Philly To-Do: Celebrate the Holidays

This time of year has a way of pushing time’s fast-forward button, so it’s never too early to start bringing out the tinsel, miseltoe and lights. From pop-up shopping nights to holiday light celebrations, there are plenty of Philly happenings to get you in a festive mood. Below are our picks that we’re looking forward to checking out! 

Holiday lights across the City 

If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite things about the holiday season is all the lights and decorations spread across the city. So, if you are indeed like me, you’ll be excited to know that this is an ongoing event going on throughout the city. Grab some friends, bundle up, and make a nice hot chocolate to go, and explore the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and the amazing decorations that’ll truly wow you. (My personal favorite is the Longwood Gardens lights)

Check out Visit Philly’s list of  The Top Places to View Holiday Lights in Philadelphia and head to the ‘Parade of Lights at the Seaport Museum’ on Saturday, December 10!


Franklin Flea Holiday Market 2016 

Looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts? Stop by the Franklin Flea at the Historic Strawbridge’s Building happening on Saturday, December 17th from 10 am to 5 pm! In addition to great gift finds, you can grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors and enjoy live music performances throughout the day.


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City 

Head to Old City this Thursday for Historic Holiday Nights, which runs every Thursday until December 22nd. 45 shops, restaurants and museums open up their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. with special deals and an extended happy hour for those of age. This is a great way to explore Old City, and cross a few people off of your Christmas list!


Ice Skating at City Hall

Another holiday tradition, ice skating at Rothman Rink at City Hall!  If you can’t skate they even offer a five week session of skating lessons on Sunday mornings that include skates and admission. You can also warm up after skating for awhile with food and drinks around City Hall. 

In addition to Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park, lace up your skates at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest!


Christmas Village at City Hall

Not much of a skater? You can still hit up City Hall for the Christmas markets starting later this month. More than 80 vendors will be out selling little trinkets and gifts perfect for the holidays. Not only will there be shopping but you can expect side-street performances and other special events throughout the entirety of the markets stay in Center City.


Catch the annual holiday show at Walnut Street Theatre

Want to catch an awesome show and see some history as well? Hit up Walnut Street Theatre, which just so happens to be America’s oldest theatre and catch a classic, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’! Maybe take a stroll to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which are just a quick walk away before settling in for a bit to watch an awesome cast perform one of the most classic Christmas favorites of all time.


Have “A Very Philly Christmas” at Fairmount Park

Music. Friends. Neighbors. Family. These four elements are the four most important ideas to our lovely city. Head to Fairmount Park to see some of the historical homes decked out for the season with these ideals in mind. Fairmount Park will also be hosting some really awesome events based around those four elements. Grab your friends, your family, your neighbors and head to Fairmount Park (while listening to some awesome music) and enjoy some of the things that make the City of Brotherly Love the best city to be in.

There you have it, Z’s holiday picks for this upcoming season.  For more events, you can always check out our calendar page. If you’re looking to take a road trip, check out For Planners Making Plans: Holiday Edition. If you have any suggestions or want to share your experience at one of these places, let us know!

Philly To-Do: Celebrate the Holidays

This time of year has a way of pushing time’s fast-forward button, so it’s never too early to start bringing out the tinsel, miseltoe and lights. From pop-up shopping nights to holiday light celebrations, there are plenty of Philly happenings to get you in a festive mood. Below are my picks that I’m looking forward to checking out! 

Holiday lights across the City 

If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite things about the holiday season is all the lights and decorations spread across the city. So, if you are indeed like me, you’ll be excited to know that this is an ongoing event going on throughout the city. Grab some friends, bundle up, and make a nice hot chocolate to go, and explore the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and the amazing decorations that’ll truly wow you. (My personal favorite is the Longwood Gardens lights)

Check out Visit Philly’s list of  The Top Places to View Holiday Lights in Philadelphia and head to the Parade of Lights at the Seaport Museum on Saturday, December 10!


Franklin Flea Holiday Market 2016 

Looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts? Stop by the Franklin Flea at the Historic Strawbridge’s Building happening on Saturday, December 17th from 10 am to 5 pm! In addition to great gift finds, you can grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors and enjoy live music performances throughout the day.

Looking for more events like this? Here’s uwishunu’s list of 10+ Holiday Markets To Shop In Philly This December.


