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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 10 Reasons to See the 2014 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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  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants

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

    Thanksgiving Day will be here before you know it, so now is the time to begin prepping for the big, annual feast. Fortunately, dozens of Philadelphia’s great restaurants are making it easy for those aiming to avoid the cooking, baking, grocery store rush and post-meal clean up.

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  • Best Places for Holiday Shopping in Philadelphia

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

    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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  • The 15 Must-See Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia in 2014

    What not to miss during the most wonderful time of the year

    Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    The City of Brotherly Love wholeheartedly embraces the most wonderful time of the year, hosting a festive array of iconic holiday attractions. Here’s why the holidays are a great time to visit Philadelphia with our must-see holiday attractions.

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  • Guide to the Top Holiday Events in Philadelphia 2014

    Best seasonal celebrations throughout the region

    With pop-up shops, annual celebrations and more holidays lights than you can count, Philadelphia and the Towns of the Countryside are bursting with things to do this holiday season. Browse our guide to the top holiday events in the region for fun ways to celebrate the season.

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  • Top Places to View Holiday Lights In Philadelphia

    The holiday season shines bright in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia shines bright during the holiday season as attractions celebrate glowing traditions both new and old. To help you get into the spirit of the season, we’re shining a spotlight on a few of our favorite holiday light displays throughout the region.

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  • A Guide To Tree Lighting Celebrations in Philadelphia and the Countryside in 2014

    Rock around the tree with sparkling lights and holiday cheer

    A Guide To Tree Lighting Celebrations in Philadelphia and the Countryside in 2014

    It doesn’t truly feel like the holiday season until Christmas trees and holiday lights are set up and decked out all around the city. Here’s our guide to the major holiday lighting celebrations in Philadelphia and the countryside in 2014.

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  • Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Philadelphia in 2014

    Kids enjoy the holiday season with Philadelphia’s family-friendly events and performances

    A family ice skates at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest in Philadelphia.

    Don’t let the arrival of Old Man Winter keep you and your family cooped up indoors. The holiday season might just be the perfect time of year to get out and about with wee ones in tow. We’ve rounded up our top picks for the best things to do with the pint-sized set to make the most of the chilly season in Philadelphia.

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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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  • Top 14 Free Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia for 2014

    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 in 2014.

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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 Reasons To Visit The Awesome New Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

    A breathtaking new over-the-water extension of the Schuylkill River Trail

    Three years in the making, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a beautiful over-the-water extension of the existing Schuylkill River Trail, extending the trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge and connecting the trail to University City and beyond.

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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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  • Top 12 Reasons To Be Psyched For The New Dilworth Park

    The awesome new park next to City Hall opened in September 2014

    Once it’s complete, the brand new Dilworth Park will transform the west side of City Hall into a multi-use public space, complete with four tree groves and shaded green sitting areas, an outdoor café, a performance space and activity areas for outdoor markets and an ice-skating rink in season.

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  • 11 Quirky Attractions For A David Lynch-Inspired Experience in Philadelphia

    Odd and intriguing locations suitable for the acclaimed film director

    In honor of the twisted mind behind Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks, we’ve curated a selection of attractions that embrace David Lynch’s vision of 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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  • Most Haunted Attractions In and Around Philadelphia

    The historic region is full of restless spirits and ghostly encounters

    As one of the oldest cities in the country, Philadelphia’s historic landmarks and iconic attractions are a favorite destination for ghost hunters from around the world. Discover spirited stories from around the region in our guide to the most haunted attractions.

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  • Top Spots to View Fall Foliage in Philadelphia

    Our picks for the best spots in the Philly region to see vivid fall colors

    Top Spots to View Fall Foliage in Philadelphia

    All across the Philadelphia region, the leaves are turning from summer green to a vibrant palate of fall reds, oranges and yellows. Grab the family and a picnic lunch and head out to make the most of the colors of the season. Explore our favorite parks, trails, off-the-beaten-path roads, wineries, museums and view the picturesque fall foliage the Philadelphia region.

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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 10 Reasons Philly Loves Pop-Up Beer Gardens

    Turning underused spaces into brilliant summertime hangouts

    The Oval Beer Garden

    Pop-Up Beer Gardens have become some of Philadelphia’s most popular summer destinations. And for good reason – they’re awesome! Philly loves them. So much so that we felt compelled to put together a list of the Top 10 Reasons Philly Loves Pop-Up Beer Gardens. Check it out.

