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  • Schuylkill River Trail

    A 26.5-mile, multi-use path from Philadelphia to Phoenixville

    The 26.5-mile trail is a favorite for bicycle clubs, families, runners and walkers

    This 26.5-mile recreational path runs along the Schuylkill River from Center City Philadelphia to Phoenixville in Chester County.

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  • Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

    A garden of ideas to inspire home gardeners

    A garden of ideas, with more than 4,000 kinds of ornamental trees and plants on the Swarthmore College campus.

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  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at Penn’s Landing

    A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn's Landing.

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

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  • Second Bank of the United States

    A who’s who of Revolutionary War-era portraiture

    This place packs a large punch in a relatively small space. Most important, it played a pivotal role in American history.

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  • Seeds Gallery

    Putting down roots

    More than the average white-washed wall-hanging space, this gallery’s mission is to foster community between new artists and the local community, effectively “seeding” them into the business side of the art world.

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  • Sesame Place

    Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®

    Meet your favorite furry friends at Sesame Place.

    Visitors will love the park’s newest addition – Cookie’s Monster Land! This colorful and imaginative new land features five exciting rides, a three-story net climb and a soft play area for toddlers.

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  • Shakespeare Memorial

    1926 by Alexander Stirling Calder

    The Philadelphia Shakespeare Memorial.

    A morose Hamlet leans his head against a knife, while a laughing jester, Touchstone, lounges against him.

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  • Shiloh Baptist

    An historic church designed by the renowned Frank Furness

    A beautiful piece of period architecture designed by the renowned Frank Furness, Shiloh plays host to expertly curated dance and visual art events.

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  • Shoe Museum

    Tiptoe through the ages with the story of footwear

    Tiptoe through the ages with the story of footwear

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  • Shofuso – The Japanese House and Garden

    Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park

    The Japanese House and Garden

    Enter a place of harmony and tranquility, where the large stone statue of the Buddhist deity Jizo keeps silent watch over the Shofuso in its home away from home in Fairmount Park. Explore the Pine Breeze Villa, fragrant from its tatami mats and hinoki bark roof; across the wooden bridge, a tea garden leads past lanterns to the ceremonial teahouse complex.

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  • Shubin Theatre

    A cozy venue hosting regional and touring performing arts shows

    A throwback to South Street’s bohemian origins, the intimate Shubin plays host to live dance, theater, music and every other performing art imaginable.

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  • Silica Galleries

    Art of glass

    Representing and promoting sculptors with a concentration in glass, Silica displays and sells contemporary vases, sculptures, jewelry, accessories, wall hangings and furniture.

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  • Silver Lake Nature Center

    235 acres for kayaking, bird walks, pond tours and seasonal festivals

    Silver Lake Nature Center features a butterfly garden, lakes, marshes, meadows, a bog and 4.5 miles of nature trails.

    Silver Lake Nature Center features a butterfly garden, lakes, marshes, meadows, a bog and 4.5 miles of nature trails that highlight the diverse plant and animal life in the area.

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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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  • Sister Cities Park

    Outdoor oasis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Sister Cities Park

    Located on Logan Square in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Sister Cities Park is a welcoming space featuring a brand new café, boat pond, educational garden and commemorative fountain.

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  • Skate at the Piazza

    Lace up your skates for outdoor holiday fun in Northern Liberties

    Celebrate the holiday season during the Skate at the Piazza.

    The Piazza at Schmidt’s is celebrating the holiday season with Skate at The Piazza, a brand-new outdoor ice skating rink in Northern Liberties.

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  • Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

    A complex chapter in American history examined at the National Constitution Center

    Explore the lives of six slave families who lived and worked at Jefferson's Monticello.

    Take a look at the lives of six slave families who were among hundreds of slaves that lived and worked for one of our country’s Founding Fathers during Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, a powerful exhibition at the National Constitution Center.

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  • Slought Foundation

    Redefining the public and political spectrum

    This internationally recognized non-profit cultural center hosts exhibitions and programs with a socio-political focus.

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  • Smith Memorial Arch

    1897–1912, Various Artists

    The Smith Memorial Arch.

    The Smith Memorial commemorates Pennsylvania’s military heroes of the Civil War.

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  • Social Consciousness

    1954 by Jacob Epstein

    Social Consciousness

    The elongated figures of Jacob Epstein’s Social Consciousness suggest sympathy, tenderness and sorrow for human suffering.

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  • Society Hill Playhouse

    Theater for all at one of Philadelphia’s oldest theater halls

    A Performance at Society Hill Playhouse

    This is theater for people who don’t like theater . . . or who think they don’t.

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  • Soup Kitchen Cafe

    Bowled over

    If it warms you up and you eat it with a spoon, chances are there’s a killer version of it being served at Soup Kitchen Cafe.

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  • South Street Headhouse Spring Festival

    Massive outdoor street party to celebrate the season

    Celebrate spring with the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest.

    Get out and celebrate the season during the second annual South Street Headhouse Spring Festival

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  • Space 2033

    Hosting art exhibtions and acupuncture services

    One of the latest additions to Frankford Avenue’s arts corridor, Space 2033 is a true artistic catchall.

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  • Spirit of Philadelphia

    Cruise the Delaware River in style

    The Spirit of Philadelphia

    For three decades, the Spirit of Philadelphia has provided a unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and incredible skyline views on the Delaware River.

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  • Split Button

    1981 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

    The Split Button by Claes Oldenburg.

    Knowing that Ben Franklin had founded the university, and noticing that a nearby statue depicted him as somewhat plump, they imagined that Ben had popped a button.

    The button would have fallen to the ground and been broken by students’ feet. Thus the sculptors created a massive aluminum “split” button for the plaza in front of the main library.”

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  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

    March 29 – May 19: Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring

    Spring at Longwood Gardens.

    Explore hundreds of acres abloom with the beauty of spring at Longwood Gardens.

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  • St. Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church

    William Strickland (1822-23)

    St. Stephen’s Church is the only surviving example of architect William Strickland’s Gothic style.

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  • Starman in the Ancient Garden

    1990 by Brower Hatcher

    The Starman in the Ancient Garden.

    This mysterious sculpture by Brower Hatcher makes you think about the changes in civilization from past to present to future.

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  • Stenton

    William Penn’s powerful agent-secretary, James Logan, made Stenton his country seat

    Stenton was one of the grandest houses of its time.

    Ben Franklin thought it was worth the trip to Germantown’s Stenton, one of the grandest houses of its time.

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