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With charm to spare, West Chester’s low-key buzz delights visitors with its array of restaurants, funky shops and walkable downtown. Home to a large university, this county seat’s downtown, located less than an hour from Center City, Philadelphia, exudes both a youthful vibrancy and casual chic....
Credit: Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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...
Credit: Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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...
Credit: Photo by C. Smyth 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,...
Credit: Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™
Scarecrow Festival, Peddler’s Village
Held each fall, the Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, features scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin painting and an exhibition of colorful scarecrows, which are judged for a competition....
Credit: Photo by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia™
Love Sculpture at Locust Walk
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 to the late 1800s and one of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculptures. (There’s another one in Center City—currently at City Hall's Dilworth Park while LOVE...
Credit: Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia®
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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Red Owl Tavern
Attached to the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, Red Owl Tavern serves up handcrafted cocktails made with fresh-squeezed juices, along with house-cured charcuterie and classic dishes with an international twist. When dining outdoors, visitors are also treated to stunning views of Independence Mall....
Credit: Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events
Through October 9, 2016
GET THE PICTURE! RECENT CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION. Today’s major American artists who create children’s picture book art star in this exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The paintings and drawings of eight talented people demonstrate the range and inclusiveness of the field. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org
Through October 22, 2016
INDEPENDENCE AFTER HOURS. Visitors take a realistic
Visitors Make The Most Out Of Visit To Philadelphia By Making Things During Their Stays
A century ago, Philadelphia was commonly known as “the workshop of the world.” By the early 1900s, the historic city, already home to the country’s first art museum and school (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), had developed into a global force in manufacturing, producing locomotives, ships, textiles, garments, jewelry, shoes, paints, printed materials and much more. Today, the city’s entrepreneurial makers and artists are offering an increasing number of creative short-term classes, giving visitors opportunities to experience a taste of the city’s industrial heyday. Even weekend visitors can sign up for low-commitment sewing lessons (Made Institute...
Fall For Philly Restaurants
It’s official: Two of Philly’s recent openings—Wm. Mulherin’s Sons and South Philly Barbacoa—made Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants list, marking 2016 as a banner year for the local restaurant scene. There’s more yet to come this fall, with a thrilling lineup of globally inspired newcomers, including Philly’s first poke shop (Poke Bowl), a boldly imaginative taqueria (Mission), Filipino fine dining (Perla) and Latin American street food (La Mula Terca). Here are just a few highlights for the season’s must-try list:
Center City East:
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What's In The Chinatown Neighborhood?
Beyond the colorful Friendship Arch at 10th and Arch Streets lives Philly’s vibrant Asian enclave, settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants. Stretching from Vine to Arch Streets between 9th and 12th Streets, the neighborhood is packed end to end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, with a sprinkling of Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, Vietnamese and hipster thrown in for good measure. On any given day or night, Chinatown bustles with activity and authenticity, from the steaming platters of hand-stretched noodles to the seasonal street festivals...
Even Gardening Is Historic In Philadelphia
Greater Philadelphia’s horticultural history took root just after Quaker pioneer William Penn founded Pennsylvania. Inspired by the promise of the region’s religious tolerance, Quakers followed their spiritual leader to the newfound city. There, they sought to know God through nature. Their gardening tradition thrives still today. Greater Philadelphia claims North America’s oldest botanic garden (Bartram’s Garden), the oldest garden in its original plan in America (at Wyck), the site of its first Japanese garden (Shofuso) and other botanical beauties that wow researchers, home gardeners and nature lovers. With more than 30 gardens within 30 miles...
Philly Pizza Pleases Every Palate
Philadelphia’s gained some serious pizza cred in recent years. Not only is this city home to a pizza museum and restaurant (Pizza Brain), an artisan pizza truck (Pitruco) and, according to Bon Appétit, America’s very best pizza (Pizzeria Beddia), but it’s also a proving ground for the idea that this traditional food can be reinvented in infinite ways. Whether it’s a straightforward but studious Neapolitan round, a floppy tri-corner slice with cheese to spare or a newfangled pie laden with unexpected but carefully sourced ingredients, there is absolutely a pizza for every eater’s predilection. Here’s...
VISIT PHILADELPHIA Announces $2 Million Grant From The Pew Charitable Trusts
VISIT PHILADELPHIA® today announced a two-year, $2 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts that will enable the tourism marketing organization to increase its promotion of Historic Philadelphia, an area that encompasses the Delaware River waterfront, Old City, Society Hill and Independence National Historical Park. VISIT PHILADELPHIA will use a mix of branding, advertising, public relations and web and social media marketing to increase visitation to the area and to get people to see and do more while they’re in the historic neighborhood.
The Pew grant enables VISIT PHILADELPHIA to expand the Historic Philadelphia campaign launched in summer 2016...
Fact Sheet: VISIT PHILADELPHIA's 20-Year Timeline (1996-2016)
Started as a three-year experiment by the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The Pew Charitable Trusts, VISIT PHILADELPHIA® (then the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation) is founded to market the five-county region as a leisure destination. An op-ed published in The Philadelphia Inquirer calls on the destination-marketing organization to fulfill the “Golden Promise” of a successful and economically vital travel and tourism industry in Philadelphia.
VISIT PHILADELPHIA advertises Philly on national TV for the first time in the city’s history. The advertising campaign This Is My Philadelphia positions the region as The...
VISIT PHILADELPHIA Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Twenty years ago, a few civic-minded leaders believed Philadelphia could become a competitive leisure destination and created the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) to make that vision a reality. This year, the organization that began as a three-year experiment, now known as VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, celebrates its 20th anniversary with an annual report that validates the vision of 1996 and shows that 41 million people visited the region in 2015—a 54% increase over 1997.
For two decades now, VISIT PHILADELPHIA has built the brand of the region and driven visitation with memorable advertising campaigns such as With...
Go Beyond The Gayborhood To Explore Philadelphia's Other Options For Nightlife, The Arts & Drag Shows
It’s no secret that Philadelphia is one of the LGBT-friendliest cities in the country, but Philly pride extends past the rainbow flag-adorned Gayborhood. Neighborhoods throughout the city offer endless options for queer folks looking for a gay old time. Groups QOTA (Queers on the Avenue) and OUT in Fishtown welcome partygoers south and north of Center City, respectively, for monthly happy hours, food and fun. LGBT-owned hangouts Menagerie Coffee and The Victoria Freehouse satisfy cravings for caffeine, cocktails and culture in Historic Philadelphia. South Street’s iconic dive bar Bob and Barbara’s Lounge hosts the city’s longest-running drag show.