September 25, 2017

Fall Brings Seasonal Perks To Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Visitors Now Receive Dining Discounts, Plus Indego & PHLASH Passes Return

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The once-abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to one of the nation’s top haunted house events. M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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The popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package returns for the fall with seasonal perks, plus its ever-valuable and convenient free hotel parking. Bookable now at visitphilly.com/overnight, the autumn edition runs from September 5 through November 30, 2017.

Package Perks In Detail:

The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, responsible for more than 16,000 room nights in 2016, is available for one or more nights at more than 30 hotels in Center City and beyond. The fall deal includes the following with a combined value of up to $173:

  • Hotel parking (up to a $100 value for a two-night stay)
  • Two Historic District Passes (valued at $73), each of which includes one-time admission to the National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House and Christ Church Burial Ground, along with two days of rides on the PHLASH Downtown Loop.

More Reasons To Book The Package:

New exhibitions, art shows, and fall festivals give visitors more reasons to book:

  • Terror Behind the Walls – The country’s biggest haunted house is a prison, actually—the famous, shuttered, Gothic former fortress that is Eastern State Penitentiary, offers six attractions where guests can achieve the perfect level of fright. Purchasing tickets in advance online is suggested. Through November 11, 2017. 2027 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org
  • Monument Lab – For nine weeks, 10 public city spaces host temporary monuments by 21 Philadelphia and international artists who answer the question: “What’s an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” Through November 19, 2017. (215) 685-0750, muralarts.org
  • Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor – The Franklin Institute hosts select stoic members of this 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor until they were discovered in 1974. Philly is the sole East Coast venue for this traveling exhibition. September 30, 2017-March 4, 2018. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
  • DesignPhiladelphia – The largest and oldest festival of its kind in the nation includes 120 events representing 400 nationally recognized designers takes place each fall. Venues all over town host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations to highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban-planning. October 5-13. designphiladelphia.org
  • Philadelphia Open Studio Tours – The Center for Emerging Visual Artists presents the 18th annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, a behind-the-scenes look at a day into the life of visual artists. Hundreds of studios and community partner spaces open over two weekends in four distinct parts of the city, covering more than 20 Philadelphia neighborhoods. South Philly and Center City East, October 7, 2017; Riverwards, Old City and Callowhill, October 8; Northwest, October 14; West Philly, Center City West, Brewerytown, Fairmount, October 15. philaopenstudios.org
  • Old City Fest – Artists, crafters, designers, entertainers and restaurateurs come out to celebrate the Historic District neighborhood’s creative spirit along several blocks. Activities, exhibits and programs appeal to families, as well as the over-21 crowd. October 8, 2017. N. 3rd Street between Market & Arch Streets and Arch Street between 2nd & 4th Streets, (215) 592-7929, oldcitydistrict.org
  • OutFest – The world’s largest coming-out day—now in year 26—features 12 blocks of drag shows, vendors, games, bar crawls, music and shopping. The heart of the festival is at 13th and Locust Streets, site of a main stage—and the start of the high-heel race. October 8. (215) 875-9288, phillygaypride.org
  • Harry Potter Festival – The wizards of Hogwarts take over Chestnut Hill’s quaint Germantown Avenue, which transforms into a mini-Hogsmeade with Horcrux stations, sorting hat demonstrations and more interactive activities. October 20-21. chestnuthillpa.com
  • Philly Free Streets – The vehicle-free event inspired by city street closures during Pope Francis’ 2015 transforms 3.5 miles, from 3rd and Chestnut Streets in the Historic District to 5th and Indiana in El Centro De Oro, so that pedestrians, cyclists and more can stroll down the middle of typically busy blocks, stopping along the way to enjoy pop-up arts and cultural activities, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 28. (215) 686-5552, phillyfreestreets.com
  • Head of the Schuylkill Regatta – One of the nation’s largest rowing events includes competitions among all ages of novice to elite scullers. Hundreds of spectators watch the races on the river’s eastern bank along Kelly Drive. October 28-29. (215) 280-0483, hosr.org
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show – The 41st annual showing of tactile, hand-hewn, all-for-sale works includes textiles, jewelry, housewares and more by 195 juried and 25 artists from Korea. November 9-12. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1201 Arch Street, (215) 684-7930, pmacraftshow.org

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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