Known as the city that gave birth to America’s liberty and independence, Philadelphia offers a unique cultural and historic perspective on American culture. The city of Brotherly love welcomes any visitor with open arms. And while the majority of tourists may flock over to the Liberty Bell or search for the best Philly Cheesesteak, we want to show travelers a different route….
How to LIVE IT:
Want the ultimate Philadelphian experience? You may want to skip out on the crowded museums and check out some of these exclusive activities:
Stroll down the Forbidden Drive into the Devil’s Pool
Explore the Wissahickon Gorge by hiking down the Forbidden Drive onto a hidden path that leads visitors into the Devil’s Pool. But fear not, while the name may sound wicked, the Devil’s Pool is actually a secluded swimming hole that features a cascade, deep pool, and beautiful stone archway. Enjoy a beautiful hike without having to leave the Philadelphia city limits.
Live the Drama at America’s Oldest Theatre
Enjoy a private tour onto the stages of a national landmark, Walnut Street Theatre, the country’s oldest theatre! Hear the dramatic stories of all the shows and events that took place across the centuries and get a behind-the scenes look at how all shows are put together. Travelers will even have the opportunity to stand on the same stage that hosted so many stars (and even a presidential debate!).
Fireworks & Fountains Shows at Longwood Gardens
See the night sky in a new light with a Firework & Fountain show at the Longwood Gardens. Fireworks will fly, fountains will dance, people will smile, and music will set the vibe for this magical event each evening. The fireworks and foliage are enhanced by a soundtrack that differs by the night and varies on the artist. On select dates from May 26 – September 28, 2019.
Cave of Kelpius
Locals highly recommend checking out this hermit’s cave in Wissahickon Valley Park. The Cave of Kelpius sits nestled in the hillside and is where 17th century mystic Johannes Kelpius is believed to have meditated. Kelpius is famous for predicting the world would end in 1694 and his cave is supposedly where America’s first ‘doomsday’ cult awaited the end of the world. While Kelpius ended up being wrong, the cave now serves as a unique remote traveling destination in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park.
Run Like Rocky
Join 5 time marathoner and trusted local Ian for a customized running tour across Philadelphia. Climb the famous Rocky steps and learn stories and fun facts that most locals don’t even know about.
Space Guide Tour
Greg, our “Space Guide”, will give visitors a night time tour and explain all that can be seen in the sky. Greg owns lands seven miles from Cherry Springs Park, which is perfect for those seeking a more intimate tour away from the busy city.
Where to Recharge:
Done running like Rocky or need a little history break? Well look no further. Our top choices for a luxurious Philadelphian stay will provide guests with nothing more than the finest modern, comfort and dazzling experiences.
Four Seasons Philadelphia
In July, the highly anticipated Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia opens on the top floors of the tallest building in Philadelphia (60 stories to be exact). Guests can expect sweeping city views, a 10,000-square-foot-spa and Michelin-starred restaurants. Sleek and modern furnishings along with an infinity pool and top-notch amenities all await at the Four Seasons Philadelphia.
Opens Monday, July 22, 2019. Booking is available now.
Experience the stimulating charm and bountiful history of Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s most beloved destinations. Stay at The Rittenhouse, a standout among luxury hotels in Philadelphia’s Center City, offering visitors a Forbes Four Star experience with well-appointed rooms and suites, world-class service, and the most desirable location in town. From fine dining culinary experiences and impeccably tailored events to our relaxing atrium pool and rejuvenating treatments from the spa, the Rittenhouse Square luxury hotel offers personalized experiences and provides the perfect balance of sophistication and relaxation for all travelers alike.
Local Insider: Cathy Gloria
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Our local insider (and CNN journalist) Cathy has some exclusive tips on how to explore Philadelphia like a traveler, not a tourist.
“Definitely visit the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. It’s a mosaic art installation that travelers can venture through. Part outdoor sculpture garden, part indoor galleries, it’s immersive and has completely original art made out of tile pieces, abstract objects, re-used art and more. Afterwards, head to the Pen and Pencil Club. It’s the oldest running daily press club (125 years) that kept running through the prohibition era & WWII. Only members from the journalism industry are allowed, but they’re allowed to bring in visitors. This hidden bar is exclusive and features some of the greatest journalism events in the city. ”