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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.

  • The 50 Biggest Events and Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2016

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

    Top Events, Festivals and Exhibitions Coming to Philadelphia in 2016

    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 2016.

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  • Presidents’ Day Weekend in Philadelphia 2016

    Spend the long weekend in the birthplace of the United States

    Independence Visitor Center

    There are few places more worth spending Presidents’ Day weekend than Philadelphia, a city intimately linked with our Founding Fathers and many of our country’s presidents throughout history. Bonus: Valentine’s Day falls during the same weekend.

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  • Six Awesome Beer Festivals Hitting Philly This Winter

    Sip on and celebrate suds of the season in one of the best beer-drinking cities in the U.S.

    Six Awesome Beer Festivals Hitting Philly This Winter

    Head to these six beer festivals to celebrate some of the best suds of the season in one of the top beer-drinking cities in the U.S.

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  • Valentine’s Day Weekend in Philadelphia 2016

    Plan a passionate weekend of romance with dining specials, hotel packages, date ideas and more

    RiverRink Winterfest

    Philadelphia, aptly dubbed the City of Brotherly Love, caters to lovers looking to spark a little extra romance at cultural sites, charming eateries, outdoor attractions and other swoon-worthy spots. Valentine’s Day coincides with Presidents’ Day Weekend this year, so couples have the perfect excuse for a romantic Philly getaway over the long holiday weekend

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  • Top Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in Philadelphia

    Book a romantic rendezvous in the city

    Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and Philadelphia is ready to host your romantic weekend getaway. Book a romantic rendezvous with one of the top romantic hotel packages available throughout the city.

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  • Visit Philadelphia’s New Philazillas Commercial

    There’s more to a legendary city than its legends

    Visit Philadelphia's New Philazillas Commercial

    Visit Philadelphia is excited to debut our brand-new TV commercial — a fun, over-the-top spot that honors the city’s beloved icons while showing off the many other enjoyments that make Philadelphia such a popular place to visit and stay overnight.

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  • Top Things To Do In Philadelphia In February 2016

    Top Things To Do In Philadelphia In February 2016

    Don’t let the shortest month of the year slip away without taking part in the Auto Show, East Passyunk Restaurant Week and so much more…

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  • Top Romantic Date Ideas in Philadelphia

    Embrace romance in the City of Brotherly Love with these exciting activities

    Romantic Date Ideas in Philadelphia

    Looking for an exciting night out in the city? Take a loved one out for a romantic adventure with a few of our favorite date ideas that enable you to explore the city’s fabulous restaurants, activities and luxurious hotels.

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  • Top Reasons To Book A January Getaway To Philadelphia

    There’s tons to do all month long — plus a special hotel package…

    Top Reasons To Book A January Getaway To Philadelphia

    Every weekend in January offers something new, exciting and fun in Philadelphia…

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  • Top 10 Reasons to Visit the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show

    January 30 – February 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

    Philadelphia Auto Show

    Check out cars of all sorts — from soon-to-be released models to classic designs — while also test driving cars from Kia, Mazda and Toyota at the Philadelphia Auto Show. Read on for our photo tour and the top reasons to head to this year’s show.

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  • The Top Reasons To Visit Philadelphia In 2016

    The DNC, park and trail expansions, impressive new exhibitions and much more

    The Top Reasons To Visit Philadelphia In 2016

    Philadelphia looks forward to an action-packed 2016 filled with attraction openings and expansions, only-in-Philly events and not-to-miss exhibitions.

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  • Top Picks For Center City Restaurant Week — Winter Edition

    Restaurant Week returns January 17-22 and 24-29 with nearly 120 participating restaurants

    Top Picks for Restaurant Week

    Nearly 120 restaurants will offer luxurious, multi-course menus that are light on your wallet yet indulgent as a meal during the winter edition of Center City Restaurant Week. Browse our top picks by category.

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  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Events in Philadelphia 2016

    Honor the legacy of Dr. King during the country’s largest Day of Service

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend and Day of Service 2016

    Now in its 21st year, the Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 18 is the largest MLK Day event in the country. Honor the legacy and life of Dr. King with special events and activities over the holiday weekend.

