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Jan 31 2014

New Look, New Features For Two Major Philadelphia Attractions

Franklin Institute & Philadelphia Zoo Complete Major Renovations In Time For Summer Season

Two of Philadelphia’s most popular attractions, The Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Zoo, are undergoing massive renovations and will unveil dramatic new looks just in time for the busy summer travel season.

Philadelphia’s big cats will soon have an overhead outdoor trail system at the Philadelphia Zoo. When the see-through mesh trail system, called Big Cat Crossing, is complete in April 2014, visitors will be able to see lions, tigers, jaguars and other large felines roam 14-feet above the ground of America’s first zoo. This innovative, first-in-the-world campus-wide trail system, designed for a wide variety of species, is revolutionizing the

Jan 27 2014

Philadelphia Hotels Get New Looks In 2014

City’s Hotel Scene Stays Vibrant With Upgrades, Renovations & The Opening Of The Courtyard Philadelphia South

The new year brings a new look to many of Philadelphia’s top hotels with a wave of renovations, upgrades and the arrival of the Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard, a brand new addition to the city’s diverse hotel offerings. Here’s a look at what’s happening inside and outside of Philadelphia’s hotels in 2014:

New Hotel On The Block:

  • Opened in January 2014, the newest hotel on the Philadelphia scene is the $34 million Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard. Located in the historic Philadelphia Navy Yard business complex with nearby access to the city’s sports arenas,
Jan 23 2014

Philly Celebrates Black History Month

Exhibitions, Performances and Special Program Highlight A Month of Activities

Since Philadelphia’s earliest days, African-American culture has played an influential role in shaping the city’s personality. This February, Philadelphia celebrates that heritage and Black History Month with special events, exhibitions, film screenings and other activities. Visitors can join members of the esteemed Tiberino family of artists on guided tours of The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, catch the Tony Award®-winning classic Porgy and Bess at the Academy of Music or explore the path to Civil Rights at the National Constitution Center.

Here are some highlights of Philadelphia’s Black

Jan 23 2014

What's Trending In Philadelphia's Dining Scene In 2014?

Fancy Markets, French & Jewish Fare, Home-style Desserts & More

The freshest new flavors in Philly’s restaurant scene in 2014? Market culture, replete with artisan goods, eat-in cafes and exclusive dinners at communal tables, for starters. In a town that owns Italian cooking, French cuisine resurges with more chefs turning to classic techniques and traditions. Jewish food in all of its international variations continues to be reinvented in exciting new ways. Meanwhile, the juice bar may well be the new coffee bar, and home-style desserts trump cupcakes. Here’s a look at some trends to watch in 2014:

Marvelous Markets:
Philadelphians love high-quality, high-end ingredients, and an emerging crop of

Jan 23 2014

Philadelphia's 2014 Visual Arts Calendar

City’s Art Scene Makes Every Day Colorful

Philadelphia’s vast and vibrant art scene boasts daily, weekly, monthly and annual events that keep the culture calendar packed. Here are some of the recurring events making Philly a year-round visual arts destination:

Tour Time:

  • The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program offers a variety of tours of the city’s more than 3,600 indoor and outdoor murals. People see the city’s colorful walls during a guided walking tour of Center City, trolley tours through diverse neighborhoods and the Love Letter tour, which uses the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line as its mode of transportation—just to name a few. Most tours depart
Jan 16 2014

Quirky Events In Philadelphia

Gay Bingo, Bad Movies, Racing Grandpas & Other Zany Events Make Philly Fun All Year Long

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Philadelphia gained an international reputation for being a pretty quirky place, thanks to an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked Bell. It seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:


  • The perpetually sold-out SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Wing Bowl 21 pits amateur speed eaters against one another in a race to see who can gobble the most chicken wings
Jan 8 2014

Philly Ad Campaign Gets A New Twist: Phillyosophy

Visit Philadelphia™ Evolves Popular With Love Campaign

Visit Philadelphia™ announced today that the popular With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® is evolving. The new vision is called “Phillyosophy.”

“Phillyosophy conveys the Philadelphia voice, spirit and attitude, while reflecting Philadelphia’s new confidence,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of Visit Philadelphia.

With strong copy and bold photos, the With Love Phillyosophy ads are a burst of expression. They embody how people are thinking, feeling and talking about Philadelphia today. The ads are still part of the With Love campaign; Phillyosophy is a new twist.

The ads start with “My Phillyosophy,” followed by a statement (for example, “Finger food is good.

