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Apr 25 2016

Fact Sheet: Family Fun In Philadelphia

Historical Sites & Attractions:

  • Wannabe sailors can visit the nation’s most decorated battleship, the Battleship New Jersey, and take tours of the ship, ride the 4-D flight simulator, climb into the onboard helicopter and sleep in the sailors’ bunks as part of its award-winning Overnight Encampment program. 62 Battleship Place, Camden, (856) 966-1652, battleshipnewjersey.org
  • America’s most famous flag maker greets guests in her interactive 18th-century upholstery shop at the Betsy Ross House. Visitors learn about Betsy’s life and legend from the lady herself and Phillis the laundress, a historical re-enactor who portrays what life was like for
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Apr 25 2016

40+ Of Philadelphia's Best Vantage Points

Filled with sensational skyline views, beautiful vistas and stunning street scenes, Philadelphia is easy on the eyes—and the lenses. Photographers and videographers covering Philadelphia for a quick news story, a full-length feature or just because have no shortage of vantage points to choose from in this city between two rivers—the Delaware on the east and the Schuylkill on the west. Here are more than 40 VISIT PHILADELPHIA-approved vantage points and insider tips for capturing just the right angle at each of them.

*Also good for man-on-the-street interviews

Sensational Skylines:
In Center City:

  1. One Liberty Observation Deck: New attraction, 883 feet
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Apr 22 2016

Philadelphia Prepares For The DNC With Special Exhibits, Events & Even A Burger

The DNC Host City Casts A Vote For Fun With Political-Themed Activities & Exhibitions

Philadelphia, the country’s first and only World Heritage City, is all in for the Democratic National Convention, and museums and attractions around the city are getting in the red, white and blue spirit with political-themed events, exhibitions and specials. As convention delegates head to the Wells Fargo Center to cast their votes for a nominee, here are eight ways locals and visitors can cast their votes for fun: 

    1. The National Constitution Center’s timely Headed to the White House gives people the scoop on the electoral process, from the moment a candidate announces his/her campaign to the presidential swearing-in

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Apr 14 2016

Philadelphia's Top Restaurants And Bars For DNC Media

When it comes to dining and drinking, Philly has almost too many choices, especially when you’re on DNC time. Here are a few restaurants and bars recommended for members of the press who don’t have time to read reviews—or have dinner out, for that matter. The list below is organized by neighborhood and consists of spots that are open before and after convention events at the Wells Fargo Center. Many are good for groups.

Note: Hours subject to change; bar hours may extend during the DNC.

RITTENHOUSE SQUARE (Center City, West of Broad Street)

Breakfast:

  • a.kitchen – Simple, modern
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Apr 12 2016

Weird Is Wonderful In Philadelphia

Beyond The Region’s Best-Known Attractions Lurk Fantastically Wacky Finds: Preserved Brains, Live Bugs, Old Shoes & New Science

Beneath the surface of the eminently historic, emergently hip, eternally proud Philadelphia region, a trove of fantastic weirdness thrives. Visitors can satisfy cravings for quirky, nerdy, creepy and otherwise out-there interests via the country’s largest pizza memorabilia collection, oldest hospital (replete with surgical amphitheater), picnic-friendly urban cemetery, oldest gingko tree and only brick-and-mortar homage to the Philadelphia Mummers, to name a few. Here’s a look at some of the all-American city’s wonderfully odd attractions.

The Body Eclectic:

  • There’s an unsettling site near the entrance to the bookstore at Drexel University College of Medicine’s East Falls campus: What appears to
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Apr 12 2016

African-American Story In Historic Philadelphia

America’s Most Historic Square Mile Tells A Rich Story About Free Blacks, Enslaved Africans And African-Americans

Historic Philadelphia, the site of the original city and often called America’s most historic square mile, reveals early chapters in the nation’s history, including the challenges, injustices, accomplishments and contributions of Africans and African-Americans.

