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Check out our Top Picks for a series of short articles full of fun suggestions for great things to do in and around Philadelphia.

We make things easy for you — we give you plenty of top recommendations and then you can pick and choose the places you like best.

Top Picks gives you the best of Philly: everything from bars under the stars to the city’s best ice cream cones.

  • Top 15 Things To Do In Philadelphia In July 2015

    Celebrate summer with July 4th, fireworks, outdoor concerts, festivals and more

    July is one of the most festive months of the year in Philadelphia. The fun starts with a bang during the city’s massive July 4th celebration and continues with fantastic festivals and events all month long.

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  • The 50 Biggest Festivals & Events in Philadelphia This Summer

    Our month-by-month guide to endless summer fun in the city

    What are some other words for summer fun?Fireworks. Festivals. Beer gardens. Pop-up parks. Philadelphia.

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  • #VISITPHILLY Photo Spots

    Snap and share photos in front of Philadelphia’s iconic structures and places

    XOXO marks the spot this summer in Philadelphia thanks to fun #VISITPHILLY Photo Spots located at highly trafficked and iconic areas throughout the city.

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  • 12 Burgers To Eat In Philadelphia This Summer

    Summer is burger season and here are 12 of the hottest burgers in Philadelphia to seek out this summer

    Summer is burger season; here are 12 of the hottest burgers in Philadelphia to seek out this summer…

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  • Top Summer Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

    Get outside and watch a movie

    Grab some popcorn and a blanket for a few of our favorite movie screenings under the stars this summer.

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  • The Top Places to See Impressionist Art in Philadelphia

    Discovering the Impressionists joins works by Monet, Renoir, Cassatt and others around town

    Philadelphia’s many outstanding museums showcase stellar permanent impressionist collections that art lovers can admire all year

    Philadelphia’s many outstanding museums showcase stellar permanent impressionist collections that art lovers can admire all year long. Here’s a look at where to see Philadelphia’s impressive impressionism collections.

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  • The Top Multicultural Festivals in Philadelphia in 2015

    Internationals sights, sounds and flavors shine at top Philadelphia festivals

    The Top Multicultural Festivals in Philadelphia in 2015

    Explore the sights, sounds and flavors of the world at a stellar selection of multicultural festivals and events coming to Philly in 2015.

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  • Top 16 Things to Do at Penn’s Landing This Summer

    Amazing parks, killer concerts, outdoor movies and more for summer 2015

    Top Things to Do at Penn's Landing This Summer

    It’s going to be an epic summer on Penn’s Landing with Spruce Street Harbor Park, Summerfest, Tall Ships and more. Here’s what not to miss in 2015 …

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  • Top Things To Eat At Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Fried chicken sandwiches, pork belly bao buns, enormous ice cream sundaes and more

    The 10 Most Delicious Things To Eat At Spruce Street Harbor Park This Summer

    This summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park returns with ridiculously tasty food offerings. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to eat at the park for summer 2015.

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  • Top Family-Friendly Summer Events and Exhibitions in Philadelphia 2015

    Pack up the car for a summer of family fun in the city

    Plan a family trip to Philadelphia with our guide to the top summer events and exhibitions sure to please visitors of all ages.

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  • The Return of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series for 2015

    Awesome Friday Happy Hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day

    Visit Philly Beer Garden Series 2015

    The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series will return in 2015 for its second season of kicking off summer weekends at Philadelphia’s best beer gardens.

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  • The Biggest Concerts And Music Festivals Coming To Philadelphia In 2015

    Philadelphia explodes with arena-rocking performances by top talents

    The Biggest Concerts Coming To Philadelphia In 2015

    This year, concert-goers will enjoy a steady flow of arena-rocking performances at Philadelphia stadiums and entertainment venues. Whether you are more at home listening to seasoned talents like Bette Midler and Billy Joel singing the classics, or are ready to rock out to the sounds of music industry newcomers like Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, this list is definitely for you.

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  • Top 15 Things To Do At Spruce Street Harbor Park and Summerfest in 2015

    Philly’s coolest waterfront park probably ever adds a roller-skating rink, more food for 2015

    Philadelphia has fallen in love with Spruce Street Harbor Park, the new park that has popped up on the Delaware River Waterfront this summer. The park has a little bit of everything: a boardwalk with arcade games, a hammock lawn, a bocce court, a floating restaurant, a beer garden and so much more.

