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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

Nov 7 2013

Philly Celebrates The Year Of The Bard

In Honor of Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, Visitors Can Explore the English Sites, Eats & Shops Of Philadelphia

All of Philadelphia’s a stage in 2014 when the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and other arts organizations join together to present the Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450, a celebration of the famed playwright. Festivities include ongoing exhibitions at the Free Library of Philadelphia, an outdoor birthday celebration, pop-up performances, chamber music concerts, literary salons and more. That makes 2014 a blooming great time to explore the region’s British treasures. Visitors can top off their teacups with visits to the city’s historic sites, pubs and sporting events. Here’s a look at some of Philadelphia’s English

Nov 1 2013

Build Your Art Collection In Philly

Art Schools, Galleries & Collaboratives Provide Inspiration & Take-Home Artworks

Philadelphia boasts a national reputation as an ideal place to buy art of all kinds and in all price ranges, so buyers don’t have to be a Rockefeller—or a Rittenhouse—to get in on the action. The art community in Philadelphia prides itself on being friendly and inviting, welcoming even novice buyers to take the first steps toward establishing a lifelong love of art collecting.

Residents and visitors can find art for sale in galleries, collectives and even local coffee shops. The region’s art schools count future stars among its ranks, and their current work sells for much less than it

Oct 23 2013

Lights, Camera, Holidays: Where To See Philadelphia All Aglow

Franklin Square & RiverRink Sparkle With New Holiday Light Displays This Year

Dark winter nights turn glittery and bright with holiday lights that shimmer and shine all across Philadelphia and The Countryside®. With new displays at Franklin Square and the Blue Cross RiverRink, the season takes on a magical glow as a number of local attractions and neighborhoods pump up the power and light up the skies with sparkling colors and elaborate light displays like these shining examples:

Bright Lights, Big City:

  • The holiday magic at Ben Franklin’s namesake park begins with the new Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, featuring a 10-foot-tall kite made of lights

En Español

Oct 21 2013

14 New Reasons To Visit Philadelphia In 2014

Grand Openings, New Public Spaces & Exciting Exhibitions Make For A Memorable 2014

For visitors wondering what’s new in Philadelphia in 2014, the short answer is: a lot. A long list of public spaces, exciting exhibitions, milestone birthdays and anniversaries and all-new attractions slated for completion in 2014 give first-time visitors and Philadelphia regulars plenty more reasons to make a trip—or return trip—to the region. Outdoor types can use Philly’s new Bike Share program to check out the new Venice Island or Pier 53 at Washington Avenue Green. Families can head to the Philadelphia Zoo for the new big cat outdoor trail or to the new wing of The Franklin Institute, where loads


In English

Oct 21 2013

14 Razones Por Las Que Visitar Filadelfia En El 2014

Aperturas, Nuevos Espacios Públicos Y Exhibiciones Que Harán Del 2014 Un Año Memorable

Para los visitantes que se preguntan qué hay de nuevo en Filadelfia en el 2014, la respuesta es corta: mucho. Una larga lista de espacios públicos, interesantes exposiciones, aniversarios y cumpleaños memorables y nuevas atracciones que estarán listas en el 2014 le darán a los visitantes muchas razones para visitar Filadelfia y los pueblos de los alrededores. Aquellos que disfrutan de las actividades al aire libre podrán utilizar el nuevo programa de Filadelfia Bike Share para explorar la nueva Isla de Venecia o el nuevo espacio verde Pier 53 at Washington Avenue Green. Las familias pueden ir al Zoológico de

Oct 8 2013

What's New & Notable In Philly's Restuarant Scene This Fall?

A New Old-School Trattoria, A Broad Street Bar Revival, A Vegan Fast Food Restaurant & More

Fall brings a colorful slate of restaurant openings to Philadelphia. On the list are new locations for local quick spots Plenty and HipCityVeg, along with a contemporary reboot of Fork’s next door café and several Euro-centric bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spots. Here are just a few of the region’s autumnal additions, arriving just in time for turtleneck season:

Recent Openings:

  • Long-running casual market-cafe Fork:etc. was recently reborn as High Street on Market, showcasing chef Eli Kulp’s creative cookery in the form of delicious pastries and breads and inventive salads, pasta dishes and sandwiches by day and contemporary American cuisine focused on
Sep 26 2013

With Art Philadelphia™ Extended For Third Year

Campaign Aims To Show Why A Visit To Philadelphia Is Better With Art

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) and its partners are extending the With Art Philadelphia™ collaborative campaign to a third year, starting this fall. This decision follows two years of successfully showcasing Philadelphia’s impressive visual arts scene and establishing Philadelphia as a destination for art. The theme for year three will be “A visit to Philadelphia is better with art.”

