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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 Spring Festivals in Philadelphia

    Celebrate the season with arts, science, beer, music and more

    The longer days and warmer temperatures mean many things, including the arrival of outdoor events and fantastic festivals all around the city. Mark your calendar for our top spring festivals in 2014.

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  • Rocky’s Philadelphia

    Explore Rocky’s hometown, following in his footsteps from the Art Museum to the Italian Market

    Experience Rocky’s Philadelphia with our interactive guide to where the champ trained, lived and loved.

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  • Top Five Sky-High Vantage Points in Philadelphia

    The best places to go in Philly when you’re looking for observation deck-like views

    philadelphia city hall tower observation deck

    Did you know that Philadelphia’s City Hall has an observation deck at the top of its 500-foot tower? It does. And it’s awesome. This is our guide to the top five places around the city that offer spectacular sky-high views of Philadelphia.

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  • The Best Ramen In Philadelphia

    Our favorite spots to get a bowl of ramen around Philadelphia

    For many, Ramen conjures an image of instant noodles good for a cheap meal. In recent years, 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.

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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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  • Top Romantic Spots and Activities in Philadelphia

    There’s lots to adore, including hotel packages, spa treatments & restaurants

    Philadelphia, aptly dubbed the City of Brotherly Love, caters to lovers looking to re-energize their relationships at cultural sites, romantic eateries, outdoor attractions and other swoon-worthy spots.

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  • Top Coffee Spots in Philadelphia

    Grab a cup at the city’s best coffeehouses

    A new wave of coffee has officially hit Philadelphia and The Countryside® like a red-eye with an extra shot.

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  • Philadelphia’s Newest Skyscraper: The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center

    59-story structure in Center Ctiy to be one of the tallest buildings in the country

    The Philadelphia skyline is growing again. Projected to open in 2017, the 1,121-foot-tall, state-of-the-art Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be one of the largest buildings in the country and an impressive fixture in Center City.

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  • Black History Month in Philadelphia

    Our top picks for the city-wide cultural celebration

    African America Museum

    Philadelphia celebrates Black History Month with special events, exhibitions, film screenings and other activities throughout the month of February.

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  • Top Dining Picks From Philadelphia Chefs

    Top city chefs dish their favorite restaurants, best markets, secret finds and more

    Five local food luminaries share where they like to go on their off-hours, what they snack on late at night, their favorite low-cost meals and why they love to cook and dine in Philly.

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  • Top Reasons to Visit Philadelphia in 2014

    New public spaces, expanded attractions and amazing exhibitions coming this year

    For visitors wondering what’s new in Philadelphia in 2014, the short answer is: a lot.

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  • Top 10 Family-Friendly Attractions

    Where kids can learn, play and explore

    Independence Seaport Museum

    Families love to visit Philadelphia and we love hosting them. Here are ten 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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  • The Best Old-School Diners In Philadelphia

    Top classic eateries in and around the city

    Our roundup of some of the most well known and well-frequented classic diners in Philadelphia.

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  • Best Brunch Spots in Philadelphia

    Weekends are made for brunching in the city

    Weekends are made for brunching — chatting with friends, digging into a stack of syrupy pancakes, lingering over a cup of a coffee and a few refills (or maybe a few Bloody Marys). If you’re looking for an awesome brunch in Philadelphia, you need only consult this list.

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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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  • 30 Must-Try Dishes And Drinks In Philadelphia

    Sample some of the city’s lesser-known culinary treasures

    Already sampled Philly’s iconic cheesesteaks, hoagies and pretzels? Then go beyond these local delicacies to sample some of the city’s lesser-known culinary treasures.

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  • Local Breweries and Craft Beers

    Regional breweries putting out award-winning beers

    Philadelphia has a long, storied love affair with beer dating back over 100 years. While most of the city’s breweries were lost during Prohibition the 1920s, today the tradition of fine craft beer is alive and thriving.

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  • Top Food Trucks in Philadelphia

    Proving you can get good food on the road

    A look at some of Philly’s must-try trucks—serving soft pretzels, pork roll sandwiches, elegant pastries, espresso drinks, global fare and just about everything in between.

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  • Guide to the Best Burgers in Philadelphia

    Satisfy your carnivore craving with some of the best hamburgers in the city

    Alla Spina

    Philadelphia is quickly becoming Burger Town, U.S.A. as new burger joints are popping up all over town.

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  • The 25 Best Pizzas in Philadelphia

    Best spots to grab a slice in the city

    It’s no surprise that Philadelphia, a city with such a rich Italian heritage, is a haven for delicious gourmet pizza. And in recent years, the pizza offerings around town have only gotten better as a new class of Philadelphia restaurants have entered the fray, specializing in pies that have turned pizza into a meal worth dining out.

