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Philadelphia could easily be renamed “City of Summerly Love” given the many seasonal events and activities awaiting visitors. Here are five reasons to consider this historic destination as part of your summer travels. (Image: Courtesy Visit Philadelphia/ David Cruz)
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5 reasons to visit Philadelphia this summer

Philadelphia could easily be renamed “City of Summerly Love” given the many seasonal events and activities awaiting visitors. Here are five reasons to consider this historic destination as part of your summer travels.

Dining and Drink Deals

America’s Founding Fathers were not just revolutionaries, they were foodies and drinkers, shaping a nation as well as a thriving dining scene in Philadelphia. Summer visitors have a number of special opportunities to experience the city’s culinary offers. Every Wednesday, as part of Center City District Sips, more than 90 bars and restaurants have $4 beers, $5 wines and $6 cocktails along with half-priced appetizers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and some establishments even offer Sips guests 15 percent off dinner after happy hour. And on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Old City Eats has a similar promotion with more than 30 participating restaurants and bars.

Riverside Carnival

Back for its fourth year, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is a family-friendly event held in the Penn’s Landing neighborhood along the banks of the Delaware River. Open daily through September 3, it features a large outdoor roller skating rink, a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, a carousel, many fun boardwalk games, and a nine-hole mini-golf course. Visitors can enjoy Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crab Shack, Franklin Fountain Clubhouse Cabin and other food vendors. There are also multiple bars pouring local beers and cocktails. Entrance is free and activities and concessions are pay-as-you-go.

40 Years of Video Gaming History

More than 100 classic and modern video games are available to play at The Franklin Institute, one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States. The games are part of Game Masters: The Exhibition, a 14,000-square-foot exhibit on display through September 3. It showcases the work of over 30 innovative game designers, taking visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games through the 100 objects, original artworks and interviews featured within the exhibit. Tickets are $30 for adults and $26 for children (3 to 11) and includes general museum admission.

Free Musical Entertainment

Nearly every evening through September 7, visitors to Philadelphia’s Historic District can experience live musical performances as part of Summer Sounds in the Historic District, a series of musical events curated by Visit Philadelphia. From Jazz and Latin to R&B and classical, music fills more than a dozen different locations including various city parks and attractions such as the African American Museum, the Betsy Ross House, the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, the Hill-Physick House and the Independence Visitor Center.

New and Renovated Accommodations

Like many urban centers, Philadelphia is going through a hotel boom with new hotels opening and older hotels renovating. Among the city’s new hotels welcoming their first summer guests are the stylish Cambria Hotel and the budget-friendly Fairfield Inn & Suites. Recently renovated properties in Philadelphia include the luxurious Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and the historic Penn’s View Hotel. In addition, travelers should check out “The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package” available at select hotels throughout the city. It includes hotel parking as well as tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution, tickets for a ride on the Ferris wheel and roller skating at the RiverRink Summerfest, a $25 CHeU Noodle restaurants gift card, mini-golf and a carousel ride at Franklin Square, passes to ride the PHLASH Downtown Loop, and a $10 Lyft credit. The total value for these perks adds up to a whopping $253.


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