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  • Top Summer Pop-Ups and Seasonal Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

    Our complete guide to the city’s seasonal outdoor spaces

    Top Summer Pop-Ups and Seasonal Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

    Grab your shades and apply some sunscreen and get outside with our guide to the fantastic pop-up parks and beer gardens in Philadelphia this summer.

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  • Top Reasons Philadelphia Is One Of The Best Biking Cities

    Trails, bike lanes and the all-new bike share make the city a haven for cyclists

    Philadelphia is quickly becoming one of the most bike-friendly big cities in the country with dedicated bike lanes on city streets, hundreds of miles of trails and a growing number of bicycle commuters.

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  • Top Beer Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

    Upcoming events in one of the best beer-drinking cities in the U.S.

    Top Beer Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

    As one of the best beer-drinking cities in the U.S., Philadelphia sets a high bar for beer events. Here’s a selection of some of the oldest, largest, quirkiest and most popular celebrations of the artisanal sud coming to the region in 2015.

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  • Discover the Sound of Philly

    Explore our curated Spotify playlists for the songs that define the city

    Discover the Sound of Philly

    Philadelphia has a unique sound of its own, so we’ve put together a collection of songs on Spotify that define the city.

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  • Top Events, Festivals and Exhibitions Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

    A month-by-month guide to the biggest, can’t-miss events coming to Philly this year

    Top Events and Festivals

    Festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events; to help you plan your next visit (or three) to Philadelphia, we’ve put together some of the most exciting happenings each month in 2015.

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  • 14 Reasons Every Week Is Love Your Park Week in Philadelphia

    Explore Philadelphia’s vast and beautiful parks system

    12 Reasons Every Week Is Love Your Park Week in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia is full of amazing parks that offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities and recreation. Here’s what makes Philly’s park system so awesome.

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  • Where to Find the Best Grilled Cheese in Philadelphia

    Our favorite variations of the classic comfort food at city eateries

    Grilled Cheese

    Nostalgic and consistently comforting, the grilled cheese is an understated iconic sandwich. To help you find the ultimate grilled cheese, we’ve put together a few of our favorite variations found at Philadelphia eateries.

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  • Top 12 Must-Attend Sporting Events Coming To Philadelphia in 2015

    Ten can’t-miss sporting events coming to the City of Brotherly Love in 2015

    Sports fans have plenty of reasons to visit Philadelphia in 2015. This year, the city will welcome some of the most talented athletes in the world for professional sporting events, long-standing races and exciting competitions.

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  • Quintessential Rocky Tour of Philadelphia

    City attractions and locations seen in the Rocky films

    Philadelphia was forever immortalized on celluloid with the tale of an aspiring boxer with the Academy Award-winning 1976 film Rocky. Get yourself into fighting shape and explore city locations frequented by the beloved fictional Philadelphian.

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  • 11 New Hotels Coming to Philadelphia in 2015 and Beyond

    There are some major new hotel projects in the pipeline for the City of Brotherly Love.

    After Philadelphia saw its highest occupancy rate ever in 2014, a number of high profile hotel projects are on the books to open in Philadelphia in the next few years. Read on for news on a dozen major new hotels that are coming to Philadelphia.

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  • Philadelphia Attractions Making Headlines in 2015

    Visit the attractions, restaurants and destinations that have the nation talking

    Philadelphia enjoyed some spectacular press in the first months of 2015. Check out 22 city spots that have gained national attention in the beginning of 2015.

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  • Making a Classic Modern - Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    One of Philadelphia most iconic buildings is getting an update from one of the world’s most preeminent architects

    A long-time in the making, Philadelphia Museum of Art is about undergo an ambitious renovation, revitalization and expansion with the assistance of famed architect Frank Gehry.

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  • Marking 50 Years of LGBT Activisim in Philadelphia

    Exhibitions, re-enactments and events celebrating the gay civil rights movement

    50 Years of LGBT Activism in Philadelphia

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement in Philadelphia with exhibitions, re-enactments, events and more…

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  • Top Reasons You Must See Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute

    Incredible exhibition of LEGO artwork on display in Philadelphia for a limited time

    Discover famous masterworks, larger-than-life sculptures and 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurs all created entirely from LEGO® during The Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute. Read our top reasons you must see this exhibition.

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  • Top 17 Reasons to Visit Philadelphia in 2015

    The Pope, bike sharing, an observation deck and more

    Top 15 Things to Look Forward to in Philadelphia in 2015

    From the pope’s visit and the launch of Philadelphia Bike Share to a blockbuster Impressionism exhibition and the return of Spruce Street Harbor Park, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in Philly. Here are some of the major happenings taking place.

