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Cruise the Delaware River in style
For three decades, the Spirit of Philadelphia has provided a unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and incredible skyline views on the Delaware River.View More
1981 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
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.”View More
Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring
April 1 – May 26, 2017View More
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.
The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River
Through September 25, 2016View More
Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.
William Strickland (1822-23)
St. Stephen’s Church is the only surviving example of architect William Strickland’s Gothic style.View More
1990 by Brower Hatcher
This mysterious sculpture by Brower Hatcher makes you think about the changes in civilization from past to present to future.View More
William Penn’s powerful agent-secretary, James Logan, made Stenton his country seat
Ben Franklin thought it was worth the trip to Germantown’s Stenton, one of the grandest houses of its time. Original hardwood floors, enormous multi-paned windows, 18th-century furniture, huge fireplaces, icehouse and a barn with pre-industrial agricultural tools can be found on a tour of the early Georgian-style estate of James Logan, secretary to Pennsylvania founder William Penn.View More
The treasures of a man of good taste and good deeds
The treasures of a man of good taste and good deedsView More
1887 by John J. Boyle
In this handsome bronze, an axe-wielding Native American woman carries one of her young children while another crouches beside her. At her feet lies a dead animal, probably a bear cub, and she scans the path ahead for further danger. Remarkably, this 19th-century sculpture reflects few of the cultural stereotypes common at the time.View More
Enjoy DJ-spun music every weekend at this posh spot
Eleven stories above the city’s most historical treasures, party people dance to the sounds of DJ-spun music every Friday and Saturday night at Stratus Lounge.View More
Strawberries as far as the eye can see
May 21-22, 2016View More
Celebrate spring at the annual Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village, where festive foods, children’s activities, pie-eating contests and a lively lineup of family entertainment are just some of the weekend’s exciting attractions.
Multi-purpose performance space and yoga studio
Art shows and performances take place often inside this 5,000-square-foot yoga and dance studio.View More
Fun and games on the Delaware River
SugarHouse Casino, the first casino in Philadelphia, is located on the picturesque Delaware River waterfront. This premier gaming and entertainment destination, open 24/7, offers a complimentary mix of table games, slots, restaurants and a VIP Lounge.View More
Outdoor concerts on the Delaware River Waterfront all summer long
All summer long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.View More
The 25th annual 5K run/walk to fight breast cancer
May 10View More
This Mother’s Day, the Philadelphia Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure invites everyone in the Delaware Valley and beyond to celebrate 25 years of fighting to end breast cancer at the annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.
1924 by Alexander Stirling Calder
The center of Logan Square belongs to a popular fountain sculpture by Alexander Stirling Calder, son of the City Hall artist. Designed with architect Wilson Eyre, the work memorializes Dr. Wilson Cary Swann, founder of the Philadelphia Fountain Society.View More
Unparalleled collections exploring Quakers, peace and literature
Friends Historical Library originated with a gift in 1871, when Anson Lapham created a collection “exclusively for matters pertaining to friends.” With additional acquisitions related to Quaker activity in literature, science, business, and government, the Friends Historical Libary’s holdings grew to more than 39,000 books, 2,500 microfilm reels, 4,000 volumes of Quaker Meeting records, 275 manuscript collections, pictures and artifacts.View More
Preserving everyday life – and a few special highlights
Temple’s premise is simple: wealth is at hand. Founder Russell Conwell spread the word in his signature sermon, “Acres of Diamonds,” a parable of a man whose worldwide search for riches ends in failure. Digging the man’s grave on his own land, his family finds he owned acres of diamonds all along. This people’s university extends Conwell’s message and mission with its special collections.View More
Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison
September 15 – November 4, 2017 (select dates)View More
The massive Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — is home to one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls.
Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineerPhiladelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer. View More
The world’s largest indoor flower show
March 11-19, 2017View More
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.
The draft returns to its Philly roots this spring
April 27-29, 2017View More
During the three days of the 82nd NFL Draft — all taking place outdoors, including on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — fans can enjoy interactive experiences, get autographs from current and former players, take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and much more.
The Grand Old Lady of Locust Street
The oldest known opera house continuously in use in the U.S., the Academy is home to the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet and “Broadway at the Academy,” a series of national productions.View More
Advanced training for opera singers
The singing starts on a high note at the fully staged productions in the AVA’s historic headquarters, a 19th-century townhouse that includes the 150-seat Helen Corning Warden Theater.View More
Celebrating and interpreting African-American history and culture
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans.View More
Variety programming of established international artists
Since its founding in 1971, Annenberg has been an East Coast leader in presenting a multiplicity of performing arts. Now under the umbrella of Penn Presents it embraces The Zellerbach Theatre, Harold Prince Theatre, and Irvine Auditorium, all on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Its reach has grown far beyond the campus, drawing audiences from the suburbs and surrounding counties.View More
A delight for the architecturally inclined
A delight for the architecturally inclinedView More
Preserving and presenting architecture – in a National Historic Landmark
How bombastic-yet logical! In the bowels of architect Frank Furness’s most outrageous work-a structure that looks more like a steamboat than a library-resides an archive celebrating the dynamism of architecture. University of Pennsylvania’s Architectural Archives preserves drawings, sketchbooks, models and manuscripts of more than 400 designers who worked over three centuries.View More
National center for architectural history
The Athenaeum was founded as a member-supported library in 1814, and continued for more than a century and a half as a British-style reading room on one of the city^s original squares. During the last quarter century, the Athenaeum built its collections, restored its building, and transformed itself into a national center for the history of architecture and design. The Athenaeum stands only one block from Independence Hall, overlooking leafy Washington Square.View More
Free, off-beat outdoor movie screenings in Northern Liberties
Friday nights through August 14View More
Every Friday night, The Awesome Fest will return with free outdoor movie screenings for all to enjoy.