The African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, which was founded in Philadelphia, celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016. Taking place July 3-5, bicentennial events include a major gospel concert; a social justice forum; a tribute to Sarah Allen, the church’s founding mother; and an ecumenical worship service. Then congregants participate in the A.M.E. general conference, July 6-13 in Philadelphia, complete with an unveiling of the Bishop

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Apr 1 2016

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region April 2016 Through March 2017

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017 

APRIL 2016

Through April 3, 2016
BEAUTIFUL—THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL.
This lively musical at the Academy of Music chronicles Carole King’s break in to the record business as a teenager, as well as her tumultuous personal life that led to finding her true voice. (215) 893-1999, academyofmusic.org

Through April 3, 2016
PROCESSION: THE ART OF NORMAN LEWIS.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts displays 90 paintings

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Mar 29 2016

Resources For Your DNC Philadelphia Stories

New DNC Destination Media Website Includes Vantage Point Map, Interview Database & B-Roll

VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the region’s official destination marketing organization, has created destination resources for media to use up to and through the Democratic National Convention, taking place in Philadelphia July 25-28, 2016. All available on the new visitphilly.com/dncpress, the tools can help press develop compelling destination stories; discover the best locations for man-on-the-street coverage, stand-up video shots and photos; and identify interesting interview subjects.

visitphilly.com/dncpress:

  • Interview Database: VISIT PHILADELPHIA built a database of potential interview subjects—people who can speak about the city’s history, art, food scene, LGBT culture, music legacy, tourism and more.
  • Press Releases & Story
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Mar 29 2016

Media Guide: DNC Destination Resource

For a PDF version of this DNC Destination Media Guide, click here.

WELCOME TO PHILADELPHIA!

Dear Media Friend,

Welcome to the birthplace of America!

We know you have many stories to file, and we hope this guide will help you cover and enjoy the destination itself. In this small but information-packed piece, we give you the scoop on:

  • Our city’s layout and how to get around
  • Must-dos for first-timers—and everyone
  • Sensational backdrops for your live shots
  • Ideas for where to take that morning run

Perhaps most importantly, we provide you with a list of people to contact if you

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Mar 29 2016

Experience A Taste Of That Famous Philly Flavor

A Guide To The Philadelphia Region’s Legendary Foods

Philadelphia’s flavor is a dynamic mix of traditional ethnic recipes and new culinary inventions, well-known treats and obscure dishes, and these specialties can be found everywhere from the corner store to the fanciest kitchens of haute restaurants. Among the region’s signature foods are national favorites like Italian water ice, Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels and the ever-popular cheesesteak. Other local favorites include pork roll and scrapple, which are available here in the region and through services like Taste of Philadelphia, one of many companies that will ship Philly goodies throughout the United States. Philadelphians are loyal to their edible heritage, and here

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Mar 29 2016

Southern, Soul & Caribbean Food Satisfy Philly Diners

Caribbean Cuisine Week Celebrates Island Flavors This Spring

Nothing’s more satisfying than a plate of down-home eats, and thankfully, Philly’s dining scene is rich in catfish, jerk chicken and macaroni and cheese. Whether it’s a gourmet spin on turkey wings, a zesty bowl of jambalaya or a slice of sweet-potato pie, hearty goodness abounds at the region’s soul, southern, Cajun, Cuban and Caribbean eateries. Caribbean Cuisine Week (April 13-15, 2016) celebrates island flavors while raising funds for 700 high school athletes from Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent, the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago participating in the Penn Relays.

Here’s a look of some of the mouthwatering delights sure to

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Mar 28 2016

19 Reasons To Book A Trip To Philadelphia This Year

The Democratic National Convention, The 200th Anniversary Celebration Of The AME Church, Creative Africa Summer At The Art Museum & Many Other Happenings Pack The Calendar

Recently named the first and only World Heritage City in the United States and Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.” destination for 2016, Philadelphia is enjoying an action-packed year filled with attraction openings and expansions, only-in-Philly events and don’t-miss exhibitions—all happenings that will complement the immensely walkable city’s buzzed-about dining scene, vibrant art offerings, plentiful parks and public spaces and history galore. 

Broad Street will turn into a sprawling street festival for the return of PIFA (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts), and roaring animatronic dinosaurs will lumber into The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for Dinosaurs Unearthed.

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Mar 24 2016

New Season Means New Perks For The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Popular Package Now Includes Indego & PHLASH Bus Passes, Along With Free Hotel Parking

The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package has always included free hotel parking, but the popular offer now also comes with perks that make it easier to get around the city. For a limited time, package buyers will receive free passes for Indego, the City of Philadelphia’s bike-sharing program, and free tickets for the PHLASH downtown loop, making stops at more than 20 attractions in Center City. It is bookable at visitphilly.com/overnight.

“There is so much going on in Philadelphia during the warmer-weather months, and we want our visitors to be able to do as much of it as possible,”

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Mar 23 2016

A Tale Of Two Host Cities: Philadelphia And Cleveland Put On 2016 Political Conventions

While presidential candidates are going head-to-head in heated discourse, the great American cities of Philadelphia and Cleveland are pushing political banter aside to ready themselves for the national spotlight as they host the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) and Republican National Convention (July 18-21), respectively. Cleveland’s last political convention was the 1936 RNC; that same year, Philadelphia welcomed the DNC. The cities will be part of history again in 2016.

