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Mar 26 2015

Fact Sheet: Family Fun In Philadelphia

Historical Sites & Attractions:

  • Wannabe sailors can visit the nation’s most decorated battleship, the Battleship New Jersey, and take tours of the ship, ride the 4-D flight simulator, climb into the onboard helicopter and sleep in the sailors’ bunks as part of its award-winning Overnight Encampment program. 62 Battleship Place, Camden, (856) 966-1652, battleshipnewjersey.org
  • America’s most famous flag maker greets guests in her interactive 18th-century upholstery shop at the Betsy Ross House. Visitors learn about Betsy’s life and legend from the lady herself. An audio tour caters to four-to-eight-year-olds, offering lessons in Colonial life and the opportunity
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Mar 18 2015

Ready For The Pope? Philadelphia's Sacred Sites Reveal The City's Religious Stories

From Shrines to Synagogues, The City of Brotherly Love Has Spirit

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

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Mar 12 2015

Philly Revs Up For Summer Family Fun With New Attractions & Exhibits

Must-Dos Include: Tall Ships, LEGO® Art, Sesame Place & Longwood Gardens

Just as school is letting out for the summer, Philadelphia is ushering in a season of new family-friendly activities and exhibitions. Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden unites two waterfronts with an exciting display of 15 majestic ships from around the world—and one giant 20-story-high floating rubber ducky. If it’s icky and stinky, it’s a topic of great interest for kids at Animal Grossology at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. And the magic behind the new light show at Longwood Gardens will have everyone ooohing and aaahing. Here’s a look at what families should add to their summer

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Mar 6 2015

Philly Region Festivals Celebrate Art, Music, Mushrooms & More

In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside, There’s Always Something To Celebrate In 2015

With just the turn of the ignition key and within less than an hour, visitors to Philadelphia can explore the region’s quaint towns and charming settings. And what better way to discover them than with the homegrown festivals and events that celebrate their distinct personalities. Some festivities are quirky—think tens of thousands of folks coming together to pay tribute to the mushroom. Others honor the culinary talents of their hometown chefs or the creative handiwork of local artisans. While still others harken back to the town’s proud role in American history. Whatever the topic or the time of year, local

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Mar 4 2015

Philadelphia Marks 50 Years Of LGBT Activism

A Year of Exhibitions, Re-enactments & Special Events Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Pivotal Independence Mall Demonstrations

Philadelphia celebrates five decades of political progress with the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement. Commemorative exhibitions at major institutions and a moving re-enactment of the original Fourth of July demonstration honor the milestone year.

Now one of the country’s leading gay-friendly destinations, the City of Brotherly Love played a pivotal role in the earliest days of the American gay-rights movement. The first major U.S. protest for LGBT equality took place in front of Independence Hall on July 4, 1965. Coordinated by Philadelphia resident Barbara Gittings and Washingtonian Frank Kameny, now known as the mother and father of

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Mar 1 2015

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region March 2015 Through February 2016

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

March 2015
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December 2015
January 2016
February 2016

MARCH 2015

Through March 1, 2015
THE ILLUSIONISTS.
Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show comes to the Academy of Music stage. Audiences are in awe of the jaw-dropping talents of seven incredible illusionists and their thrilling and sophisticated magic. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

Through March 1, 2015
PRIVATE LIVES.
Dazzling and witty, this masterpiece comedy at the Walnut Street Theatre tells the story of divorcees Elyot

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Feb 26 2015

What's In The East Passyunk & Pennsport Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In The East Passyunk & Pennsport Neighborhoods

For years, insiders have flocked to South Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, creating a sort of renaissance for the thoroughfare itself.

Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced pashunk by those in the know) find eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and sushi fare, as well as the amazing Italian eateries that first made this street famous—not to mention the two across-the-street cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks. Generally, the area known as East

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Feb 20 2015

What's In The Fishtown Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Art & Shops In Philadelphia’s Fishtown Neighborhood

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 there 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 and visit the world’s only pizza museum. Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor serves

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Feb 20 2015

What's In The Northern Liberties Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In Philadelphia's Northern Liberties Neighborhood

Once considered Philadelphia’s favorite 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, the area enjoys a pleasant mix of older functional and modern design. Two shopping/dining/art/entertainment plazas helped make Northern Liberties an accessible and thriving area: Liberties Walk and The Piazza at Schmidts.

The neighborhood lies north of Old City, and its borders

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Feb 19 2015

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.

Historical Sites:

  • Snuggled behind the east wing of Independence Hall is Philosophical Hall, a brick building erected in the late 1780s that was the nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science. Today, the
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Feb 18 2015

What's In The Callowhill Neighborhood?

Food, Drinks, Culture, Shops, Galleries & Nightlife In Philadelphia's Callowhill Neighborhood

Dubbed the “Loft District” by real estate developers and “The Eraser ’Hood” by locals referencing the once-dark landscape that inspired former resident David Lynch’s cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something in between these two extremes. The stylish-yet-still-transforming neighborhood attracts both young professionals who enjoy its high-end condos and close proximity to Center City and artists looking for affordable-yet-expansive studio and gallery spaces. It’s a formerly industrial neighborhood that charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and the kind of hidden cultural gems that intrigue visitors and residents alike.

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Feb 18 2015

What's In The Bella Vista And Queen Village Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Cafes In Queen Village & Bella Vista

Once considered working-class suburbs, the tree-lined South Philadelphia neighborhoods of Queen Village and Bella Vista have spent the past decade establishing themselves as some of the city’s most stable and vibrant places to live, work, dine and shop. Small, mostly historic townhouses and a mix of new and well-established businesses make up these side-by-side neighborhoods. Residents both new and old are passionate about maintaining pocket parks and patronizing independent merchants and restaurants. The districts’ busiest byways include the open-air Italian Market on South 9th Street and the mini neighborhood of west-to-east-running South Street.