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  • Guide To The Best Barbecue in Philadelphia

    Get saucy with some of the tastiest barbecue in the city

    Make no bones about it: Philadelphia has the sauciest, smokiest ribs and some of the best brisket east of Texas. Here are a few of our favorite down-home eats that are sure to appease any and all comfort-food cravings.

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  • Guide to the Top Meatballs in Philadelphia

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

    On top of spaghetti, covered with cheese, tucked into a roll, grilled on a skewer—meatballs in all forms abound in Philadelphia, and not just in South Philly, the city’s largely Italian enclave.

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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Events in Philadelphia

    Honor the legacy of Dr. King during the largest MLK Day of Service in the Nation

    Now in its 19th year, the Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is the largest MLK Day event in the country. Check out a few of our top MLK Day celebrations in Philadelphia.

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  • Top Places to Watch the Sunset in Philadelphia

    Our favorite spots for the twilight hour

    One of our favorite ways to find inspiration is heading outside and relaxing with the beautiful colors of the setting sun. Check out our favorite spots to watch the sunset in Philadelphia.

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  • New Year’s Eve Dining in Philadelphia

    Raise your glass and celebrate the New Year at Philadelphia restaurants

    Ring in the New Year at Philadelphia’s top restaurants with dinner specials, festive celebrations and champagne toasts. Join the decadent celebration with our guide to eating out for New Year’s Eve.

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  • Where to Watch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Philadelphia

    A few fantastic spots to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular

    Check out a few of our top spots to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Delaware River.

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  • Top New Year’s Parties and Celebrations in Philadelphia

    Get a great view of the fireworks while ringing in the New Year


    A few top spots to celebrate while ringing in the New Year in Philadelphia.

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  • Top Hotel Spas

    Relax and refresh at a fabulous hotel spa

    Guests of the inns and hotels of Philadelphia and The Countryside® can now expect more than superlative service and historic trimmings. Increasingly, they can also avail themselves of in-room massages, customized facials, herbal body treatments and day-long day-spa escapes—without ever leaving the property.

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  • Family-Friendly New Year’s Celebrations

    Ring in 2014 with the whole family in Philadelphia

    Countdown to Noon

    Philadelphia is going all out for New Year’s and it’s the perfect destination for families searching for a kid-friendly celebration.

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  • Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Hotel Packages

    Celebrate the New Year in Philadelphia and save

    Take part in all of the city’s New Year festivities with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™ or choose from one of several special hotel packages to help you ring in 2014.

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  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants

    Let the region’s top chefs do the cooking this holiday season

    You’ve spent the past few weeks preparing for the holidays by wrapping presents, hanging stockings and decorating the tree, so its time to take a break and let some of the region’s top chefs take care of your holiday meal.

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  • Top Holiday Events In Philadelphia

    Parades, light displays and community-wide celebrations make Philadelphia very merry, indeed

    The Philadelphia region loves the holiday season. Visit and you’ll find craft fairs, light displays and community-wide celebrations. Here are a few of our favorite ways to celebrate this time of year.

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  • Top Places To View Holiday Lights in Philadelphia

    The region glows bright during the holiday season

    Macy's Light Show

    Our favorite local attractions and neighborhoods lighting up the skies with sparkling colors and elaborate light displays this holiday season.

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Philadephia Restaurants

    Dine out this Thanksgiving at Philly’s top restaurants

    Percy Street Thanksgiving

    Looking to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without worrying about cooking and cleaning up? Let the professionals do all the work with delicious Thanksgiving Day meals at some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants.

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  • Top Spots for Holiday Shopping in the Philadelphia Region

    Our favorite holiday shopping destinations in the region

    Peddler's Village

    It’s that time of year to start checking names off your holiday shopping list. Philadelphia and the Countryside is packed with incredible shopping experiences including charming Christmas Villages, boutique shops and top-rated shopping malls.

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  • Top Fall Festivals

    Celebrate fall with festivals, food, fashion, music and more

    Fall brings with it cooler weather, shorter days and, here in Philadelphia, festivals nearly every weekend. To help you wade through all the food, music and arts fests taking place this autumn, here are a few of our favorites.

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  • Top Fall Harvest Festivals

    Get your fill of apple butter and hay rides during the autumn harvest

    The changing of the leaves marks the onset of the autumn season and with it, the fall harvest. Get your fill of apple butter and hayrides in a few of our favorite harvest festivals taking place this season.

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  • Top Permanent Light Displays in Philadelphia

    Displays lighting up the region

    Discover spectacular displays that light up the night sky.

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  • Exploring Philadelphia’s Waterfront

    A multi-day tour of the Delaware River waterfront, starting from Philadelphia’s first casino

    SugarHouse Casino

    There are many attractions and events all year long along the waterfront, just a short cab ride away from Sugarhouse Casino.

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