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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.

  • Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia 2016

    Our guide to pop-up parks, special events and exhibitions during the holiday weekend

    To help you pack the long weekend with fun activities for all ages, we’ve put together a guide to all the special exhibitions, events and celebrations honoring the men and women of the military, both past and present, during Memorial Day in Philadelphia.

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  • The Official Historic Philadelphia Trail

    The essential guide to Philadelphia’s original city

    Consider this your essential 24-stop guide to the attractions in Historic Philadelphia.

    Consider this your essential 24-stop guide to the attractions in Historic Philadelphia.

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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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  • Top Things To Do In Philadelphia In June 2016

    Massive street festivals, outdoor movies, roller skating and more

    Summerfest

    Celebrate the pending summer season with massive outdoor festivals, pop-up parks and blockbuster exhibitions in Philadelphia throughout the month of June.

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  • July 4th in Philadelphia 2016 - Fireworks, Concerts and More - Wawa Welcome America!

    Fireworks, concerts, parades and parties during Independence Day in America’s Birthplace

    For the Fourth of July, Philadelphia — America’s birthplace — paints the town red, white and blue thanks to eight days of music, parades, patriotic ceremonies and, of course, fireworks.

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  • 12 Awesome Things to Do in Historic Philadelphia

    The coolest experiences in Philadelphia’s Historic District

    Have you done all the awesome things there are to do in Historic Philadelphia?

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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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  • 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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  • 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 with Kids in Historic Philadelphia

    Family-friendly activities abound in Philly’s historic district

    Whether your kids are into costumes, carousels, selfies or sweets, Historic Philadelphia offers tons of family-friendly activiti

    Whether your kids are into costumes, carousels, selfies or sweets, Historic Philadelphia offers tons of family-friendly activities to check out…

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  • 25 Awesome Things to Do Along Philadelphia’s Waterfront

    A tour of everything the Delaware River waterfront has to offer

    Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront

    From parks to museums, breweries to restaurants, there are tons of attractions and events all year long at the Delaware River waterfront.

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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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  • 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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  • 25 Things to Do in Historic Philadelphia After Dark

    Explore the district’s restaurants, bars, theaters and more after the sun goes down

    From beer gardens to avant-garde theater to outstanding dining and nightlife, Philadelphia's Historic District thrives at night.

    From beer gardens to avant-garde theater to outstanding dining and nightlife, Philadelphia’s Historic District thrives at night.

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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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  • 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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  • 20+ Great Restaurants in Historic Philadelphia

    Tasty eats in Philly’s original city

    Explore Historic Philadelphia's memorable dining experiences with our guide to great restaurants in Philly's original city.

    Explore Historic Philadelphia’s memorable dining experiences with our guide to great restaurants in Philly’s original city.

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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 Places for Lunch Near the Liberty Bell

    Grab-and-go bites and fanciful dishes, all within a 10-minute walk of the bell

    From quick bites to elegant sit-down meals, these are the best spots to grab a bite to eat near the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

    When hunger strikes, a wealth of restaurants near the Liberty Bell invite you to enjoy everything from grab-and-go bites to artful dishes crafted from world-famous celebrity chefs.

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  • The Best Southern and Soul Food in Philadelphia

    Where to find the best southern and soul food in the City of Brotherly Love

    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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  • 24 Awesome Free Things to Do in Historic Philadelphia

    Explore the Historic District’s cool inexpensive offerings

    Explore all the cool things to do for free this summer in the heart of Philadelphia's original city.

    FREEdom rings throughout Historic Philadelphia with an array of awesome experiences that won’t cost you a penny.

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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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  • 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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  • Independence National Historical Park (INHP) Sites in Philadelphia

    A comprehensive guide to “America’s Most Historic Square Mile”

    Want to see all of Independence National Historical Park? These attractions encompass every site officially included as part of the National Park Service.

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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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  • 20+ Selfie Spots and Photo Ops in Historic Philadelphia

    Snap eye-catching photos in Philly’s original city

    Snap selfies or photos with our guide to the stunning settings in Historic Philadelphia.

    Snap selfies or photos with our guide to the stunning settings in Historic 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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  • African-American Historic Sites in Philadelphia

    A city-wide exploration of African-American culture and history

    Discover Philadelphia’s significant African-American history at these museums, historical landmarks and other moving sites.

    Discover Philadelphia’s significant African-American history at these museums, historical landmarks and other moving sites.

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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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  • 15+ Must-See Historic Attractions in Historic Philadelphia

    The quintessential stops for those who love a rich story (steeped in history)

    Whether you’re the ultimate history buff or purely a fan of rich storytelling, Philadelphia has you covered with tons of spots that are full of tales to tell and monumental interiors and exteriors to see. Our Must-See Attractions in Historic Philadelphia…

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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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