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Mar 10 2017

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Debuts 360-Degree Photo, Video & Virtual Reality Experience

New Digital Content Showcases Philadelphia Before Visitors Arrive

Philadelphia fans and potential visitors can now see the city in a new way before they arrive thanks to VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s 360-degree photography and video with virtual-reality capabilities. Visitors to visitphilly.com/virtual-tour will be able to explore 25 panoramic, 360-degree photos; watch a three-minute, 360-degree video; and view that video in virtual reality (VR)—as an immersive tour on a VR headset.

“Every day we give online visitors compelling reasons to plan a trip to Philadelphia, and we believe this new view of the city will give the 20 million people who use visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com each year even more reasons to

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Mar 6 2017

Aspiring Citizens Get Study Help With New Americans Trail

Candidates For Citizenship Can Boost Their Knowledge In The Places Where It All Happened

Prepping for the U.S. citizenship test is no small task, but Philadelphia’s self-guided New Americans Tour makes learning easier—and a whole lot more fun. The city contains approximately half the answers to the 100-question citizenship test study. This means aspiring citizens and others students of U.S. history can glean the knowledge they seek simply by paying visits to Philly’s historic sites and attractions. Best place to start: the Historic District, the original city—and a very pedestrian-friendly one at that. The trail is available at visitphilly.com/newamericans.

The Trail:
Here’s a look at the 16 tour spots:

  1. Betsy Ross House,
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Mar 6 2017

Philadelphia's Top Restaurants And Bars For NFL Draft Media

Spots For Breakfast, Lunch & Late-Night Eats & Drinks

When it comes to dining and drinking, Philly has almost too many choices, especially when it comes to NFL Draft 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 many of the spots are good for groups.

FAIRMOUNT (Center City, Art Museum Area)

Breakfast:

  • Mugshots Coffeehouse – The area’s original coffeehouse, serving up locally farmed foods, fairly traded organic coffee and tea, and vegan and gluten-free grub. Wi-Fi. 1925 Fairmount Avenue, (267) 514-7145,
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Mar 3 2017

The African-American Story From Its Beginnings In Philadelphia's Historic District

True Stories Of Black Lives & Achievements Told Throughout America’s Most Historic Square Mile

Philadelphia’s Historic District, 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.

This year, the Historic District’s African American Museum in Philadelphia celebrates its 40th anniversary. The groundbreaking institution hosts two temporary exhibitions through April 2, 2017. Shawn Theodore’s Church of Broken Pieces explores the translocation of black America through photography. Dawoud Bey’s Harlem, USA resurrects the photographer’s iconic 1979 portraits of residents of one of the country’s most diverse neighborhoods. The district is also home

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Feb 26 2017

Black-Owned Shops, Restaurants, Day Spas & More Boom In Philadelphia

Visitors To Philly Can Support Independent, Brick-And-Mortar African-American Businesses

Shops, restaurants, galleries and bars owned and operated by African-Americans are abundant in Philadelphia. Among Philly’s destination-worthy black-owned businesses: high-end lingerie boutique Coeur, nerdy-cool hangout Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, healthful juice and açai bowls bar Stripp’d Juice, top-shelf nightclub Reserve, and and West Philadelphia’s inimitable arts space, the Tiberino Museum.

Here’s a traveler-tailored list of some of the city’s standout black-owned businesses.
Shops:

  • Amazulu Collections – Charita Powell, owner. Seven days a week and for more than 25 years, this popular Reading Terminal Market stand has represented artists from all over the world and lived the motto, “where cultures meet.”
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Feb 26 2017

12 New Hotels Coming To Philadelphia In 2017 & Beyond

Several Major Brands Entering The Philly Market For The First Time: Cambria, W, Element & Hyatt Centric

As Philadelphia draws more overnight leisure travelers than ever before—Center City hotels reached a landmark 1 million leisure room nights in 2016—several big and new-to-the-city brands are preparing to enter the market during the next two years, along with smaller boutique hotels that cater specifically to here-for-pleasure travelers. The AKA University City at the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South opened in January, and the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia atop the under-construction Comcast Innovation and Technology Center is slated for a 2018 opening. These properties and many others in the works are helping to make the city’s hotel offerings

