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  • Bistro Romano

    Upscale Italian food served with live music

    Candlelight, live piano music on Friday and Saturday nights and a private table for two in the wine cellar make Bistro Romano a must for romance.

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  • Blackbird Pizzeria

    Pies for the vegan set

    An operation completely free of animal products, Blackbird specializes in takeout fare — pizzas, sandwiches, wings, fries — so rarely available to those who practice a vegan diet.

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  • Bridget Foy’s

    Come one, come all to this South Street crowd pleaser

    This South Street favorite has fed a grateful grown-up crowd since 1978.
    Most famous for its brunch—the bloody Mary bar is legendary and the
    burgers set a high standard—this family-friendly spot also offers great
    gluten-free and kids menus.

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  • Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square

    Society Hill sports bar with signature wings and cold beers

    Outside of Cavanaugh's Headhouse Square in Society Hill.

    Located in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood, Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square is a relaxed sports bar and local hangout.

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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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  • Chart House

    Seafood restaurant with a panoramic view of the Delaware River waterfront

    Seafood, a selection of pastas and meats, and a wide range of gluten-free options attract patrons for brunch, happy hour and dinner at Chart House.

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  • Cheesesteaktees

    Graphic T-shirts galore

    If a Phillies, Eagles, Sixers or Flyers fan is thinking it, chances are they’ll find it on a T-shirt or hoodie designed and sold by this South Street shop. Licensed apparel—caps, Ts and the like—shares the spotlight.

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  • 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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  • Cookie Confidential

    Not-your-average sweets

    Crave your cupcake in a mason jar? In the mood for a buffalo wing-flavored cookie or beer-infused cake? Melissa Torre satisfies your oddest cravings at her quirky undercover bakery.

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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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  • Day of The Dead Festival and Parade

    Celebrate Día de Muertos with South Street and The Magic Gardens

    The South Street neighborhood and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens team up to celebrate Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, with a parade and festival on Sunday, November 2.

    November 2
    The South Street neighborhood and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens team up to celebrate Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, with a parade and festival on Sunday, November 2.

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  • Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off

    A hot summer festival focusing on a summer classic

    The Shambles at Headhouse Square house a hot summer festival focused on the summer classic — hot dogs — on Saturday, July 18.

    July 18
    Some of the area’s top restaurants and food trucks compete for the title of Top Grill Master during the Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off. And the medium of choice: hot dogs.

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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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  • Eyes Gallery

    A rainbow of Latin American arts, crafts and jewelry

    Julia Zagar, the wife of prolific mosaic muralist Isaiah, operates this destination for Latin American crafts. Religious iconography, sterling-silver jewelry, hand-woven blankets and folk art fill the place from floor to ceiling. And her husband’s work adorns the outside of the shop, along with many other facades in and around South Street.

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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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  • Headhouse Farmers Market

    A seasonal destination for farm-fresh groceries al fresco

    Held every Sunday beneath the historic Headhouse Shambles, The Food Trust’s largest weekly farmers market also happens to be its most popular and well-attended. Look for a rotating roster of food trucks in addition to local vendors.

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  • Hill-Physick House

    The 18th-century mansion of the “Father of American Surgery”

    Dr. Philip Syng Physick was one of the most accomplished physicians of his time, and a tour of his 18th-century mansion in Society Hill includes some of the medical and surgical tools he invented.

    Dr. Philip Syng Physick was one of the most accomplished physicians of his time, and a tour of his 18th-century mansion in Society Hill includes some of the medical and surgical tools he invented.

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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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  • Independence Seaport Museum

    An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage

    Sailing on the river outside the Independence Seaport Museum.

    With historic vessels to board, an underwater ROV to maneuver and a mock cannon to fire, Philadelphia’s maritime museum conveys what the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers have meant to the city over the years.

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  • Ishkabibbles

    Streetside steaks, fries and “Gremlins”

    Iskabibbles has been a South Street institution since 1979.

    Quick service is the hallmark of this long-running South Street walkup window, considered the innovator of the chicken cheesesteak. Don’t forget the jalapeno-covered Spanish fries on the side and a Gremlin (half grape, half lemonade) to wash it all down.

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  • Jim’s Steaks

    Cheesesteaks worth the wait

    Jim's Steak's, South Street's cheesesteak authority

    South Street’s eclectic mix of people makes for an excellent customer base for Jim’s Steaks, South Street’s premier cheesesteak shop. The crowds can often mean a bit of a wait before you actually get to taste one of Jim’s fine cheesesteak sandwiches, as the line at Jim’s on weekends can stretch out the front door and around the corner onto Fourth Street.

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  • Keating’s Rope & Anchor,
    Bar + Kitchen

    Waterfront dining at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

    For a waterfront dining experience, look no further than Keating’s Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

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  • Las Bugambilias

    Reliable, mouthwatering Mexican food

    Quick with tasty, authentic apps and entrees and even quicker with stiff margaritas, Bugambilias does everything well, but their calling card is the seafood of Veracruz, chef Carlos Molina’s hometown.

