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  • Founding Footsteps

    Historic city tours filled with stories, jokes and beer

    Founding Footsteps offers a variety of historic tours throughout Philadelphia full of comedic commentary.

    Founding Footsteps offers a variety of historic tours throughout Philadelphia full of comedic commentary.

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  • ‘76 Carriage Company

    Carriage tours of Historic Philadelphia from the venerable Philadelphia Trolley Works

    A horse-drawn carriage in Historic Philadelphia

    Your carriage awaits! Sit back, relax and experience Philadelphia’s historical and popular attractions aboard one of the Philadelphia Trolley Works’ stylish coaches.

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  • 2017 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    The 2017 Fringe Festival will unfold within more than a dozen neighborhoods in and around the city.

    September 7-24, 2017
    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features tons of must-see performances each September.

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  • 2nd Story Brewing

    Brewery, restaurant and bar in Old City

    A local farmer teamed up with her beer-brewing son-in-law to open this working brewery, restaurant and bar. View More
  • 32°

    Experience the lap of luxury in the center of Old City

    Lounging with cocktails at 32°

    Fun and innovative cocktails, including drinks served in glasses made of ice, make for an exciting change from the typical bar scene.

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  • Drapetomania at the
    African American Museum

    Discover the history of Grupo Antillano and their important contributions to the art of Cuba, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora

    African American Museum

    January 30 – March 27, 2016
    Drapetomania at the African American Museum in Philadelphia seeks to recover the history of Grupo Antillano and their important contributions to the art of Cuba, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora.

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  • Headed to the White House
    at the National Constitution Center

    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center hosts a new exhibit coinciding with the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

    February 12 – December 31, 2016
    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, Headed to the White House educates visitors on all aspects surrounding U.S. presidential elections through a variety of interactive mediums.

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  • Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography Of Jacques Lowe at the National Constitution Center

    Intimate images of the Kennedy family

    Photojournalist Jacques Lowe was President John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer, and this remarkable exhibition of photographs offers a rarely seen look at President Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children.

    Open through September 7
    This February, one of American history’s most compelling figures will be explored in the exhibition Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, a collection of rarely seen photographs of President Kennedy, his wife and their children.

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  • Amada

    Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created a grand tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional eats to modern take on Spanish fare.

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  • American Philosophical Society Museum

    Views of science and humanistic thought at Benjamin Franklin’s intellectual club

    The American Philosophical Society Museum, a brick building erected in the late 1780s, served our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science.

    American Philosophical Society Museum was erected in the late 1780s and served as our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science. Today, changing exhibitions highlight the intersections of science, history and art.

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  • Arch Street Friends Meeting House

    1804 Quaker meeting house is the largest of its kind in the world

    The Arch Street Meeting House is the largest building of its kind in the United States.

    In 1701, William Penn gave the land for the Arch Street Friends Meeting House to the Religious Society of Friends as a burial ground. In 1804, the meetinghouse was constructed, and today it remains the largest building of its kind in the United States.

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  • Arden Theatre Company

    The greatest stories from the greatest storytellers

    Arden Theatre Company's production of Peter Pan

    With a mission to tell “the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all times,” the Arden Theatre Company presents an annual season of five mainstage productions and two children’s works.

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  • Azalea

    Delicious dining overlooking Independence National Historical Park

    Azalea Restaurant

    Azalea offers a lavish atmosphere and a delightful menu in the Omni Hotel

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  • Barra Restaurant

    A great choice for date night or a business dinner in Old City

    Barra specializes in brick-oven pizzas and Italian beer, along with delicate pastas and handcrafted cocktails.

    This Old City resto-lounge specializes in brick-oven pizzas and Italian beer, along with delicate pastas and handcrafted cocktails.

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  • Benjamin Franklin Museum

    Revitalized museum dedicated to the life and legacy of America’s favorite Renaissance man

    Outside the Benjamin Franklin Museum in the Historic District.

    Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Philadelphia’s famous founding father, the Benjamin Franklin Museum invites you to explore a variety of exhibitions.

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  • Best Western Plus: Independence Park Hotel

    Set in the heart of America’s most historic square mile

    Located in Old City, a guest room here hosts you just minutes away from some of Philadelphia's most popular attractions.

    History meets modern comfort and amenities at this stately historic Philadelphia hotel, located within walking distance of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The Old City address assures no shortage of restaurants, boutiques and art galleries to enjoy.

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  • Bierstube German Tavern

    A haven for German brews and food

    Located in Old City, Bierstube is haven for those seeking German beer.

    Brats, burgers and brews are the staple of this Old City bar, holding one of the most expansive German beer selections in Philadelphia.

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  • Bleu Martini

    Nightlife, restaurant, bar and club in Old City

    This restaurant, bar and club bathed in cobalt blue offers a VIP scene and an edgy DJ soundtrack.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing

    Summerfest features a Ferris wheel, a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

    Through September 4, 2017
    Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is the home of warm-weather fun, with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a can't-miss winter attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, featuring ice skating, food and drink, arcade games and more.

