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May 20 2016

Nighttime Is The Right Time To Return To Philadelphia's Historic District

Music, Dancing, Tours & More Add Modern Twists To The Original City After Dark

As day turns to dusk and museums and landmarks close for the night, Philadelphia's Historic District is just gearing up for a night of fun. Theaters, play places and ghost tours keep youngsters amused until pajama time, while beer gardens, dance clubs and live music venues entertain the over-21 crowd well into the wee hours.

Here’s how the Historic District buzzes with activity long after the clock strikes 5 p.m.:

Family Fun:
End-of-day play at Franklin Square includes an award-winning playground, eclectic carousel and 18-hole mini-golf course with scale versions of iconic Philadelphia landmarks (open until 9 or 10

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May 19 2016

Historic Philadelphia Timeline, 1681 To 1801

1681:

  • King Charles II grants William Penn the Charter of Pennsylvania, which includes an immense tract of land as settlement of a debt owed to Penn’s father, Admiral William Penn. The King names the colony Pennsylvania in honor of Admiral Penn. William Penn begins plans for his “holy experiment” and hopes it will be the “seed of a nation.” His Commonwealth will assure religious tolerance, fair trials, freedom of speech and enlightened laws.

1682:

  • William Penn leaves England, sets sail across the Atlantic and arrives in Philadelphia, his “City of Brotherly Love.” Find more information at the Philadelphia History Museum,
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May 18 2016

Visit Philadelphia Launches Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program

First Program Of Its Kind For A DMO Welcomes Rakia Reynolds As Its Inaugural Entrepreneur

In its 20th year, VISIT PHILADELPHIA® continues its history of forward-thinking destination marketing programs with its new Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), a first-of-its-kind initiative for a destination marketing organization. Rakia Reynolds and her multimedia public relations and communications agency Skai Blue Media developed the program concept for VISIT PHILADELPHIA and are implementing it for the tourism-marketing agency.

“Rakia is well-connected to the city’s most creative entrepreneurs—shop owners, restaurateurs, celebrities and other influencers,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “We’re using her connections, enthusiasm, creativity and downright smarts to enhance the Philadelphia brand and amplify the

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May 15 2016

Many Philly-Area Eateries Make Vegans, Vegetarians & Gluten-Free Diners Feel Right At Home

The Region Offers Numerous Culinary Options For Eaters With Special Diets

There’s no doubt that Americans are increasingly health conscious. Current studies, including the Vegetarian Resource Group’s Harris Poll, suggest that there are now some eight million vegetarians in the United States and one million vegans. Veg-loving visitors to Philly have plenty of options from which to choose, from upscale white tablecloth restaurants offering inventive vegetable creations to casual spots serving raw foods. There’s also plenty of great gluten-free goodies.

Here are some health-minded eateries worth checking out:

Meatless Marvels:

  • Vegetable lovers head to Bucks County, where Mike Jackson’s Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille turns out creative, big-portioned vegetarian food (no
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May 11 2016

Major Philadelphia Art Exhibitions For Summer 2016 & Beyond

Philly Museums Celebrate Braque, Mau, Eakins, Lewis, McCurry & Other Greats

Long known as a hub for creativity and artistic expression, Philadelphia is slated to showcase a blockbuster lineup of art exhibitions this spring and beyond. At museums throughout the region, visitors can experience themes of all kinds: Mexican modernism in Paint the Revolution at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, world conflict in World War I and American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, mixed media works of love in Dear Julia at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens and the beauty of the ailing body in La Maladie at the Mütter Museum.

Here’s a look at what art fans

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May 10 2016

What's In The Society Hill Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Art & Shops In Historic Philadelphia’s Society Hill Neighborhood

With its cobblestone streets and original 18th- and 19th-century buildings from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Walnut to Lombard Streets, Philadelphia’s quaint Society Hill neighborhood remains as picture-perfect today as it was hundreds of years ago. Its proximity to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Independence Visitor Center make it hard for people to resist the appeal of walking the same streets the nation’s founders once did.

