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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 12 Things to Do in April in Philadelphia 2015

    Festivals, art and the launch of Indego — Philly Bike Share

    Top 12 Things to Do in April in Philadelphia 2015

    Philadelphia is set to host an epic April with festivals, art, music and more. Here are our picks for the top 12 things to do in April in Philadelphia.

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  • Top Events and Happenings During Philly Tech Week 2015

    The city embraces its love of technology during a week of events, lectures, demos and more

    Philly Tech Week

    Philly Tech Week hits April 17-25 with an Arcade at Dilworth Park, a Start-up Crawl, a Mayoral Forum and so much more. Check out our top picks for the coolest events and happenings of Philly Tech Week 2015.

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  • Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Dates Announced; Top Places To View In Philadelphia In 2015

    Peak season is about to hit Philly on April 18

    Cherry Blossoms in Philadelphia

    For the first time ever, peak bloom dates for Philadelphia cherry blossoms have been announced. Find out when — and our top spots to see them bloom.

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

    Beer, video games, star-gazing and a huge party on the Parkway, April 24 – May 2

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

    The nine-day Philadelphia Science Festival returns for its fifth year with more than 100 events across the city — including a blockbuster carnival on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

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  • The Biggest Spring Events and Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

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

    Spring Events and Festivals in Philadelphia

    Spring in Philadelphia means amazing festivals, can’t-miss events and more. Here’s our guide to the best spring events and festivals coming to Philly in 2015…

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  • Top Events, Festivals and Exhibitions Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

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

    Top Events and Festivals

    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 2015.

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  • The Top Places To Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month In Philadelphia

    Our picks for Philadelphia’s month-long celebration of jazz music

    This April, Philadelphia celebration Jazz Appreciation Month with over 40 events.

    For the entire month of April, you can find a stellar lineup of local, national and international talents performing at one of the city’s many jazz clubs and concert venues. Here are our top picks for celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month in Philadelphia.

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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 Rocky. Get yourself into fighting shape and explore city locations frequented by the beloved fictional Philadelphian.

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  • Top Beer Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

    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 celebrations of the artisanal sud coming to the region in 2015.

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  • 10 New Hotels Coming to Philadelphia in 2015 and Beyond

    There are some major new hotel projects in the pipeline for the City of Brotherly Love.

    After Philadelphia saw its highest occupancy rate ever in 2014, a number of high profile hotel projects are on the books to open in Philadelphia in the next few years. Read on for news on a dozen major new hotels that are coming to Philadelphia.

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  • Philadelphia Attractions Making Headlines in 2015

    Visit the attractions, restaurants and destinations that have the nation talking

    Philadelphia enjoyed some spectacular press in the first months of 2015. Check out 22 city spots that have gained national attention in the beginning of 2015.

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  • Making a Classic Modern - Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    One of Philadelphia most iconic buildings is getting an update from one of the world’s most preeminent architects

    A long-time in the making, Philadelphia Museum of Art is about undergo an ambitious renovation, revitalization and expansion with the assistance of famed architect Frank Gehry.

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  • Marking 50 Years of LGBT Activisim in Philadelphia

    Exhibitions, re-enactments and events celebrating the gay civil rights movement

    50 Years of LGBT Activism in Philadelphia

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement in Philadelphia with exhibitions, re-enactments, events and more…

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  • Top Reasons You Must See Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute

    Incredible exhibition of LEGO artwork on display in Philadelphia for a limited time

    Discover famous masterworks, larger-than-life sculptures and 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurs all created entirely from LEGO® during The Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute. Read our top reasons you must see this exhibition.

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  • Top 17 Reasons to Visit Philadelphia in 2015

    The Pope, bike sharing, an observation deck and more

    Top 15 Things to Look Forward to in Philadelphia in 2015

    From the pope’s visit and the launch of Philadelphia Bike Share to a blockbuster Impressionism exhibition and the return of Spruce Street Harbor Park, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in Philly. Here are some of the major happenings taking place.

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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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  • The Biggest Gay and Lesbian Events Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

    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 2015 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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  • Where To See African-American Art In Philadelphia In 2015

    African-American art shines at top Philadelphia museums, galleries and exhibitions

    Top Ways To See African American Art In Philadelphia In 2015

    In 2015, Philly will host a number major exhibitions featuring African-American artists, including shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brandywine River Museum and more. Here are the exhibits, galleries and museums worth exploring this year.

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  • Top 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Philadelphia in 2014

    There were a lot of awesome additions to Philly this year – check out our top picks for the most “Instagrammable” of the bunch

    There were a lot of awesome additions to Philly this year – check out our top picks for the most “Instagrammable” of the bunch.

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 Coffee Spots in Philadelphia

    Region buzzing with great cafes

    Philadelphia is no stranger to a strong cup of coffee and enthusiasm for the caffeinated beverage is here to stay. Browse a few of our favorite spots to grab a cup (or two).

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Top Permanent Light Displays in Philadelphia

    Displays lighting up the region

    Discover spectacular displays that light up the night sky.

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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 Attractions To Beat The Heat In Philadelphia

    Stay cool with our favorite air conditioned spots in the city

    Summer in Philadelphia can get steamy, with soaring temperatures and stifling humidity. Fortunately, there are numerous attractions that offer a cool respite from the seasonal heat.

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  • Soda Is All The Fizz In Philly

    Handcrafted beverages are bubbling up all over town

    Soda is enjoying a resurgence in the region, with local chefs, bartenders and craft producers adding fresh new twists to the carbonated soft drink.

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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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  • 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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  • Where to Find The Top Designers and Best Brands in Philadelphia

    Philly shops offer fab and familiar brands

    Style-seeking shoppers in Philadelphia don’t have to look far for fabulous and familiar brands.

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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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  • 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 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 Picks for Christmas Trees in Philadelphia

    Philly gets festive at these top Christmas tree locations

    The holiday season doesn’t truly start until resplendent Christmas trees are erected and bedecked all around the city. For those looking to rock around the Christmas tree this holiday season, look no further. Here’s our roundup of the best Christmas tree locations in Philadelphia this season:

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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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  • 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 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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