    Through March 4, 2018
    A winterized riverfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.

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  • Brasil’s Nightclub

    Latin dance club in Old City

    This upstairs club gets packed on weekends with fleet-footed Latin dancers.

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  • Bside Lounge

    DJs, belly dancing, hookahs and more

    A night at the Bside Lounge might consist of a lot of things: guest DJs spinning Medina-flavored fusion along with house and techno music, belly dancers accompanied by live percussionists, or hookah nights.

    A night at the Bside Lounge, shared with Barra Italian Restaurant in Old City, might consist of a lot of things: guest DJs spinning Medina-flavored fusion along with house and techno music, belly dancers accompanied by live percussionists, or a hookah shared with friends.

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  • Buddakan

    Where creativity and cachet loom large

    Buddakan

    A towering gilded statue of the Buddha generates elegant calm in this 175-seat, Pan Asian restaurant from restaurateur Stephen Starr

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  • Campo’s

    Authentic cheesesteaks, hoagies and more in Philadelphia’s Historic District

    Located just three blocks from Independence Mall, Campo's has been serving up Philly favorites for nearly 75 years.

    Campo’s Deli is a great spot for anyone looking to sample some authentic Philadelphia flavor without traveling too far to get it. Conveniently located on Market Street in Old City, Campo’s is only three blocks from the Liberty Bell and the Independence Visitor Center.

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  • Capofitto

    Neopolitan-style pizza in Old City

    The crew behind Philadelphia’s beloved gelato mini-chain, Capogiro, wows with their Neapolitan-style pizza from a custom wood-fired oven.

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  • Caribbean Festival

    The sights and sounds of the Caribbean converge on Penn’s Landing

    The Caribbean Festival takes place at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.

    August 16
    Travel to the Islands without leaving Philadelphia for the annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. This free festival of Caribbean traditions, music and food is a culturally rich celebration of 14 Caribbean Islands featuring a collage of sights, sounds, aromas and tastes.

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  • Carpenters’ Hall

    Meeting place of the First Continental Congress

    Carpenters Hall

    Head inside Carpenters’ Hall to explore the meeting place of the First Continental Congress after first admiring its exterior, a flawless examples of Georgian architecture.

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  • Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

    Preserving for researchers the venerable history of Jewry

    More often than not, libraries are dispersed at the demise of their host institutions. When Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning failed, its library became an exception. Thanks to the late philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the library founded by 19th century Philadelphian Moses Aaron Dropsie was kept intact in a new research facility. A few years later the collection joined the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Charlie’s Jeans

    Jean-lovers haven in Old City

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  • Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

    Celebrating America’s pastime at the National Museum of American Jewish History

    Hank Greenburg hits a third inning homerun on April 29, 1947.

    Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American at the National Museum of American Jewish History is the first large-scale exhibition to weave together the history of baseball with the story of immigration and integration into American life.

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  • Christ Church

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England

    Steeped in history, Christ Church is where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England.

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England.

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  • Christ Church Burial Ground

    Visit the graves of Benjamin Franklin and other early American leaders

     Visit the graves of Benjamin Franklin and other early American leaders at the Christ Church Burial Ground. Visit the graves of Benjamin Franklin and other early American leaders at the Christ Church Burial Ground. View More
  • City Tavern

    Colonial America is recreated at this authentic tavern in Old City

    City Tavern

    Our Founding Fathers’ favorite haunt — and the fuel-provider during the writing of the Declaration of Independence, City Tavern recreates the Colonial Philadelphia experience

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  • Congress Hall

    Home of the U.S. Congress from 1790-1800

    Congress Hall is attached to Independence Hall on its west side.

    Congress Hall hosted two presidential inaugurations (Washington and Adams) and was the home of U.S. Congress from 1790 to 1800 when Philadelphia was temporary capital of the U.S.

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  • Constitution Day

    Celebrate with special events and free admission to the Constitution Center

    Admission to the National Constitution Center is free on Constitution Day.

    Saturday, September 17, 2016
    Constitution Day, held at the Constitution Center in Old City, features special events, educational activities, timely constitutional conversations with federal judges and an inspiring naturalization ceremony.

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  • Cooperage Wine and Whiskey Bar

    Comfort food and almost 100 bottles of whiskey

    There’s close to 100 bottles of whiskey at Cooperage Wine and Whiskey Bar, but don’t forget about the food.

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  • Cuba Libre

    A little bit of Old Havana in Old City

    Cuba Libre

    This popular Old City spot is designed to resemble a street scene in Havana — and you can’t beat the mojitos.

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  • Dane Decor

    Former textile plant turned boutique

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  • Declaration (Graff) House

    Where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence

    Inside the Declaration (Graff) House, Thomas Jefferson wrote the monumental Declaration of Independence.

    The all-important words that created a new nation were written by Thomas Jefferson at the home of Jacob Graff. Jr. Visitors can view first-floor exhibits and a short film regarding Jefferson’s endeavors at the home where he rented two second-floor rooms from Graff, a well-known bricklayer.

