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Jul 22 2014

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ Launches Summer Photo Contest

Contest Invites Shutterbugs To Be Part Of Phillyosophy Campaign

Have a great Philly photo, or think you can capture one? It could show up on a Phillyosophy® billboard on I-95 as part of a contest VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ is conducting to engage Philadelphia fans and give them a chance to show off the city they love.

From July 22 through August 3, shutterbugs can go to facebook.com/visitphilly or visitphilly.com/contest, choose one of six Phillyosophy lines and then upload a photo of their own that goes well with the line of their choice. To select the finalists, VISIT PHILADELPHIA will choose the most compelling photos that pair best with the

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Jul 16 2014

Backgrounder: Pet-friendly Philadelphia

Pet lovers are crazy about their animal companions and spend $61 billion a year in the U.S. on pet services and accouterments to prove it. For those who love to spoil their pet but hate to leave him behind while traveling, the Philadelphia region proves to be the “purr-fect” getaway. Pet-friendly hotels, restaurants and retail shops welcome visitors and their animals in all sections of the city and its suburbs. With canine-friendly parks to VIP (Very Important Pet) hotel programs, it’s easy to bring furry friends along for the ride. Here’s how:

Four-“Bone” Hotels:

  • At the Four Seasons Hotel
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Jul 16 2014

What's On South Street?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops On South Street

Long known as the edgiest street in Philadelphia, South Street welcomes more than just hippies these days. Shoppers searching for a statement-making look, visitors hungry for a real Philly cheesesteak and music lovers who want to catch an up-and-coming band head to the storied boulevard. Ethnically diverse restaurants, bars that keep the party going long after dessert and galleries and performance spaces help make South Street the place where everyone meets. Over the past decade, the development of South Street’s east side has spread west of Broad Street, but the traditional definition of the district (depending on who you ask)

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Jul 15 2014

Many Of Philly's Top Sites Say "Hola" To Spanish-Speaking Visitors

Region’s Cultural & Historical Attractions Offer Programming, Tours & Guides In Spanish

Spanish-speaking visitors to Philadelphia can feel truly welcomed at many of the region’s tourist attractions, thanks to a wealth of bilingual docents, translated audio guides and multi-lingual written materials. Each year, more than one million domestic visitors to Greater Philadelphia are of Hispanic origin. Because of this influx, the region’s historical and cultural sites are busy making accommodations so that their Spanish-speaking guests don’t have to miss out on a thing.

Historical Interpretation:

  • The best place to launch a visit to Philadelphia is at the Independence Visitor Center (IVC), where multilingual concierge staff can assist with all of a
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Jul 15 2014

Philly's Coffee Scene Is Hot & Strong

The Philadelphia Region Buzzes With A Caffeine Fest & Cafe Culture

The wave of coffee enthusiasm is clearly here to stay in Greater Philadelphia. The second annual Coffee & Tea Festival, to be held November 8-9 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, will celebrate local love for the mighty bean with exhibitions, tastings, classes and more. Of course, the region’s java scene has been percolating for years now: Cafes roast their own signature beans, baristas specialize in perfectly engineered espressos and coffeehouses use one-of-a-kind 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 favorites:

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Jul 14 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month In Philadelphia Means A Feast Of Fiestas

Exhibits, Festivals & Parades Highlight The Month In Hispanic Happenings

Fun, food, arts and cultural activities highlight this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) festivities in Philadelphia. Chocolate lovers can barter cacao seeds in an Aztec Market at the Academy of Natural Sciences, while revelers can catch the celebratory spirit at Penn’s Landing’s Mexican Independence Day Festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For event updates, follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter for all of Philly’s Hispanic Heritage Month happenings.

