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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

A 200-foot Chinese dragon is one of the many illuminated attractions at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square. Credit: J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia offers much more than cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic treasures abound in this city and its surrounding countryside.

What makes Philadelphia so memorable is its unique blend of experiences that you have to discover in person. By day, explore four centuries of history and architecture, beautiful neighborhoods, remarkable museum collections and endless shopping. After the sun sets, the city heats up with acclaimed performing arts, amazing dining and vibrant nightlife.

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  • One Liberty Observation Deck

    A top notch spot for sky-high views of Philadelphia and the surrounding region

    From high atop the 57th floor of Liberty Place, visitors to the One Liberty Observation Deck will be gobsmacked by the 360° landscapes that stretch for miles while also hearing tidbits of Philadelphia’s past and its evolution into a major American city.

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    From high atop the 57th floor of Liberty Place, visitors to the One Liberty Observation Deck will be gobsmacked by the 360° landscapes that stretch for miles while also hearing tidbits of Philadelphia’s past and its evolution into a major American city.

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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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  • Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change
    at The Barnes Foundation

    View 50 works by Picasso in an exhibit highlighting pieces from World War I

    Through 50 different pieces of work, The Barnes Foundation presents a special Picasso exhibit exploring the artist’s fluctuating style during World War I.

    February 21 – May 9, 2016
    Explore the dramatic variance in the Picasso’s style during the period surrounding the World War I through 50 works of art.

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  • Once Upon a Nation
    Storytelling Benches

    History that speaks to you

    A storytelling bench in Historic Philadelphia

    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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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Third-largest art museum in the country and a must-see attraction

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Like Philadelphia’s own Parthenon, the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see on the city’s cultural circuit.

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  • Federal Donuts

    Line-up for donuts, fried chicken and coffee

    Next level coffee and donuts at Federal Donuts.

    The lines out the door explain it all; people across the city crave deep-fried joy. The original location for Federal Donuts in Pennsport has perfected the combination of Korean-style fried chicken and delectable donuts, selling out regularly since opening in the fall of 2011.

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  • The Science Behind Pixar
    at The Franklin Institute

    Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Finding Nemo, Toy Story and more

    The Franklin Institute adds a new interactive exhibit to their long-standing register, this time exploring the processes behind Pixar.

    March 12 – September 5, 2016
    Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Pixar’s beloved animated movies.

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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The first festival of its kind in the Northeast U.S. comes to Philadelphia

    A 200-foot Chinese dragon is one of the many illuminated attractions at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

    April 22 – June 12, 2016
    Franklin Square is aglow this spring with more than 25 illuminated lanterns for the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States.

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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 – November 8, 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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  • 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.

    May 26 – December 29, 2016
    The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

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  • University City Dining Days

    Enjoy a three-course dinner at top restaurants in West Philly from $15-35 per person

    Distrito

    July 14-24, 2016
    Dining Days returns to University City for its 12th year of fantastic, prix-fixe, three-course dinners at the top eating destinations in the neighborhood.

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  • Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

    An evening of craft beer, food and fun at the zoo

    Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food.

    July 16, 2016
    Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food.

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  • National Museum of American Jewish History

    Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

    The New National Museum of American Jewish History

    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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  • Assembly Rooftop Lounge

    Enjoy an al fresco beverage and a view, nine stories above street level

    Assembly Rooftop Lounge offers skyline views and classy cocktails from nine stories high atop The Logan.

    Head to Assembly Rooftop Lounge for epic outdoor views and cool cocktails, nine stories above the streets of Philadelphia.

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  • The Circuit Trails

    Hundreds of miles of connected trails for hiking, biking, commuting and more

    The Greater Philadelphia region is home to one of the largest trail networks in the country, collectively known as The Circuit Trails.

    The Greater Philadelphia region is home to one of the largest trail networks in the country, collectively known as The Circuit Trails, providing endless opportunities for recreation and commuting.

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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The first festival of its kind in the Northeast U.S. comes to Philadelphia

    A 200-foot Chinese dragon is one of the many illuminated attractions at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

    April 22 – June 12, 2016
    Franklin Square is aglow this spring with more than 25 illuminated lanterns for the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States.

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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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  • Prisons Today at
    Eastern State Penitentiary

    An exhibition exploring the impact of imprisonment in the U.S.

    The U.S. tops the list of highest incarceration rates in the world, drawing much discussion in an interactive exhibition at Eastern State Penitentiary.

    May 6, 2016 – 2019
    Eastern State Penitentiary presents a three-year-long exhibition exploring the purpose and effectiveness of our country’s prison system.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 3-4, 2016
    The Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, is set to return in 2016.

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  • Peddler’s Village

    Charming countryside village just one hour from Philadelphia

    Peddler’s Village

    Peddler’s Village offers small town, colonial charm just one hour from Center City Philadelphia. Explore 65 independently owned and operated specialty shops, six restaurants, a 71-room inn, family-friendly attractions and exciting annual events.

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  • Hedgerow Theatre

    Challenging theater in an 1840s gristmill

    Hedgerow offers the opportunity to watch emerging actors grow under the mentoring experience of veteran actors and directors.

    Hedgerow offers the opportunity to watch emerging actors grow under the mentoring experience of veteran actors and directors.

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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, has undergone a dramatic renovation. The park now boasts a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench and picnic area.

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  • Once Upon a Nation
    Storytelling Benches

    History that speaks to you

    A storytelling bench in Historic Philadelphia

    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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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history after hours

    The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia.

    May 27 – October 22, 2016
    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.

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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.

    May 26 – December 29, 2016
    The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

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