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  • DiNardo’s Famous Crabs

    Shell-cracking seafood in Old City since 1976

    The famous hot and spicy Baltimore-style crabs at DiNardo's.

    A Philadelphia tradition since 1976, family-owned DiNardo’s Famous Crabs in Old City is widely known for their shell-cracking feasts.

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  • Doggie Style

    Pamper your pets with treats, accessories and grooming

    With 10 locations in the Philadelphia area, Doggie Style welcomes pet owners who love to pamper. In addition to carrying gourmet treats, natural foods and pet supplies, the shop offers grooming and training. Rescue dogs for adoption in the window woo passersby.

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  • Dolley Todd (Madison) House

    Home of the woman who would become First Lady

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  • Dream Garden

    Louis Comfort Tiffany meets Maxfield Parrish in a one-of-a-kind creation

    The Dream Garden

    One of only three such works ever undertaken by Tiffany Studios, the piece is comprised of 24 panels that took six months to install in its Philadelphia setting. In 1998, after the piece was put up for sale and casino magnate Steve Wynn attempted to purchase it, a citywide outcry nixed the deal, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts purchased its alumnus’ famous Dream Garden to make sure it would remain where it has always been.

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  • East End Salon

    Old-fashioned elegance adds polish to this high-end salon

    Old-fashioned elegance adds polish to this high-end salon

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  • Elfreth’s Alley

    The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street

    While a modern city has sprung up around it, Elfreth's Alley preserves three centuries of evolution through its old-fashioned flower boxes, shutters, Flemish bond brickwork and other architectural details.

    Elfreth’s Alley was home to the 18th-century artisans and trades-people who were the backbone of colonial Philadelphia. While a modern city has sprung up around it, the alley preserves three centuries of evolution through its old-fashioned flower boxes, shutters, Flemish bond brickwork and other architectural details.

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  • Equality Forum

    The global LGBT event returns to Philadelphia for its 22nd anniversary

    SundayOut! at the Piazza at Schmidts in 2013

    The global LGBT event returns to Philadelphia, featuring four days of panel discussions and special events focused on promoting LGBT equality.

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  • Eulogy Belgian Tavern

    Serving up Philadelphia’s largest beer selection with over 400 available options

    Eulogy has been declared the holder of Philadelphia's largest beer selection, offering 400 beers by the bottle and 30 drafts.

    Old City’s Eulogy Belgian Tavern serves up Philadelphia’s largest selection of beer with over 400 options to choose from.

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  • Farmicia

    Delicious, organic cuisine in Old City

    Farmicia

    A green-thumbed tribute to sustainable cuisine in the heart of Old City

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  • Fete Day Celebration at Elfreth’s Alley

    Residents on America’s oldest street open their doors for one day only

    Elfreth's Alley, the nation's oldest residental street.

    Saturday, June 3, 2017
    Get a rare glimpse into a dozen 18th-century private homes of residents on America’s oldest street during Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley.

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  • Fireman’s Hall

    The history of firefighting in an old firehouse

    Stained glass window at Fireman's Hall

    Nestled in the narrow streets of Philadelphia’s historic district, Fireman’s Hall is dedicated to the art and science of firefighting through the last three centuries.

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  • First Friday

    Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia

    On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets od Old City fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries.

    First Friday of every month
    Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.

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  • First Person Arts Festival

    The only festival of its kind dedicated to personal stories from everyday people

    Poet Sonia Sanchez

    November 5-18, 2017
    The only festival of its kind in the world, the 15th annual First Person Arts Festival is a celebration of people and the stories they have to share. Artists and everyday individuals from across the country take part in the annual event, sharing their personal experiences on stage.

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  • Fork

    A stylish New American bistro and Old City anchor

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    A stylish New American bistro and Old City anchor

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  • Franklin Square

    Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

    Franklin Square, one of Philadelphia's five original public squares, boasts several family-friendly attractions, including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.

    Franklin Square, one of five public squares laid out by William Penn in his plan for Philadelphia, boasts a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench and picnic area.

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  • Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

    Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin

    Winter nights are joyfully brighter this holiday season with Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square.

    November 9 – December 31, 2017 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)
    Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer will fill historic Franklin Square all season long for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show.

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  • Franklin’s Footsteps Colonial Walking Tour

    A Philadelphia Trolley Works walking tour of Historic Philadelphia

    Franklin's Footsteps

    This guided walking tour retraces the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin and his fellow patriots during the founding of our nation.

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  • Franklin’s Print Shop

    Benjamin Franklin’s 18th-century printing shop

    Benjamin Franklin’s 18th century printing shop.

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  • Free Tours By Foot Philadelphia

    Lace up your shoes and explore Philly on Foot

    Free Tours by Foot aims to entertain and educate visitors and locals alike with creative and knowledge-filled adventures through the City of Brotherly Love.

    Sometimes the best way to explore a city is on foot, so set out and see Philadelphia with the knowledgeable guides of Free Tours by Foot.