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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 the sweet treats dusted with with a sugary blend, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Best Alfresco Dining in Philadelphia

    Perfect places for open air eating

    Outdoor dining is one of the hallmarks of summer, a special ambience-adder that you only get to take advantage of when the weather is warm enough.

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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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  • Philadelphia Hoagies 101

    Discover the history of Philadelphia’s official cold sandwich

    Among Philly eats, it doesn’t get much more iconic than the hoagie. The hefty sandwich of Italian origin (but now adopted by many cultures) has been an affordable lunch mainstay for the region’s residents and visitors for at least a century. So what constitutes a traditional hoagie, and how did it rise to prominence? The following is a primer on all things hoagie.

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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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  • The 25 Best Pizzas in Philadelphia

    Best spots to grab a slice in the city

    Birra

    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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  • Top Halloween Haunts

    October means frights and fun in the Philadelphia region

    Haunted houses, hayrides and parties, oh my! It’s almost time for Halloween in one of the most-haunted places regions in the country and its about to get spooky.

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month in Philadelphia

    A month-long celebration of food, music and culture

    Philadelphia’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is jam packed with fun, food and culture.

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  • Philly Beer Week Top Picks

    Top events and festivals during the city-wide celebration of beer

    Philadelphia shows its adoration for great beer over 10-days of dinners, festivals, tastings and pub crawls during Philly Beer Week.

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  • Funky Events At Philly Beer Week

    Celebrate the stranger side of Philly Beer Week

    Our top picks for the stranger side of Philly Beer Week.

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  • Mother’s Day in Philadelphia

    Thank mom with a day out in the city

    Express your thanks to the woman who brought you into the world this Mother’s Day with a special brunch, dinner or day out in the city where Mother’s Day was first celebrated.

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  • Presidents’ Day Weekend Events and Activities in Philadelphia

    Top ways to celebrate the holiday weekend in the city

    Celebrate Presidents’ Day 2014 with free museum admission, special tours, themed events and more for the duration of the entire long weekend — and beyond.

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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 the top romantic hotel packages available throughout the city.

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  • Romantic Date Ideas in Philadelphia

    Embrace romance in the City of Brotherly Love

    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 and explore the city’s fabulous restaurants, activities and luxurious hotels.

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  • Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia - Restaurant and Dining Specials

    Enjoy a romantic evening in Philadelphia

    Love is in the air as the city prepares for Valentine’s Day. Restaurants all across the city up the ante with prix-fixe meals and amour-themed specials that both you and your Valentine are sure to love.

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  • Top Museum Gift Shops in the Philadelphia Region

    Discover some of the areas top creative and unique gifts

    If you’re searching for a little something different this holiday shopping season, the excellent museum gift shops throughout the Philadelphia region have a wealth of creative gifts for everyone on your list.

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  • Top Hotel Brunches in Philadelphia and the Countryside

    It’s breakfast, lunch and delicious

    From buffet tables laden with caviar, French patisserie and chocolate fountains to à la carte poached egg concoctions from the area’s hottest chefs, hotels in Philadelphia and the Countryside are all about brunch.

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  • Top Pools at Philadelphia Hotels

    Head poolside and relax in style

    It is hard to think of a better way to beat the heat then going for a swim. Fortunately, plenty of hotels in Philadelphia are equipped with wonderful pools to help guests relax and refresh.

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  • Main Streets Trail of Philadelphia’s Countryside

    Small town charm meets big city style

    Experience small town charm with big city style during a visit to the Main Streets of Philadelpha’s Countryside. Charming shops, fantastic dining, history, and fun for the whole family are a short drive away in the towns of the countryside.

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  • Top Five Spring Festivals

    The season of outdoor events has arrived! Don’t miss the many festivities.

    Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

    Spring has arrived, and with it, many of Philadelphia’s favorite annual events. Make sure to catch a couple of these very festive events.

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  • Top Rooftop Bars in Philadelphia

    Scenic spots to enjoy a cocktail or two

    Nineteen at the Bellevue

    Grab a drink with a view at a few of Philadelphia’s top bars and restaurants featuring roofdeck or elevated seating.

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  • Top Beer Bars in Philadelphia

    Best places to grab a fancy cold one

    Take a look at a few of the best places to grab a beer in the city and discover why Philadelphia is a major destination for beer lovers.

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  • French Dining in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s French Dining Shines During PIFA

    The first-ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) features 25 days of arts and culture inspired by Paris circa 1910 – 1920. Where better to showcase French-flavors then at Philadelphia’s incredible restaurant and dining scene.

