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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.

  • July 4th in Philadelphia 2015 - 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, exhibitions, Colonial characters and re-enactments, patriotic ceremonies and, of course, fireworks

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  • Everything You Need To Know About July 4th in Philadelphia 2015

    Celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace

    Everything You Need To Know About July 4th in Philadelphia 2015

    Here are the answers to your questions about July 4th in Philadelphia, from fireworks displays to concert lineups and more.

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  • Guide to Wawa Welcome America! Party on the Parkway and Philly 4th of July Jam &  Finale Fireworks

    On Saturday, July 4, Wawa Welcome America! culminates with the return of the Party on the Parkway and Philly 4th of July Jam and Fireworks.

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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 2015 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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  • Top 12 Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in Philadelphia for 2015

    Fireworks displays illuminate the sky all over the city and countryside

    It’s not truly the Fourth of July without fireworks shows filling the sky. Lucky for us, the Philadelphia area is home to a number of spectacular fireworks shows before, after and on July 4th.

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  • Top 15 Things To Do In Philadelphia In July 2015

    Celebrate summer with July 4th, fireworks, outdoor concerts, festivals and more

    July is one of the most festive months of the year in Philadelphia. The fun starts with a bang during the city’s massive July 4th celebration and continues with fantastic festivals and events all month long.

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  • July 4th Events in Historic Philadelphia

    Special events, daily activities and extended hours during the Celebration of Independence

    Celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday in Historic Philadelphia with special events, daily activities for the kids and extended hours at can’t-miss historic attractions like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

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  • Top Family-Friendly Events During July 4th in Philadelphia

    All-ages fun to celebrate Independence Day

    Philadelphia celebrates our nation’s Independence and 239th birthday in a big way with a week of incredible happenings, including a bevy of events for those looking for kid-friendly fun.

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  • July 4th in Philadelphia’s Countryside 2015

    Celebrate with fireworks, parades, concerts and more

    July 4th in Philadelphia's Countryside 2015

    Philadelphia goes all out for July 4th, but the celebration goes beyond the city limits. Here’s a roundup of a few 4th of July happenings in Philadelphia’s Countryside.

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  • The 50 Biggest Festivals & Events in Philadelphia This Summer

    Our month-by-month guide to endless summer fun in the city

    What are some other words for summer fun?Fireworks. Festivals. Beer gardens. Pop-up parks. Philadelphia.

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  • #VISITPHILLY Photo Spots

    Snap and share photos in front of Philadelphia’s iconic structures and places

    XOXO marks the spot this summer in Philadelphia thanks to fun #VISITPHILLY Photo Spots located at highly trafficked and iconic areas throughout the city.

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  • 12 Burgers To Eat In Philadelphia This Summer

    Summer is burger season and here are 12 of the hottest burgers in Philadelphia to seek out this summer

    Summer is burger season; here are 12 of the hottest burgers in Philadelphia to seek out this summer…

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  • Top Summer Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

    Get outside and watch a movie

    Grab some popcorn and a blanket for a few of our favorite movie screenings under the stars this summer.

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  • The Top Places to See Impressionist Art in Philadelphia

    Discovering the Impressionists joins works by Monet, Renoir, Cassatt and others around town

    Philadelphia’s many outstanding museums showcase stellar permanent impressionist collections that art lovers can admire all year

    Philadelphia’s many outstanding museums showcase stellar permanent impressionist collections that art lovers can admire all year long. Here’s a look at where to see Philadelphia’s impressive impressionism collections.

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  • The Top Multicultural Festivals in Philadelphia in 2015

    Internationals sights, sounds and flavors shine at top Philadelphia festivals

    The Top Multicultural Festivals in Philadelphia in 2015

    Explore the sights, sounds and flavors of the world at a stellar selection of multicultural festivals and events coming to Philly in 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 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 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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  • The Biggest Concerts And Music Festivals Coming To Philadelphia In 2015

    Philadelphia explodes with arena-rocking performances by top talents

    The Biggest Concerts Coming To Philadelphia In 2015

    This year, concert-goers will enjoy a steady flow of arena-rocking performances at Philadelphia stadiums and entertainment venues. Whether you are more at home listening to seasoned talents like Bette Midler and Billy Joel singing the classics, or are ready to rock out to the sounds of music industry newcomers like Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, this list is definitely for you.

