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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

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

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 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

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

    Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

    April 6-12
    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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  • Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

    Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    Festival: April 12; Restaurant Week: April 12-24
    Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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  • The Penn Relays

    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 121st year, making it the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet.

    April 23 – 25
    The Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 121st year and is the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet. The event draws crowds of 100,000 as spectators know they’ll see the world’s top track athletes compete and begin Olympic careers.

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  • Philadelphia Science Festival

    Prove the theory science is fun!

    Philadelphia Science Festival runs April 15 – 28, 2011

    April 24 – May 2
    The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) returns for its fifth year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.

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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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  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

    Riverfront path providing easy access to the Schuylkill Banks

    The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot-long, riverside path connecting Locust and Broad Streets.

    Now open
    Extending the popular Schuylkill River Trail, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot-long concrete pathway along the shoreline from Locust to South Streets. The pathway connects to the South Street Bridge via a 460-foot-long ramp that provides pedestrian, bicycle and ADA-compliant access to the Schuylkill River Trail.

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  • Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

    Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save 47% on the combined admission to five of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS, including The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo, the National Constitution Center and more.

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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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  • Pumpkin

    One of the best BYOBs in the neighborhood

    Local and seasonal ingredients play a major role in Pumpkin’s cuisine, so it’s no surprise the menu of this relaxed New American establishment changes constantly — all without compromising value.

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  • Johnny Brenda’s

    Delicious food + great beer + live music = a Fishtown landmark

    Johnny Brenda’s

    Located at the intersection of Frankford and Girard Avenues on the southern tip of Fishtown, Johnny Brenda’s is, at once, the catalyst, champion, living room, kitchen/dining room and concert hall of its neighborhood.

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  • Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens

    An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation

    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark with the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape.

    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2015 with the launch of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.

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  • Indego – Philly Bike Share

    City-wide bike rental service coming in 2015

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

    Opens April 23, 2015
    Philadelphia is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country and it is about to get even friendlier with its own bike sharing program called Indego.

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  • Peace Valley Lavender Farm

    Pick your own lavender — or pick up lavender home goods

    Those who imagine themselves to be dwelling carefree amidst the gentle hills of Provence can pick their own lavender, in season, at the Peace Valley Lavender Farm.

    It’s all about lavender at the Peace Valley Lavender Farm. Visitors are invited to pick their own lavender to bring home along with lavender goodies from the gift shop. The six different types of the plants are available for about $1 per ounce.

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  • Go West! Craft Fest

    Craft local

    Attendees at Go West! Craft Fest’s annual gathering of West Philly’s best artisans and craftspeople can expect to find new and cool clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.

    April 25
    Go West! Craft Fest is an annual gathering of West Philly’s best artisans and craftspeople that allows shoppers to discover new creators of clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.

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  • The Penn Relays

    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 121st year, making it the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet.

    April 23 – 25
    The Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 121st year and is the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet. The event draws crowds of 100,000 as spectators know they’ll see the world’s top track athletes compete and begin Olympic careers.

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  • American Swedish Historical Museum

    Paying tribute to the Delaware Valley’s first settlers

    The American Swedish Historical Museum, modeled after a 17th-century Swedish manor, sits on land given to colonist Sven Skute by Sweden’s Queen Christina in 1653.

    The American Swedish Historical Museum, modeled after a 17th-century Swedish manor, uses a timeline, tapestry and artifacts to tell the story of the New Sweden colonists, who settled the Delaware Valley in the mid-1600s before William Penn.

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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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  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Radical 19th century prison designed to create social change

    The looming exterior of Eastern State Penitentiary

    Eastern State Penitentiary set the standard for penal reform, with its soaring, castle-like Gothic architecture and its founders’ Quaker-inspired belief that solitary confinement could reform criminals.

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  • Please Touch Museum

    Where kids ages 1 – 7 are boss

    Ride on the restored 1908 carousel at the Please Touch Museum.

    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.

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  • The Barnes Foundation

    One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings

    Gallery space at The Barnes Foundation, arranged as originally intended.

    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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  • Center City Jazz Festival

    Day-long celebration of jazz in Philadelphia

    Chris’ Jazz Cafe is one of four venues hosting the Center City Jazz Festival.

    April 25th
    Spend the day relaxing with live jazz during the fourth annual Center City Jazz Festival. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festival features 16 bands performing at four Center City venues.

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  • Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

    Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    Festival: April 12; Restaurant Week: April 12-24
    Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

    Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring

    April 1 – May 31
    At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display, on view through May 31. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of the gardens, where every day something new bursts into bloom.

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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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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    August 2
    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.

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