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  • French Inspired Restaurants, Sights and More in Philadelphia

    Explore French-inspired architecture, culture, cuisine and more

    The city is hosting a number of major, Paris-inspired festivities this year, including the Philadelphia International Flower Show (March 6 – 15) and the first-ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (April 7 – May 1).

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Tour With Director Timothy Rub

    Director and executive officer Timothy Rub talks about his favorites

    With more than 200 galleries and 250,000 objects, it can be difficult to pick favorites at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke with the museum’s director Timothy Rub about pieces that have captured his adoration.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Top New Year’s Parties and Celebrations in Philadelphia

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

    R2L

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

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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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  • Guide to Philadelphia’s Best Craft Cocktails

    Sip on classic cocktails and secret spirits in Philadelphia’s Prohibition-inspired bars

    The mystique of Prohibition lives on in Philadelphia bars, restaurants and shops with secret entrances, classic cocktails and liqueur-soaked sweets.

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  • Best Sports Bars in Philadelphia

    You don’t need tickets to the game to be a part of the action

    In a town as sports-crazy as Philadelphia cheering on the local team is not just a past time, it’s a source of pride and excitement. Fortunately, the city has a wealth of fantastic sports bars to watch the big game.

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  • Guide To The Best Fried Chicken In Philadelphia

    Where to find some of the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken in the city

    There’s nothing more comforting than a crispy, juicy piece of fried chicken. Philadelphia boasts some of the best fried chicken around served up with satisfying sides. Here are a few of our finger-lickin’ favorites:

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  • Top Five Fall Attractions in Philadelphia

    It’s all hayrides and pumpkin pie at these family-friendly locations perfect for autumn fun

    Morris Arboretum

    Whether is enjoying the colors of the changing leaves or cheering on the local team, there are plenty of places to enjoy the autumn months. Here are a few of our favorites.

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  • Top Five Places for Alfresco Dining in Rittenhouse Square

    Our picks for the best places to dine alfresco around Philadelphia’s most popular square

    Parc Philadelphia

    Our picks for the best places to dine alfresco around Philadelphia’s most popular square.

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  • Your Guide To Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia

    Our top events and happenings over the long holiday weekend

    Spend time with friends and family and commemorate our military men and women at any one of the many Memorial Day Weekend events.

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  • A Bucks County Sampler

    Some of the best Bucks County spots for dining, shopping, entertainment and more

    Doylestown Bookshop

    Things to do, delicious eats, shops to browse and places to stay in New Hope, Doylestown And Bristol, Pennsylvania

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  • Around the World in Philadelphia

    French, Italian, Asian, Hispanic, Irish, African-American and Jewish Traditions Make Philadelphia an International Town

    Travelers who want an international getaway without the international price tag can set their sights on Philadelphia, where a taste of all the world’s cultures converge.

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  • Top Five Things to Do in January

    Our top picks to start off the New Year

    Blue Cross RiverRink

    This month, lace up your skates, make Restaurant Week reservations and celebrate print design

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  • Top 10 Ways to Go Green in Philadelphia

    It’s easy being green in Philadelphia

    Northbrook Canoe Company

    We encourage you to think green when you travel to and around Philadelphia, and if you follow these 10 easy tips, you’ll be well on your way.

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  • Top Five Back-to-School Tips for College Students

    Educate yourself about Philly with these five tips for collegiate fun outside the classroom

    Johnny Brenda's

    So you’re in Philadelphia to get a little educated — but you can’t be hitting the books all the time! Here are a few pointers to making the most of your time in the City of Brotherly Love (it’s up to you to not eat Ramen noodles every night).

    And hey, parents! While you’re in town helping your kids get settled for the school year, check out our guides to Philadelphia’s hotels, restaurants, shops and museums.

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  • Top Five Places in The Countryside to Play In and On the Water

    Our picks for the best places in The Countryside to enjoy the region’s aquatic attractions

    Our picks for the best places in The Countryside to enjoy the region’s aquatic attractions

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  • Top Five Ice Cream Spots

    Our top five suggestions for where to go for delicious ice cream while in town

    During the hot and sticky days of summer, nothing in the world can cool you down as deliciously as a scoop of ice cream. As luck would have it, July is National Ice Cream month, so during those 31 days we are actually governmentally obligated to indulge in a cone or sundae. Here are a few of our favorite places to stop in for a treat.

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  • Top Five Places for Waterfront Dining

    Our picks for the best places to go to enjoy some outdoor waterfront dining

    Moshulu

    Our picks for the best places to go to enjoy some outdoor waterfront dining

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