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Where to Find the Best Grilled Cheese in Philadelphia

    Our favorite variations of the classic comfort food at city eateries

    Grilled Cheese

    Nostalgic and consistently comforting, the grilled cheese is an understated iconic sandwich. To help you find the ultimate grilled cheese, we’ve put together a few of our favorite variations found at Philadelphia eateries.

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  • Top 12 Must-Attend Sporting Events Coming To Philadelphia in 2015

    Ten can’t-miss sporting events coming to the City of Brotherly Love in 2015

    Sports fans have plenty of reasons to visit Philadelphia in 2015. This year, the city will welcome some of the most talented athletes in the world for professional sporting events, long-standing races and exciting competitions.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Making a Classic Modern - Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    One of Philadelphia most iconic buildings is getting an update from one of the world’s most preeminent architects

    A long-time in the making, Philadelphia Museum of Art is about undergo an ambitious renovation, revitalization and expansion with the assistance of famed architect Frank Gehry.

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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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  • 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 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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  • Local Breweries and Craft Beers

    Regional breweries putting out award-winning beers

    Philadelphia has a long, storied love affair with beer dating back over 100 years. While most of the city’s breweries were lost during Prohibition the 1920s, today the tradition of fine craft beer is alive and thriving.

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  • Top Food Trucks in Philadelphia

    Proving you can get good food on the road

    A look at some of Philly’s must-try trucks—serving soft pretzels, pork roll sandwiches, elegant pastries, espresso drinks, global fare and just about everything in between.

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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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  • 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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  • Guide To The Best Barbecue in Philadelphia

    Get saucy with some of the tastiest barbecue in the city

    Make no bones about it: Philadelphia has the sauciest, smokiest ribs and some of the best brisket east of Texas. Here are a few of our favorite down-home eats that are sure to appease any and all comfort-food cravings.

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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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  • Top Hotel Spas

    Relax and refresh at a fabulous hotel spa

    Guests of the inns and hotels of Philadelphia and The Countryside® can now expect more than superlative service and historic trimmings. Increasingly, they can also avail themselves of in-room massages, customized facials, herbal body treatments and day-long day-spa escapes—without ever leaving the property.

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  • Top Permanent Light Displays in Philadelphia

    Displays lighting up the region

    Discover spectacular displays that light up the night sky.

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  • Hands-On Family Fun In Philadelphia

    Interactive summer fun for all ages

    Families have more reasons to visit Philadelphia this summer with new outdoor adventures, hands-on exhibits and traditional favorites.

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  • Soda Is All The Fizz In Philly

    Handcrafted beverages are bubbling up all over town

    Soda is enjoying a resurgence in the region, with local chefs, bartenders and craft producers adding fresh new twists to the carbonated soft drink.

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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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  • 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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  • Where to Find The Top Designers and Best Brands in Philadelphia

    Philly shops offer fab and familiar brands

    Style-seeking shoppers in Philadelphia don’t have to look far for fabulous and familiar brands.

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  • Top Hotel Happy Hours in Philadelphia

    Sit back and relax during the best hour of the day

    Whether you’ve had a long day at work or an afternoon touring the city, take a moment and unwind during happy hour at one of Philadelphia’s hotels.

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  • Guide to the Best Milkshakes in Philadelphia

    Philly’s top shakes come in all flavors

    It’s officially milkshake season in Philadelphia. During the hot, sweltering months of summer, a classic black-and-white can be a lifesaver.

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  • Guide to the Top Hot Dogs in Philadelphia

    Take a bite out of Philly’s top dogs

    Philadelphia chefs have embraced the hot dog, creating hundreds of delicious variations ranging from old-school franks with onions and mustard to gourmet innovations topped with mac and cheese. We double dog dare you try any—or all—of the following

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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