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Philly Tours Explore History, Art, Food, Bridges & the Supernatural
Visitors to Philadelphia can choose from an assortment of options to explore the region, including those of the air, automotive, audio, culinary, self-guided and water-based varieties. And the sightseeing fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Those who come out at night can join tours that feature behind-the-scenes action and, if so desired, spirits from beyond. Here’s a selection of tours available throughout the region:
History Lessons By Day & Night:
- Bow Tie Tours – Learning about Philadelphia’s—and America’s—history through the true tales of real-life characters who walked the city’s streets is the secret to the success of
Aspiring Citizens Get Study Help With New Americans Trail
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.
Here’s a look at the 16 tour spots:
- Betsy Ross House,
What's In The Logan Square Neighborhood?
Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. What’s there? Corporate and municipal office buildings; the museum-packed Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and green spaces, including the square that gives the area its name. Once called Northwest Square, Logan Square—one of the city’s original five squares—was renamed to honor 18th-century mayor James Logan.
City Hall is a natural focal point of the Logan Square neighborhood. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation makes people stop and take notice—and photos. The sprawling building is adorned with carvings of allegorical figures and is capped off with a massive statue of William Penn, all of which was designed...
What's In the Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mount Airy Neighborhoods?
Diverse and historic, Chestnut Hill, Germantown and Mount Airy are urban neighborhoods in northwest Philadelphia. Each enclave has a distinctive style, feel and highlights that represent the communities’ past and present. All are worth day trips, and fortunately, getting there is a cinch via SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system. Check bus and regional rail schedules at septa.org before heading off to explore these vibrant neighborhoods.
Chestnut Hill (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
With a higher elevation than the rest of the city, Chestnut Hill, a National Register Historic District, was once a vacation
Rocky's Philadelphia: How The City Has Changed From 1976 To 2015 When Newest Rocky Film Debuts In Theaters
Beloved boxer Rocky Balboa might be surprised if he ran up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps today and turned around, arms raised in triumph, to see the city’s gleaming skyline. It’s remarkably different from the modest skyline he looked out on in the original 1976 film, which welcomes its seventh installment, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema drama Creed, to theaters just before Thanksgiving. The fictional fighter could be forgiven for not recognizing the tall buildings on both sides of the river, beautiful parks along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the addition of the Barnes...
A First-Timer's Guide To Philadelphia
While Philadelphia offers a variety of authentic and top-notch attractions, exploring this vibrant city takes some planning—especially for first-time visitors. With so much to see, do and taste, it’s challenging for a novice to know where to begin. From the historic Liberty Bell to the deliciously indulgent cheesesteak, here’s a look at Philly 101:
- Independence Hall – While historical attractions abound in Philly, Independence Hall has particular significance to the development of the nation. In this building in 1776, the Founding Fathers came together to sign the Declaration of Independence. Eleven years later, representatives from a
Ready For The Pope? Philadelphia's Sacred Sites Reveal The City's Religious Stories
This year presents the ideal opportunity to explore Philadelphia’s sacred side: The city will host the eighth World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis himself. A long list of sacred places, thanks to their history, architecture or emotional resonance, make Greater Philadelphia an awe-inspiring place to visit all the time—even when the pope is home in the Vatican. Around the region, new sites rise next to centuries-old houses of worship. Together, they provide physical testaments to the indomitable spirit of people who made great sacrifices for the liberty to worship as they please.
Here’s a look at the region’s old...
Calling All Francophiles: Just Say "Oui" To Philadelphia
When the Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibition opens on June 24, 2015 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the only American venue for the show), Philadelphia will continue its ongoing love affair with all things French. The summer blockbuster, which runs through September 13, 2015, showcases approximately 95 works by impressionist masters the influential Parisian art dealer championed, including Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet. From there, visitors in town for the show can explore the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic, architectural and fashion influences, starting with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, planned and designed...
What's In The Market East Neighborhood?
Steps away from the most historic square mile in America, the Market East neighborhood serves as a gateway to the city’s business, shopping and entertainment district. Originally known as High Street, what is now called Market Street is a busy boulevard, particularly during the daytime as shoppers, workers and visitors fill the streets.
Bordered by Old City to the east, Chinatown to the north and Washington Square West to the south and dominated by Philadelphia’s elaborately embellished City Hall, the Market East neighborhood is largely commercial with boundaries that stretch roughly from 7th to 15th Streets and Chestnut...
