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Feb 9 2016

Many Of Philly's Finest Attractions Are Free–Or Almost

Places To Go & Things To Do For Visitors On A Budget

When it comes to visiting Philadelphia, some of the best things to see and do are free—or close to it. For families and budget-conscious travelers eager to explore the region, that’s great news. Check out the city’s many low-cost or no-cost attractions, including historic Independence Hall, student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music and the high-tech production line of Herr’s Potato Chip Factory.

Historical Sites:

  • On 5th Street, snuggled behind the east wing of Independence Hall, is Philosophical Hall. Erected in the late 1780s for the American Philosophical Society, it functioned as the nation’s first museum, national
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Feb 9 2016

Philadelphia Ranks #1 On Lonely Planet's List Of Best Places To Visit In The U.S. In 2016

Philly Is The Country’s First & Only World Heritage City & Host Of Democratic National Convention

Lonely Planet today released its list of the 10 best places to visit in the United States in 2016, and Philadelphia, the country’s first and only World Heritage City, ranked #1 on the list, ahead of Alaska; San Antonio, Texas; and Yellowstone National Park.

“Philadelphia is thriving, and we’re proud it took the top spot on such an impressive list of places,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. “We love that the article encourages visitors to go beyond the clichés and explore the city’s deep history, raved-about food and evolving neighborhoods. That’s exactly what we’re asking

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Feb 8 2016

Philly Galleries Set The Scene For Picture-Perfect Gardens

Art Often Comes With A Side Of Floral Beauty In Philadelphia

Throughout the Philadelphia region, art spills out of galleries and into the great outdoors. Many of the region’s galleries and museums sit amid colorful gardens, quiet woodlands or serene meadows that accentuate the art found on the walls. Here’s a look at some of the Philadelphia region galleries that celebrate beauty inside and out:

  • When there isn’t a festival, concert or film series in the 27-acre Sculpture Park at the Abington Art Center, visitors can claim a quiet bench under the Katasura trees to contemplate the 24 environmentally themed semi-permanent and temporary sculptures by artists such as Ursula von Rydingsvard,
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Feb 2 2016

New On Philly's Hotel Restaurant Scene

Openings Include Urban Farmer, Richard Sandoval’s Aquimero, Ruth’s Chris & Bud & Marilyn’s

In the decades since acclaimed classical French Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix opened his eponymous restaurant in a four-star hotel across the street from Center City’s Swann Fountain, the Philadelphia hotel dining scene has emerged a foodie force. Today, Lacroix, now flourishing in The Rittenhouse hotel, remains a destination dining spot. But so do newcomers to the scene: locally focused Urban Farmer Steakhouse at The Logan and culinary-kitschy Bud & Marilyn’s at boutique operation The Independent Hotel, along with springtime productions by eminent steakhouse Ruth’s Chris, destined for the Sonesta Philadelphia, and acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s Aqimero at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

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Feb 1 2016

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region February 2016 Through January 2017

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

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

FEBRUARY 2016

Through February 7, 2016
NATURAL SELECTIONS: ANDREW WYETH PLANT STUDIES.
A selection of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolor and pencil studies at the Brandywine Museum of Art highlights the beauty and intricacy of nature’s designs in segmented forms. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org/museum

Through February 28, 2016
EXIT STRATEGY.
At the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, the Philadelphia Theatre Company presents a thrilling play about a public school in Chicago targeted for

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Feb 1 2016

25 Philadelphia Dates For Under $25

Cash-Conscious Couples Score Big On Romance In Philly

Love doesn’t always wait for payday to roll around, and that’s okay because Philadelphia has lots of ways to woo a loved one on Valentine’s Day—or any day, really—without dipping deeply into the bank account. Couples can settle in for a free afternoon hang at Winterfest, ignite a spark while enjoying a glowing sunset and happy hour-priced drinks at R2L, catch up-and-coming stars during a concert at the Curtis Institute of Music or pay a few bucks for a game of ten-pins at North Bowl. Here are 25 fun finds for daters that ring up at $25 or less:

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Jan 28 2016

Cozy Up To Philly's New Restaurants This Winter

The Region’s Dining Scene Stirs Up The Season With Inventive Takeout, New Ways To Enjoy Meat & A Philly Bagel