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City 

Head to Old City this Thursday for Historic Holiday Nights, which runs every Thursday until December 22nd. 45 shops, restaurants and museums open up their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. with special deals and an extended happy hour for those of age. This is a great way to explore Old City, and cross a few people off of your Christmas list!


Ice Skating at City Hall

Another holiday tradition, ice skating at Rothman Rink at City Hall!  If you can’t skate they even offer a five week session of skating lessons on Sunday mornings that include skates and admission. You can also warm up after skating for awhile with food and drinks around City Hall. 

In addition to Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park, lace up your skates at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest!


Christmas Village at City Hall

Not much of a skater? You can still hit up City Hall for the Christmas markets starting later this month. More than 80 vendors will be out selling little trinkets and gifts perfect for the holidays. Not only will there be shopping but you can expect side-street performances and other special events throughout the entirety of the markets stay in Center City.


Catch the annual holiday show at Walnut Street Theatre

Want to catch an awesome show and see some history as well? Hit up Walnut Street Theatre, which just so happens to be America’s oldest theatre and catch a classic, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’! Maybe take a stroll to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which are just a quick walk away before settling in for a bit to watch an awesome cast perform one of the most classic Christmas favorites of all time.


Have “A Very Philly Christmas” at Fairmount Park

Music. Friends. Neighbors. Family. These four elements are the four most important ideas to our lovely city. Head to Fairmount Park to see some of the historical homes decked out for the season with these ideals in mind. Fairmount Park will also be hosting some really awesome events based around those four elements. Grab your friends, your family, your neighbors and head to Fairmount Park (while listening to some awesome music) and enjoy some of the things that make the City of Brotherly Love the best city to be in.

There you have it, Z’s holiday picks for this upcoming season.  For more events, you can always check out our calendar page. If you’re looking to take a road trip, check out For Planners Making Plans: Holiday Edition. If you have any suggestions or want to share your experience at one of these places, let us know!

 

Our Guide to Taking a Stroll Outside

Where do you go when you need to clear your head? We go outside to take a walk with our old friend, Nature. But where do you find such a thing in the city? The answer is: closer than you think. The fall foliage and fresh air is just what the doctor ordered and there is no shortage of that in and around Philadelphia! Below are some of our go-to natural trails:

Manayunk Towpath

Exploring the Manayunk Towpath is a great way to learn about the history of the neighborhood and the canal. Take a bit of time out of your day to stop at this point along the Schuylkill River, rent a bike and get going! While traveling through the Towpath you’ll see things like old rail lines, old canal locks and plenty of wildlife.


 Wissahickon Valley Park

The Wissahickon Trail is by far one of my favorite escapes from the library. The trail runs over 20 miles in length and stretches along the Wissahickon Creek from Stenton Avenue all the way to Lansdale Borough. You’ll encounter an abundance of beautiful waterfalls, trails suitable for everyone and even picnic areas!


Valley Forge National Historic Park

Discover the past and explore nature by trekking through this historical park, it really is a win-win kind of a day trip. This was, after all, a base camp for Washington’s army during the American Revolution. Only around 30 minutes from Philly, you can get anything from a rigorous mountain-like hike to short and calming nature walks.


Pennypack Creek Trail

The Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust puts a lot of effort into protecting, restoring and preserving the lands of Pennypack Creek, all so we can enjoy it’s beauty! With this trail being 5 miles long and just 15 miles out of Center City in Montgomery County, you can explore either by foot or even by hopping on horseback. In fact, this trail welcomes hikers, cyclists, equestrians and of course your trail-happy dog!


Peace Valley

Even the name sounds serene! Make your way to this beautiful nature center for the day, just an hour out of the city. With 14 miles of trails at the eastern end of Lake Galena, you can walk, run, hike or bike your way through the paved paths. If you’re into bird watching this is also the place to go, as over 250 different bird species have been spotted here!


If you snap a picture during your hike, tag @CampusPhilly so we can see it. We love seeing what you’re up to!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Must-Attend Events of the Season!

 

Here it is everyone, the stuff you’ve been waiting for. Now that Halloween is over (even though we hate saying bye to you, Oct. 31st) it’s time to make room for the next best thing, Thanksgiving! A day full of food, family and friends needs a fun-packed month of preparation; here are some of this month’s events that you won’t want to miss!

