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Residents and visitors crossing the intersection at 13th and Locust Streets in the city’s “Gayborhood” pass over rainbow-colored crosswalks—one more indication that the city is a welcoming place for the LGBT community....
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Marriage Equality Phillyosophy
VISIT PHILADELPHIA salutes the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation with this Phillyosophy. Brotherly or sisterly, love is love....
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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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150 Years Since The 13th Amendment Passed: Historic Philadelphia's African-American Experience Is More Moving Than Ever
Philadelphia reveals undertold chapters in the nation’s history, including the challenges, injustices, accomplishments and contributions of Africans and African-Americans during the United States’ early years. This year, the National Constitution Center commemorates the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery (the original document is on display) and the beginning of the Reconstruction Era.
Visitors to America’s “Most Historic Square Mile” can discover the more complete story of African-Americans at these moving sites:
Museums & Attractions:
- The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve,
Vegan Paradise: Philly Leads The Way For Meatless Eating And Sustainable Living
Ever since Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s nationally lauded restaurant Vedge opened in 2011, Philadelphia has been a true destination for vegans with standards. Many of the region’s most popular vegan eateries are direct descendants of Landau and Jacoby’s kitchens. The scene continues to bubble over with great ideas, interesting concepts, excellent locally made products and an ongoing mission to make the lifestyle actually livable.
Here are just a few of Philadelphia’s vegan treasures:
Fine Plant-Based Dining:
- A forerunner to today’s hip vegan joints, Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille cooks up plant-forward fare in Bucks County. While many dishes have
Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events
Through October 4, 2015
ALL MY SONS. This Tony Award®-winning drama by Arthur Miller comes to the People’s Light & Theatre, telling the story of the Keller family’s loss, betrayal and secret romance. (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org
Through October 4, 2015
THE ART OF THE BRICK. Art and science come together at The Franklin Institute during this special exhibition that features 70 toy sculptures
Philadelphia's Art Scene Showcases Creativity & Innovation
Art connoisseurs will find lots to love in Philadelphia’s art scene, with dozens of exhibitions packing the calendar from now through 2016. These shows offer museumgoers many opportunities to reflect on the works of great masters or discover exciting new talent on the brink of a breakthrough.
Here’s a look at some must-see exhibitions coming up through 2016:
Philadelphia Museum of Art:
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org:
- Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life features oil paintings and watercolors from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries. The unusual match-up of masterpieces
Bucks County: Bristol
Founded in 1681, the town of Bristol, Pennsylvania boasts a long and proud history. Located on the banks of the Delaware River, Bristol served an important role in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and at one time it was a major textile-milling center. The old-world influence still exists today, as evidenced by the town’s many antique shops, historic mansions and significant landmarks.
Along the riverfront, several statues pay tribute to such icons as Christopher Columbus and Harriet Tubman. Two other important figures for the town: textile-milling tycoon Joseph R. Grundy and his sister and library advocate Margaret
Montgomery County: Jenkintown
One of the oldest boroughs in Montgomery County, Jenkintown brims with historical interest and secret finds. In this residential community, visitors find National Landmarks, an active art scene and shops and restaurants.
Settled by William Jenkins in 1697, Jenkintown was incorporated in 1874. Among the quirkier holdovers from older days are the two fire companies founded in the 19th century. Both continue to serve the half-mile area today. Like many of the suburbs that surround Philadelphia, Jenkintown had its first heyday in the 19th and 20th centuries. A downtown revival in the 2000s, with the renovation of the
Montgomery County: Skippack
Quaint to its floorboards, Skippack embraces its historic appeal. Amid the covered bridge and old-fashioned lampposts, however, visitors find stylish gift stores and galleries and buzzing restaurants and bars that speak to a modern-day audience. With a mixture of European charm and hippie ease, this shopping-centric town has evolved through the years to become a popular tourist destination.
Skippack’s origins date back to 1683, when German settlers overran Germantown and moved by boat up the Perkiomen Creek to a place where the shallow water prohibited farther travel. There they stayed and named the land “Schippach.” In 1795, Jacob
T.G.I.O. (Thank Goodness It's October) In Philadelphia
October in Philadelphia delivers a feast of festivals that focus on art, design, autumn and family fun.
The aesthetically inclined can indulge in The Philadelphia Collection, DesignPhiladelphia and two weekends of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Wizards and muggles will rub elbows at the magical Harry Potter Festival, while scream queens and kings can get their scare on at Eastern State Penitentiary’s lauded Terror Behind the Walls and Laurel Hill Cemetery’s True Tales from the Tomb. Even the city’s beloved culinary invention gets its very own salute in the first-ever Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival.
Here are the highlights of five October weekends...
15 Reasons To Come Back To Philadelphia After The Pope
After Pope Francis thrilled visitors in Philadelphia, the city is still brimming with energy and excitement. Now it’s the jam-packed, something-for-everybody event calendar that has people buzzing.
The unfortunate few who have never tried a cheesesteak can join locals as they nibble and nosh their way through the first-ever Cheesesteak Festival. The opening of the new One Liberty Observation Deck will inspire the photographer in everyone who views the city from 57 floors high. The returns of the exciting Army-Navy Game and the spectacular Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts bring in the sports and art crowds. Another reason to...
Festivals, Events & Exhibitions For LGBT Travelers To Philadelphia This Fall & Winter
A welcoming and diverse destination that celebrates its LGBT pride every day, Philadelphia offers a range of cultural and social events perfect for gay and lesbian travelers this fall. Highlights: OutFest, the world’s largest National Coming Out Day festival; The RRazz Room at the Prince Theater, a series featuring renowned cabaret talent; and Opera on the Mall’s presentation of La Traviata. As the temperatures cool down, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and the storied Mummers Parade usher in the holiday season and the New Year.
LGBT Festivals & Celebrations:
- Philadelphia’s official LGBT community center, the William Way LGBT