Directly south of Old City and

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Feb 11 2015

Philly Galleries Set The Scene For Picture-Perfect Gardens

Art Often Comes With A Side Of Floral Beauty In Philadelphia

Throughout the Philadelphia region, art spills out of galleries and into the great outdoors. Many of the region’s galleries and museums are set amid colorful gardens, quiet woodlands or serene meadows that accentuate the art found on the walls. Here’s a look at some of the Philadelphia region galleries that celebrate beauty inside and out:

  • When there isn’t a festival, concert or film series in the 27-acre Sculpture Park at the Abington Art Center, visitors can claim a quiet bench under the Katasura trees to contemplate the 24 environmentally themed semi-permanent and temporary sculptures by artists such as Ursula von
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Feb 11 2015

It's Cool To Be A Nerd In Philadelphia

Geeky Attractions, Events & Festivals Never Go Out Of Style

Every day is geek day in Philadelphia. Brainiac activity abounds in University City, a vibrant section of West Philadelphia that boasts numerous institutions of higher learning, including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, along with 51,000 college students and groundbreaking advances. Outside of the classroom and on the other side of the city, startups and co-working spaces dot North 3rd Street between Old City and Northern Liberties, earning the corridor an amusing and appropriate nickname, N3RD Street (read: “nerd street”).

Bucking stereotypes, Philadelphia’s nerd population is social, creative and downright fun, following the example of the original Philly

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Feb 5 2015

Willkommen To Philly: Four New Exhibitions Highlight German Culture

Traditional German Culture Thrives In Philly’s Food, Historic Sites, Crafts & New Exhibitions

Multiple waves of immigration have left an indelible German influence on the Philly area. The multi-venue Celebration of Pennsylvania German Art, beginning in early 2015, will explore this legacy through traditional Pennsylvania German (a.k.a. Pennsylvania Dutch) art forms such as fraktur, letters and documents embellished with motifs such as birds and flowers.

These exhibitions are just the beginning of the Pennsylvania German experience. Visitors can find a rich store of German culture in the Philadelphia region: the customs of the Amish, the historic grounds in Germantown and top restaurants serving bratwurst.

Here are just a few suggestions for a German-themed

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Feb 3 2015

Just Say "Si" To Latin Dancing In Philadelphia

Dancers Can Master Their Moves At Clubs & Classes All Around Town

There’s a non-stop fiesta happening in Philadelphia, where Latin dance is hot, hot, hot. Throughout the city, dancers are heating up the floor with their sultry and steamy dance moves as live bands and DJs pump out the evening’s sound track. And with classes led by talented instructors, even newbies can salsa, samba, tango, cha-cha and more before the last note fades.

Here’s a look at spots where everyone from bachata beginners to merengue masters can get their Latin groove on:

Nightclubs & Restaurants:

  • Almost every night is dance night at Brasil’s Nightclub and Restaurant in Old City. Every
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Jan 29 2015

What's In The Logan Square Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars, Cafes, Galleries & Theaters In Logan Square

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 architectural equivalent of a wedding cake, the sprawling building is adorned with carvings of allegorical figures and is capped off with a massive

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Jan 29 2015

Philly On Film

The City Of Brotherly Love Provides An Iconic Backdrop For Some Of Hollywood’s Best-Loved Movies

Philadelphia is no stranger to cinema. While the city may be most well known as the site of the formidable Rocky franchise—the first movie won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1976, and the seventh installment, Creed, is set to debut in late 2015—more than 100 films have showcased the Philadelphia region on the silver screen since the 1970s. From screwball comedies to tearjerkers, inspiring true stories to action-packed adventures, these movies show off the region’s iconic and lesser-known streets and sights. Here’s where to relive some of Hollywood’s most memorable Philadelphia moments:

Sports Flicks For A Sports Town

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Jan 26 2015

Where To Buy Latino Art In Philadelphia

From Traditional To Modern, Latino Art Is On Sale Around Town

Latino art thrives in Philadelphia, and it’s available for sale at galleries and museums around town. Want a Frida Kahlo print for the living room? Find it at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the market for an original oil painting in the magical realism style of Orlando Quevedo? The Cuban artist’s NoLibs gallery delivers. Maybe only a Day of the Dead doll will do? Eyes Gallery offers just the thing. Here’s a look at where to buy Latino art in Philadelphia:

  • A visit to the community-based arts and cultural organization Taller Puertorriqueño means a visit to its The Julia
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Jan 26 2015

Backgrounder: Garden Story Angles

Philadelphia Gardens Find Roots In Quaker & Colonial Practices; A New Trail Highlights The Local Landscape

The Gardens and Galleries Trail of Greater Philadelphia
Visitors can use The Gardens and Galleries Trail of Greater Philadelphia on visitphilly.com to plan their trips to the beautiful gardens of the Philadelphia region. In addition to Mother Nature’s artwork, the trail highlights historic galleries and museums that feature artistic interpretations of the local landscape.

Arboretums For Pleasure, Education & Inspiration
In part because the Quakers who settled in Pennsylvania were meticulous about identifying and cataloguing the forms of natural life they discovered here, the Philadelphia region is internationally recognized for its wealth of arboretums. Chestnut Hill’s Morris Arboretum of the

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