Festivals & Parades:

  • Fiesta en la Calle 9 (Party on 9th Street) brings flavor, music and vibrant colors to the East Passyunk section of
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Jul 10 2014

Philly's El Centro De Oro Neighborhood Radiates Latino Flavor & Culture

The Spirit Of El Centro De Oro Lives In Its Restaurants, Shops & Cultural Experiences

The hub of Latino culture and life in Philadelphia, El Centro de Oro is home to international non-profit organizations, many third- and fourth-generation family-owned businesses and residents descending from almost every Latino country. Visitors to this lively enclave—just a short cab ride from Center City Philadelphia—can feast on authentic Latin/Caribbean dishes at Isla Verde, find inspiration in the work of Puerto Rican artists at Taller Puertorriqueño or feel their way through a flamenco dance lesson at Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas. Here are some ways to get a taste of the Latin flavor in El Centro de Oro and beyond:

Neighborhood Culture

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Jul 7 2014

African Fare Awakens Philadelphia's Palate

Authentic Dishes Around The City Allow Diners To Savor African Flavors

The growing popularity of culinary and travel shows have inspired Americans to explore the countries of their ancestral heritage and the cultural traditions of their neighbors. Philadelphia and The Countryside adds to this global sense of community with a number of pan-African restaurants, enabling epicureans to use their plate as a passport to dine across the Diaspora. Here’s a look:

West Philadelphia:

  • A local institution, Abyssinia is a hit with vegetarians and the meat-eaters in their lives. Authentic Eritrean/Ethiopian preparations of lentils, beans, chicken, beef and lamb dishes wonderfully mix and match with the bar’s assortment of beers.
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Jul 7 2014

Philadelphia's Exceptional Collections

From Priceless Works Of Art To Literary Masterpieces, Some Of The World’s Most Amazing Collections Live In Philadelphia

Fascinated with fine art? Curious about cars? Want to know more about mummies? Visitors to Philadelphia can see dozens of collections large and small—from rare books to Renoir masterpieces to throwback toys—at some of city’s most renowned museums. The result of a penchant for collecting through Colonial, Victorian and more modern times, each one of the depositories listed below offers great artistic, historic and/or cultural value, and all are open to the public.

Artistic Wonders:

  • More than 200 galleries and 226,000 works comprise the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), one of the largest museums in the United States. Inside
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Jul 3 2014

Fact Sheet: 30 Top Philadelphia Region Attractions

* Note: Most attractions were listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists 2014. Those that were not are marked with an asterisk.

Historical Sites & Attractions:

  1. While exploring the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, visitors can enjoy exhibitions that display artifacts from the ship’s past and play an interactive role as they follow the tour route. A walk down Broadway, the longest and most impressive passageway on the battleship, is available as part of a guided tour. America’s most decorated battleship also hosts special events and overnight encampments. 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ, (866) 877-6262, battleshipnewjersey.org
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Jul 2 2014

A First-Timer's Guide To Philadelphia

Iconic Sites & Bites Give Visitors An Experience That’s Distinctly Philly

While Philadelphia offers a variety of authentic and top-notch attractions, exploring this vibrant city takes some planning—especially for first-time visitors. With so much to see, do and taste, it’s challenging for a novice to know where to begin. From the historic Liberty Bell to the deliciously indulgent cheesesteak, here’s a look at Philly 101:

Historical Hotspots:

  • Independence Hall – While historical attractions abound in Philly, Independence Hall has particular significance to the development of the nation. In this building in 1776, the Founding Fathers came together to sign the Declaration of Independence. Eleven years later, representatives from a dozen
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Jul 1 2014

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region July 2014 Through June 2015

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

July 2014
August 2014
September 2014 
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015

JULY 2014

Through July 4, 2014
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA!
This multi-day party celebrates the nation’s birthday with free events for all ages throughout the city—including concerts, a parade and fireworks. welcomeamerica.com

Through July 13, 2014
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.
At the Walnut Street Theatre, this musical satire of 1960s big business follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook

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Jun 24 2014

Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway Presents: A Family-Friendly Summer

Mini-Vacations Await In The Museums, Parks & Attractions Along The Parkway

This summer, the venerable venues lining Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway shed their serious sides and get seriously kid-friendly. The Parkway, a Champs-Élysées-inspired boulevard, extends from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is a destination within a destination.

