strong and getting stronger each year,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “The leisure segment has been particularly successful. It’s increased 90% since 1997, making it the fastest growing segment of all.”
- Greater Philadelphia welcomed a record 39.7 million day and overnight visitors.
- Visitor spending in Greater Philadelphia:
- Generated $10.4 billion in economic impact—or
Veg Out: Many Philly-Area Eateries Make Vegans, Vegetarians & Gluten-Free Diners Feel Right At Home
Over the past decade, the number of vegetarians in the U.S. has increased from about one in 100 to nearly one in 30, according to polls from the Vegetarian Resource Group and the Vegetarian Times. Veg-loving visitors to Philly have plenty of options from which to choose—upscale white tablecloth restaurants dishing out inventive vegetable creations to casual spots serving up raw foods and gluten-free dishes. Here are some spots worth checking out:
- Vegetable lovers head to Bucks County, where Mike Jackson’s Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille turns out creative, big-portioned vegetarian food (no meat substitutes) in a
Every Day Is A Good Day To Shop At Farmers' Markets In Philly
Situated amidst richly fertile farmland and home to innovative urban growing projects, Philadelphia is a market-goer’s dream. The open-air stalls dotting the city and countryside—from the bustling energy of the indoor Reading Terminal Market to the gingham-clothed tables of the Phoenixville Market—collectively connect consumers to freshly grown and produced food every day of the week. With many now accepting electronic payments, Philly’s growing roster of markets has made eating fresh, local food a way of life for its residents. Here are just some of the places to find seasonal goodies and support area farms:
- The only
New Philly Hotel Deal Offers VIP Access To Must-See Impressionism Exhibit At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art This Summer
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has partnered with 15 area hotels to offer a one-night Discovering the Impressionists Hotel Package, which includes two visit-anytime tickets for its summer exhibition, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, on view from June 24 through September 13, 2015. Philadelphia is the only U.S. city to showcase the blockbuster show, featuring nearly 100 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Cassatt and others.
In addition to the one-night hotel stay and two VIP tickets for the exhibit, the package includes special discounts for select museum gift shops and a complimentary dessert with...
Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events
Through May 2, 2015
PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL. With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a carnival that takes place along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Science Festival takes science out of the lab and demonstrates the role it plays in everyday life. (215) 448-1200, philasciencefestival.org
Through May 10, 2015
INK AND GOLD: ART OF THE KANO. Japan’s remarkable painters, The Kano Family,
Iconic Landmarks Recount Philadelphia's Political History
When delegates gather in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention in summer 2016, all eyes will be on the nation’s birthplace. Having hosted numerous political conventions, including the 2000 Republican gathering and the 1948 conventions for all three parties (Democratic, Republican and Progressive), Philadelphia is used to being in the political spotlight. It was here where disgruntled colonists created a new form of government, and today many of the places where those meetings, debates and activities took place still stand. Here are a few iconic locations with deeply rooted connections to the American political process:
- The first
Visitors Discover Inner Secrets At Philly's Museums & Attractions
The only thing better than checking out the scenes at Philadelphia’s attractions is checking out what goes on behind them. Many of the region’s most popular museums, attractions, historic sites and sports venues take visitors beyond the main exhibition space for behind-the-scenes tours that allow access to laboratories, archives and other off-limits areas. Inquisitive science lovers can peer into the labs at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, history buffs can poke around the engine rooms of the Olympia and Battleship New Jersey and sports fans can check out players’ locker rooms and tour the dugouts at Citizens...
How To Get On The Water In Philadelphia
From sport fishing to swimming and boating to booze cruises, visitors and residents fall hook, line and sinker for the many ways to enjoy life on the water in the Philadelphia region. In Philadelphia proper, new waterfront parks and public projects can be spotted on the quiet, beautiful Schuylkill River to the west and the shipping waterway of the Delaware River 30 blocks to the east. Outside the city, lakes and rivers provide serene spots for enjoying the warm summer sunshine.
Here are some of the region’s top spots for fishing, boating, swimming and enjoying the river views:
Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long
Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk (Manayunk Arts Festival), a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street (Odunde), a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue (Italian Festival and Craft Beer Day), a weekend celebrating all-things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill (Harry Potter Festival) or a gathering of would-be scientists at multiple neighborhoods throughout the city (Philadelphia Science Festival). Philly’s neighborhoods make merry all year long with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for...