Jan 7 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™: Perfect For Long Winter Weekends

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

The new year brings with it two long weekends and several special events and exhibits, making it the perfect time for couples, families and friends to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon

Jan 7 2014 & Welcomed More Than 11 Million Visits In 2013

Social Media Also Soared With More Than 475,000 Followers

For the first time ever, Visit Philadelphia’s powerhouse properties and welcomed more than 11 million visits in 2013. The sister sites also saw a significant surge in mobile traffic and sent millions of clicks to partner websites during the record-setting year. Visit Philly’s social media soared as well, with 475,000 followers and counting, a new presence on LinkedIn (the ninth platform for Visit Philly) and the second most popular account on Instagram (out of the five most populated cities). Here’s a look at 2013 by the numbers:

One Dynamic Duo: and

Dec 31 2013

Philadelphia Region Contributing To Nation's Record-Breaking Brewery Boom

More Than A Dozen Craft Breweries To Open Or Expand By Summer 2014

The United States now has more breweries than at any time in its history, and Philadelphia-area entrepreneurs are helping to lead the way by opening even more breweries at a rapid pace. According to the Brewers Association, a craft beer industry trade group, the U.S. was home to only eight craft breweries in 1980, 537 in 1994 and more than 2,500 today. Regionally, craft brewers are opening locations in every county—from Victory Brewing in Kennett Square to Broken Goblet Brewery in Bristol—and more are working hard to secure licenses and locations before 2015. Here’s a look at more than a


En Español

Dec 31 2013

A New Wave Of Authentic Taquerias & Roving Trucks Make Philly A Bona Fide Taco Town

South Philly Leads The City’s Taco Craze

Little by little, Philly’s turned into a bona fide taco town. Between the mom-and-pop taquerias of South Philly, tried-and-true tequila bars, a roving pack of lunch trucks and the newest crop of gringo-owned joints, there’s truly a taco for everyone and their hermano. Here’s where the hungry masses can get their tacos on:

New-Wave Mexican:

  • Fishtown’s divey Loco Pez found its inspiration in L.A.’s fusion-y taco trucks, and the result is a mix-and-match menu of fun and sometimes unexpected flavors. There’s the Gabacho (ground beef in a crispy shell), for instance, or a seitan-and-spinach combo for the vegan crowd.

In English

Dec 31 2013

Una Nueva Ola De Taquerías Y Puestos Ambulantes Hacen De Philly Una Ciudad De Tacos Con Toque Genuino

South Philly liderá la taco manía de la ciudad

Poco a poco, Philly se ha convertido en una ciudad de tacos con un toque genuino. Desde taquerías tradicionales de familias del sur de Filadelfia, bares de tequila, un grupo amplio de ‘food trucks’ y hasta las más recientes adquisiciones estilo gringo, podemos decir que hay tacos para todo el mundo y para todos los gustos.

Aquí es donde las masas hambrientas pueden conseguir sus tacos:

La nueva ola mexicana:

  • Localizado en Fishtown, Loco Pez encontró su inspiración en camiones de tacos de fusión de Los Ángeles y el resultado es un menú divertido con mezclas, combinaciones y sabores
Dec 16 2013

Fall In Love In Philadelphia: The City That Invites You "With Love"

There’s Lots To Adore, Including Hotel Packages, Spa Treatments & Restaurants

Philadelphia, aptly dubbed the City of Brotherly Love, caters to lovers looking to reenergize their relationships at cultural sites, romantic eateries, outdoor attractions and other swoon-worthy spots. Couples can make it a weekend—or longer—by booking special hotel packages, some of which are romantically themed, on One popular deal, the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™ comes with two nights and free hotel parking.

Here are a few suggestions for embracing the region’s romantic side:

A View To Remember:

  • The culinary delights served at Lacroix are rivaled only by the picturesque view of Rittenhouse Square outside the glass windows
Dec 6 2013

Center City, Philadelphia's Midweek Nightlife Rocks

Classic Movies, Concerts, Museum Workshops & Drag Nights Offer Alternatives To The Bustling Bar Scene In Philly

Sure, Philadelphia is an exciting place to visit on the weekends, but it’s also a happening spot Monday through Thursday. Visitors can dig into a great meal, catch a concert at a major music venue, dance it up at a club or watch one of the hometown teams do their thing in South Philly. They can also opt for something a little more off-the-beaten path: happy hours at museums, open-mic nights, poetry readings, cooking classes, dance lessons, drag shows and more. In fact, there’s so much to do, visitors will want to book a hotel deal at, and stay

Dec 4 2013

Ice Skating Is Nice Skating In Philadelphia

Lace Up & Celebrate Winter Sports At Philly’s Indoor & Outdoor Rinks

Winter weather is here; it’s time to go ice skating. Even those who don’t know a slap shot from a Salchow can work on their hockey or figure skating moves at indoor and outdoor rinks throughout the Philadelphia region.

