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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 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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  • The Biggest Summer Events & Festivals Coming To Philadelphia in 2016

    Summer means outdoor music, beer gardens, fireworks and more

    PECO multicultural series

    Summer in Philadelphia means tons of outdoor events, beer gardens, fireworks festivities and more. Our guide to help you mark your calendar with the awesome celebrations of the season in 2016…

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  • July 4th in Philadelphia — An Hour-By-Hour Guide

    How to get the most out of Independence Day in Philly

    July 4th in Philadelphia - Hour-By-Hour Guide

    Philadelphia, the birthplace of independence, is celebrating the Fourth of July in 2016 in a big, big way. Plan your Independence Day celebration with our hour-by-hour guide to July 4th in Philadelphia below.

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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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  • Top 10 Reasons to Check Out Future Sensations at The Oval

    The only U.S. stop for Saint-Gobain’s exhibition highlighting science, storytelling and art

    Top 10 Reasons to Check Out Future Sensations at The Oval

    The 3-D digital experience Future Sensations has taken over The Oval on the Ben Franklin Parkway for one week only. Here’s why you shouldn’t miss it …

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  • Top Things To Eat At Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Fried chicken sandwiches, pork belly bao buns, enormous ice cream sundaes and more

    The 10 Most Delicious Things To Eat At Spruce Street Harbor Park This Summer

    This summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park returns with ridiculously tasty food offerings. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to eat at the park for summer 2015.

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  • Top 16 Things to Do at Penn’s Landing This Summer

    Amazing parks, killer concerts, outdoor movies and more for summer 2015

    Top Things to Do at Penn's Landing This Summer

    It’s going to be an epic summer on Penn’s Landing with Spruce Street Harbor Park, Summerfest, Tall Ships and more. Here’s what not to miss in 2015 …

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  • Top 15 Things To Do At Spruce Street Harbor Park and Summerfest in 2015

    Philly’s coolest waterfront park probably ever adds a roller-skating rink, more food for 2015

    Philadelphia has fallen in love with Spruce Street Harbor Park, the new park that has popped up on the Delaware River Waterfront this summer. The park has a little bit of everything: a boardwalk with arcade games, a hammock lawn, a bocce court, a floating restaurant, a beer garden and so much more.

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  • Top Family-Friendly Summer Events and Exhibitions in Philadelphia 2015

    Pack up the car for a summer of family fun in the city

    Plan a family trip to Philadelphia with our guide to the top summer events and exhibitions sure to please visitors of all ages.

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  • The Return of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series for 2015

    Awesome Friday Happy Hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day

    Visit Philly Beer Garden Series 2015

    The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series will return in 2015 for its second season of kicking off summer weekends at Philadelphia’s best beer gardens.

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  • Top Summer Pop-Ups and Seasonal Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

    Our complete guide to the city’s seasonal outdoor spaces

    Top Summer Pop-Ups and Seasonal Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

    Grab your shades and apply some sunscreen and get outside with our guide to the fantastic pop-up parks and beer gardens in Philadelphia this summer.

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  • 14 Reasons Every Week Is Love Your Park Week in Philadelphia

    Explore Philadelphia’s vast and beautiful parks system

    12 Reasons Every Week Is Love Your Park Week in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia is full of amazing parks that offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities and recreation. Here’s what makes Philly’s park system so awesome.

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  • Top Reasons to Attend the 2015 Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

    Blockbuster fest takes over Walnut Street on Saturday, May 2 with food, drinks, music and more

    Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

    One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival attracts 50,000 people for food, drinks, live music and more on May 2.

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  • Top Reasons to Check Out the 3rd Annual South Street Spring Festival

    Massive outdoor street party to celebrate the season

    South Street Spring Festival

    South Street’s blockbuster spring festival hits Philly on Saturday, May 2. Check out our guide to the fest with food, live music, local beer, a German Maifest and more.

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  • Mother’s Day in Philadelphia 2016

    Our guide to celebrating mom at the city’s restaurants and attractions

    Celebrate mom with delightful brunches, multi-course meals and fun events around 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 Reasons to Spend New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia for 2015

    Why the City of Brotherly Love is the place to be on December 31

    Top 10 Reasons to Spend New Year's Eve in Philadelphia for 2015

    From two free fireworks shows to lavish parties, amazing dinners and great hotel packages, Philadelphia comes alive on New Year’s Eve. Here are our top reasons to ring in 2015 in the City of Brotherly Love.

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  • Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

    Ice skating in the shadow of City Hall

    Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

    This winter, Dilworth Park transforms once again into the awesome Rothman Ice Rink. Check out our photo tour of rink to see why it’s one the coolest winter attractions Philadelphia has to offer.

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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 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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  • Top Late Summer and Early Fall Festivals

    Celebrate the final days of summer with food, arts, music and more

    School is back in session and those summer days may be winding down, but Philadelphia’s festival season is just getting warmed up. The final days of summer mean food festivals, performing arts celebrations, outdoor activities and more.

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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 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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  • 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 Affordable Attractions in Philadelphia

    Budget-friendly attractions in and around the city

    Budget conscious travelers have plenty to choose from in Philadelphia, as many of the city’s most popular attractions are easy on the wallet.

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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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  • 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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