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  • FringeArts

    Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The permanent home of FringeArts on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    FringeArts, formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, now has a permanent home for the arts on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s most unusual nighttime attraction

    Independence Hall at night

    In the mood for something truly spooky? Try one of Philadelphia’s candlelit walking tours of America’s most historic and haunted cities, where enchanting tour guides will lead you through Independence Hall and Washington Square to show you the haunted spots of Philadelphia.

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  • Great Tour of Philadelphia

    Free, 12-hour walking tour past more than 200 city attractions

    The Great Tour of Philadelphia begins at the National Constitution Center.

    Spend 12-hours exploring more than 200 historic and iconic city locations during the free Great Tour of Philadelphia.

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  • Grim Philly Twilight Tours

    Haunting tour of historic Philadelphia

    Explore the city's haunted history on Grim Philly Twilight Tours.

    Developed and researched by university professor Joe Wojie, Grim Philly Twilight Tours offer an adults-only glimpse into Philadelphia’s past.

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  • High Street on Market

    Freshly made artisanal breads and seasonal ingredients from the team behind Fork

    The house-baked breads of High Street on Market.

    Since opening in the fall of 2013, High Street on Market by the team from Fork has garnered praise for serving high-quality fare and innovative baked goods.

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  • Hilton Philadelphia
    at Penn’s Landing

    The only hotel located at Penn’s Landing in Center City Philadelphia

    Picturesque riverfront view of the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing.

    Picturesque waterfront views grace the eastern face of this modern high-rise hotel, while the western face offers sparkling views of Philadelphia’s skyline.

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  • Holiday Inn Express
    Penn’s Landing

    Fully-remodeled, family-friendly lodgings near the Historic District

    Outside the Holiday Inn Express Penn's Landing.

    Recently renovated and reopened, the Holiday Inn Express® Penn’s Landing offers visitors comfort and convenience within walking distance of Philadelphia’s historic attractions.

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history

    The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia is filled with Colonial characters and gives an exclusive opportunity to explore inside of Independence Hall at night.

    Through October 21, 2017 (select dates)
    Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern before heading out on an evening of adventure at Independence Hall.

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  • Independence Beer Garden

    Cold beer and tasty food steps from Independence Mall

    Independence Beer Garden is a massive new outdoor retreat in Philadelphia's most historic neighborhood.

    Now Open
    Independence Beer Garden is an outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park that supplies America’s most historic square mile with a destination for casual alfresco eating, drinking and playing.

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  • Independence Hall

    Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

    Independence Hall

    They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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  • Independence Visitor Center

    All-in-one center for info, tickets to Independence Hall, tips from experts and more

    Independence Visitor Center

    Start your visit to Philadelphia at the Independence Visitor Center, where you can get personalized recommendations, tickets to popular attractions, souvenirs, maps and more.

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  • Jones

    Upscale comfort food in a retro chic environment

    Jones interior

    Shaggy, stylish décor and unfussy, upscale comfort food are the focus at this moderately priced, 70s-themed restaurant.

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  • July 4th Celebration of Freedom and The United States of America’s Independence Day Parade

    Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace

    The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, antique cars and more than 5,000 marchers who begin at Independence Hall and wind through Philadelphia’s most historic streets. The parade is just one of a number of festivities in Philadelphia's Historic District on July 4th.

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks off with a series of inspirational events in Philadelphia’s Historic District including Celebration of Freedom and the The United States of America’s Independence Day Parade.

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  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

    Boutique accommodations on the nation’s most historic square mile

    Located in the heart of the country’s most historic mile, the newest addition to the city’s hotel scene brings a modern vibe to Philadelphia’s revolutionary past.

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  • La Famiglia

    An Old City landmark for fine Italian cuisine

    La Famiglia

    For more than 30 years, La Famiglia has been one of Philadelphia’s top culinary institutions.

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  • LaScala’s Restaurant and Bar

    Fresh, home-style Italian-American comfort food in historic Philadelphia

    Since 2005, LaScala’s Restaurant and Bar has been serving up quality Italian-American home-style cuisine in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district.

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  • Mechanics’ National Bank

    Philadelphia’s first bank for the working and artist classes

    The Mechanics' National Bank

    Mechanics’ National Bank building has been the proud home of many establishments in its 200 years of existence. Today, it houses the wildly popular bar, National Mechanics.

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  • Merchant’s Exchange

    William Strickland (1832-1833)

    The Merchant's Exchange

    The oldest stock exchange building in the country and one of the most beautiful.

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  • Mikveh Israel Congregation and Cemetery

    Oldest Jewish congregation in Pennsylvania

    Mikveh Israel, the oldest continuous Jewish synagogue in the country, traces its beginning to 1740, when Thomas Penn granted land to Nathan Levy for a burial ground.

    Oldest Jewish congregation in Pennsylvania.