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  • Legendary Dobbs

    A longstanding live music venue for up-and-coming acts

    A down-and-dirty venue for then up-and-coming acts like Nirvana and Pearl Jam in its former life, Dobbs has been reincarnated for the 21st century, but it still projects a no-nonsense rock club swagger.

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  • Lovash Indian Cuisine

    Fine dining on South Street

    Now with a full-service bar, this fine-dining establishment comes with all the traditional plates one expects to find at an Indian restaurant.

    Now with a full-service bar, this fine-dining establishment comes with all the traditional plates one expects to find at an Indian restaurant. Lovash also offers some unusual dishes such as scallops, crab in pastry and grilled salmon with goa sauce.

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  • Maoz Falafel

    Calling all fried chickpea lovers

    The South Street outpost of this Dutch chain does a mean (and cheap) falafel-and-fries combo, and it’s open super-late on weekends when you need that post-last call pita in your life.

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  • Marrakesh

    Awesome Moroccan cuisine and a full bar

    Marrakesh offers Moroccan cuisine, an extensive vegetarian menu, a full bar and seven-course dinners.

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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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  • Moshulu

    Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal

    Moshulu

    Docked permanently at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River Waterfront, the Moshulu is a restaurant that deserves a spot on your must-visit list. A Philadelphia landmark, the Moshulu is world’s oldest and largest four-masted Tall Ship.

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  • Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

    The oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans

    Founded in 1787, the Mother Bethel AME Church rests upon the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans.

    Walk on hallowed ground when you visit Mother Bethel AME Church, the mother church of the nation’s first black denomination. Founded in 1787, the church rests upon the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans.

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  • Mother Bethel AME Church Bicentennial Celebration Series

    The grand celebration of the church’s 200th anniversary

    Founded by the Reverend Richard Allen in 1787, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church is the mother church of the nation’s first black denomination. The current church building was constructed in 1889 and stands on the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans.

    July 1-5, 2016
    Mother Bethel AME Church hosts a bicentennial celebration with a two-part series of events in its founding home of Philadelphia.

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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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  • Nomad Pizza

    An itinerant pizzeria puts down roots off of South Street

    Born of a food truck (which was born of a $10,000 wood oven used at home, embedded in a vintage REO Speedwagon), this simple, upscale pizzeria has a pies-first focus. Aficionados have fallen for Nomad’s airy Neapolitan-style pizzas, normally preceded by crisp salads, washed down by hoppy ales, and, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings, accompanied by free movies.

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  • Old Man, Young Man, the Future

    1966 by Leonard Baskin

    Old Man, Young Man, the Future.

    In the courtyard of Society Hill Towers (designed by IM Pei), a forbidding birdlike creature faces off against a seated old man and a standing younger one. According to sculptor Leonard Baskin, the bird represents both the Future and the “promising and ominous” nature of external reality.

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  • Old Pine Street (Third, Scots and Mariners) Presbyterian Church

    The oldest Presbyterian church building in Philadelphia

    Old Pine Street Church

    The oldest Presbyterian church building in Philadelphia.

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  • Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

    Active parish where Catholicism took root and flourished in early Philadelphia

    Old St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church is Philadelphia’s oldest Catholic community.

    Walking down Willings Alley and through a small walled courtyard, you can imagine this parish as it started in 1733, in a small chapel set back from Walnut Street.

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  • Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church

    Philadelphia’s first Catholic Cathedral from 1810 to 1837

    Built in 1763, Old St. Mary’s Church was the second Roman Catholic institution in the city, and it figured prominently in the life of Colonial and Revolutionary Philadelphia.

    Philadelphia’s first Catholic Cathedral from 1810 to 1837.

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  • Parade of Lights

    A holiday lighting celebration unlike any other in town

    The Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights.

    December 9, 2017
    The Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade, for holiday activities and festivities.

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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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  • Phileo Yogurt

    Froyo for sweet freaks

    This modern yogurt shop sells the good stuff by the ounce, with toppers both appropriate (fruit!) and not-so-appropriate (Gummi Bears!).

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  • Pizzeria Stella

    Stephen Starr’s Headhouse Square restaurant focuses on gourmet pies

    Pizzeria Stella

    Combining Philadelphia’s love of pizza and Stephen Starr restaurants, the restaurateur has opened Pizzeria Stella, a gourmet-minded, neighborhood pizza shop.

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  • Polish American Cultural Center

    Presenting the customs and spirit of Poland

    Presenting the customs and spirit of Poland

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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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  • Powel House

    A luxurious mid-Georgian 18th-century mansion

    Once the home of Elizabeth and Samuel Powel, an 18th-century power couple, the Powel House simply drips elegance.

    The home of Samuel Powel, Philadelphia’s first mayor, is the epitome of 18th-century elegance. On any given evening during its heyday, the guest list frequently included Washington, Adams, Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette and other luminaries.

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  • Presbyterian Historical Society Library & Collections

    A national center to collect and reflect on Presbyterianism

    The Presbyterian Historical Society was founded in 1852 to “preserve and service materials relating to the history of the Presbyterian Church.” Today, it serves as the national archives and historical research center of the church. The society’s Lombard Street headquarters, opened in 1967, is located in the same neighborhood where Philadelphia’s Presbyterian congregation gathered in the 1690s.