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Feb 23 2017

Philadelphia's Brunch Scene Goes Global

Philly’s Many Great Brunch Spots Offer Classic-To-International Meals

Some of the country’s best brunches take place in Philadelphia, a city that begins its culinary pioneering at the earliest of hours—and doesn’t stop until late afternoon. Philly’s traditional, weekend breakfast-meets-lunch game is strong, thanks to line-out-the-door spots such as Sam’s Morning Glory Diner, Sabrina’s and Honey’s Sit ’N Eat. But more and more, the brunch menu has gone global. Popular right now: sweet bao and kimchi Bloody Marys (Bing Bing Dim Sum), bologna eggs Benedict and baby pancakes (The Dutch), huevos rancheros and scrapple-stuffed tortas (Mission Taqueria), lobster frittatas (Fork) and

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Feb 21 2017

New Museum Of The American Revolution To Open In Philadelphia, The Headquarters Of The Revolution

Sites Throughout The Region Recount America’s Fight For Independence

Long before the first musket shot was fired in Lexington in 1775, the seeds of the American Revolution were taking root in Philadelphia as colonists declared their independence and began preparing for war. With the April 19, 2017 opening of the Museum of the American Revolution, visitors will discover the complex and sometimes painful path to independence—a story that’s told both within the museum’s walls and at sites and attractions scattered throughout Philadelphia, the headquarters of the Revolution, and its surrounding countryside.
For visitors eager to delve into this tumultuous time in history, the Museum of the American Revolution—located in

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Feb 16 2017

Alexander Hamilton's Legacy Remains Strong In Philadelphia's Historic District

Visitors Can Go Beyond Broadway & Follow Hamilton’s Philadelphia Footsteps

Freedom fighter, statesman, financial genius, adulterer. Fans of the blockbuster hit Hamilton know some of the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life, but there is plenty more to discover in Philadelphia’s Historic District. The new Museum of the American Revolution, opening on April 19, 2017, will offer a glimpse into the Hamilton-Washington bro-mance. A tale debuting this summer from the Once Upon A Nation storytellers will get to the root of the fatal Hamilton-Burr duel. And in Independence Hall, National Park Service rangers often regale visitors with accounts of heated debates Hamilton engaged in about the U.S. Constitution. Just beyond the

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Feb 15 2017

Visit Philadelphia Announces Three New Staff Appointments

New Hires & A Promotion Focus On Strategic Alliances, Hotel Relations & Visitor Appeal

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® welcomed two new staffers and promoted another within the organization this month, adding Kara Callahan as vice president of advertising and strategic alliances, Laura Burkhardt as vice president of visitor appeal, and elevating Jim Werner to vice president of hotel relations and tourism development.

“We’re happy to welcome Kara and Laura and to promote Jim, a long-time member of our team,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “We’re coming off a banner year for hospitality in 2016, and the new leadership positions will strengthen our talented team by helping us to fulfill our mission,

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Feb 14 2017

2017 Flower Show And More Are Dutch In Philly

Beyond The World’s Largest Flower Show, Visitors Can Explore Philly’s Dutch Connections

When 250,000 people attend the world’s largest indoor flower show in Philadelphia from March 11-19, 2017, they’ll visit the Netherlands too. The Philadelphia Flower Show attracts enthusiasts and experts in horticulture for competitions, workshops, celebrations, planted installations and, this year only, a vibrant sampling of the famously lush landscapes and plantings of the Dutch countryside. “Holland: Flowering the World” features the country’s eco-design, modern greening—and traditional windmills, wooden shoes and tulips. Beyond the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Flower Show patrons can experience Philadelphia’s Dutch connections.

  • Noord eetcafe – The city’s first Dutch-inspired dining room belongs to a chef whose parents came
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Feb 6 2017

16 Razones Espectaculares Para Visitar Filadelfia En El 2017

La Selección de la NFL, apertura del Museo de la Revolución Estadounidense y un nuevo Festival de Ópera--Listo para este año

Parece que el 2017 será otro año de éxitos para Filadelfia al ofrecer a las personas muchas razones para visitar y explorar esta ciudad tan elogiada. Aún llena de energía por la visita del papa Francisco en el 2015 y la Convención Nacional Democrática en 2016, Filadelfia continuará disfrutando de la atención nacional con el NFL Draft (Selección de la NFL), la apertura del nuevo Museum of the American Revolution (Museo de la Revolución Estadounidense) y el debut del festival anual de ópera O17. Los eventos más destacados del año incluyen la Semana Mexicana (que coincide con el Cinco de

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Feb 3 2017

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.

Historic Sites:

  • American Philosophical Society Museum – On 5th Street, next to the east wing of Independence Hall, Philosophical Hall (1789) was built by the American Philosophical Society, the nation’s first “think tank,”
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Feb 1 2017

What's In The Fishtown Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Cafes, Performing And Visual Arts, Shopping And More

Like its hip neighbor Northern Liberties, Fishtown has quickly become one of the coolest sections of Philadelphia, thanks to an influx of quality restaurants, inventive bars, impressive music venues and forward-thinking art galleries.