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  • Minima

    A source for Philly’s cutting-edge designers

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  • Mode Moderne

    Curate your home with vintage and contemporary mod designs

    Vintage and contemporary home designs at Mode Moderne

    Curate your home with vintage and contemporary mod designs

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  • Moko

    A natural approach to beauty

    A tastefully arranged assortment of beauty products

    A natural approach to beauty in Old City

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  • Morgan’s Pier

    Perfect al fresco dining and nightlife on the Delaware River waterfront

    Morgan's Pier is named after George C. Morgan, the first person to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    Opens April 20, 2017
    One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring and summer hotspots, Morgan’s Pier is an oasis of craft beer, delicious food and incredible live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Mr. Bar Stool

    A famous Old City stop for home furnishings — and a little bit of Elvis

    A famous Old City shop for home furnishings — and a little bit of Elvis

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  • Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

    Exploring the impact of science and technology

    The Chemical Heritage Foundation in Old City.

    The Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation explores the history of science and technology and the crucial roles they play in modern life.

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  • Museum of the American Revolution

    An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    A new museum in the heart of Philadelphia's Historic District, the Museum of American Revolution brings an expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation's Revolutionary Period

    Now Open
    The drama unfolds exhibit by exhibit at the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution. Three blocks from Independence Hall — the command center for the Revolution — this high-tech exploration into U.S. history reveals the strategic wins, crushing losses and the personal and world-altering consequences of the war for We the People.

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  • National Constitution Center

    The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

    The National Constitution Center is the world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays.

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  • National Liberty Museum

    Honoring real-life heroes and our heritage of freedom

    Discover the stories of freedom at the National Liberty Museum.

    Liberty comes to life at the National Liberty Museum in Historic Philadelphia. Discover the story real life heroes, including Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Jim Henson and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, at the museum’s interactive exhibitions and inspirational galleries.

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  • National Mechanics

    Nostalgic cuisine with a side of humor

    National Mechanics

    Oozing with authenticity — and a healthy doze of eccentricty — National Mechanics serves outstanding beer alongside old-school favorites like grilled cheese with tomato soup.

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  • National Museum of American Jewish History

    Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

    The National Museum of Jewish History is located in Philadelphia's Historic District at 5th and Market streets.

    Rising five stories above Independence Mall in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America.

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  • New Hall Military Museum

    A history of America’s early aversion to, but respect for, military entanglements

    A history of America’s early aversion to, but respect for, military entanglements.

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  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Philadelphia for 2017/2018

    Ring in the New Year with two fireworks shows on the Delaware River waterfront

    Philadelphia will ring in 2018 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    December 31, 2017 – January 1, 2018
    Philadelphia will ring in 2018 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Nick’s Roast Beef Bar & Grille

    A classic Philly neighborhood bar in Old City

    Nick's Roast Beef Bar & Grille offers food and an atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

    Established in 1969, Nick’s Roast Beef in Old City is a great example of the classic Philadelphia neighborhood corner bar. Today, Nick’s continues to serve as a laid back and friendly alternative to neighboring uber sexy clubs and upscale fine dining restaurants.

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  • OLC

    This cool lighting gallery also features designer furniture

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  • Old City Fest

    A free street festival in Philadelphia’s historic district

    Artists, crafters, designers, techies, entertainers and restaurateurs all come out to celebrate the neighborhood’s creative spirit during the Old City Festival.

    October 8, 2017
    Artists, crafters, designers, techies, entertainers and restaurateurs all come out to celebrate the neighborhood’s creative spirit during the Old City Festival.

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  • Old City Restaurant Week

    Second annual restaurant week for the historic neighborhood

    Dine at 28 participating restaurants during the first ever Old City Restaurant Week.

    July 19-25
    Discover the fantastic restaurants in one of Philadelphia’s historic neighborhoods during Old City Restaurant Week.

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  • Once Upon a Nation
    Storytelling Benches

    History that speaks to you

    A storytelling bench in Historic Philadelphia

    May 27 – September 4, 2017 (select days)
    Discover the true stories scattered throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District in the places they actually happened with Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches.

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  • Painted Bride Art Center

    A leading presenter of experimental, multicultural performing arts

    The Painted Bride Art Center

    A leading presenter of experimental, multicultural performing arts

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  • Panorama

    Sample all the best flavors of Northern Italy at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City

    Tucked within the historic Penn’s View Hotel in Old City is Panorama, a romantic trattoria-style restaurant with a massive wine list to complement its Italian meals.

    Tucked within the historic Penn’s View Hotel in Old City is Panorama, a romantic trattoria-style restaurant with a massive wine list to complement its Italian meals.

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  • PECO Multicultural Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day.

    Through September 17, 2017 (select dates)
    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the spring and summer.

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  • Penn’s Landing

    A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn's Landing.

    The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.

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  • Penn’s View Hotel

    Charming European hospitality in historic Old City

    Penn's View Hotel

    This Old City boutique hotel offers an old-world European experience in the heart of Historic Philadelphia. Take advantage of uniquely furnished rooms, some featuring private balconies, fireplaces and spa tubs.

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  • Philadelphia Black Pride Celebration

    Promoting unity among African-American sexual minorities

    Philadelphia brings together people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientation during the annual Philadelphia Black Pride celebration.