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  • Top Things To Do In Philadelphia In January 2016

    The Mummers, Restaurant Week, the Auto Show and so much more

    Top Things To Do In Philadelphia In January 2016

    Welcome 2016 with the Auto Show, Restaurant Week, ice skating and so much more…

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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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  • New Year’s Eve Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants for 2015/2016

    Toast to the New Year with amazing meals at the city’s top restaurants

    New Year's Eve Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants for 2015

    Philadelphia’s top restaurants will raise a glass of champagne to 2016 with prix-fixe dinner specials, festive celebrations and midnight toasts to celebrate the New Year.

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  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinners at Philadelphia Restaurants for 2015

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

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants

    From Seven Fishes feasts to festive prix fixe meals, well-loved Philadelphia restaurants are the place to be before or on the big holiday. Check out our picks for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners.

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  • Top Holiday Events & Attractions in Philadelphia’s Countryside

    Celebrate the season with annual traditions, festive parades, bright lights and more

    The holiday season brings out the best in the Philadelphia region with long-standing traditions, annual celebrations and wildly impressive colorful light displays. Embrace the spirit of the season festive parades, visits from Santa and fantastic holiday shopping with our top holiday events in the Philadelphia Countryside.

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  • New Year’s Eve Hotel Packages in Philadelphia for 2015/2016

    Celebrate the New Year in Philadelphia and save

    New Year’s Eve Hotel Packages in Philadelphia for 2015

    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 2016.

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  • Top Things to Do In Philadelphia In December 2015

    Iconic holiday attractions and shows, shopping, the Army/Navy game, a brand-new Bloomingdale’s and more

    Top Things to Do In Philadelphia In December 2015

    Philadelphia closes out an epic 2015 with holiday fun, big football games, brand new openings and much more.

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  • Top Holiday Shows and Performances in Philadelphia for 2015

    Philadelphia’s world-class performance venues are ready to celebrate with annual traditions and new productions, so put on your dancing shoes, warm up your singing voice and enjoy the best performing arts the city has to offer during the holidays.

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  • Top Five Sky-High Vantage Points in Philadelphia

    The best places to go in Philly when you’re looking for amazing views

    philadelphia city hall tower observation deck

    From a brand new observation deck to dining in the sky, here’s our guide to the top five places around the city that offer spectacular sky-high views of Philadelphia.

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  • Best Places for Holiday Shopping in Philadelphia

    Top seasonal pop-up shops, massive retail destinations, main streets and more

    Best Places for Holiday Shopping in Philadelphia

    Find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, and treat yourself as well, at Philadelphia’s brand-new retail destinations, creative craft bazaars, holiday pop-up shops, independent boutiques, charming main streets and top-rated shopping malls.

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  • Rocky’s Philadelphia

    Explore Rocky’s hometown, following in his footsteps from the Philadelphia Museum of Art 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 10 Reasons to See the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in Person

    Enjoy the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country

    10 Reasons to See the 2014 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in Person

    The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade serves as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season — and it’s one of Philadelphia’s most beloved traditions. Here’s why it’s more than worth it to bundle up, grab the kids or a group of friends and head out for an early holiday treat.

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  • Top 12 Free Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia for 2015

    Inexpensive ways to get in the holiday spirit

    Top 14 Free Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia for 2014

    This holiday season, there’s more ways than ever to ring in the most wonderful time of the year in Philadelphia — and some of the most iconic and popular attractions are completely free. Here’s our guide to free holiday fun in Philadelphia for 2015.

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  • Thanksgiving Week in Philadelphia 2015

    Celebrate the long weekend with parades, dinners, holiday attractions and more

    Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Philadelphia goes big for the Thanksgiving holiday with a spectacular citywide celebration. Check out our guide to the holiday weekend with historic parades, festive dinners and holiday fun.

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants

    Let the city’s top restaurants do the cooking on Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants

    Forget the dirty dishes and grocery shopping — we’ve rounded up two dozen Philadelphia restaurants offering fantastic dinners or take out this Thanksgiving.