Philadelphians have found new and innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians in what’s now Penn Treaty Park. It’s the only place in the city where, in the same evening, someone can buy a custom-made guitar, drink craft beer while playing Tetris, eat stellar Yugoslavian food, sample Philly-made craft whiskeys and visit the world’s only pizza museum. Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue

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Jan 31 2017

What's In The Northern Liberties Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Shops And More

Once considered an up-and-coming neighborhood, Northern Liberties has officially arrived, evidenced by the international restaurants, respected gastropubs and trendy boutiques—all this while maintaining the artistic vibe that made it so cool in the first place.

The warehouses that populate the former manufacturing district found new life as condos, galleries, stores and restaurants, and along with newly designed buildings, Northern Liberties enjoys a pleasant mix of older functional and modern design. Two shopping/dining/art/entertainment plazas helped make the area accessible and thriving: Liberties Walk and The Schmidt’s Commons.

The neighborhood lies north of Old City, and its borders (depends who you ask,

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Jan 27 2017

Backgrounder: What's The Deal In Philly?

Background On Philadelphia’s History, Art & Culture, Food, Neighborhoods, Sports, Beer & More

Philadelphia hosts the NFL Draft, April 27-29, 2017—and this city has plenty of stories to tell. Here’s a brief lowdown on the city’s history, food, neighborhoods, sports, beer and other key areas of interest:

History:
Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States and the country’s first World Heritage City. Our Founding Fathers met, discussed, debated and formed a new country in Philadelphia. The two most important documents in our history, the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, were drafted and signed here. Independence Hall, one of only 20 World Heritage sites in the country, stands just steps

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Jan 27 2017

The Truth About The "Boo"

Philadelphia Clears The Record On The Nearly 50-Year-Old Santa & Snowball Incident Of 1968

With the 50th anniversary of the “Eagles-fans-booed-and-threw-snowballs-at-Santa Claus” incident approaching, VISIT PHILADELPHIA® would like to be clear about what happened on December 15, 1968 and what has transpired in the nearly 50 years since. As the city prepares to host the NFL Draft, April 27-29, 2017, we ask the sportscasters and sports writers of America to let this snowball melt and consider a new story about Philadelphia.
 

  • Eagles fans booed a Santa substitute, not Santa. The real Santa Claus was stuck in a snowstorm (through which 54,535 fans still made it to the game). A 20-year-old fan
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Jan 27 2017

Seven Things to Know: Latino Philadelphia

Latino Culture & Population In The City Of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection

Strength In Numbers:

  1. The 2010 U.S. Census reported 187,611—that’s 12.3%—of Philadelphians are Latino.
    121,643 Philadelphians are Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent.
    15,531 Philadelphians are Mexican or of Mexican descent.
    3,930 Philadelphians are Cuban or of Cuban descent.
    46,507 Philadelphians are of other Hispanic descent.
  2. El Centro de Oro, centered at 5th Street and Lehigh Avenues in Fairhill, is the city’s hub of Latino culture. It’s home to residents from almost every Latin American country, a strong concentration of Puerto Rican families, non-profit organizations and Latino-owned businesses.
  3. Each year, more than two
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Jan 27 2017

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know about NFL Draft Host City, Philadelphia

Fast, Fun & Football-Related Facts About the City of Brotherly Love

This year’s National Football League Draft returns to its Philly roots on April 27-29, 2017. The Philadelphia region is well known for its athletic pride and history—not to mention its central role in the founding of the nation, buzzed-about food scene, vibrant neighborhoods, rich arts and culture scene, parks galore and more. ;

Here are 10 things people might not know about Philadelphia, hosting the NFL Draft for the twelfth time in history:

  1. One quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Philadelphia. Nine NFL teams, including the hometown Philadelphia Eagles, are based within a seven-hour drive
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Jan 25 2017

African-American History Thrives in Philadelphia

The Unique, Compelling Story Of Early African-Americans, As Told Throughout Philadelphia

Just as U.S. history is African-American history, Philadelphia history is African-American history. The nation’s birthplace and first World Heritage City is home to the founding church of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination (201-year-old Mother Bethel A.M.E.) and the country’s first major museum devoted to black American history (African American Museum in Philadelphia). Landmarks in Philadelphia’s Historic District, from the Liberty Bell to street-side Historical Markers, tell of the successes, struggles and contributions of African-Americans through the centuries. Beyond the original city, Philadelphia’s vibrant neighborhoods offer glimpses into the pasts of African-American whose impacts live on today (

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