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  • Redwood

    From the team behind the nearby Copabanana comes Redwood, a smart wine bar that serves a specialized selection of small plates and vino-friendly bites.

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  • Retrospect

    Curated vintage threads, embellishments and home goods

    Thrift store-weary patrons gladly pay a few bucks more to snatch up the carefully chosen pieces at this hipster boutique. Among the finds are brightly printed sweaters, mid-century modern home furnishings, metallic pumps, retro aprons and plaid flannel shirts.

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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 Peter’s Episcopal Church

    Active parish rich with the history of early Philadelphia life

    Active parish rich with the history of early Philadelphia life. View More
  • 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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  • 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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  • South Street

    Philadelphia’s famous street bustles with restaurants, galleries and a whole lot more

    There's a little something for everyone on South Street.

    Along South Street, visitors and residents, teenagers and adults, preppies and punk rockers, artists and attorneys all mix seamlessly together. The street is always buzzing no matter if you visit on a Tuesday afternoon or a Friday night.

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  • South Street Souvlaki

    An enduring Medi cafe right on South

    One of South Street’s longest-running and most enduringly popular Mediterranean hideaways, SSS allows you to sit in or take your spanikopita, kefta and moussaka to go.

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  • South Street Spring Festival

    Massive outdoor street party to celebrate the season

    Celebrate spring with the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest.

    May 6, 2017
    Get outside and celebrate the season during the fourth annual South Street Spring Festival. Held on the first weekend in May, the FREE outdoor festival brings thousands to South Street for a day of food, music and family-friendly fun.

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  • Spirit of Philadelphia

    Cruise the Delaware River in style

    The Spirit of Philadelphia

    For three decades, the Spirit of Philadelphia has provided a unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and incredible skyline views on the Delaware River.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn's Landing.

    Through October 1, 2017
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its fourth year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Summer Concert Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Outdoor concerts on the Delaware River Waterfront all summer long

    All summer-long, Penn's Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    June 30 – August 31, 2017 (select dates)
    All summer long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Talula’s Daily

    High quality on-the-go grub on Washington Square

    Grab fresh, local ingredients and tasty, on-the-go meals at Talula's Daily.

    Talula’s Daily is both a market and a cafe featuring coffee, sandwiches, salads and cheeses.

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  • Talula’s Garden

    The oasis that feels like the country

    Born of the famed Talula’s Table in Chester County, this farm-to-table oasis feels like the country right between city buildings.

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  • Tamarind

    Thai done right

    Long a neighborhood favorite, this Thai BYO has always done it right, judging by the long waits on weekend nights (get in early).

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  • Tattooed Mom

    Dive bar royalty

    One of Philly’s best-loved dive bars, T-Mom’s is known for its oddball atmosphere, cheap drinks and even cheaper weekly food specials (Taco Tuesdays and Pierogi Thursdays!).

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  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

    Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer

    Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer. View More
  • The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

    National center for architectural history

    The Athenaeum was founded as a member-supported library in 1814, and continued for more than a century and a half as a British-style reading room on one of the city^s original squares. During the last quarter century, the Athenaeum built its collections, restored its building, and transformed itself into a national center for the history of architecture and design. The Athenaeum stands only one block from Independence Hall, overlooking leafy Washington Square.

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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 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 Contributionship

    A compelling collection of firefighting and fire insurance memorabilia

    A compelling collection of firefighting and fire insurance memorabilia.

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  • The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

    New and improved history near Independence Hall

    The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent holds a vast collection of over 100,000 pieces of history.

    The 1826 Philadelphia History Museum building, located just around the corner from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, has provided an exciting gateway into Philadelphia history for nearly 70 years.

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  • The Twisted Tail

    Modern Southern cuisine, bourbon and blues in Headhouse Square

    Enjoy a soulful meal at Twisted Tail on South Street.

    Serving southern-inspired comfort food on historic Headhouse Square, the Twisted Tail is known for delicious eats, fine bourbon and live music.

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  • Theater of the Living Arts (TLA)

    South Street’s top music venue

    Some of the biggest acts to hit Philly perform at the TLA, a well-respected stage for performers of all genres.

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  • Tides of Freedom
    African Presence on the Delaware River

    Compelling new exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum

    Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River.

    Uncover 300-years of history and the African experience along in Philadelphia during Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River, a new exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum.

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  • Uncle’s

    Philly’s favorite neighborhood gay bar

    This is the bar where gay men sit and watch the world go buy.

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  • Washington Square

    A leafy retreat with tree-shaded benches, located steps from Independence Hall

    Washington Square is one of William Penn's original five squares set aside to establish parks for the public.

    Washington Square is one of William Penn’s original five squares set aside to establish parks for the public.

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  • Xochitl

    A lovely, gourmet Mexican restaurant in Headhouse Square

    Xochitl

    Xochitl is a cozy Mexican restaurant that boasts a full bar and intimate, 30-seat dining room.

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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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