What's In The West Philly Neighborhood?
Every resident knows (and secretly loves) Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air lyric “In West Philadelphia, born and raised … ” Not obvious from the 1990s theme song is the dynamic culture that thrives inside the large area—due to historic characteristics, large educational and research institutions and new developments and residents.
Separated from Center City by the Schuylkill River, West Philadelphia resembles a microcosm of the city itself, with a number of smaller, distinct neighborhoods inside it. Many of its attractions and events—community gardens, Ethiopian restaurants, offbeat performances and the like—were created to benefit the people living in the...
Backgrounder: Eco-friendly Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s bike-share program, to begin in spring 2015, is just the latest news in the city’s eco-friendly efforts. Long a pioneer in the environmental movement, Philadelphia is attracting increasing global attention for efforts to become a leader in urban sustainability. Attractions, organizations and the city itself hold prestigious designations, including a major award from the Environmental Protection Agency. Not to be outdone, the region’s service amenities and modes of transportation are also advancing the green revolution.
Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s green cred:
- The Clean Air Council’s 5K Run for Clean Air is Philadelphia’s largest Earth Day celebration.
New Look, New Features For Two Major Philadelphia Attractions
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...
Philadelphia Marks Its Modernist—And French—Moment
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...
Philadelphia’s more recent architectural additions—including the country’s tallest green building, the Comcast Center—and other modern constructions blend with Colonial-style buildings as well as structures from eras in between to give the city a distinguished look. The architectural heritage of more than 300 years is visible throughout the city and region with outstanding examples of every type of building and virtually every architectural style found in the United States. Almost 100 buildings have been designated National Historic Landmarks. More than any other city in the country, Philadelphia illustrates the history of American architecture.
A New Nation Finds Its Own Style...
Philly's More Original: Architectural And Design Weekend
Laid out into a neat grid by city planner William Penn, Philadelphia naturally lends itself to smart design. Visitors can wander from the glittering Avenue of the Arts to the workaday Italian Market and from the cozy cobblestone streets of Old City to the industrial and hip sidewalks of Northern Liberties. Two hundred-year-old buildings mingle with modernist structures. Huge warehouses are reborn as chic lofts. Invention and reinvention are key. This easy itinerary, available at www.gophila.com, offers a glimpse of Philadelphia’s finest design—but feel free to stray to wherever your eyes may lead you.
LOCATION: Philadelphia’s neighborhoods
TRANSPORTATION: Feet, public...
12 Inspired Holiday Gifts From Philly's Art Museums & Shops
Winter holiday shopping season is here, and Philadelphia’s art- and treasure-filled shops are stocked with inspired gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive. Here’s a look at a dozen museum shops, galleries and boutiques—many of which are partners in the With Art Philadelphia marketing campaign to showcase the city as one of the world’s great art destinations—and the must-have gifts they’re wrapping up this year.
The Spot: American Institute of Architects (AIA) Bookstore, 1218 Arch Street and 105 S. 7th Street (at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design), (215) 569-3188, aiabookstore.com
Philadelphia Marks 100th Anniversary Of Frank Furness' Death With Four-Month Celebration Of Architect's Life
To mark the 100-year anniversary of famed Philadelphia architect Frank Furness’ death, museums and institutions throughout the city are debuting special exhibitions and events that document many aspects of the visionary architect’s life and career. All part of Revolutionary Philly: Making Buildings Out of His Head, the four-month celebration focuses on Furness’ accomplishments, his influence on other architects, his role in shaping Philadelphia’s streetscapes and his vision behind the design of more than 600 buildings around the nation. Fans of Furness can also admire the architect’s work at some of his landmark buildings still in use throughout Philadelphia and The...
This is a DesignPhiladelphia press release.
It’s a banner year for DesignPhiladelphia (DP), the festival that spotlights all things design from architecture to interior design, fashion to product design, textile to graphic design. With over 90 events, DesignPhiladelphia is the largest event of its kind in America. From Thursday, October 16th thru Wednesday, October 22nd – in conjunction with National DesignWeek – boutiques, galleries, design studios, cultural institutions, universities, warehouses and city streets become platforms for the creative energy soaring throughout Philadelphia.
DesignPhiladelphia champions emerging talent reflective of Philadelphia’s diverse design influences while giving the established design leaders...