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  • Rittenhouse Square

    Philadelphia’s most popular town square

    In the picturesque, tree-lined streets surrounding Rittenhouse Park, you will find charming townhomes, luxurious spas, amazing eateries, jewelry stores and the highest of high-end fashion boutiques.

    Rittenhouse Square is as popular with residents as it is with visitors. In the picturesque, tree-lined streets surrounding the park, you will find charming townhomes, luxurious spas, amazing eateries, jewelry stores and the highest of high-end fashion boutiques.

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  • Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

    “Circle the Square” with fine art

    The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show welcomes more than 140 artists from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

    June 5-7
    Now in its 84th year, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show has the long-running distinction of being the nation’s oldest outdoor original artwork show.

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  • Rodeph Shalom Synagogue

    A 1920s-era architectural marvel and home to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art

    This synagogue, built in 1927, is an outstanding example of the Byzantine style. The building, which places home to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, is free and open to the public.

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  • Rodin Museum

    The largest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside France

    The greatest hits of the famed 19th-century sculptor are all here – bronze casts of Eternal Springtime, The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and, of course, The Thinker. Bold, energetic and emotionally intense, these works are set in a temple-like building down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which administers the collection.

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  • Ruba Club Studios

    A unique social club and event space in Northern Liberties

    Ruba presents weekly entertainment and provides a nightly experience that has kept locals coming back for decades.

    One of the most unique spaces in the city, Ruba Club Studios is a 100-year-old social club and bi-level event space in the Northern Liberties housing a vintage Cabaret bar, dance floor and stage on the lower level and a theatrical stage upstairs.

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  • Rustic Music

    Vintage record and guitar shop near historic Antique Row

    A colorful sign along 13th Street beckons you into this time-honored shop

    Vintage record and guitar shop in historic Antique Row

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  • Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building

    Fashion and modern design highlight the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s first major expansion

    The Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

    Enthusiasts of fashion and modern design will relish a visit to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, the first major expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too

    Stuff yourself at Sabrina’s second location

    Outside of the second location for Sabrina's Cafe.

    The Italian Market darling for brunch boasts an outpost in the Fairmount neighborhood, where hungry diners fill up on oversized portions of comfort food during brunch, lunch and dinner. Hint: The brunch line is worth the wait.

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  • Sadsbury Woods Preserve

    One of the largest unfragmented woodlands in Chester County

    Sadsbury Woods Preserve

    A 500-acre nature preserve ideal for walking and hiking, Sadsbury Woods is also an important habitat for interior nesting birds and small mammals.

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  • Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Ryan Memorial Library

    Rare books, vaulted ceilings and arched windows inspire research

    The Ryan Memorial Library and its Rare Book Collection date back to 1832 when the seminary was founded. In 1911, the library moved to its current location, which is named for Archbishop Patrick J. Ryan, second archbishop of Philadelphia. It is considered a wonderful resource for the study of systematic theology, canon law and church history, particularly the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

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  • Saint George’s Methodist Church

    Oldest continuously used Methodist church building in America

    This brick church (14 feet from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge) and its Historical Center present a picture of Colonial life and the beginnings of American Methodism.

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  • Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church

    Active parish rich with the history of early Philadelphia life

    Active parish rich with the history of early Philadelphia life. View More
  • Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village

    Scare up some fun during this Bucks County tradition

    Scarecrow Festival at Peddler's Village

    You’ll have a scary good time at the Annual Scarecrow Festival and Competition in Peddler’s Village, a fall family tradition in Bucks County.

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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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  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

    Explore the natural world

     Six miles of hiking trails traverse the 340 acres of woods, streams, ponds, and fields of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, one of the first environmental education facilities established within the limits of a major metropolitan area in the country.

    Six miles of hiking trails traverse the 340 acres of woods, streams, ponds, and fields of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, the one of the first environmental education facility established within the limits of a major metropolitan area in the country.

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  • Schuylkill River Heritage Center at Phoenixville

    A 120-year-old building repurposed to highlight Phoenixville’s Iron and Steel legacy

    The Schuylkill River Heritage Center is a unique, interpretive way to experience the pictures and pieces of the past to give a better understanding of Phoenixville’s Iron and Steel legacy

    The Schuylkill River Heritage Center, which sits on the site of the former Phoenix Iron and Steel Company, is a unique, interpretive way to experience the pictures and pieces of the past to give a better understanding of Phoenixville’s Iron and Steel legacy and its place in the Schuylkill River’s history.

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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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  • Seaport Parade of Lights

    A holiday lighting celebration unlike any other in town

    The Seaport Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights.

    The Seaport Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade, for holiday activities and festivities.

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  • Second Bank of the United States

    A who’s who of Revolutionary War-era portraiture

    The Second Bank is known for its extensive collection of portraits by Charles Willson Peale.

    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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  • Second Nature at the Philadelphia Zoo

    Art exhibition highlighting endangered species with unconventional materials

    Artists from around the world are getting creative for Second Nature at the Philadelphia Zoo.

    April 11 – October 31
    The Philadelphia Zoo is getting a few rare additions in 2015. A dozen artists from around the world are creating ingenious and larger-than-life sculptures of endangered animals using recycled, reusued and repurposed materials for Second Nature: Junk Rethunk.

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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.

    Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®. For the 2015 season, starting May 2, 2015, Sesame Place is celebrating its 35th birthday!

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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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