    April 27 – May 1, 2017
    Philadelphia brings together people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientation during the Annual Philadelphia Black Gay Pride celebration, a growing tradition that continues to influence and educate the community.

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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The festival returns to Philadelphia for year two

    One of last year's most popular lanterns, the 200-foot Chinese dragon returns with a newly rebuilt facade.

    May 9 – June 18, 2017
    Look forward to a 200-foot glowing dragon, brand-new lanterns, a nightly beer garden and more at the return of the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

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  • Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

    With Philadelphia CityPASS, save more than 40% off admission on some of Philadelphia's most popular museums and attractions, including with The Big Bus Company.

    Save more than 40% on the combined admission to four of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS, including The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck and more.

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  • Philadelphia Independents

    A curated boutique of Philly-focused gifts from local artists

    Philadelphia Independents is an Old City Boutique selling Philly-focused gifts like jewelry, handbags and housewares, all hand-crafted by local artists.

    Philadelphia Independents is an Old City boutique selling Philly-focused gifts like jewelry, handbags and housewares — all hand-crafted by local artists.

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  • Philadelphia PHLASH
    Downtown Loop

    Get around Philadelphia in a PHLASH

    See Philadelphia's most popular attractions aboard the PHLASH bus.

    The PHLASH is the quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions.

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  • Philadelphia Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing

    A blowout block party at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

    Saturday, April 30, 2016
    The FREE Science Carnival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing features a ton of family-friendly activities, hands-on experiments, live performances, educator opportunities and explosive visuals from more than 150 partnering exhibitors.

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  • Philadelphia Segway Tours

    Zoom around Old City and the Parkway on a motorized Segway

    Whether it's a tour of Old City or a ghost tour, Philadelphia Segway Tours is a great option for exploring the city in a different way.

    Whether it’s a tour of Old City or a ghost tour, Philadelphia Segway Tours is a great option for exploring the city in a different way.

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  • Philadelphia Trolley Works (‘76 Carriage Company)

    This longtime Philadelphia company offers several options for touring the town

    Philadelphia Trolley Works

    You’ve got your options for touring Philadelphia, including Victorian Trolley Tours, Horse Drawn Carriage Tours and Double Decker Bus Tours.

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  • Philadelphia’s Historic District
    Block Party

    A free, seven-hour-long, main street-style celebration on Independence Mall

    Get ready for July 4th with Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party on July 3.

    Monday, July 3, 2017
    The Wawa Welcome America! festival continues its week-long celebration of Independence Day with Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party on Monday, July 3.

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  • Philly POPS On Independence 2017

    FREE patriotic concert in front of Independence Hall

    The Philly POPS return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS On Independence, a FREE patriotic concert at Independence Hall.

    Monday, July 3, 2017
    The Philly POPS return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS On Independence, a FREE patriotic concert at Independence Hall.

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  • Philly Tour Hub

    Your starting point for touring the City of Brotherly Love

    More adventurous travelers can see the city at a different pace with Philly by Segway.

    The launching pad for a great Philadelphia travel experience, the brand new Philly Tour Hub offers tours of all shapes and sizes to visitors and residents alike.

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  • Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

    A bit of the Mediterranean coast in Old City

    Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti offers a great list of creative cocktails, perfect for sampling during their Happy Hour

    Surrounded by a serene backdrop reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast, Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti in Old City offers inspired Mediterranean cuisine and seafood.

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  • QFest

    Cinematic reflections of the gay and lesbian experience

    Get cinematic at Philly's QFest

    QFest is the nation’s third-largest event of its kind, attracting international cineastes for two weeks of film and flat-out partying throughout mid-July.

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  • Race Street Pier

    Relaxing waterfront respite in the heart of the city

    Located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Pier features two levels for riverside recreation — and for watching the tide roll in.

    The Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront is a relaxing respite in the heart of the city.

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  • Radicchio Café

    Bright Italian BYOB on the edge of Old City

    BYOB Dining at Radicchio Café

    Located on the outskirts of the bustling neighborhood of Old City, Radicchio Café is a hidden gem among dozens of Center City BYOBs. Make no mistake: plenty of people know about and love Radicchio. When you go, you’ll witness this — there are always parties waiting patiently for their tables outside the restaurant’s large, glass windows.

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  • Ride The Ducks

    Philadelphia’s only amphibious sightseeing tour

    Ride the Ducks

    Take a ride on Philadelphia’s only amphibious sightseeing tour.

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  • RiverLink Ferry

    See the skyline from the Delaware River

    RiverLink Ferry on the Delaware River

    A 12-minute scenic river tour gives you the opportunity to see sensational views of waterfront highlights and the City of Philadelphia’s spectacular skyline, all while floating down the impressive Delaware River.

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  • Saint George’s Methodist Church

    Oldest continuously used Methodist church building in America

    This brick church (14 feet from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge) and its Historical Center present a picture of Colonial life and the beginnings of American Methodism.

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  • Sassafras Bar

    A classic Philly neighborhood bar in Old City

    Serving Philadelphians for more than 35 years, Sassafras Bar offers a small but eclectic menu, along with a serious selection of single-malt scotches, whiskeys and bourbons.