Following an era when the neighborhood was home to a number of luminaries—Samuel Powel, the first mayor of the city after independence was declared, future first

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May 10 2016

Iconic Landmarks Recount Philadelphia's Political History

Independence Hall, Carpenter’s Hall & Other Locations Provide The Backdrop For The 2016 Democratic National Convention

When delegates gather in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention in summer 2016, all eyes will be on the nation’s birthplace. Having hosted numerous political conventions, including the 2000 Republican gathering and the 1948 conventions for all three parties (Democratic, Republican and Progressive), Philadelphia is accustomed to being in the political spotlight. It was here where disgruntled colonists created a new form of government. Today, many of the places where those meetings, debates and activities took place still stand in Historic Philadelphia, an area that spans from the Delaware River Waterfront to 7th Street and from Vine to Lombard Streets.

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May 6 2016

New Restaurants Blossom In Philly This Spring

This Season’s Openings Include Pennsylvania Dutch Brunch, Fancy Cheesesteaks, A New Wave For Fishtown & Many More Exciting Options

The spring season’s in full bloom, and so is the Philadelphia region’s restaurant scene, offering a spate of just-opened eateries that promise to refresh diners’ palates. Among the additions are a Dutch and Pennsylvania German mash-up brunch destination (The Dutch), a second coming for a Queen Village favorite (Southwark) and a cheesesteak-ery for every eater (Cleavers).

The following are just some of the latest and greatest reasons to start making reservations:

Bella Vista/Queen Village/Pennsport:

  • Northern Europe meets Pennsylvania German cuisine at The Dutch, a collaboration between chefs Lee Styer (Fond) and Joncarl Lachman
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May 5 2016

Recap And Refuel: Philly's Dining Scene Caters To Discerning (And Famished) Night Owls

Plenty Of Options For Late-Night Eats In Philly

As Philadelphia’s dining scene continues to grow, the city’s bistros, gastropubs, brasseries, eateries, diners and fast-food spots are growing by…hours. By law in Philly, last call at the bar happens at 2 a.m. Last call for food, however, is anywhere from 11 p.m. to never. Check out this list of the hottest, coolest and coziest spots to nibble, nosh, gobble and dine well into the early-morning hours.

Until Midnight On Weekends:

  • Edamame dumplings and chocolate-filled bento boxes are available until midnight at Buddakan, restaurateur Stephen Starr’s ever popular, always glamorous Old City shrine to modern Asian fare. 325 Chestnut
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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 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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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

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 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 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 1 2016

What's In the Callowhill Neighborhood?

Food, Drinks, Culture, Shops, Galleries, Music & Nightlife In Philadelphia's Callowhill Neighborhood

Dubbed the “Loft District” by real estate developers and “The Eraser ’Hood” by locals referencing the once-dark landscape that inspired former resident David Lynch’s cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something in between these two extremes. The stylish-yet-still-transforming neighborhood attracts both young professionals who enjoy its high-end condos and close proximity to Center City and artists looking for affordable-yet-expansive studio and gallery spaces. It’s a formerly industrial neighborhood that charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and the kind of hidden cultural gems that intrigue visitors and residents alike.

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Feb 29 2016

The Philadelphia Museum Of Art's Mexican Modernism Exhibit Gives Visitors Reasons To Explore City's Mexican Connections

Art Galleries, Restaurants & Special Events Showcase The Wonders Of Mexico

Art lovers are saying viva el arte to the eagerly anticipated exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism: 1910-1950 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from October 25, 2016 through January 8, 2017. A first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mexico City’s Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, this large-scale show features paintings, prints, books, broadsheets and many works relating to major mural projects—perfect for Philadelphia, boasting more than 3,800 murals on walls all over the city. The show includes pieces from legends Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and important contemporaries such as Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo) and

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