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Jun 14 2017

Summer Brings Seasonal Perks For The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Visitors Now Receive Dining Discounts, Plus Indego & PHLASH Passes Return

The popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package returns for the summer with seasonal perks, plus its ever-valuable and convenient free hotel parking. Bookable now at, the summer edition runs from June 16 to September 4, 2017.

For stays beginning June 16, guests receive: free hotel parking; passes for Indego, the City of Philadelphia’s bike-sharing program; tickets for the PHLASH downtown loop, stopping at more than 20 Philly attractions; $20 for use at any of Chef Jose Garces’ Philadelphia restaurants; $20 toward dinner at the Moshulu, a restaurant within a Tall Ship permanently docked at Penn’s Landing; and roller skating for two at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.

“There are so many ways to enjoy summer in Philly,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. “With perks to help visitors dine and play along the Delaware River and get around the city by bike or bus, the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Summer Getaway encourages people to experience summer in Philadelphia to the fullest.”

Package Perks In Detail:
The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, responsible for more than 16,000 room nights in 2016, is available for a one- or two-night stay at more than 30 hotels in Center City and beyond. The summer deal includes the following with a combined value of $208:

  • Hotel parking (up to a $100 value)
  • Two Indego bike share passes, each of which is good for four free 30-minute rides (total ride time is four hours—a $32 value)
  • Two all-day PHLASH passes (a $10 value)
  • One $20 gift card for use at one of 10 Garces restaurants in Philadelphia
  • One $20 gift card for dining on the Moshulu (tax and gratuity paid separately)
  • Two tickets and roller skate rentals at Summerfest (a $26 value)

More Reasons To Book The Package:
New exhibitions, art shows, beer gardens and waterfront happenings give visitors more reasons to book:

Must-See Exhibitions:

  • A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature – After recovering from the 1,700-square-foot mirror maze, visitors to The Franklin Institute discover the patterns that constantly surround them. Microscopic cells, the spots on a giraffe and countless other natural occurrences follow mathematical patterns; the key is unlocking them. Through September 4, 2017. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200,
  • Backyard Adventures – Kids delve into the active and surprising world of their own backyards when they hop on the bee bike, collect nectar, explore the food web pond and copy animal and insect sounds at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Activities such as mini-golf combine summertime fun with physics and science lessons—without the textbook. June 9-September 10, 2017. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 299-1000,
  • Winter: Exclusively at Philadelphia Zoo – What better way to celebrate summer than with a snowball fight—inside? America’s oldest zoo is definitely its coolest zoo this season when it debuts this temporary, wintry, indoor playground of 120-foot long Snow Leopard Slope for tubing and snow-covered play areas for building snowmen, making snow angels. June 17-August 20, 2017. 3400 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 243-1100,
  • Wild: Michael Nichols – Sixty-foot banners of a coastal redwood and a giant sequoia in the Great Stair Hall welcome visitors to the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the first major exhibition of Michael Nichols’ stunning nature photography. Other paintings and sculptures from the museum’s collection give insight into artists’ longstanding fascination with the undisturbed world and its animals dwellers. June 27-September 17, 2017. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,

Beer Gardens & Waterfront Wonders:

  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest – This seasonal hotspot draws a warm-weather crowd with its outdoor roller rink, mini-golf, a lodge and food and drinks. The view of the Ben Franklin Bridge is a Snapchatter’s dream. Through September 4, 2017. 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 922-2FUN,
  • Parks on Tap – Philly’s roving beer garden is back for year two with more parks and a longer schedule. For 20 weeks, people can enjoy food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, plus games and entertainment, while supporting Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and each of the host parks. Through October 1, 2017.
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park – Hammocks (50 of them), colorful lights, patio games, food—boardwalk pizza!—draft beer and cocktails and an above-water, netted suspension lounge make Spruce Street Harbor Park one of Philadelphia’s most-loved destinations in the warm weather. Those who really want to get on the water can rent kayaks, canoes and foot-pedal swan boats. Through October 1, 2017. Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street, (215) 922-2FUN,
  • PHS Pop Up Gardens – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society transforms two lots into lovely alfresco hangouts. South Street’s rustic yet modern garden includes burritos and bowls by Cantina Los Caballitos. The University City location takes on the look of an urban orchard and is supported by Jet Wine Bar. Through October 2017. 15th & South and 36th & Filbert Streets,

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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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

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Jul 26 2017

Cool Off At 14 Philadelphia Hotel Pools This August

Center City & University City Hotels Offer The Perfect Base For A Staycation

Philadelphia’s hot, hot, hot summer temperatures show no signs of declining in August, making it a great time for regional residents to consider a staycation at one of the many city hotels offering pool access. After touring the town, hotel guests can lounge among the skyscrapers on the 24th floor of the downtown Windsor Suites or take a lap or two at the posh pool of AKA University City—just two of many alluring pool options in the city’s sandbox.

