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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 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 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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  • Peak Bloom Dates and Top Spots for Cherry Blossoms 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Top New Year’s Parties and Celebrations in Philadelphia

    Get a great view of the fireworks while ringing in the New Year

    R2L

    A few top spots to celebrate while ringing in the New Year in Philadelphia.

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  • Guide to Philadelphia’s Best Craft Cocktails

    Sip on classic cocktails and secret spirits in Philadelphia’s Prohibition-inspired bars

    The mystique of Prohibition lives on in Philadelphia bars, restaurants and shops with secret entrances, classic cocktails and liqueur-soaked sweets.

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  • Best Sports Bars in Philadelphia

    You don’t need tickets to the game to be a part of the action

    In a town as sports-crazy as Philadelphia cheering on the local team is not just a past time, it’s a source of pride and excitement. Fortunately, the city has a wealth of fantastic sports bars to watch the big game.

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  • Guide To The Best Fried Chicken In Philadelphia

    Where to find some of the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken in the city

    There’s nothing more comforting than a crispy, juicy piece of fried chicken. Philadelphia boasts some of the best fried chicken around served up with satisfying sides. Here are a few of our finger-lickin’ favorites:

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  • Top Five Fall Attractions in Philadelphia

    It’s all hayrides and pumpkin pie at these family-friendly locations perfect for autumn fun

    Morris Arboretum

    Whether is enjoying the colors of the changing leaves or cheering on the local team, there are plenty of places to enjoy the autumn months. Here are a few of our favorites.

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  • Top Five Places for Alfresco Dining in Rittenhouse Square

    Our picks for the best places to dine alfresco around Philadelphia’s most popular square

    Parc Philadelphia

    Our picks for the best places to dine alfresco around Philadelphia’s most popular square.

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  • Your Guide To Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia

    Our top events and happenings over the long holiday weekend

    Spend time with friends and family and commemorate our military men and women at any one of the many Memorial Day Weekend events.

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  • A Bucks County Sampler

    Some of the best Bucks County spots for dining, shopping, entertainment and more

    Doylestown Bookshop

    Things to do, delicious eats, shops to browse and places to stay in New Hope, Doylestown And Bristol, Pennsylvania

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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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