There’s nothing like a new restaurant to chase away the winter doldrums, and Philadelphia boasts a wonderfully fresh lineup of eateries to explore this season. From the new Italian bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot from celebrated chef Townsend Wentz (A Mano) to a newfangled diner on Jewelers’ Row (Craftsman Row Saloon) to a hipster hoagie joint (Martha), there are no shortage of must-adds for the dining to-do list. Here are just a few of the exciting additions sure to lure diners out of the cold:

Northern Liberties, Fishtown & Kensington:

  • Kensington’s Martha brims with new ideas. The expansive bar features a
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Jan 26 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Debuts New TV Commercial

Spot Showcases Philly’s Well-Known & Lesser-Known Tourist Draws

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® debuted a new television commercial today—a fun, over-the-top spot that honors the city’s beloved icons while showing off the many other enjoyments that make Philadelphia such a popular place to visit and stay overnight. Created in partnership with Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners, the commercial is part of the destination marketing organization’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign and the first VISIT PHILADELPHIA spot to air on television since 2011. It is viewable at visitphilly.com/philazillas.

“Cheesesteaks and history are legendary in Philadelphia, and deservedly so,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “But we want

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Jan 26 2016

Fact Sheet: Philazillas Commercial

Name of Spot: Philazillas

Tagline: There’s more to a legendary city than its legends.

Spot Overview: Part of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, the fun, over-the-top commercial honors the city’s beloved icons (cheesesteaks and Benjamin Franklin) while showing off the many other enjoyments (waterfronts, parks, restaurants, bars, culture, walkability, etc.) that make the city such a popular place to visit and stay overnight.

In “Philazillas,” a larger-than-life Ben Franklin and a just-as-big cheesesteak vie for the spotlight during an outrageous tiff that leaves a visitor asking, “What’s with them?,” and her taxi driver responding,

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Jan 22 2016

2016 Gay Events In Philadelphia

LGBT Celebrations, Weekly Parties, An International Art Festival & Janet Jackson Pack The Calendar

Since holding the first major U.S. protest for LGBT rights some 50 years ago, Philadelphia has continued to prove that it’s still one of the best destinations for LGBT travelers to get their history straight and their nightlife gay.

The city offers a full calendar of events—annual gay pride celebrations, weekly parties and eye-popping performing arts. Here’s a look at the best events by the night, week, month and year in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

LGBT Annual Celebrations:

  • Diners nosh for a great cause during Dining Out for Life. Restaurants around the city donate 33%
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Jan 21 2016

2016 Annual Events In Philadelphia

Celebrate Any Event or Interest at a Philly Festival

There’s a reason so many folks add Philadelphia to their must-do calendars. The city’s festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events keep art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs, music aficionados and sports fans keep coming back to Philadelphia year after year. Here’s what’s going on in the Philadelphia region in 2016:

February:

  • Every winter, the region gets revved up for the Philadelphia Auto Show. The Pennsylvania Convention Center transforms into a car lover’s dream, with 700 pre-production, hot-production, classic and green vehicles from a range of manufacturers. January 30-February 7. phillyautoshow.com

March:

  • Called “one of the
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Jan 13 2016

Visit Philadelphia's Social Media Properties

Fans Stay Connected To Philly On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & More

VISIT PHILADELPHIA makes it easy to find fun things to do in the Philadelphia region thanks to a host of popular social media tools. Whether people like to connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn—or on the region’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com—they can easily stay in touch with Philadelphia.

  1. Facebook: Philly’s Facebook fans see Philadelphia in their news feed every day. Visit Philly encourages fans like, comment and share, plus it activates them to visit and experience Philly:
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Jan 13 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Debuts Custom Emoji Keyboard

Philly Fans Can Share Some Brotherly Love In Messaging & Texting With New Emojis

Fans of Philadelphia now have a fun, free way to share their Philly love and pride with the people they message thanks to a new keyboard launched today by VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the city’s official destination marketing organization. The Philadelphia Keyboard debuts more than 60 emojis, GIFs and videos that come in the form of a winking Liberty Bell (emoji), a flashing Yo! graphic (GIF) and a bird’s eye view of the William Penn Statue atop City Hall (video), to name just a few examples.

With one million fans and followers across 18 social media accounts, VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s social

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Jan 13 2016

New Design For Uwishunu.com Makes Loving Philly Even Easier

Features: Dynamic Mapping, Enhanced Site Navigation & Compelling Design

At today’s VISIT PHILADELPHIA® New Year’s Breakfast, the destination marketing organization announced a brand-new design for uwishunu.com, the what’s-happening blog of visitphilly.com. The popular site received 6.2 million visits in 2015.