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  • A Complete Day-By-Day Guide to Thanksgiving Week in Philadelphia 2015

    Make the most of the holiday weekend from Wednesday, Nov. 25 — Sunday, Nov. 29

    A Day-By-Day Complete Guide to Thanksgiving Weekend in Philadelphia 2014

    There’s more than ever to do over Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia this year. From ice skating rinks to an enormous parade, must-see holiday attractions to fun shopping, residents and visitors alike can look forward to an extremely fun weekend. Here’s our guide to doing it right.

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  • Top Reasons To Be In Philly For The Philadelphia Marathon

    One of the top 10 races in the country is bigger than ever this year

    Philadelphia Marathon

    One of the most historic races in the U.S., the Philadelphia Marathon crosses the heart of the city and some of its iconic landmarks. In anticipation of the November 22 race, check out our images from the marathon and reasons why it’s so cool to attend.

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  • Top Things To Do In Philadelphia In November 2015

    A new observation deck, must-see holiday attractions, two ice-skating rinks and more

    Top Things To Do In Philadelphia In November 2015

    As the weather cools during November in Philadelphia, it means that some of the year’s biggest events are just around the corner — including the arrival of the magical holiday season.

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  • A Day-By-Day Guide To Halloween In Philadelphia 2015

    Get in the Halloween spirit the last two weekends of October

    Terror Behind the Walls

    The end of October is filled with dozens of Halloween activities, tours and attractions for pint-sized trick-or-treaters, party-ready grown-ups and more…

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  • Top Reasons Why Terror Behind The Walls Is The #1 Haunted House in America

    Eastern State Penitentiary is home to the largest and scariest haunted attraction in the country

    The haunted history of Eastern State makes it the perfect setting for the largest haunted house in the country, Terror Behind the Walls. Check out why this year it is scarier than ever.

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  • 10 Reasons Not To Miss The First-Ever Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival

    Join in the daylong celebration of Philly’s signature sandwich

    Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival

    Celebrate one of the all-time great sandwiches at the first-ever Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival on October 24.

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  • Halloween in Philadelphia 2015

    Haunted houses, friendly frights and ghostly encounters throughout the region

    Philadelphia

    The city fully embraces the Halloween season with dozens of top-rated haunted houses, spooky ghost tours at historic attractions and family-friendly frights. Find a little scary fun for everyone in our complete guide to Halloween in Philadelphia.

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  • The Top Halloween Events and Activities in Philadelphia for 2015

    Hayrides, spooky soirees, historical frights and top haunted houses

    Thrill-seeking families, couples and friends can celebrate Halloween with hayrides, parties, festivals—and more haunted houses, of course—that transform one of the country’s most historic regions into a Halloween destination sure to scare, surprise and entertain.

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  • Harry Potter’s Guide to Philadelphia

    City attractions and locations that could be found in the world of wizards

    Chestnut Hill is bringing back its bewitchingly popular Harry Potter Festival for a weekend of Quidditch, costumes and wizarding on Germantown Avenue. In addition to the annual festival, Philadelphia has much more in common with the magical world created by J.K. Rowling.

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  • Top Things To Do In Philadelphia In October 2015

    Cheeseteaks, Harry Potter, awesome fall fests and more

    RiverCity Festival

    October in Philadelphia means dozens of fall festivals, celebrations of both Harry Potter and cheesesteaks, new art exhibitions and more.

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  • Guide to Accessibility During the Pope’s Visit to Philadelphia

    Getting around, viewing locations and general ADA information for the historic events

    Pope Francis greets the crowd

    With over a million people expected to visit Philadelphia during the historic visit from Pope Francis (September 26-27), getting around the city will require prior planning for all those attending the weekend events – especially for those with disabilities.

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  • The 10 Best Ways to Get to Philadelphia for the Pope’s Visit

    Be here for one of the biggest events in Philadelphia’s history

    The 9 Best Ways to Get to Philadelphia for the Pope's Visit

    Coming to Philadelphia to see the pope? Here are nine options on how to get to the city for the can’t-miss events.

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