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Jun 6 2017

Philadelphia's Classic Fourth Of July Celebration Turns 25

Wawa Welcome America! Includes Four Fireworks Shows, Four Concerts, Free Museums, Boyz II Men & Mary J. Blige

Welcome America turns 25 this year, and Philadelphia is planning a six-day Independence Day festival to celebrate. As always, a birthday party of this magnitude can take place only in the United States’ birthplace—Philly. From June 29 through July 4, 2017, Wawa Welcome America! includes four spectacular fireworks shows, a bigger Historic District Block Party, a delicious Wawa Hoagie Day and a huge July 4th concert—this time, starring Mary J. Blige. Also on the docket: Free Museum Days, outdoor movies—including Rocky on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps—and new alfresco happy hours.

To take in all the patriotic

May 3 2017

Philadelphia's Historic District Gears Up For A Revolutionary Summer

New Museum, New Hotel & New Concert Make The Original City A Must This Summer

The just-opened Museum of the American Revolution brings the United States’ war for independence into today’s consciousness, using rarely seen relics, the original George Washington Headquarters Tent, dozens of arms, uniforms, artifacts, documents and historical vignettes of ordinary Americans to tell the extraordinary story of the nation’s founding. But the new museum isn’t the only reason to visit Philadelphia’s Historic District this summer. The Historic District consists of the Old City, Society Hill and Delaware River Waterfront neighborhoods, extending from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Vine Street to Lombard Street.

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Jun 3 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Breaks Records For Center City Hotels

Crowds In Historic Philadelphia, Special Events & Exhibitions & Great Weather Played A Part

Center City hotels were full this Memorial Day weekend with both Saturday and Sunday seeing the highest occupancies for those nights in at least a decade.

Overall Weekend Hotel Occupancy:

  • Friday: 82.8% (+5% from 2015 when occupancy was at 78.5%, source: Smith Travel Research)
  • Saturday: 98.0% (+1.4% from 2015 when occupancy was at 96%, source: Smith Travel)
  • Sunday 93.4% (+21.1% from 2015 when occupancy was at 77%, source: Travel Click 2016)

“Memorial Day weekend is the start of the summer tourism season, and what a great one it was for Philadelphia thanks to so many factors in Historic Philadelphia and

Jun 11 2015

#Visitphilly Photo Spots Pop Up All Over Philly This Summer

Fun Structures Encourage People To Snap & Share Philly Photos On Social Media

XOXO marks the spot this summer in Philadelphia thanks to seven fun #visitphilly Photo Spots located at highly trafficked and iconic areas throughout the city. From June 11 through September 30, 2015, locals and the millions of visitors in town for summer vacations and special events are encouraged to snap photos with these structures, tag them #visitphilly and share them on social media. These instructions will appear at each structure and on ground graphics found at other great photo opportunities around town such as the Rocky statue. An initiative of VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the summer-long promotion ties into the organization’s

May 6 2015

New Philly Hotel Deal Offers VIP Access To Must-See Impressionism Exhibit At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art This Summer

Major Perk: Visit-Anytime Tickets For Discovering The Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel And The New Painting

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has partnered with 15 area hotels to offer a one-night Discovering the Impressionists Hotel Package, which includes two visit-anytime tickets for its summer exhibition, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, on view from June 24 through September 13, 2015. Philadelphia is the only U.S. city to showcase the blockbuster show, featuring nearly 100 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Cassatt and others.

In addition to the one-night hotel stay and two VIP tickets for the exhibit, the package includes special discounts for select museum gift shops and a complimentary dessert with

Jul 16 2012

Popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package Goes Mega For The Month Of August

Package Includes Two Tickets For Return Trip To Philly

For one month only, the popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package is going mega. Visitors who book the Mega Philly Overnight Hotel Package for a stay in the month of August get accommodations for two nights and free hotel parking as usual, along with a voucher for two roundtrip tickets for a return trip to Philadelphia. The package is available at more than 45 hotels in the city and region, and it’s bookable at

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May 30 2012

Philly's Summer Hotel Packages Are Ready For Booking

One Major Package Perk: Attraction & Exhibition Tickets

Hotels throughout the Philadelphia region are offering packages to promote popular attractions and special exhibitions running through the spring and summer seasons. Deals to pamper out-of-towners—or even locals—are citywide, giving those spending the night plenty of time to explore the city. Here are some of the packages now available through the summer and beyond:

Be a Kid Again Getaway Package:
Hotels: More than 20 participating hotels
Package Overview: Guests who book a two-night hotel stay and buy at least two Elmo’s ANY 2-Day Tickets get front-of-line Abby’s Magic Queue passes for their party.
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