Directory of fun in and around Philly

Arts, culture and history tours

Mural Arts – innovative program that produces all those urban-life murals you pass in Center City

Constitution Center Tours – review options for guided tours of the historic district on foot, trolley, bus or Duck Boat and get the skinny on events, exhibits and educational programs at the Constitution Center.

Context Travel – specialized walking tours that offer a deeper look at local history, culture and architecture

Going to Philly – History buffs can plan their weekend explorations here with street maps, pictures, parking tips, and descriptions of every site from Independence Hall to the battlefields of Valley Forge and Washington Crossing.

Philly history tours – Independence Hall Association put together this index of Philadephia’s historical sites from the African-American Museum to Washington Square Park – with directions, clickable map of historic Philly, and trivia-filled virtual tour.

Phillyist – quick updates on entertainment and nightlife in the Philly area

Uwishunu – latest happenings throughout the Philly region, courtesy of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.

The Philly Post – news and opinions from the editors of Philadelphia magazine

SoundAboutPhilly – themed podcast tours of Philly covering vintage shopping, history, neighborhood dining, and African American heritage (sports highlights, soul food joints, and studios where Philadelphia Soul was born)

Scrapple TV – video blog that takes you on a wacky ride through Philly neighborhoods such as Fishtown and South Street

Field Notes Philly – notes on local history from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia


Family Fun

Family Go Philadelphia – Disney’s take on Philly includes a useful rating system that helps families figure out how museums and historic attractions will go over with toddlers vs. teens.

Family Fun itineraries – courtesy of Philadelphia’s main tourism organization

Sally Bernstein – on traveling with kids in Philadelphia


Weekend Getaways

Bucks Living –  online version of bi-monthly regional magazine with reviews of restaurants, shops, events, and cultural attractions in Bucks and Montgomery counties

Visitors TV Network – where to stay, shop and dine within a one-hour radius of Philly, from the inns of Brandywine to the galleries of New Hope and the antique shops of Phoenixville

Philly Shore Guide – traffic and weather reports, new restaurants from Asbury Park to Cape May, what’s playing in Atlantic City, and recaps of the reality TV show Down the Shore.

Down the Shore with Jen – fun blog tracking the Jersey Shore scene by the author of the Great Destinations guidebook, The Jersey Shore, Atlantic City to Cape May

Outdoor Activities – Philly’s official visitors site keeps abreast of events, shopping, dining, hotels and attractions in the surrounding countryside of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

Landmark Towns – everything you need to know about visiting Bristol, Morrisville, New Hope and Yardley, those historic Bucks County burgs along the Delaware River – including dining, shopping, lodging and cultural attractions.

Schuylkill River

Pennsylvania Vacation Guide – Whether you’re in the mood for skiing, rollercoasters or Amish country drives, this site has listings for festivals, attractions and vacation rentals in eastern and central Pennsylvania.


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