Among its landmarks are Eakins Oval, which temporarily transforms into an urban beachscape with food trucks, family fests and larger-than-life games. Kids can “Meet the Masterpieces” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which serves up an encore of its popular Art Splash program. The thoroughfare’s historically youth-centered educational institutions, The Franklin Institute and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel

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Jun 19 2014

Philly Region Festivals Celebrate Art, Music, Mushrooms & More

In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside, There’s Always Something To Celebrate

VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s newest marketing effort—entitled Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside—encourages locals and visitors to explore 15 of the quaint neighborhoods and towns dotting the five-county region, and there’s no better time to explore these towns than during festival season. Some of these events are quirky—think tens of thousands of folks coming together to honor the mushroom. Others celebrate the culinary talents of their hometown chefs or the creative handiwork of local artisans. While still others harken back to the town’s proud role in American history. Whatever the topic or the time of year, local festivals are a great way

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Jun 19 2014

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. Summer brings a weeklong, annual Flag Fest celebration with free events every day. Also,
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Jun 18 2014

Philadelphia Food Trucks Satisfy

The Mobile Food Movement Flourishes In Many City Neighborhoods Via Classic, Casual & Contemporary Cuisine

Say it five times fast: Philly’s fallen for food trucks. From Temple University’s campus to South Philly, the beyond-fun dining craze has truly boomed. If a diner craves something, chances are he or she can find it on wheels: brick-oven soppressata pizza, green-tea macaroons, gourmet mac and cheese, Spam musubi, sweet-cream ice cream, pour-over coffee, along with staples such as soul food, cheesesteaks, crepes and falafel. Lunch seekers can find trucks all over the city, especially near universities, but they know to check Twitter before they make a trip. These trucks have wheels and often use them to feed new

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Jun 18 2014

It's Cool To Be A Nerd In Philadelphia

Geeky Attractions & Activities Never Go Out Of Style

Every day is geek day in Philadelphia. Brainiac activity abounds in University City, a vibrant section of West Philadelphia that boasts numerous institutions of higher learning, including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, along with 51,000 college students and groundbreaking advances. Outside of the classroom and on the other side of the city, startups and co-working spaces dot North 3rd Street between Old City and Northern Liberties, earning the corridor an amusing and appropriate nickname, N3RD Street (read: “nerd street”).

Bucking stereotypes, Philadelphia’s nerd population is social, creative and downright fun, following the example of the original Philly

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Jun 15 2014

Men's Shopping Made Easy In Philadelphia

From Street Wear To Bespoke Suiting, Philly Offers Solid Shopping Options For Guys

Style-wise, most cities are melting pots. But when it comes to menswear, Philly’s fashion mash-up comprises a dynamic dichotomy. At the one end of the spectrum are long-established—even historic—men’s clothiers. At the other resides a youthful, independent, urban movement toward retro street style and local indie brands. Sure, there’s a little in-between, but even Philly’s menswear middle ground is made up of mix: sporty yet sophisticated, tailored yet tattooed. Take a look across the landscape, from tony Rittenhouse Square to grittier South Philly to historic-yet-artsy Old City, and discover the distinctively dual dapperness of Philadelphia men.

Rittenhouse Square’s Tailored Traditions

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Jun 15 2014

Philly Restaurants Shine This Summer

Bright New Concepts Light Up The Region’s Dining Scene

Just when it seems like they’ve thought of everything, Philly chefs have gone and cooked up some brilliant new ideas. This summer brings a fresh batch of restaurants that exemplify the excitement and innovation of the regional dining scene. From a quick-service eatery specializing in sushi-esque burritos to a hearth-based bistro to the area’s first vegan bar to a completely gluten-free café, here’s a look at some of the newest additions:

Notable New Entrées:

  • Passyunk Avenue adds another fine dining establishment to its files with Townsend Wentz’s eponymous bistro Townsend. The Lacroix-trained chef’s modern French sensibilities shine in dishes
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Jun 13 2014

How To Get On The Water In Philadelphia

Major Pro Fishing Tournament Just One Of The Region’s Many Fun Water Activities

Sport fishing fans will fall hook, line and sinker for the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Professional Tournament, taking place on Philadelphia’s Delaware River August 7-10, and just one of the many ways locals and visitors can enjoy life on the water in the Philadelphia region this summer. The catch-and-release competition marks Philadelphia’s first-ever major pro fishing tournament and will include launch-area activities on Penn’s Landing: concerts, vendors, military and veterans’ activities and an Expo Festival with family-friendly games and activities.

The competitors aren’t the only ones enjoying Philadelphia’s water-based activities. Making a splash this summer: a new pop-up park on

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