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  • Where to Find the Best Meatballs in Philadelphia

    They come in all types and sizes, but just one shape

    The B+V+P stands for beef, pork and veal at neo-red sauce joint Little Nonna’s.

    Meatballs abound in Philadelphia. From traditional Italian versions with gravy to Vietnamese pork balls in noodle soup, vegetarian tofu-ball sandwiches to luxuriant rounds of hand-rolled short-rib, here are some of the most memorable meatballs in the region.

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  • The Biggest Gay and Lesbian Events Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

    Parties, art exhibitions, film festivals and more

    The Biggest Gay and Lesbian Events Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

    As one of the best destinations for LGBT travelers, Philadelphia has a stacked 2015 with weekly parties, annual gay pride events, art exhibitions and film and theater fests. Here’s a look at the best events by the night, week, month and year.

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  • Where To See African-American Art In Philadelphia In 2015

    African-American art shines at top Philadelphia museums, galleries and exhibitions

    Top Ways To See African American Art In Philadelphia In 2015

    In 2015, Philly will host a number major exhibitions featuring African-American artists, including shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brandywine River Museum and more. Here are the exhibits, galleries and museums worth exploring this year.

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  • Top 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Philadelphia in 2014

    There were a lot of awesome additions to Philly this year – check out our top picks for the most “Instagrammable” of the bunch

    There were a lot of awesome additions to Philly this year – check out our top picks for the most “Instagrammable” of the bunch.

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  • The Craft Distilleries & Spirits Trail Of Greater Philadelphia

    See why small-batch distilling is booming in the region

    The Craft Distilleries & Spirits Trail Of Greater Philadelphia

    In just over two years, craft distilling has boomed in the Philadelphia region, helping to restore Pennsylvania to its once-prominent place in the national distilling conversation. Here’s a look at the region’s distilling pioneers.

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  • Top 10 Spots for Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks

    Our picks for the best places to go for an Authentic Philly Cheesesteak experience

    Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks

    Here in Philly, cheesesteaks are a civic icon, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession. Often imitated around the world, the cheesesteak is rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia. So what is an authentic cheesesteak and where did it come from? Here’s the lowdown on this region’s favorite sandwich.

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  • Where to Find the Best Ramen in Philadelphia

    Our favorite spots around Philadelphia

    To master its flavorful broth, Nom Nom Ramen in Rittenhouse soaks pork bones for more than 24 hours to extract all the richness.

    Philadelphia has seen a surge in restaurants serving real, hearty ramen that will make those days waiting at the microwave seem like a distant memory. Read on for our picks for the best ramen in Philadelphia.

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  • Top 12 Family-Friendly Attractions

    Philadelphia attractions where kids can learn, play and explore

    Academy of Natural Sciences

    Explore a dozen of our favorite family-friendly museums, parks and attractions that will keep the entire family engaged and happy throughout your entire trip.

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  • Top 10 Free Philadelphia Attractions

    Popular places to visit — with no admission required

    The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall

    For families and budget-conscious travelers eager to explore the region, there are plenty of fantastic, FREE attractions to discover in Philadelphia.

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  • Where to Find the Best Doughnuts in Philadelphia

    Favorite spots for the fried, glazed, dipped and filled treats

    Philadelphia’s bakeries and restaurants offer a wide variety of doughnuts topped with sugary blends, stuffed with a variety of sweet surprises or glazed with any number of fantastic flavors. Browse a few of our favorites.

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  • Philadelphia’s Sandwich Hall Of Fame

    An ode to Philadelphia’s wealth of almost impossibly delicious sandwiches

    Philadelphia's best sandwiches

    Nothing speaks to Philadelphia’s love of great food more than our appreciation of an amazing sandwich. From the world-famous Philly cheesesteak to its less famous, but equally delicious brother, the hoagie, to the third juggernaut in Philly’s sandwich triumvirate, the roast pork sandwich, Philadelphia loves genuinely incredible sandwiches. We know them. We love them. We eat them. It’s what we do. And this Sandwich Hall of Fame is our ode to Philadelphia’s greatest sandwiches.

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  • Best Brunch Spots in Philadelphia

    Weekends are made for brunching in the city

    Weekends were made for brunching — chatting with friends, digging into a stack of syrupy pancakes, lingering over a latte or a Bloody Mary. Check out more than 100 of our favorite brunch spots in Philadelphia.

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