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Independence Visitor Center

Independence Visitor Center

Independence Visitor Center Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

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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  • Franklin Square

    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!

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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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  • 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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  • CityPASS Philadelphia

    Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

    Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save 46% on admission to 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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  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    A masterful collection of American art housed in a historic Center City building

    Gallery in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    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.

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  • Independence Visitor Center

    Start at the Visitor Center

    Independence Visitor Center

    The Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region.

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    The Art Museum covers 10 acres and houses more than 300,000 works spanning 2,000 years

    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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  • 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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  • Please Touch Museum

    Where kids ages 1 – 7 are boss

    The 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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  • Pennsylvania Ballet

    More than 50 years of breathtaking performances

    Company Member Caralin Curcio in Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella.

    Captivating and inspiring, The Pennsylvania Ballet ranks as one of America’s foremost regional ballet companies. Each new season brings a combination of classical performances, world premieres and timeless traditions, including the beloved holiday performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

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  • The Philadelphia Film Festival

    A city-wide celebration of the cinema

    Birdman starring Michael Keaton opens the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival.

    October 16 – 26
    The Philadelphia Film Festival celebrating its 23rd anniversary this fall with nearly two weeks of films, guests and special events to satisfy even the most ardent cinephile.

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  • Venice Island Performing Arts
    and Recreation Center

    New waterfront community and performance arts space in Manayunk

    Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk.

    Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood has a new waterfront community destination with the recent opening of the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center along the Schuylkill River.

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  • Philly Photo Day

    Grab a camera and take a picture in the city

    Snap your best picture of the city during Philly Photo Day.

    October 10, 2014
    Now in its fifth year, Philly Photo Day calls on all residents to capture and share their pictures depicting a day in the life of the city.

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  • Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair

    From common objects come masterpieces of artistic expression

    For the second year in a row, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will present the fall version of the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair.

    For the second year in a row, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will present the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair, a vibrant and festive event celebrates the work of the innovative craftspeople who take everyday, functional items and transform them into masterpieces of artistic expression that still remain useful.

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  • Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at the Franklin Institute

    A striking and rare look at the anatomy of the animal kingdom

    The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out

    Open through April 12
    Get a literal look inside the animal kingdom as Body Worlds returns to the Franklin Institute. Housed in the new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out features a rare and unprecedented view of the anatomy of nature with more than 100 specimens including sharks, goats, ostriches, a giraffe and even a giant squid.

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  • Bloktoberfest

    An epic celebration of food, music and beer in Graduate Hospital every fall

    Celebrate autumn during Bloktoberfest on South Street

    Saturday, October 11
    Taking over a stretch of western South Street every autumn, Bloktoberfest brings in big bands and a bevy of craft beer providers to make for a true neighborhood festival that’s free to attend.

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  • Fishtown RiverCity Festival

    Annual riverside celebration of the Fishtown neighborhood

    Celebrate the Fishtown neighborhood during the RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park.

    Saturday, October 11
    Celebrate fall in the Fishtown neighborhood during the annual RiverCity Fall Festival at scenic Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • The Oval

    Pop-up park returning for two weekends this October

    The Oval, an exciting new public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    The Oval, a popular pop-up open-air public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, returns for two weekends in October. After a fantastic summer of family-friendly fun, food trucks, live music and an incredible beer garden, The Oval is returning with an autumn-centric celebration.

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  • Midtown Village Fall Festival

    Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street

    Celebrate on 13th Street during the Midtown Village Fall Festival.

    Saturday, October 4
    Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events.

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