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New York Times Names Philadelphia #3 of 52 Places to Visit in 2015

Discover the Philadelphia attractions that are garnering international acclaim

Philadelphia is gearing up for a blockbuster year with the return of amazing pop-up parks, incredible exhibitions and the United States’ first visit from Pope Francis.

The New York Times has jumped on the Philly bandwagon, naming the City of Brotherly Love #3 of 52 Places To Go in 2015.

As if you needed more Reasons to Visit Philadelphia in 2015, we’ve put together a visual guide to the city’s top attractions that won over the New York Times.

Dilworth Park

Dilworth

Do a few laps around the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park this winter. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

After undergoing an extensive renovation, Dilworth Park at Philadelphia’s City Hall reopened in the fall of 2015 to city-wide acclaim. Skate laps in the center of the city on the Rothman Ice Rink this winter and celebrate the spring and summer months with live music, movie screenings, outdoor shopping and much more.

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Delaware River Waterfront

The Delaware River Waterfront has always been a scenic destination, but it is currently enjoying a renaissance thanks to popular seasonal pop-up gardens, brand-new outdoor spaces and dining destinations. The waterfront also hosts blockbuster annual events including the New Year’s Eve Fireworks, summer concerts, multicultural events and much more.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Waterfront Winterfest

Winterfest

Enjoy ice skating, light shows, arcade fun and tasty treats at the expanded Blue Cross RiverRink Waterfront Winterfest. (Photo courtesy the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

Expanding on the long-running Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing, the Waterfront Winterfest is a pop-up paradise complete with ice skating, arcade games, rocking chairs, dancing lights and refreshments in the heated Lodge. Open until March 2015, the Winterfest is a must-see seasonal attraction for visitors of all ages.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

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Spruce Street Harbor Park is expected to return to Penn’s Landing in the summer of 2015. (Photo courtesy the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

Over the summer of 2014, Spruce Street Harbor Park wowed visitors with its serene hammock garden, floating barges, colorful lights and outdoor beer garden. Named one of the best urban beaches in the world by The Huffington Post, the popular waterfront pop-up is scheduled to return in the summer of 2015 with even more outdoor fun.

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Race Street Pier

Race Street Pier

The Race Street Pier is a scenic waterfront respite on the Delaware River. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Race Street Pier offers a ideal spot for relaxation and reflection on the Delaware River. Boasting amazing views of seasonal fireworks, the pier also hosts special events including music performances and yoga classes on the river.

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Washington Avenue Pier

Washington Avenue Pier

Take in amazing views of the city skyline from the 55-foot-tall “Land Buoy” staircase at the renovated Washington Avenue Pier. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

The summer of 2014 also featured the opening of the renovated Washington Avenue Pier featuring an elevated boardwalk, panoramic views of the city and the visually striking Land Buoy by artist Jody Pinto, a 55-foot-tall spiral staircase honoring the site’s history of immigration.

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Schuylkill River Waterfront

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Schuylkill Banks

The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk extends the popular trail out onto the river and features incredible views of the city. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Located on Philadelphia’s second waterfront along the Schuylkill River, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk extends the popular riverside pathway onto the water. Since it opened, runners, bicyclists and those out for a scenic stroll have enjoyed the gorgeous skyline views found at the waterfront attraction.

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Beer Gardens

Independence Beer Garden

Located near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the Independence Beer Garden is one of several popular beer gardens offering refreshing brews and tasty food. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

The summer of 2014 brought with it a wealth of outdoor beer gardens from the spectacular Spruce Street Harbor Park to The Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Refreshing beer leads to delicious food with Philadelphia’s top chefs and food trucks feeding the hungry masses.

Chef Jose Garces brought his Cuban-inspired Rosa Blanca to Dilworth Park and found success with a floating pop-up at Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Lodge at the Waterfront Winterfest.

Philadelphia’s beer garden trend has no signs of slowing in 2015 with the ongoing Independence Beer Garden in Historic Philadelphia and the return of seasonal favorites.

Philly Bike Share

Bike Share

Philly Bike Share will offer visitors and residents easy access to two-wheels at convenient locations throughout the city. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Bike Share.)

Pedal power hits Philadelphia with the launch of the city’s Bike Share program. Cyclists will be able to rent more than 600 bikes located at more than 60 stations throughout Center City and beyond. Day, monthly and annual passes will be available.

Public Art

Philadelphia boasts a wealth of public art including classic sculpture and modern pieces. The city is home to the nation’s first private, nonprofit organization dedicated to public art, the Association of Public Art, and features an ever-growing array of important works including Claus Oldenburg’s 45-foot-tall Clothespin located near City Hall and Robert Indiana’s famed LOVE statue on display at LOVE Park.

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More to Discover

There’s so much more to discover during your visit to Philadelphia. The city was recently named the second best shopping city in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and with no sales tax on clothing and brand-new stores including Century 21 and Uniqlo it’s easy to see why.

Discover more events, exhibitions and reasons to visit Philadelphia below.

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