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Feb 14 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Perfect For A Spring Escape

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

Warmer, drier weather is near, a perfect excuse for winter-weary travelers to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon availability—all year long. Booking information is available at visitphilly.com/overnight.

Here are 10 reasons to spend a couple of nights in Philadelphia this March and beyond:

Annual Favorites:

  1. The Pennsylvania Convention Center is the site of the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, the nation’s premier horticultural event. The annual gardening celebration features top-of-the-line floral and landscape design, entertainment and more than 180 vendors. This year’s theme, “ARTiculture,” spotlights the relationship of art and nature, along with great horticultural design as an art form. March 1-9. (215) 988-8800, theflowershow.com
  2. Pasión y Arte presents the 2014 Flamenco Festival, celebrating the art of flamenco dance while examining its changing traditions. Events include performances, classes and film screenings. March 3-16, 2014. (215) 921-8126, pasionyarteflamenco.org
  3. With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a carnival that takes place along the Ben Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Science Festival demonstrates the role science plays in everyday life. April 25-May 3. (215) 448-1200, philasciencefestival.org
  4. Musicians, dancers, actors, jugglers, puppeteers and acrobats delight young audiences at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts during the 30th annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival. May 1-3. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org
  5. Equality Forum, the Global LGBT Summit that celebrates the cultural and political legacy of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, includes a featured nation, panels, parties and special events in collaboration with regional, national and international organizations. May 1-4. equalityforum.com
  6. Nationally acclaimed journalists, writers, singers and performance artists from across the U.S. head to Philadelphia each year for the Celebration of Black Writing, marking its 30th anniversary in 2014. The event is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation. May 1-31. artsanctuary.org

Must-See Exhibitions:

  1. On view at The Barnes Foundation, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders explores the themes of history, race, slavery and commerce with the sculptures of Shonibare, a British artist of Nigerian descent. Life-sized mannequins clothed in the colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe but most closely associated with Africa offer a provocative examination of European colonialism and European and African identities. Through April 21. (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org
  2. Life and Death in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute unearths the beauty, mystery and tragic destruction of the ancient city Pompeii. Visitors experience daily life in this ancient Roman city, and then floors shake and walls rumble to reenact the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the devastation that remained. Through April 27, 2014. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
  3. The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910, the first comprehensive survey in the United States to be devoted to the art of the Joseon dynasty. More than 150 works are on display, many of which have never been seen before by American audiences. March 2-May 26. (215) 235-7469, philamuseum.org
  4. On view at the National Constitution Center, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello uses Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation in central Virginia, as a focal point for examining the dilemma of slavery in the United States. It illuminates the lives of Monticello’s enslaved people through Jefferson’s own possessions, archeological items that offer a glimpse into their daily lives and hands-on activities. April 9-October 19, 2014. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org

Visit Philadelphia, formerly known as Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.

Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com make up the most-visited website network out of the 10 biggest U.S. cities. 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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