 

Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner at Arcadia University

I dare you all to name a more fall food than soup, I say this because nothing can compare to a nice hot steamy bowl of it. Arcadia University holds an Annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner, and this is its 23rd! On Monday, November 14th you can purchase a ticket https://alumni.arcadia.edu/events/eb16 and enjoy a bountiful amount of soups, breads and dessert that have all been donated by community restaurants. 100% of proceeds from the Empty Bowl Dinner go to organizations that benefit the hungry and the homeless. Make sure to catch this one, you can enjoy delicious food as well as do something great for the city’s people.

 

Wintergarden at Dilworth Park

Although some of us despise the cold, there is still some room for fun here in Philly! On November 11th, America’s Garden Capital Maze will be filled with thousands of twinkly lights, seasonal trees and everything else a winter wonderland could ever need. You can grab all of the essentials (hot chocolate, fun snacks and boozy drinks) to keep you warm near the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Cabin where you can also find the holiday Made in Philadelphia Market. You can also find the Christmas Village in the Courtyard at City Hall. For more information, click here! http://www.uwishunu.com/2016/10/brand-new-wintergarden-opening-city-hall-november/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=VisitPhillyFacebook&utm_content=Social#sm.0002kj5f2rp3dmt106z2d4ntm1gmq

 

The Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Nothing says “Tis the season” better than a festival and a light show! From November 10th to December 31st, head over to Franklin Square and catch the main feature, the Electrical Spectacle light show. Welcoming all ages and filled with winter treats and a beergarden, there is also a Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train that rides around the square.

 

The Philadelphia Marathon along Boathouse Row

This 8K race (half-marathon) takes place through November 18th to the 20th and will power through the city passing the Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as Boathouse Row. There will also be a Kids Fun Run as well as a Health & Fitness Expo. Even if you’re not a runner, volunteer or just head over and support your fellow Philadelphians! http://philadelphiamarathon.com/

 

 

The Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Parkway

Last but definitely not least, make sure you head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to catch the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country. You’ll enjoy the legendary floats, huge balloons, music, performances and even a visit from Santa.

 

Z’s Weekly Picks: Oct. 31 – Nov. 6

Hello my fellow Philadelphians! I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of November– time flies when you have a crazy school schedule! This week is a transitional one because we’re still riding the Halloween wave AND gearing up for the holiday season. Here are my special picks on what to keep an eye out for this week:

Make America Skate Again | Tonight! Monday, Oct. 31 

The Fillmore is not only celebrating their one-year anniversary but also celebrating Halloween! This October 31st from 8p.m. to 2a.m., the popular music venue is celebrating with an all-night roller skating party! 


Terror Behind the Walls: LAST CHANCE!! | Monday, Oct. 31 to Saturday, Nov.5

If you haven’t had a chance to hit terror behind the walls just yet, this is your very last chance. Grab some friends, some warm clothing and get spooked and learn a little bit of history too at Terror Behind the Walls final week of Halloween thrills.


Día de los Muertos at Fleisher Art Memorial | Tuesday, Nov. 1

The event will have mariachi singer, a Day of the Dead altar, face painting and much, much more! Make sure to get there early, starting at 5 on the dot, a Dia de los Muertos procession leaves Fleisher and makes its way to the Italian market, returning at 6 for the rest of the festivities!


Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village | Saturday, Nov. 5 to Sunday, Nov. 6 

Looking for some great fall fun with your pals? Hit up the Peddler’s Village Apple Festival! Not only just apple picking, but featuring some fun treats like apple butter, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple fritter, caramel dipped apples and everyone’s favorite event to watch: pie-eating contests (with apple pies of course).


Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival | Saturday, Nov. 5 to Saturday, Nov. 19 

The Festival brings over 30 films from more than 12 countries with a variety of genres that are highlighting Jewish heritage, culture and history. If you’re super into cinema and want to check out more on Philly’s film scene, check out this post by Nakie Uzeiri guiding you through more festivals going on throughout the city.

There you have it! Z’s weekly picks for the week of October 31st to November 6th! If you have any suggestions for things to do don’t forget hesitate to tweet us @CampusPhilly! See you all next week for more of my weekly Philly picks!

