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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 for Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia

    Romance is in the air at Philly’s museums, theaters, ice rinks, art studios and more

    Rothman Rink

    Romance is in the air at Philly’s museums, theaters, ice rinks, art studios and other top attractions.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Where To Celebrate Black History Month In Philadelphia In 2016

    Our top picks for this city-wide celebration of African-American culture

    In 2016, Philadelphia celebrates Black History Month with a host of exhibitions, special events and community programs.

    Since Philadelphia’s earliest days, African-American culture has played an influential role in shaping the city’s unique color and personality. This February, Philadelphia celebrates this rich history and heritage with a host of Black History Month special events, exhibitions, film screenings and family-friendly activities

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  • 15 Must-See Exhibitions in Philadelphia This Winter

    This winter, warm up at one of these culturally rich displays

    The Science Behind Pixar at The Franklin Institute

    From Picasso to Pixar, here’s a full list of our top exhibitions you’ll want to see this winter in Philadelphia.

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  • Top Reasons You Need To Visit The Awesome Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    The Waterfront Winterfest is bigger and better than ever before.

    Winterfest

    A family-friendly winter destination, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a spectacular seasonal park at Penn’s Landing complete with ice-skating, food, entertainment and more. Discover why you are going to want to visit this year.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Top Valentine’s Day Brunches and Dinners Dinners in Philadelphia

    Treat your sweetheart to a romantic meal with one of the special menus at these fabulous Philly restaurants

    Valentine’s Day In Philadelphia Restaurant & Dining Specials for 2015

    Wine and dine on Valentine’s Day at one of more than 35 restaurants serving romantic meals. Here’s our guide to Valentine’s Day brunch and dinners in Philadelphia for 2016.

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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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  • The 30 Most Romantic Attractions and Activities in Philadelphia

    Plan a romantic excursion to the city’s most swoon-worthy spots

    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. Set out and explore the city’s sweet side with our interactive guide to romantic attractions and activities in the region.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 10 Places To Find Awesome Tacos In Philly This Winter

    Tacos for everyone and their hermano

    Philly has turned into a bona fide taco town.

    Philadelphia has turned into a bona fide taco town. Here are 10 places to get your taco on this winter.

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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 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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  • The Top Places to See Impressionist Art in Philadelphia

    Discovering the Impressionists joins works by Monet, Renoir, Cassatt and others around town

    Philadelphia’s many outstanding museums showcase stellar permanent impressionist collections that art lovers can admire all year

    Philadelphia’s many outstanding museums showcase stellar permanent impressionist collections that art lovers can admire all year long. Here’s a look at where to see Philadelphia’s impressive impressionism collections.

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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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  • Top Reasons to Visit the 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

    Spectacular gardening displays return March 4-13, this year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service

    Philadelphia Flower Show

    From Yellowstone to Yosemite, displays at this year’s 188th Flower Show will walk visitors through acres of scenes inspired by iconic parks. The theme celebrates the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service.

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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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  • The Best Places to Shop for Menswear in Philadelphia

    Your go-to guide for the city’s top menswear shops.

    Style-wise, most major cities are melting pots. But when it comes to menswear, these Philadelphia shops stand out from all of the rest.

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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 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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  • 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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  • A Trail of Sacred Sites in Greater Philadelphia

    From shrines to synagogues, the City of Brotherly Love has spirit

    People walk on hallowed ground when they visit Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, the “Mother” Church of

    Thanks to their history, architecture or emotional resonance, Greater Philadelphia’s sacred places make the area an awe-inspiring place to visit, providing physical testaments to the indomitable spirit of people who made great sacrifices for the liberty to worship as they please. Here’s a look at the region’s old and new sacred sites.

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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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  • 11 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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