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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 Things to Do in Philadelphia in April 2016

    The first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival, the epic PIFA street fair, outdoor festivals and more

    Chinese Lantern Festival

    Philadelphia is set to host an epic April with a profusion of awesome outdoor festivals, food and drink celebrations, art, music and more. Here are our picks for the must-do events this April.

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  • 30+ Awesome Food Festivals Hitting Philadelphia in 2016

    Fill up on signature eats from the city and beyond at an array of delicious events and fests

    Night Market

    Tons of awesome food festivals are hitting the region this year that let you experience the food of Philadelphia and beyond. Check out our list of the biggest food festivals to mark on your calendar for 2016.

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  • 15 Awesome Things to See at the Chinese Lantern Festival

    A first look at Franklin Square’s 200-foot-long dragon, three-story-tall pagoda and more

    Chinese Lantern Festival

    The first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast U.S. comes to Philadelphia from April 22 through June 12. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect in Franklin Square this spring.

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  • Top Things to Do in Philadelphia in May 2016

    Epic street fests, cultural celebrations and more

    Top Things to Do in Philadelphia in May 2016

    May kicks off festival season in Philadelphia — and brings with it a massive array of other events for enjoying the beautiful spring season.

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  • Most Visited Attractions in Philadelphia

    A guide to the most popular sites in the area

    With nearly 40 million annual visitors, Philadelphia's top attractions get a lot of well-warranted attention. Have you been to t

    With nearly 40 million annual visitors, Philadelphia’s top attractions get a lot of well-warranted attention. Ever wonder which of the area’s spots get the most visits per year?

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  • Top Beer Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2016

    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 suds-driven celebrations, coming to the region in 2016.

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  • Top 10 Spots for Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks

    Our picks for the best places to go for a genuine Philly Cheesesteak experience

    Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks

    Here in Philly, cheesesteaks are a civic icon, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession that are 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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  • Awesome Spring Events and Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2016

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

    Spring Events and Festivals in Philadelphia

    Spring in Philadelphia is a season of can’t-miss events and fun, al fresco festivals. Here’s our guide to help you mark your calendar with the awesome celebrations of the season in 2016…

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  • The Best Southern and Soul Food in Philadelphia

    A comprehensive list of Philly’s best mouthwatering delights

    The Best Southern and Soul Food in Philadelphia

    Nothing’s more satisfying than a plate of down-home eats, and Philly’s dining scene is steeped in southern and soul flavors. Here’s a look at some of the mouthwatering delights the city has to offer.

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  • Top Places To Eat Near The South Philadelphia Sports Complex

    Hoagies, tacos, tailgating and more within a 10-minute drive of the stadiums

    Heading to the big game or big concert? Here are the best spots to eat before or after the main event...

    From hoagies to cheesesteaks, tacos to tailgating, find an array of delicious ideas within a 10-minute drive from the South Philadelphia Sport Complex.

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  • Top 15 Reasons to Get Excited for the 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival

    Beer, star-gazing, robot wrestling, a party at Penn’s Landing and more from April 22-30, 2016

    Top 12 Reasons to be Psyched for the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival

    The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) returns for its sixth year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces. Here are 15 reasons that’ll ensure you mark it on your calendar.

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  • Where to Find the Top Coffee Shops and Espresso Bars in Philadelphia

    Ultimate guide of must-visit cafes for coffee lovers

    The wave of coffee enthusiasm is clearly here to stay in Greater Philadelphia with many cafes roasting signature beans and crafting amazing caffeinated beverages. Check out our interactive guide to 30 of the best spots for the perfect cup of coffee around the city.

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  • Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

    Package includes free hotel parking, free bike share and free PHLASH passes

    Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

    The popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package gives you two nights accommodations, free hotel parking, free National Constitution Center tickets and free passes for PHLASH and Indego bike share.

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  • 20+ Must-See Exhibitions in Philadelphia for Spring 2016

    Creative Africa, The Science Behind Pixar, King Midas and more

    International Pop at the PMA

    Philadelphia reaches full bloom with an abundance of awesome exhibitions this spring, including Pop Art at the PMA, King Midas at the Penn Museum and more.

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  • 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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  • 15+ Awesome Sporting Events Coming to Philadelphia in 2016

    Copa America, March Madness, the Penn Relays and more

    Fireworks at Lincoln Financial Field

    Philadelphia is hosting some of the year’s most exciting and prestigious sporting events in 2016, from March Madness to Copa America and more.

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  • Top 50 Must-See Attractions In Philadelphia

    Explore the City of Brotherly Love’s iconic and can’t-miss experiences

    From the historic Liberty Bell to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, here’s a look at the most popular and can't-miss attrac

    From the historic Liberty Bell to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, here’s a look at the most popular and can’t-miss attractions and museums that make Philadelphia a world-class city.

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  • Top 10 Things to Do Near the Pennsylvania Convention Center

    Awesome attractions and activities all within walking distance of the main entrance

    Explore the top 10 things to do near the Pennsylvania Convention Center, including Philadelphia's famous LOVE sculpture.

    Reading Terminal Market, the LOVE sculpture, skyline views, cocktails and museums — there’s plenty to do near the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

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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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  • 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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  • The Most Instagrammable Places in Philadelphia

    Where to snap the best photos while exploring the city

    The Liberty Bell may have been silenced centuries ago, but as one of the nation's most symbolic pieces of history, it still ring

    The Rocky Steps, the LOVE sculpture, Rittenhouse Square, the Liberty Bell and Eastern State Penitentiary are just some of the best spots to put your Instagram to work throughout Philadelphia.

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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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  • Where to Find the Best Pizza in Philadelphia

    Explore the city’s fantastic pizza by the slice or by the pie

    It’s no surprise that Philadelphia, a city with such a rich Italian heritage, is a haven for delicious gourmet pizza.

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  • The Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard

    Share your Philly love and pride with emojis, GIFs and videos

    Fans of Philadelphia now have a fun, free way to share their Philly love and pride with the people they message — the Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard.

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  • The Biggest Gay and Lesbian Events Coming to Philadelphia in 2016

    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 2016 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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  • 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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  • 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 _

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Guide to African-American Churches and Places of Worship in Philadelphia

    Experience our city’s top faith-based institutions — from large congregations and megachurches to historically significant places of worship

    From massive, modern “megachurches” like Enon Tabernacle in Mt. Airy and Sharon Baptist in West Philadelphia to historically significant assemblies like Mother Bethel and Tindley Temple, here is a list of some of the city’s most impressive and significant African-American churches which welcome thousands of worshippers throughout the year.

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  • Top Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free Restaurants in Philadelphia

    Delicious meat-free dining sure to satisfy

    Veg-loving visitors to Philly have plenty of options from which to choose—upscale white tablecloth restaurants dishing out inventive vegetable creations to casual spots serving up raw foods and gluten-free dishes.

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  • #VISITPHILLY Photo Spots

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

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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