This Week with Open Arts

Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a break from the library and engage in events around the city! These events can enlighten your studies and help you come up with new ideas and see things in a new light. From politics, science and Halloween events—here’s what you can expect from Open Arts this week!

If you don’t already know…

Signing up with Campus Philly Open Arts is beneficial not only for students, but arts partners and college staff as well. Students can download free and discounted tickets to Open Arts events that not only encourage the arts but also broaden career opportunities for students. If you aren’t already a member, register here today!

The Supreme Court in Transition: A View from the Frontlines 10/26 at 12:00pm
Meet at the National Constitution Center and attend a discussion with top legal journalists, Robert Barnes, Lincoln Caplan and Marcia Coyle. In this part of the Center’s Election 2016 Program Series, they’ll be examining the state of a 4-4 Supreme Court in transition as well as the differences between a Clinton Court and a Trump Court.
Speed Secrets: Lessons Learned from a Sports Medicine Physician | 10/26 at 6:00pm
At the Parkway Central Library, Dr. Michael Ross, a board certified, non-surgical sports medicine physician at Rothman Institute, will be discussing tips on how to improve your times through effective training and physiological tweaks.
Grahame Lesh: Growing Up Grateful Dead | 10/27 at 2:00pm
The National Museum of American Jewish History will be hosting this exciting series of afternoon preview events, this one with son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, Grahame Lesh. Grahame will be putting on an acoustic performance that includes stories of growing up around the Grateful Dead and how Bill Graham impacted his life.

Black Magic Bash at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens | 10/29 at 7:00pm
This one’s for you all 21 and over, get into the spooky spirit this Halloweekend at this breathtaking mosaicked warehouse! With music by the West Philadelphia Orchestra, food from South Philly Barbacoa, and drinks from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Saint Benjamin Brewing Company all included in your ticket, your night will without a doubt be spook-tacular!
World Premiere. Justin Gonzalez is “Telling Stories” | 10/30 at 2:00pm
The Multicultural Arts Exchange of CultureTrust presents the composer with a story that begins before the pen hits paper. Justin Gonzalez, known as Philadelphia’s “treasured tenor”, is known for his “expressive mastery” that tells stories before the performance of songs that cross languages and styles.

Science After Hours: Creature of the Night  | 10/31 at 7:00pm
Another 21 and over event, learn and have some fun this Halloween at The Franklin Institute! Science with a twist includes experiments, demonstrations, games and innovative science curated by the museum in collaboration with organizations across Philly. Head over with your best costume and be prepared to have some fun.

Tuesday Nights at the Movies – Schalcken the Painter | 11/1 at 7:30pm
The Woodmere Art Museum presents the Gothic film that will pull the audience into a “shadowy fantasy world” of real-life painters Gerrif Dou and Godfried Schalcken. Tuesday Nights at the Movies is sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Local and presented with the Chestnut Hill Film Group.

Get a special access to The Barnes Foundation on Nov. 18

Looking for a new museum to explore? Well do I have just the place for you! The Barnes Foundation on Benjamin Franklin Parkway holds some of the most beautiful art you’ll ever see.

If it’s a nice  day, I’d recommend walking to the museum, as you get to pass the cutest cafes, see some busy city life, pass Logan Square fountain and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Before I headed out on my journey, I grabbed a muffin at Capriccio at Cafe Cret. All muffins aside, the biggest treat of all is the free admission for college students during the week!

The founder of the museum, Albert C. Barnes, assembled a collection of early modern, impressionist and post impressionist artwork by some of the most renowned artists. Van Gogh, Renoir, Modigliani, Monet, Manet, Cézanne, and Matisse are just some of the many artists you’ll find.

The gallery starts off with one main room that spiders off in different directions. You’ll notice that each room is set up differently and the art isn’t necessarily grouped by artist or time period; rather, it’s organized by line, color and light to give off the most pleasing look. There aren’t descriptions for every painting, but The Barnes does have a free app that you can download for your own personal tour of the art.

Being in the gallery is probably one of the most incredible feelings. You are so close to such famous artwork, you can basically touch it (side note: DO. NOT. TOUCH.). Student, and fellow Campus Philly intern, Nakie Uzeiri joined me on my trip. She was equally as awestruck as I was. She said, “It was just the most amazing feeling in the world, I was just inches away from my favorite Van Gogh painting.” It truly is amazing, you get to see pieces of art you usually only see on a presentation slide or textbook.