On the Delaware River waterfront, the outdoor Blue Cross RiverRink celebrates its 20th anniversary with a makeover—a winter wonderland setting that includes a light show, Art Star Holiday Market, a pop-up restaurant, food trucks and fire pits. Joining the ranks of outdoor rinks is Skate at the Piazza, a pop-up rink that also features entertainment, a market and even winter-themed


Tagged: Family, Outdoors, Winter
Nov 17 2013

Philly's Vintage Fashion: Fit For A Princess

Pair A Trip To Michener Museum’s Grace Kelly Exhibition With A Vintage Shopping Splurge

The only stateside exhibit of From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly, Beyond the Icon, on view at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown through January 26, 2014, Pennsylvania, has rekindled Philadelphia’s love affair with one of its favorite daughters—and reignited the region’s love of vintage fashion.

The exhibition features the starlet-turned-princess’ Hollywood posters, home videos, love letters and Howell Conant portraits. But Kelly’s well-known (and, in some cases, well-worn) gowns by Edith Head and Helen Rose, modern dresses by Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel, and Hermes’ iconic Kelly bag stand out as the stars of the show. No

Nov 13 2013

Story Starters: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

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Nation’s First Thanksgiving Parade Gears Up For Its 94th Annual Run In Philadelphia
There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Philadelphia is home to one of the nation’s favorite holiday traditions: the Thanksgiving Day Parade, taking place this year on November 28 beginning at 8:15 a.m. Almost a century after Philadelphian Ellis Gimbel created the Thanksgiving Day parade as a marketing tool to kick off the Christmas shopping season, the city that first introduced the turkey-day festivities will again celebrate the start of the season in grand style


En Español

Nov 11 2013

GPTMC Changes Organization Name To Visit Philadelphia™

On-Mission, User-Friendly Name Aligns With Most-Visited Website Network Among 10 Biggest U.S. Cities

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), the region’s official destination marketing organization, today announced its new name: Visit Philadelphia™.

“The name Visit Philadelphia™ focuses on the relationship between our destination and the visitor. It’s a strong call to action that tells people exactly what we want them to do—visit Philadelphia,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the newly renamed company. “Visit Philadelphia™ is also more in line with one of our strongest assets, And, it is increasingly how people are referring to us.”

The name has been in the works since 2010, when the organization launched


Nov 11 2013

Video Alert: Take A Look Inside Philadelphia's Annual New Year's Day Mummers Parade

Six Short Videos Focus On The Parade’s People, Costumes, Choreography & Sets

On January 1, 2014, the Mummers will make their 114th march up Broad Street in the city’s annual New Year’s Day parade, a spectacle that’s in full view in Visit Philadelphia’s Behind the Sequins: Showtime for the Philadelphia Mummers video series. Six free-standing videos tell the Mummers’ story through the people who make the costumes, choreograph the routines, build the sets and march in the parade.

There are two components to the day-long parade, much of which is documented in the 90-second videos: a festive march up Broad Street that begins in South Philadelphia and ends at City Hall


Tagged: Events, Family, Holidays

In English

Nov 11 2013

GPTMC Cambia El Nombre De Su Organización A Visit Philadelphia™

Conforme A Nuestra Misión, Este Nombre Es Amigable Con Los Usuarios Y Se Alinea Con El Sitio De Internet Más Visitado En La Red De Las 10 Ciudades Más Grandes De EE.UU.

La Corporación de Mercadeo del Turismo en la Zona Metropolitana de Filadelfia o GPTMC (Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation), la organización oficial de mercadotecnia de la región anunció hoy su nuevo nombre.

“El nombre Visit Philadelphia™ se enfoca en la relación entre nuestro destino y los visitantes. Es una llamada de acción fuerte que dice a las personas qué es exactamente lo que queremos que hagan —que visiten Filadelfia”, dijo Meryl Levitz, presidente y CEO de la compañía. Visit Philadelphia™ además se alinea más a uno de nuestros bienes más fuertes, Y es cada vez más como las