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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.

  • 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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  • Top Iced Coffee in Philadelphia

    See what places are buzzing with great cups of cold coffee

    Whether you’re looking for a major morning jolt with a bottle of cold brew to-go or a carefully poured icy latte to savor, Philadelphia’s coffee shops have your answer.

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  • Top Labor Day Weekend Events and Happenings In Philadelphia

    Our top events and happenings over the holiday weekend

    We’ve compiled a list of events perfect for a variety of interests — whether you’re looking for family-friendly fireworks, a Belgian beer fete, a winery celebration or free admission to a museum, there’s something for you.

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  • Top Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

    Fresh air and cool beers in the city

    Sometimes all you need in the warm summer months is a cool breeze and a frosty brew. Philadelphia eateries have embraced the allure of outdoor drinking wholeheartedly, leading us to declare this season “The Summer of the Beer Garden.”

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  • Hands-On Family Fun In Philadelphia

    Interactive summer fun for all ages

    Families have more reasons to visit Philadelphia this summer with new outdoor adventures, hands-on exhibits and traditional favorites.

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  • Top Late Summer Festivals

    Celebrate the end of summer with music, food and fun

    Summer may be winding to a close, but Philadelphia’s festival season is just getting warmed up.

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  • July 4th in Philadelphia - Fireworks, Concerts and More - Wawa Welcome America! Events

    June 24 – July 4: Philadelphia celebrates the Fourth of July with 11 days of patriotic fun

    Philadelphia, the city where America’s independence was born, is the best place to celebrate Independence Day.

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  • Philly Beer Week Top Picks

    10-Days of incredible beer, events and more in Philadelphia

    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 Happy Hours in Philadelphia

    Sit back and relax during the best hour of the day

    Whether you’ve had a long day at work or an afternoon touring the city, take a moment and unwind during happy hour at one of Philadelphia’s hotels.

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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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  • Guide to the Best Milkshakes in Philadelphia

    Philly’s top shakes come in all flavors

    It’s officially milkshake season in Philadelphia. During the hot, sweltering months of summer, a classic black-and-white can be a lifesaver.

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  • Guide to the Top Hot Dogs in Philadelphia

    Take a bite out of Philly’s top dogs

    Philadelphia chefs have embraced the hot dog, creating hundreds of delicious variations ranging from old-school franks with onions and mustard to gourmet innovations topped with mac and cheese. We double dog dare you try any—or all—of the following

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  • Top Spots to View Fall Foliage in Philadelphia and The Countryside

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

    Bucks County

    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 autumn colors. Here are a few of our favorite spots to view the fall foliage.

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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 screenings under the stars this summer.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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