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The famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Credit: Courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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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  • 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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  • 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.

    November 25, 2016 – March 5, 2017
    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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  • Jurassic World: The Exhibition at
    The Franklin Institute

    Come face to face with life-like animatronic dinosaurs

    Throughout Jurassic World: The Exhibition, guests will come face-to-face with dozens of life-like animatronic dinosaurs that were created with oversight of renowned paleontologists.

    November 25, 2016 – April 23, 2017
    Some very famous gigantic, life-like animatronic dinosaurs come to Philadelphia in fall 2016 when Jurassic World: The Exhibition makes its North American debut at The Franklin Institute in a groundbreaking, five-month exhibition.

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  • Pizzeria Beddia

    Named the “Best Pizza in America” by Bon Appétit

    One of the highly sought after pies at Fishtown’s Pizzeria Beddia.

    The ingredients are simple, the space is small and the rules are succinct at Fishtown’s lauded Pizzeria Beddia: no slices, no phoning ahead and cash only.

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  • Reading Terminal Market

    America’s oldest farmers’ market

    Delicious Pennyslvania Dutch pies and baked goods? Yes, please.

    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.”

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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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  • Mütter Museum

    Medical wonders in an architectural gem

    The Mutter Museum

    The Mütter Museum is a riveting storehouse for the anatomically strange. The Museum’s display of 20,000 provocative items is designed to give a beneath-the-surface perspective of what physicians study.

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  • Longwood Gardens

    One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

    Spring at Longwood Gardens.

    When you’re at Longwood Gardens, it’s easy to imagine that you’re at a giant, royal garden in Europe. Stroll along the many paths through acres of exquisitely maintained grounds featuring 11,000 different types of plants.

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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.

    Select dates in January 2017
    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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  • AMOR Sculpture in Sister Cities Park

    Mirrors Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture

    The bilingual version of one of Philadelphia’s best-known landmarks lives in Sister Cities Park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    The bilingual version of one of Philadelphia’s best-known landmarks lives in Sister Cities Park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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  • LOVE Park

    Officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza

    LOVE Park

    A favorite destination for tourists and locals alike, John F. Kennedy Plaza gets its famed nickname “LOVE Park” due to its famous sculpture. Note: The park will be closed for renovations through summer 2017, and the LOVE sculpture has been temporarily removed for renovation.

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  • The Penn Relays Carnival

    The world’s oldest relay meet, held annually at the University of Pennsylvania

    A late April tradition, the annual Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 123rd year, making it the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet.

    April 27-29, 2017
    The Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 123rd year and is the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet. More than 100,000 spectators attend the annual racing event to see the world’s top track athletes compete at Franklin Field.

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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

    Opening April 19, 2017
    Set to open in spring of 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution promises 118,000 square feet full of art, manuscripts and printed works from the nation’s Revolutionary Period.

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  • The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

    A spring celebration of the culture, craft and cuisine of Japan

    Shofuso Japanese House and Garden offers a beautiful backdrop for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

    April 1-9, 2017
    Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, listening to the thundering beat of a giant Taiko drum, creating origami masterpieces or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the place to celebrate all things Japanese.

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  • Philly Wine Week

    Toasts and wine-learning events at venues all around town

    High Street on Market is one of the many restaurants and bars serving up wine-related specials for Philly Wine Week.

    March 19-26, 2017
    Philly Wine Week returns for its fourth year of wine-centric events, parties and specials at over 50 participating venues throughout Philadelphia during an eight-day span of libations.

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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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  • Odunde Festival

    One of the largest and most longstanding African-American street festivals in the nation

    The Odunde Festival draws nearly 500,000 people to South Philly.

    Sunday, June 11, 2017
    The annual Odunde Street Festival brings a genuine taste of Africa to South Street and one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods with an abundance of cultural, historical and family-friendly events.

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  • City Hall

    The largest municipal building in the country and the finest example of the Second Empire style

    City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States, containing over 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out.

    City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States, containing over 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out.

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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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  • 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.

    Select dates in January 2017
    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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  • The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    Elaborate displays fill the Pennsylvania Convention Center ever year at the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show.

    March 11-19, 2017
    An annual blockbuster event, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world's oldest and largest indoor flower show, full of impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations.

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  • Center City District Restaurant Week

    More than 100 restaurants offering three-course meals for $20-35

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this winter with delicious, conscious meals at 120 different restaurants.

    January 22-27, 2017 and January 29 – February 3, 2017
    Center City District Restaurant Week welcomes diners with delicious, budget conscious meals at as many as 120 restaurants for $20-35.

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  • The Comcast Center

    Philadelphia’s tallest building is also one of the country’s greenest

    The Comcast Center

    Standing at a robust 975 feet tall, the Comcast Center is the tallest building in Philadelphia (at least until the Comcast Technology Center opens in early 2018). And with its ambitious incorporation of eco-friendly technologies, it’s also the tallest “green” building in the country.

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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.

    Now open
    Eastern State Penitentiary presents a three-year-long exhibition exploring the purpose and effectiveness of our country’s prison system.

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