“People are getting it: If you want to experience art, you should be in Philadelphia, and that’s the message we’ll keep promoting in year three,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of GPTMC. “They come to see treasures by

Sep 26 2013

A Thriving Creative Class Makes Philadelphia A "Workshop Of The World" For The Modern Age

Artisans & Technophiles Rev Up City’s Post-Industrial Engines

Since its inception, Philadelphia has drawn the nation’s most creative entrepreneurs and progressive thinkers. These inventive minds have founded the country’s first art museum and school (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), constructed state-of-the-art 19th-century textile mills and started what continues to be the most influential mural arts program in the world (Mural Arts Program). In the 21st century, Philadelphia continues to breed top talent in the fields of technology, fashion, design and manufacturing. These “makers” work in studios, labs and workshops in the neighborhoods and towns of Philadelphia and The Countryside®, where visitors can

Sep 24 2013

Philadelphia Marks Its Modernist—And French—Moment

Visitors Can Celebrate The Philadelphia Museum Of Art’s Léger Exhibit By Discovering The City’s Many Connections To The Artist & His Style

The Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis exhibition opens on October 14, 2013 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)—its only American showing—and visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to explore the metropolis of Philadelphia and its many modernist and French connections. The exhibit, which runs through January 4, 2014, includes 160 works, centered on Léger’s post-Cubist masterpiece The City (1919), as well as pieces by other renowned artists of the period such as Mondrian, Cassandre and van Doesburg. Outside the PMA, visitors can turn their attention to the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic and architectural influences of the

Aug 23 2013

Philadelphia Marks 10 Years Of Gay Marketing With New TV Commercial

Miss Richfield 1981’s Selfie Tour Showcases Philadelphia’s Photo-Worthy Attractions, Nightlife & People

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its award-winning Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay® campaign, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is set to release its second commercial geared toward the LGBT traveler. In 2004, GPTMC produced the first TV commercial by a U.S. destination for the LGBT travel market.

“Ten years ago, Philadelphia was proud to officially ‘come out’ as a gay-friendly destination when we invited LGBT travelers to visit,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of GPTMC. “With our new commercial, we’re going beyond our history roots and reiterating our invitation, celebrating both


Tagged: LGBT
Aug 22 2013

Visit Philly Expands Instagram Programs

Next Up: A Public Art Photo Contest & More Guest Instagrammers

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) continues to innovate with the image-building photo-sharing app Instagram. Here are two new ways the Visit Philly Instagram account engages its 5,700 followers:

  1. Philadelphia Public Art Photo Contest: Beginning on August 22, 10 people have the chance to win a membership to one of Philadelphia’s cultural institutions or an art-filled Philadelphia getaway by snapping a photo of public art—murals, sculptures, gardens or paintings in museums and galleries—in the Philadelphia region. Part of the With Art Philadelphia campaign, the contest encourages user-generated photography of Philadelphia’s abundant arts scene. To submit, users upload an
Aug 20 2013

World's Only Benjamin Franklin Museum To Open In Philadelphia On August 24

Museum Honors Life & Legacy Of Famed Founding Father

When the new Benjamin Franklin Museum opens in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 24, visitors can delve into all aspects of Franklin’s life, from his role as statesman and diplomat to his life as a private citizen, inventor, philosopher and more. Built next to the site where Franklin actually lived in the mid 1700s, the underground museum was originally built for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration. Now, after undergoing a major transformation, the revitalized site will feature personal artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays. It is the only museum in the world dedicated to the life, times and legacy of this extraordinary

Aug 19 2013

Benjamin Franklin Museum

New Museum Opens In Independence National Historical Park

This is an Independence National Historical Park press release.

The Benjamin Franklin Museum in Independence National Historical Park is re-opening to the public after a two year renovation project. Visitors are invited to Museum Preview Days, August 24 through September 19. The Grand Opening for the museum will be September 20, following a reception on September 19 organized by the Friends of Independence National Historical Park.

Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Benjamin Franklin, the revitalized features personal artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays exploring Franklin’s life and character. Visitors of all ages will be able to immerse

Aug 19 2013

Fact Sheet: Benjamin Franklin Museum Fast Facts

This is an Independence National Historical Park fact sheet.

With 9,500 square feet of exhibit space, the Benjamin Franklin Museum includes:


  • 45 historical artifacts, mostly 18th-century (with a few 19th & early-20th-century exceptions)
  • Oldest artifact: Mastodon tooth fossil – Fossilized stone / Independence National Historical Park / This tooth, found at Franklin Court in 1959, likely was among a group of fossils sent to Franklin in London in 1767. Franklin found the fossils “extremely curious.” Discovered near the Ohio River, they came from a mastodon, an ancient, elephant-like creature.
  • Largest artifact: Sedan