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The 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Experience ARTiculture at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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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  • The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    Experience Articulture at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

    February 28-March 8
    The annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show.

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  • The Art of the Brick at the
    Franklin Institute

    Acclaimed art exhibition created entirely from LEGO®

    The Art of the Brick uses only the popular children’s toy to recreate famous works of art.

    Open through September 6
    An art exhibition unlike any you’ve ever seen, the The Art of the Brick at the Franklin Institute features the world’s largest collection of art created entirely from the popular toy.

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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 holiday attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    Open through March 1
    The Delaware River Waterfront is getting into the winter spirit with the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Building off the success of the summer’s Spruce Street Harbor Park, the revamped seasonal attraction features ice skating, food and drink, shopping and family-fun on the waterfront.

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  • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Celebration of compelling works from innovative African American artists

    Smoking My Pipe, 1934, by Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr. (Public Works of Art Project, on long-term loan to the Philadelphia Museum of Art from the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration)

    Open through April 5
    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is highlighting its exceptional collection of works by renowned African American artists during Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.

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  • The Artist’s Garden at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920

    Childe Hassam, The Goldfish Window, 1916, Oil on canvas.

    Open through May 24
    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will host The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920, a new exhibition examining when the world of art and the world of gardening met at the turn of the 20th century.

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  • CityPASS Philadelphia

    Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

    Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save 45% off the combined admission to five of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS.

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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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  • Laurel

    Intimate East Passyunk location for Top Chef winner

    Laurel, an East Passyunk BYOB by Top Chef winner Nicolas Elmi.

    Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood is proud to welcome a Top Chef to the neighborhood. Chef Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef New Orleans, continues his winning-streak with the modern French-influenced American BYOB Laurel.

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  • Pub & Kitchen

    Quality pub fare and cold craft beers since 2008

    Pub & Kitchen

    For more than six years, Pub & Kitchen one of Philadelphia’s quintessential restaurants for quality dishes, craft beers and elevated brunch offerings.

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  • Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

    Conveniently located near Center City’s dining, museum and shopping districts

    A king guestroom at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

    Located on Market Street in Center City, the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia offers comfort and convenience for visitors to Philadelphia.

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  • Simeone Foundation Museum

    One of the world’s most remarkable collections of race cars

    Within the walls of the newly opened Simeone Foundation Museum, you’ll find 60 of the world’s rarest and most famous race cars.

    Within the walls of the Simeone Foundation Museum — the only museum of its kind in North America — you’ll find 60 of the world’s rarest and most famous race cars. And if luxury is your style, names like Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Maserati are pretty tough to beat.

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  • 2016 Democratic National Convention

    Political world converges on Philadelphia in the summer of 2016

    The 2016 Democratic National Convention is coming to Philadelphia.

    All eyes will be on Philadelphia in July 2016 as the city hosts the Democratic National Convention.

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  • The Philadelphia Zoo

    Animals and plants thrive at America’s first zoo

    As you approach PECO Primate Reserve, imagine for a minute that a group of primate conservationists have taken up residence in an abandoned timber mill to help save primates from around the world.

    One of the best laid-out and most animal-packed zoos in the country, the Philadelphia Zoo is set among a charming 42-acre Victorian garden with tree-lined walks, formal shrubbery, ornate iron cages and animal sculptures.

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  • The Artist’s Garden at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920

    Childe Hassam, The Goldfish Window, 1916, Oil on canvas.

    Open through May 24
    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will host The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920, a new exhibition examining when the world of art and the world of gardening met at the turn of the 20th century.

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  • Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold in Ancient Panama

    Artifacts and items from a mysterious ancient culture on display at the Penn Museum

    Gold Plaque, Sitio Conte, Panama, ca. 700-900 CE.

    Open through November 1
    Dig into the history of a lost Panamanian society during Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold in Ancient Panama at the Penn Museum. Explore the art and artifacts of the Coclé, a sophisticated ancient culture that laid undiscovered until the 20th century.

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  • Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano at the
    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Unprecedented collection of Japanese artwork only on view in Philadelphia

    Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons, 1550. Kano Motonobu, Japanese, 1477–1559. Ink, color, and gold leaf on paper.

    Open through May 10
    Explore the beautiful works and artistry of Japan’s most influential and enduring school of painters during an exclusive exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • East Passyunk Restaurant Week

    Eat and explore East Passyunk’s fantastic dining scene

    Now’s your chance to get to Noord, one of 24 restaurants participating in East Passyunk Restaurant Week.

    February 22-28
    East Passyunk Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to explore the fantastic dining scene in one of Philadelphia’s most popular neighborhoods.

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  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

    Explore the natural world

     Six miles of hiking trails traverse the 340 acres of woods, streams, ponds, and fields of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, one of the first environmental education facilities established within the limits of a major metropolitan area in the country.

    Six miles of hiking trails traverse the 340 acres of woods, streams, ponds, and fields of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, the one of the first environmental education facility established within the limits of a major metropolitan area in the country.

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  • The Betsy Ross House

    The birthplace of the American flag

    Betsy Ross inside her home

    Did she or didn’t she? 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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  • National Museum of American Jewish History

    Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

    The New National Museum of American Jewish History

    Free admission through the month of February
    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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  • Open Source:
    Engaging Audiences in Public Space

    Mural Arts Program presents groundbreaking outdoor exhibition in Philadelphia

    Still-life #11 © 2012, Heeseop Yoon. 24’x 60’. 1/4’‘ black masking tape on mylar.

    The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary by turning the city into a canvas during a blockbuster outdoor exhibition featuring more than a dozen incredible artists from around the globe.

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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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  • Penn Museum

    Unearthing the riches of the world’s cultural heritage

    A Sphinx at the University of Pennsylvania Archeology and Anthropology Museum

    If you called its 15-ton Egyptian sphinx “one in a million,” you’d be right: it is just one in a collection of nearly a million objects at the Penn Museum (also known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)—one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums.

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  • Philly Bike Share

    City-wide bike rental service coming in 2015

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter tests out the Philly Bike Share program.

    Philadelphia is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country and it is about to get even friendlier with Philly Bike Share.

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  • Genghis Khan at The Franklin Institute

    How a 13th-century Mongolian warrior changed the world

    The treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire debut in Philadelphia when the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute.

    The treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire debut in Philadelphia when the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute, showing visitors how this warrior nomad had such a profound impact on world politics.

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