P.S. Check out Nakie’s video from the day here:

If my Barnes recap has you wanting to visit, come join us and all other college students during Open Arts College Night at The Barnes on Friday, November 18th from 6-10. You can find out how to register for this free event here. At College Night, you’ll be able to explore the Barnes collection alongside live music, performance, short stories and a few surprises! Bonus: collection access is included! See you there!

P.S. If you’re hungry, here are some grub spots near the Barnes

Your 1st First Friday in Old City

If you’re an art nerd at heart, a curious Philly local who’s been meaning to explore Old City, or just looking for something new to do, we’ve got a very Old City night planned for you! On Friday a.k.a. “First Friday,” October 7, we will be hosting an Open Arts gathering in the Arden Theatre lobby.  Come by to check-in, receive an art crawl map as well as a discount card for local restaurants and business, like National Mechanics and The Victoria Freehouse, for the night.

Haven’t been to Old City? It looks like it is straight out of a movie, especially with Penn’s Landing in walking distance over looking the water. This section of Philadelphia is sprinkled with cute cafes, cobblestone roads, and city parks and gardens that are to die for. Personally, it’s one of my favorite parts of the city, especially walking around Penn’s Landing with ice cream from The Franklin Fountain. If it’s a little on the chillier side like it is now, I recommend hitting up one of the many quaint coffee shops in the area, my personal favorite being Customs Coffee House (Double Shots) on Chestnut Street.

The best way to really get a feel for First Friday is to just go exploring! Check out the places highlighted in the Old City Art Crawl Map and after you see those, keep walking around and you’ll find all the art nooks and culture crannies that are all over Old City.

I always find something new that I love about this section of the city and First Friday may be your way to finding your new favorite piece of Philadelphia. Mark your calendar for October 7th, 5 to 9 p.m. and get ready for some art, culture and beauty in one of Philly’s most historic neighborhoods! Happy adventuring!

P.S. After your First Friday stroll, catch “Stupid F**king Bird” at the Arden Theatre at 8 p.m. Use promotion code CAMPUS16 to receive your discounted $20 tickets. Not an Open Arts member? Sign up here using the code “1617.”

Did You Know? || Philly History 101

Written by: Campus Philly Editorial Interns, Ashley Cappetta & Brenna Fallows


  1. Did you know that our Stars & Stripes were designed by Betsy Ross? The Betsy Ross House  is still standing today, where visitors can take in the sights and sounds of the American flag’s birthplace.  239 Arch Street. 10am-5pm.

     

  1. Did you know Elfreth’s Alley is the United States’ oldest residential neighborhood? Today, the museum and alley tours offer a glimpse into the lives of everyday colonial Americans. Spend an afternoon strolling along the thirty-two houses, built between 1728 and 1836, or take a guided tour for just $5. Museum: 124-126 Elfreth’s Alley. Fri-Sun 12pm-5pm.

     

  1. Did you know that the crack in the Liberty Bell is a heavily debated subject among historians? One theory is that the Bell was first cracked in 1752 upon its arrival in Philadelphia! 526 Market Street. 9am-8pm.

     

  1. Independence Hall is most notably the “birthplace” of the United States. Did you know that within its walls both the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the Constitution of the United States was signed? 520 Chestnut Street. 9am-8pm.

     

  1. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was a writer, inventor, printer, scientist, and diplomat? Learn more about this important Philadelphian and his life here at the Benjamin Franklin Museumpart of the National Parks Service.  317 Chestnut Street. 9am-5pm.

     

  1. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence during the Second Continental Congress in 1776? The Declaration House housed Jefferson for the three weeks it took him to write the document. 599 S. 7th Street. 12pm-5pm.

     

  1. With more than 14.5 acres of floor space, City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States. Did you know that construction took more than three decades to complete? In fact, City Hall is the tallest masonry structure in the world! 1401 JFK Blvd. 9am-5pm.

     

  1. One of the most influential documents in the world, and the supreme law of the United States, is only four pages long. Celebrate the U.S. Constitution, authored by the Philadelphia Convention, and the Constitution Center. Life-size bronze statues of the men who debated and signed this document populate its Signers’ Hall. 525 Arch Street. 9:30am-5pm.