    Serving Philadelphians for more than 35 years, this Old City classic offers a small but eclectic menu along with a serious selection of single-malt scotches, whiskeys and bourbons. Old-school charm, bartenders proficient in classic cocktails and a speakeasy vibe make for a perfect all-night hangout.

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  • Scarlett Alley

    Located in Old City, this charming shop offers gifts for home and body.

    Offers everything you can imagine for your home

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  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at
    Penn’s Landing

    A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn's Landing.

    Thursdays in July and August 2017
    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

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  • Second Bank of the United States

    A who’s who of Revolutionary War-era portraiture

    The Second Bank is known for its extensive collection of portraits by Charles Willson Peale.

    The Second Bank of the United States packs a large punch in a relatively small space, filled with an extraordinary collection of portraits of the men so vital to 18th-century America’s development.

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  • Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

    Located in the heart of the Historic District

    Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill

    Cobblestone streets and historic landmarks greet guests upon arrival at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill in the heart of Philadelphia’s oldest and most charming neighborhood. The Liberty Bell, Independence Mall and the National Constitution Center are within easy walking distance, as are eclectic boutiques, art galleries and trendy restaurants.

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  • Smak Parlour

    Contemporary designs with a hip, vintage twist

    A deliciously edgy boutique where city-wise shoppers dabble in the hip and flirty.

    A deliciously edgy boutique where city-wise shoppers dabble in the hip and flirty.

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  • Sonny’s Famous Steaks

    The late-night cheesesteak shop in Philly’s Old City neighborhood

    Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to residents, visitors and partyers who need to fuel up before going down for the night.

    What Pat’s, Geno’s and Tony Luke’s are to South Philly, Sonny’s Famous Steaks is to bar-filled Old City. Open until 3:00 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partyers who need to fuel up before going down for the night.

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  • Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour

    The newest way to see some of Philly’s best haunted attractions

    Take a spooky stroll through Old City on a tour that’s one part history, two parts haunt.

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  • Stratus Lounge

    Enjoy DJ-spun music every weekend at this posh spot

    Eleven stories above the city’s most historical treasures, party people dance to the sounds of DJ-spun music every Friday and Saturday night at Stratus Lounge.

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  • Sugarcube®

    Pairing perfect vintage with the latest styles

    Lovers of cutting-edge fashion (and motorcycles) will find much to adore at Sugarcube.

    Petite, neat and chic — pairing perfect vintage with the latest styles

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  • The African American Museum
    in Philadelphia

    Celebrating and interpreting African-American history and culture

    African American Museum in Philadelphia

    The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans.

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  • The Betsy Ross House

    The birthplace of the American flag

    The home of the famous seamstress is a must-see historic attraction for visitors and locals alike.

    Ask Betsy Ross about her role in making the first American flag yourself when you visit the iconic home of America’s most famous flag-maker.

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  • The Bishop White House

    Mansion of the Bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

    The Bishop White House

    Mansion of the Bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

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  • The Bourse

    A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

    Stopping for lunch at The Bourse.

    Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the Bourse offers a convenient resting spot while you sight-see. The 105-year-old Victorian building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — houses a food court and specialty shops.

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  • The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

    A walk through the birthplace of our nation

    Constitutional Walking Tours

    The Constitutional Walking Tour provides visitors with a primary overview of the Independence National Historical Park area by connecting the buildings and places where the events of the American Revolution transpired.

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  • The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar

    The ever-popular Old City institution

    Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar

    The creative cocktails and imaginative décor at this diner-made-martini bar creates an atmosphere all its own, making it one of the hottest night spots in Old City.

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  • The Franklin Fountain

    Restored soda fountain featuring delicious homemade ice cream

    Since 2004, the Berley Brothers have been supplying Philadelphia with scoops of tradition and old-timey flavors at their Old City ice cream shop.

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  • The Franklin Hotel
    at Independence Park

    European-style luxury combining sophistication and charm

    A deluxe king room at the Franklin Hotel offers guests a cozy place to stay right in the heart of the Historic District of Philadelphia.

    Offering views of Independence Hall and a prime location in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, the Franklin Hotel at Independence Park boasts European-style luxury and convenience to the city’s most popular tourist attractions.

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  • The Irish Memorial

    2002 by Glenna Goodacre

    The Irish Memorial

    For the 150th anniversary of Ireland’s Great Hunger of the 1840s, Glenna Goodacre created this 30-foot-long bronze set in a park over I-95. With more than two dozen life-sized figures, the sculpture tells the story of the multitudes who died in the old country as well as the hundreds of thousands who crowded onto disease-ridden ships for the Great Migration to America.

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  • The Khyber

    A gritty little bar in the middle of Old City

    While many of the bars and clubs in Old City have only opened in recent years, the Khyber is truly an original — the institution dates back to the 19th century.

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  • The Liberty Bell Center

    Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom

    Visit the Liberty Bell in Independence National Historic Park and grab a photo with Independence Hall in the background.

