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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.

  • The 15 Must-See Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia in 2014

    What not to miss during the most wonderful time of the year

    Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    The City of Brotherly Love wholeheartedly embraces the most wonderful time of the year, hosting a festive array of iconic holiday attractions. Here’s why the holidays are a great time to visit Philadelphia with our must-see holiday attractions.

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  • Top Places to View Holiday Lights In Philadelphia

    The holiday season shines bright in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia shines bright during the holiday season as attractions celebrate glowing traditions both new and old. To help you get into the spirit of the season, we’re shining a spotlight on a few of our favorite holiday light displays throughout the region.

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  • Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Philadelphia in 2014

    Kids enjoy the holiday season with Philadelphia’s family-friendly events and performances

    A family ice skates at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest in Philadelphia.

    Don’t let the arrival of Old Man Winter keep you and your family cooped up indoors. The holiday season might just be the perfect time of year to get out and about with wee ones in tow. We’ve rounded up our top picks for the best things to do with the pint-sized set to make the most of the chilly season in Philadelphia.

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  • Philadelphia’s Top Holiday Traditions

    These are the biggest holiday traditions in Philadelphia in 2014

    Top Holiday Traditions in Philadelphia

    From classic light shows to timeless theatrical productions, traditions abound in Philadelphia during the holiday season. Sparkling lights, ice skating and more round out our list of the top holiday traditions in Philadelphia.

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  • Guide to the Top Holiday Events in Philadelphia 2014

    Best seasonal celebrations throughout the region

    With pop-up shops, annual celebrations and more holidays lights than you can count, Philadelphia and the Towns of the Countryside are bursting with things to do this holiday season. Browse our guide to the top holiday events in the region for fun ways to celebrate the season.

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  • Best Places for Holiday Shopping in Philadelphia

    Top seasonal pop-up shops, massive retail destinations, main streets and more

    Find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, and treat yourself as well, at Philadelphia’s brand-new retail destinations, creative craft bazaars, holiday pop-up shops, independent boutiques, charming main streets and top-rated shopping malls.

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  • Top 14 Free Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia for 2014

    Inexpensive ways to get in the holiday spirit

    Top 14 Free Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia for 2014

    This holiday season, there’s more ways than ever to ring in the most wonderful time of the year in Philadelphia — and some of the most iconic and popular attractions are completely free. Here’s our guide to free holiday fun in Philadelphia in 2014.

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  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinners at Philadelphia Restaurants for 2014

    Let the region’s top chefs do the cooking this holiday season

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner at Philadelphia Restaurants

    From Seven Fishes feasts to festive prix fixe meals, well-loved Philadelphia restaurants are the place to be before or on the big holiday. Check out our picks for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners.

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  • A Guide To Tree Lighting Celebrations in Philadelphia and the Countryside in 2014

    Rock around the tree with sparkling lights and holiday cheer

    A Guide To Tree Lighting Celebrations in Philadelphia and the Countryside in 2014

    It doesn’t truly feel like the holiday season until Christmas trees and holiday lights are set up and decked out all around the city. Here’s our guide to the major holiday lighting celebrations in Philadelphia and the countryside in 2014.

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  • Top Reasons You Need To Visit The All New RiverRink Winterfest

    The all-new Waterfront Winterfest is bigger and better than ever before. By Far.

    Winterfest

    A family-friendly winter destination, the expanded 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 winter waterfront destination.

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  • Top Reasons to Visit the All-New Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

    Ice skating in the shadow of City Hall

    Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

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

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  • Top Holiday Events & Attractions in Philadelphia’s Countryside

    Celebrate the season with annual traditions, festive parades, bright lights and more

    The holiday season brings out the best in the Philadelphia region with long-standing traditions, annual celebrations and wildly impressive colorful light displays. Embrace the spirit of the season festive parades, visits from Santa and fantastic holiday shopping with our top holiday events in the Philadelphia Countryside.

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  • Family-Friendly New Year’s Celebrations in Philadelphia for 2014/2015

    Ring in 2015 with the whole family in Philadelphia

    Family-Friendly New Year's Celebrations in Philadelphia for 2014/2015

    Philadelphia is the perfect destination for kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations, from a “Countdown to Noon” an aquarium party before the fireworks show at Penn’s Landing at 6 p.m. Here are our top family-friendly celebrations for 2014/2015.

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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 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 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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  • 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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  • 11 Quirky Attractions For A David Lynch-Inspired Experience in Philadelphia

    Odd and intriguing locations suitable for the acclaimed film director

    In honor of the twisted mind behind Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks, we’ve curated a selection of attractions that embrace David Lynch’s vision 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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  • Most Haunted Attractions In and Around Philadelphia

    The historic region is full of restless spirits and ghostly encounters

    As one of the oldest cities in the country, Philadelphia’s historic landmarks and iconic attractions are a favorite destination for ghost hunters from around the world. Discover spirited stories from around the region in our guide to the most haunted attractions.

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  • Harry Potter’s Guide to Philadelphia

    City attractions and locations that could be found in the world of wizards

    Chestnut Hill is bringing back its bewitchingly popular Harry Potter Festival for a weekend of Quidditch, costumes and wizarding on Germantown Avenue. In addition to the annual festival, Philadelphia has much more in common with the magical world created by J.K. Rowling.

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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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  • 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 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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  • 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 Romantic Spots and Activities in Philadelphia

    There’s lots to adore, including hotel packages, spa treatments & restaurants

    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.

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  • The Best Ramen In Philadelphia

    Our favorite spots to get a bowl of ramen around Philadelphia

    For many, Ramen conjures an image of instant noodles good for a cheap meal. In recent years, 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Top Five Ice Cream Spots

    Our top five suggestions for where to go for delicious ice cream while in town

    During the hot and sticky days of summer, nothing in the world can cool you down as deliciously as a scoop of ice cream. As luck would have it, July is National Ice Cream month, so during those 31 days we are actually governmentally obligated to indulge in a cone or sundae. Here are a few of our favorite places to stop in for a treat.

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  • Top Five Places for Waterfront Dining

    Our picks for the best places to go to enjoy some outdoor waterfront dining

    Moshulu

    Our picks for the best places to go to enjoy some outdoor waterfront dining

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  • Top Five Offbeat Ways to See the City

    Our picks for the most interesting and unconventional ways to see the city.

    I-Glide Tour in Philadelphia

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  • Top Five Inexpensive Things to do With Kids

    Keep your kids entertained without blowing your budget

    Keeping kids entertained during the summer months without spending too much money can sometimes feel impossible. Happily, we’ve sniffed out a whole host of deals that will keep the school-age set entertained without spending too much green.

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  • Top Five Weekday Farmers’ Markets

    Our picks for the best places to shop for farm-fresh produce during the week

    Rittenhouse Square Farmers' Markets

    Our picks for the best places to shop for farm-fresh produce during the work week.

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  • Top Five Breakfast Spots

    Our picks for the best omelets, bagels, pancakes and more

    Melrose Diner Breakfast

    Going out to breakfast is one of those little indulgences that can make all the difference in the quality of your day. Here are some of our favorite places to slurp some coffee, munch a bagel and generally get things started on the right foot. After all, don’t they say that breakfast is the more important meal of the day?

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