“In short, the new uwishunu.com is designed to help people find more things to do, and then go do them,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA.

Features:

  • Mobile, mobile, mobile. In 2015, 58% of VISIT PHILADELPHIA web traffic came from mobile devices. VISIT PHILADELPHIA designed the new site to be extremely mobile-friendly.
  • Big images, a scannable layout and enhanced navigation give the
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Jan 11 2016

Philly's Hottest Sips

Exotic Cocoas, Creative Cocktails & Sweet Sips Top The List Of The Region’s Winter Libations

Huddling around a steamy cup is one of winter’s greatest pleasures, and Philadelphia’s restaurants, bars, cafes and tearooms offer plenty of delicious options. Be it a cocoa infused with habanero and orange, a julep with bourbon and mint tea or an old-timey hot fountain soda, this season’s drinks call for leisurely enjoyment. Here are a few of the most tempting hot beverages in town:

Coziest Cocoa:

  • A creative cannoli bakery in the Italian Market, Café Crema pays equal attention to its drinks. The hot chocolate bar is stocked with all manner of meltables—including red velvet, peppermint, peanut butter and
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Dec 23 2015

Get Away In January With A Special Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Free Parking, Free Attraction Tickets & More

With the new year comes a new supersized version of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. For the month of January only, VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s popular package, available at 10 Center City hotels, comes with free parking and free tickets for four attractions and events. Those who book the getaway on both Friday and Saturday nights during any of the five weekends in the month also get a free stay on Sunday. The package is bookable at visitphilly.com/januarygetaway.

“It might be cold outside in January, but there is plenty going on in Philadelphia all month long,” said Meryl Levitz, president

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Dec 22 2015

Record Hotel Occupancy And Leisure Room Bookings In Center City Philadelphia In 2015

3.1 Million Hotel Room Nights Account For 77% Occupancy

Center City Philadelphia is on track to close 2015 with record hotel occupancy. The leisure travel segment—those who come to Philadelphia for fun trips and getaways—is a major contributor to these milestones.

Record Hotel Occupancy: 77.4%:
Center City Philadelphia’s hotel occupancy is projected to hit a record 77.4% in 2015, up from 75.5% in 2014. Travelers from all segments (leisure, group, business) will have filled a projected 3.1 million rooms, another record.

“People are coming for Philadelphia—the destination itself is the reason to visit, and travelers are doing it more and more every year,” said Meryl Levitz, president and

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Dec 21 2015

10 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About The 2016 DNC Host City, Philadelphia

And Key Resources For Convention And Destination Stories

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, the birthplace of America and the country’s first World Heritage City, July 25-28, 2016. The city has enough history, art, culture, food, vibrant neighborhoods, parks and political landmarks to fill web, newspaper and magazine pages from now until the convention.

Here are 10 things people might not know about the host city, plus key resources for convention and destination coverage.

10 Philly Facts You (Probably) Don’t Know:

  1. One-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Philadelphia.
  2. The fast-growing Indego bike-share program launched in spring 2015 and
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Dec 21 2015

What's On The Avenue Of The Arts?

Restaurants, Bars, Theaters, Performing Arts Venues, Art Galleries, Shops & Spas Along Philadelphia's Avenue Of The Arts

Although technically named South Broad Street, the center of Philadelphia’s performing arts community—stretching from City Hall to Lombard Street—has earned the nickname Avenue of the Arts. And for good reason. The energy is contagious as theatergoers, orchestra fans, opera lovers, dance aficionados and artists spill onto the street to mix with the locals who live, work and dine on the storied thoroughfare.

Home to the striking Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the legendary Academy of Music, The Wilma Theater, Merriam Theater, University of the Arts, Arts Bank and other cultural landmarks, the Avenue of the Arts has earned its

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Dec 17 2015

What's In the Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mt. Airy Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Cafes, Markets & Shops In The Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mt. Airy Neighborhoods

Chestnut Hill (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
With a higher elevation than the rest of the city, Chestnut Hill was once a vacation spot for those who wanted to escape the summer heat of the lower-lying parts of the city. Today, the neighborhood’s eclectic shops and renowned eateries, most along cobblestoned Germantown Avenue, continue to make it a cool place to visit.

Restaurants/Cafes/Markets:

  • Bredenbeck’s Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor – Open since 1889, this charming shop scores big with locals who adore its cakes, cupcakes, pies and, of course, ice cream. Throughout the
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