    The Liberty Bell stands prominently in a glass chamber overlooking Independence Hall. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Liberty Bell Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images bring the bell to life by exploring the facts and the myths surrounding it.

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  • The Liberty Medal at the
    National Constitution Center

    Annual award recognizing those who strive for liberty

    The Liberty Medal is awarded by the National Constitution Center to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world.

    October 16, 2017
    The Liberty Medal is awarded by the National Constitution Center to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world. Recipients include men, women and organizations responsible for shaping and guiding the world.

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  • The Little Lion

    Revolutionary flair and classic southern cuisine

    Offering brunch, lunch and dinner, The Little Lion offers American food with Southern flair just blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center.

    Offering brunch, lunch and dinner, The Little Lion offers American food with Southern flair just blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center.

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  • The Lokal Hotel

    A uniquely local experience with boutique hotel accomodations

    Suite style accommodations located in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

    Opens April 2017
    Featuring six apartment style suites, The Lokal Hotel offers visitors the chance to experience the local Philadelphia lifestyle in a beautifully designed space that feels like home.

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  • The Olde Bar

    Jose Garces resurrects a history-steeped seafood haven and landmark

    The Olde Bar serves items like Fish House punch, raw and fried oysters, snapper soup and strawberry shortcake for two in booths and at the bar.

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  • The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks at Penn’s Landing

    Free performance from the world-renowned ensemble followed by a fireworks show

    Take in a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn's Landing followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront.

    Friday, June 30, 2017
    Take in a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn’s Landing followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront.

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  • The Plough & The Stars

    An Irish pub and restaurant in Old City

    On nice days, don't miss outdoor seating under The Plough & The Stars' umbrellas.

    An Old City mainstay, The Plough and The Stars often features live music by the fire and packed nights by the bar. Be sure to check out the menu of traditional Irish pub fare including fish and chips, Guinness casserole and Irish-style curry.

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  • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation

    Commemorating the lives of nine enslaved Africans at the nation’s first executive mansion

    The President\'s House on Independence Mall.

    President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation explores the paradox of slavery and freedom at the nation’s first executive mansion, in which Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived during their terms and where nine enslaved people served the first president.

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  • Tin Angel

    A haven for singer-songwriter performances in Old City

    The Tin Angel, in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia, is a cosmopolitan café, cozy, comfortable and perfect for its intimate presentations of classic folksingers like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Odetta.

    The Tin Angel, in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia, is a cosmopolitan café, cozy, comfortable and perfect for its intimate presentations of classic folksingers like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Odetta.

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  • Tippler’s Tour

    Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life

    The Tippler's Tour invites the over-21 set to sing along to sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

    Through January 20, 2018 (select dates)
    The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

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  • U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks at Penn’s Landing

    Enjoy a performance on the Delaware River before a fireworks show

    Enjoy a rousing performance by the U.S. Army Band

    Saturday, July 1, 2017
    Enjoy a patriotic concert followed by a massive, FREE fireworks show on the Delaware River waterfront on Saturday, July 1.

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  • United States Mint

    Where pocket change and commemorative coins are made

    Front of the United States Mint in Philadelphia.

    The first U.S. Mint opened in 1792 at 7th and Arch Streets, only two blocks from the current facility; it was the first new government structure in the new country. George Washington, who lived nearby, was said to have donated his own silver to make some of the first coins. The current building, opened in 1969, is the fourth Philadelphia Mint.

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  • Urban Adventures of Philadelphia

    Daily walking tours of Philadelphia

    Urban Adventures provides daily walking tours of Philadelphia and its neighborhoods, giving visitors an authentic experience that they will remember for years.

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  • Vagabond

    Little shop with big ambitions

    Hip clothing at Vagabond

    The shop with its own line of fashion-forward skirts, scarves, dresses, sweaters, coats and a wall full of yarn and knitting supplies.

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  • Wawa Hoagie Day

    Celebrate Wawa Welcome America! with 5 tons of hoagies

    Wawa Hoagie Day draws thousands of people to Independence Mall.

    Thursday, June 29, 2017
    One of the tastier events taking place during the Wawa Welcome America! festival, the 25th annual Wawa Hoagie Day features 6 tons of hoagies and plenty of happy, hungry visitors.

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  • Wedge + Fig

    Get cheeses from around the world at this BYOB bistro

    Cheese lovers revel in the global selections at this small bistro.

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  • Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

    Located in the heart of the nation’s most historic square mile

    King Room with a view of Ben Franklin Bridge

    Ideally located just steps away from Philadelphia’s most historic landmarks and in the center of its revolutionary history, the Wyndham provides guests with a prime introduction to the city. The seasonal rooftop pool provides hotel guests with views of the city, and Coin’s Restaurant & Pub offers casual fare for breakfast and dinner.

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  • Zahav

    The critical favorite brings Israeli cuisine to Society Hill

    Zahav

    A modern Israeli restaurant, Zahav — which means gold in Hebrew — offers authentic Middle Eastern fare in a family-style dining setting typical of the region.

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