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With charm to spare, Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood beckons visitors to explore the boutiques, restaurants, galleries and historical sites. Especially popular are the monthly First Friday arts crawls when crowds roam the cobblestone streets for an evening of gallery hopping, shopping and sampling tasty victuals....
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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 R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards
Throughout the year, families visit Delaware County’s 300-acre Linvilla Orchards to pick their own in-season fruits and vegetables—and try the traditional, oh-so-good homemade pies. Around Halloween,the farm plays up the tricks and treats during Pumpkinland, a festival that includes a maze, hayrides,pick-your-own apples, a jack o’ lantern exhibit, face painting,...
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The tree-lined Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus is one of the city’s most pleasant spaces, with gothic ivy-covered red brick buildings dating back to the late 1800s. Home to Penn and Drexel University, West Philadelphia is known as the region’s hub for education and science, but its...
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Midtown Village Fall Festival
In a neighborhood that’s always ready for a party, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is a highlight of Philadelphia’s busy fall festival season. Usually held the first Sunday in October, it draws thousands to Midtown Village/Washington Square West/the Gayborhood (depends who you ask!) for a day of family entertainment, food,...
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Autumn colors flank Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States of America and one of only 20 World Heritage sites in the country. It is here that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776; the Articles of Confederation, uniting the 13 colonies, were ratified in 1781; and...
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Enveloped by lush foliage, hikers, bikers and even horses can meander along miles of secluded, gentle trails in Valley Green, part of Philadelphia’s 9,200-acre Fairmount Park. With the soothing sounds of the Wissahickon Creek bubbling in the background, Valley Green’s rolling hills, shaded woodlands and natural landscapes provide a quiet...
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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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Mummers 101: The Scoop On Philly's New Year's Day Tradition
New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a 116-year-old tradition in which 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets.
Last year, the Mummers tweaked tradition and shifted the parade route, marching in a different direction (north to south) with judging at the start of the parade instead of at the end and performances along the length of the route rather than in specific locations.
Once again, the nation’s oldest folk parade surprises audiences with...
Visitphilly.com: The Official Visitor's Guide For The Holidays In Philly
The best way to plan festive getaways and experiences in Philadelphia: visitphilly.com/holidays. The region’s official visitor website features the definitive guide for the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Also getting in on the seasonal spirit, blog uwishunu.com will publish holiday-related news through the New Year.
Here’s a look at the features of the online guide:
What's In The Fairmount And Spring Garden Neighborhoods?
Just near the renowned institutions that line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often lumped together and dubbed the “Art Museum area,” but the personalities of these laid-back districts separate them from nearby Center City.
Fairmount easily stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. Despite its proximity to downtown, the residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to the friendly residents and atmosphere. What to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-attraction.
Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and the better-known Fairmount, Spring Garden distinguishes itself...
Rocky's Legendary Philly Weekend
After captivating the hearts of millions of film fans, the fictional character Rocky Balboa makes his return to the big screen once again, this time with Creed, premiering just before Thanksgiving Day 2015. It’s easy for Rocky fans to explore the boxer’s beloved city of Philadelphia, which plays a key role in all of the films, thanks to this two-day, two-night itinerary—available on visitphilly.com/rocky and featuring highlights of the Academy-Award winning film and its six sequels:
Having fun and living like a legend—that’s what this weekend is all about, right? Don’t waste any time getting the festivities started.
Best Neighborhoods For Shopping In Philadelphia
From Center City to Bucks County, the Philadelphia region’s shopping neighborhoods are absolutely distinctive. Buzzing Old City in Historic Philadelphia has become renowned for its chic boutiques and mod galleries. Industrial and hip Northern Liberties offers shelter shops and craft galleries galore. In upscale Rittenhouse, refined and sophisticated rules at brand-name stores and owner-operated hotspots. And in New Hope, art-driven stores drive major foot traffic. One thing that’s consistent in every neighborhood in Pennsylvania: tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes. Here’s a look at what visitors will want to buy and where:
Center City Shopping Districts:
- Old City: Ben
Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events
Through November 1, 2015
BENEATH THE SURFACE: LIFE, DEATH AND GOLD IN ANCIENT PANAMA. The Penn Museum features spectacular finds from the pre-Colombian cemetery, such as pottery, tools and weapons, excavated by a Penn Museum archeologist. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum
Through November 1, 2015
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY. The Academy of Music brings to life the story of a young playwright who accepts an offer he can’t refuse
Holidays In Philadelphia Mean New Celebrations & Can't-Miss Classics
The holidays are all about tradition, especially in Philadelphia where each year generations of visitors gather at Macy’s for the Christmas Light Show, snap memory-making photos of Longwood Gardens’ elaborate displays and oooh-and-aaaah at the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. This year, the Mummers Parade, Philadelphia’s oldest and proudly quirkiest New Year’s Day tradition, gets a new look with the addition of a new division—the first since 1978. Joining the Comic, Fancy, Wench, String Band and Fancy Brigades on the march along Broad Street will be the Philadelphia division, which includes costumed marchers from the city’s numerous...
What's In The Washington Square West Neighborhood?
Three neighborhoods in one: That’s the perfect way to describe Washington Square West, a thriving enclave that also includes Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Running roughly from 7th to Broad streets and Chestnut to South streets, the buzzed-about ’hood is increasingly a go-to spot for trendy restaurants and owner-operated boutiques.
Midtown Village forged its personality thanks to a small-business boom concentrated along 13th Street, where power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran preside over a handful of restaurants and shops. The Gayborhood sets itself apart with restaurants and bars catering to an LGBT-friendly clientele, along with rainbow crosswalks...
What's In The Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood?
Long-considered one of the toniest neighborhoods in the city, Rittenhouse Square isn’t just an enviable address. It’s a lifestyle. And since it’s home to a number of hotels, the neighborhood remains an out-of-towner favorite.
Along the Rittenhouse sidewalks—many of which boast seating for alfresco dining and drinking in the warm months—residents and visitors find high-end stores; locally owned boutiques; small galleries; theaters and entertainment; cafes; beer, wine and cocktail bars; and restaurants of all kinds. The neighborhood buzzes with activity all year long.
The one-square-block park that gives the neighborhood its name is more popular with sunbathers, readers, families, artists...
Backgrounder: Spas & Salons
A vacation isn’t a vacation without at least an hour or two of pampering built in. Philadelphia day spas and salons are equipped to answer the call, offering clients a variety of luxurious customized services to refresh both body and spirit. They feature the latest in body treatments, relaxation therapy and beauty services—from the most basic of mani-pedis to deeply transformative Thai yoga massages to rejuvenating facials.
- Sleek and serene, Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon offers a full menu of hair, nail, facial and body-care services and packages such as “The Energizer,” including a Swedish massage, customized facial and lunch.