Both destinations have a loyal fan base; residents love their respective city’s arts and culture, history, music and food, and visitors clamor over much of the same. Here’s a look

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Mar 22 2016

Backgrounder: What's The Deal In Philly?

Background On Philadelphia’s History, Art & Culture, Food, Neighborhoods, Parks, LGBT Scene, Beer, Music Legacy, DNC Players & Ben Franklin Obsession

Philadelphia hosts the 2016 Democratic National Convention, July 25-28—and this city has stories to tell. VISIT PHILADELPHIA, the region’s official destination marketing organization, can provide interview subjects for morning shows, ties to other states, interesting convention stories, tours around town and other colorful locals who can speak about the below scenes in Philadelphia.

History:
Philadelphia provides a poignant backdrop for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It is the birthplace of the United States and the country’s first and only World Heritage City.

Our Founding Fathers met, discussed, debated and formed a new country in Philadelphia. The two most important

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Mar 22 2016

Philadelphia's Vast Collection Of Historical Government Artifacts Wins Over Political Junkies

Ephemera Includes Cleveland’s Tumor & Ben Franklin’s “Rising Sun” Chair

Between the festive nominating sessions, motivating speeches and nighttime celebrations, delegates, party operatives, campaign staffers and volunteers for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, July 25-28, can discover items that document the history of politics and government in this country. As the birthplace of the nation and the country’s first and only World Heritage City, Philadelphia is home to institutions that work political artifacts into their missions and others that are planning special exhibitions especially for this occasion.

Campaign Memorabilia:

  • PoliticalFest brings political entertainment to the people—right in the birthplace of American democracy. Special performances, games and displays
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Mar 18 2016

Fact Sheet: The Philadelphia Region

The Accessible Greater Philadelphia Region

Population:
There are 4.0 million people residing in the five-county region (7.8 million in the Philadelphia Designated Market Area) and 1.6 million in Philadelphia, making it the second-largest city on the East Coast and the fifth-largest in the country. Center City ranks second in downtown populations in the U.S., behind New York City’s Manhattan.

Location:
Philadelphia is a two-hour drive from New York City, two-and-a-half hours from Washington, DC and 45 minutes from Atlantic City, with convenient access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. 25% of the United States population lives within 350

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Mar 9 2016

It's Always Sunny-Side Up In Philadelphia

Rise & Shine At One Of Philly’s Many Great Brunch Spots

Weekends were made for brunching—chatting with friends, digging into a stack of syrupy pancakes, lingering over a cup of a coffee and/or a Bloody Mary. No one knows this better than Philadelphians, who have a wide array of fantastic brunch options to choose from every Saturday and Sunday. Whether the craving is for a prix-fixe menu offering foie gras and lobster (Lacroix), an Aussie-inspired brekkie platter (Ants Pants Café) or fresh granola and locally grown berries (Talula’s Daily), Philadelphia foodies have plenty of go-to spots for a late-morning or early-afternoon meal. Here’s a look at some of the region’s best

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Mar 9 2016

AME Church Bicentennial Spotlights Philadelphia's Role In African-American History

Philadelphia’s African-American Experience Uncovers The City’s Important Contributions To The United States

The nation’s first and only World Heritage City, Philadelphia has played a significant role in the founding and formation of the United States, and the region’s African-American stories figure prominently in the country’s history.

The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016, and the festivities will take place April 7-10 and July 3-5 in Philadelphia, where the church was founded. Bicentennial events include a major gospel concert; a social justice forum; a tribute to Sarah Allen, the church’s founding mother; and an ecumenical worship service. This summer, congregants head to Philly for the AME general

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Mar 8 2016

Philly's Coffee Scene Is Hot & Strong

Local Cafes, Roasters & Bean Pushers Keep Buzzing

The wave of coffee enthusiasm is clearly here to stay in Greater Philadelphia. The region’s coffee scene has been percolating for years now: Cafes roast their own signature beans, baristas specialize in perfectly engineered espressos and coffeehouses use supreme La Marzocco machines. From an Australian flat white to a Chemex-brewed cuppa, the possibilities for delicious caffeinating are endless. Here’s a look at some of the local favorites:

Signature Beans & Brews:

  • Patrons can catch a whiff of caramelizing beans in the upstairs roastery at Chestnut Hill Coffee Company. Downstairs, the coffee bar turns out well-pulled shots and elaborate swirls
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