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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.
Don’t miss these hotspots
- The PFS Roxy Theater
- Night Market – Lancaster Avenue
- Old City Restaurant Week
- Making A Classic Modern:
Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for
the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Made In America Music Festival
- BlackStar Film Festival
- Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival
- Franklin Flea
- 2nd Street Festival
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- The Philadelphia Freedoms Host Andy Roddick, Venus Williams And Other Tennis Greats During The Team’s 15th Season, Beginning Tuesday, July 15
- The Trolley Car Diner In Mt. Airy Continues To Host Outdoor Movie Screenings On Saturday Nights, Through August 16
- Weekend Picks: Bastille Day Festival In Fairmount, Bluegrass And Blueberries Festival At Peddler’s, Hispanic Fiesta At Penn’s Landing, Visit Philly Beer Garden Series And More
- Reminder: The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series Continues Today With A Stop At The Brand New PHS Pop-Up Garden Starting At 4 P.M.
- The Trestle Inn Heats Up Callowhill With Go Go On The Block, A Weekly Outdoor Dance Party Every Friday All Summer Long
- The Dog Days Of Summer Festival In Chestnut Hill Brings Dog-Centric Activities To The Spotlight, This Sunday, July 13
- Tonight Picks: Free Outdoor Movie Screenings, Pairings On The Parkway, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Free Beer And Cheese Happy Hour At Di Bruno Bros., Fairmount French Fling Bar Crawl And More
- The Brandywine River Museum of Art Hosts A Night Of Art On Friday, July 11, And Free Admission On Saturday, July 12
- The Adventure Aquarium Shark Shuttle Provides Guests With Roundtrip Transportation From Center City To The Aquarium, Through August 17
- Celebrate The Best Of Latin America At The Hispanic Fiesta At Penn’s Landing, Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13
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Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares laid out by William Penn – and the only one dedicated just to fun!
America’s oldest farmers’ market
Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”
One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings
The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway inspires discovery with the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings and African sculpture.
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Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
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.
A masterful collection of American art housed in a historic Center City building
A jewel nestled in the heart of Center City, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) hosts vast collection of American art boasts treasures by local and national luminaries such as Charles Willson Peale (founder of the Academy), Thomas Eakins (who taught here), and Violet Oakley.
Start at the Visitor Center
The Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region.
The Art Museum covers 10 acres and houses more than 300,000 works spanning 2,000 years
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.
Unearthing the riches of the world’s cultural heritage
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.
Where kids ages 1 – 7 are boss
The city’s award-winning children’s museum is fun-filled, totally hands-on, and so delightful that adults are entertained, too. Each nook and cranny has a different theme — from the fantastic to the practical.
Home of independent cinema in Rittenhouse Square
The new home of the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the The PFS Roxy Theater brings top independent cinema to Rittenhouse Square.View More
Popular street food festival returns to West Philly
Night Market, Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival with food trucks, live music, beer and art, hits Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia on Thursday, August 14.View More
Permanent home for progressive performing arts 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.View More
July 20-27: First ever restaurant week for the historic neighborhood
Discover the fantastic restaurants in one of Philadelphia’s historic neighborhoods during the first ever Old City Restaurant Week.View More
Learn more about the major renovation and expansion the for city’s iconic structure
Explore the scope of architect Frank Gehry’s ambitious, multi-phase project that will see both major and minor enhancements to the interior and exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the next decade.View More
Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns
The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.View More
Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema
Now in its third year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.View More
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.View More
A Philadelphia-centric market offering vintage and antique wares
The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea market supplies Philadelphia shoppers with its curated selection of vintage and antique wares every week for months to come.View More
Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties
Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.View More