     

  1. America’s first Fourth of July celebration was held at City Tavern  in 1777.  Over the years, famous visitors to the tavern have included Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. Today, the restaurant preserves a colonial tavern feel with an authentic menu and costumed staff. 138 S. Second Street.

     

  1. The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4th, 1777! Did you know that we celebrate with fireworks because John Adams wanted us to? In fact, he envisioned fireworks as part of the celebration in a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3rd, 1776!Be sure to check out our Fourth of July itinerary and patriotic perks!

Itinerary || Celebrating the Fourth

Written by: Campus Philly Editorial Interns, Ashley Cappetta & Brenna Fallows


The Fourth of July is kind of a big deal in Philadelphia. We are, after all, the birthplace of the nation, so you can expect our celebrations to be some of the biggest and best that the U.S. has to offer. And Philadelphia has it allfrom music to food to history. This celebration is much more than just the Fourth, too, so get ready for a whole week of patriotic fun with these suggestions!


If fireworks are your thing…

Check out Wawa Welcome America! Starting at 10 p.m., there will be a fantastic fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Even better? Get there early for the free concert at 5 p.m., featuring artists like Leon Bridges and a tribute to Gamble and Huff!


If you’re expecting a full-fledged celebration…

Philly’s got you covered. An Independence Day Parade, starting at Fifth and Chestnut, will march past Center City’s historic sites. This promises to be some old-fashioned fun in the summer weather, and, of course, it’s free.


If you’re down with the National Constitution Center

In preparation for Independence Day, opt to explore the 160,000-square-foot constitution center and check out the most important documents in our history. On June 30, the constitution center will be open to its visitors for free!


If you’re a hoagie lover

Head over to Independence Mall  on June 30, where Free Hoagie Day returns for its 24th year. Hosted by Wawa, the event salutes the military, firefighters, and police officers during a march performed by military heroes and re-enactors. More than five tons of Wawa hoagies will be distributed to the masses for free, so be sure to snag one for yourself!


If Penn’s Landing  is your second home…

Join the Philadelphia Orchestra on July 1 for a free performance. After the show, be sure to stick around for the fireworks displays along the Delaware River Waterfront.


If 4th of July is your time to dance…

The Historic Philadelphia Block Party is your place to be. Festivities will begin on July 3rd on 5th and 6th streets, between Market and Chestnut streets. Head straight to Independence Hall  for live entertainment, food vendors, games and activities!


If you’re looking to score a cool spot for fireworks…

Battleship New Jersey  has got you covered. Starting at 6p.m., catch a live performance by a Beatles tribute band. Check out some kid-friendly activities like face-painting, and be sure to snag some food and drinks at the concession stand. Finish off the night by enjoying the views of the fireworks over the Delaware River from aboard the ship.

Looking for some patriotic perks? Check out our Deals & Discounts post!

Free Time Frenzy: A Quick* History Lesson

Have an hour to spend in the city and not sure where to go or what to see? Free Time Frenzy will allow you to explore Philly in less than an hour.

Since President’s day just passed on February 15th and Philadelphia is the birthplace of American history, this edition of #CPFreeTimeFrenzy will focus on some historic attractions to visit in Philly.

The National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center has just opened a new exhibit Headed to the White House, which prepares visitors for the upcoming Presidential elections. This exhibit takes visitors through experiences of what it would be like to govern a country, while also learning about past American presidents. If you are into politics or would like to learn more about the election process, head to the National Constitution Center before March 31st for reduced admission. P.S. There’s a seat waiting for you in the Oval Office. It’s the perfect presidential photo opp! 

Liberty Bell Center
If you live in Philadelphia, you must visit the one attraction that people travel from around the world to see. The Liberty Bell is a symbol of American freedom and can be found on the corner of 6th and Chestnut Streets in Old City. The Bell can be seen from both inside and outside of the Independence National Historical Park, lending you the chance to skip the line and see the symbol from the outside. The center is open 9am until 5pm, year round.

The Philadelphia History Museum
The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent is a museum that showcases artifacts that tell the story of Philadelphia. They range from a large map of the city to Mummer relics, showcasing a wide range of artifacts from Philadelphia’s founding to present day. The museum at 15 South 7th Street is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30am until 4:30pm. Students only have to pay $6 to see an extensive array of memorabilia and culture from Philadelphia’s past.