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Top Picks

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.

  • 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 Fall Festivals in Philadelphia

    Enjoy the sights, tastes and scares of fall in Philadelphia

    Fall in Philadelphia means cool air, colorful foliage, tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables and some of the year’s most popular events. The fall festival season is perfect for sampling the bounty of the autumn harvest or seeing what’s next in the world of fashion. Read on for more of our favorite festivals happening in Philadelphia this fall.

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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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  • Top Spots to View Fall Foliage in Philadelphia

    Our picks for the best spots in the Philly region to see vivid fall colors

    Top Spots to View Fall Foliage in Philadelphia

    All across the Philadelphia region, the leaves are turning from summer green to a vibrant palate of fall reds, oranges and yellows. Grab the family and a picnic lunch and head out to make the most of the colors of the season. Explore our favorite parks, trails, off-the-beaten-path roads, wineries, museums and view the picturesque fall foliage the Philadelphia region.

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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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  • The 10 Scariest Halloween Attractions in Philadelphia

    The region’s most terrifying haunted houses, ghost tours and more for 2014

    The 10 Scariest Halloween Attractions in Philadelphia

    From haunted houses in former prisons and mental asylums to ghost tours of a medical oddities museum and a former military fort, Philadelphia gets terrifying around Halloween. Here are our 10 scariest Halloween attractions in the area for 2014.

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  • Awesome Fall Festivals in Philadelphia’s Countryside

    Awesome Fall Fests in Philadelphia’s Countryside

    The Philadelphia Countryside is known for its natural beauty and charming small towns — and both come alive during the fall season. Head to the Towns of Philadelphia’s Countryside and make the most out of the beautiful fall weather.

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  • Top Reasons Why Terror Behind The Walls Is The #1 Haunted House in America

    Eastern State Penitentiary is home to the largest and scariest haunted attraction in the country

    The haunted history of Eastern State makes it the perfect setting for the largest haunted house in the country, Terror Behind the Walls. Check out why this year it is scarier than ever.

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  • The Top 25 Fall Harvest Festivals in Philadelphia and the Countryside

    Get your fill of pumpkins, hay rides and more during the autumn harvest

    The Top 25 Fall Harvest Festivals in Philadelphia and the Countryside

    From happenings promising hayrides within the city limits to apple picking celebrations at a number of countryside farms, fall is being honored in a big way in 2014.

    We’ve chronologically rounded up our top picks for harvest festivals in the Philadelphia region for your fall calendar, below.

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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 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 Oktoberfest Celebrations in Philadelphia

    Beer, brats and block parties in honor of the traditional German festival

    Get ready for beer steins and bratwursts as Philadelphia celebrates Oktoberfest. The city’s version of the traditional German festival is bigger than ever with massive street-fairs, plentiful beer specials and neighborhood activities.

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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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  • 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 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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  • 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


    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 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


    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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