Activities in Philadelphia

"Back To School With the Calamari Sisters" at Penn's Landing Playhouse on September 13–28 (Up to 30% Off)

"Back To School With the Calamari Sisters"

Penn's Landing Playhouse

$71 $49.50

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The sisters, played by Stephen Smith and Jay Falzone, take their cooking show on the road with brand-new jokes, songs, and recipes

Haunted House Adventure for Two or Four at Fright Factory (Up to 52% Off)

Fright Factory

Philadelphia

$60 $29

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Travel through an insane asylum, a genetics lab, a mausoleum, and a look at the true nature of fear at one of America’s scariest attractions

Oktoberfest Halloween & Haunted Tavern Tour for Two or Four from Grim Philly (Up to 52% Off)

Grim Philly

Center City East

$79.98 $38

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Guides use adult-only language to tell spooky stories about Philly's haunted history as groups visit taverns; includes drinks and prizes

BalletFleming's "After the Summer Sun" at The Performance Garage on September 19 or 20 (Up to 50% Off)

"After the Summer Sun"

The Performance Garage

$25 $13

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Inventive contemporary ballets set to music by Eric Clapton and Guster mark the opening of the company's fifth season

Xtoberfest 2014 for One or Two at Xfinity Live – Philadelphia on Saturday, September 27 (Up to 48% Off)

Xtoberfest 2014

XFINITY Live! Philadelphia

$52.50 $29

100+ breweries provide complimentary samples of 200+ craft beers with games, prizes, and much more!

$45 for an Urban Dare Adventure Race for a Two-Person Team (Up to $90 Value)

Urban Dare

O'Shea's Pub

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Dinner and Live Music for Two or Four at Duel Piano Bar (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Duel Piano Bar

Avenue of the Arts South

$35 $19

Expert pianists lead sing-alongs from a repertoire of more than 2,000 songs as guests nibble on bar snacks such as fried ravioli and wings

Mansion Entry for Two Adults or Two Adults and Three Kids at Underground Railroad Museum (Up to 45% Off)

Underground Railroad Museum at the Belmont Mansion

Fairmount Park

$14 $8

Explore the historic Belmont Mansion, which was built in 1742 and now serves as a home for the Underground Railroad Museum

Segway Tours from Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals (50%Off)

Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals

Independence Hall Visitor Center

$90 $45

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Philadelphia natives lead tours that pass sites like Liberty Bell and Independence Hall; may exchange for a personalized gift certificate

Magic Shows at South Street Magic Theatre (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

Francis Menotti's Gallery of Magic

South Street Magic Theatre

$30 $18

Sleight-of-hand masters with over 30 years of experience display off-the-wall magic tricks

"Bye Bye Liver" for Two at Urban Saloon on September 20–December 6 (Up to 33% Off)

"Bye Bye Liver"

Urban Saloon

$30 $20

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A troupe performs an interactive comedy show inspired by drinking, barhopping, and male-female relations

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight at Trocadero Theatre on October 11 or 12 at 8 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Jordan Knight and Nick Carter

Trocasero Theatre

$51.84 $29

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Members of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys debut a new collaborative album on a tour full of harmonies and choreography

Taste Philly’s Sweetest Candy Shops Alongside a Chef

Sample Sweets from Local Shops

Reading Terminal Market

$30 $30

Stroll to top confectionaries and little-known boutiques as you sample their treats with a chef

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

VIP Admission to Pub Crawl and Expo for Two or Four from Running of the Santas on December 12–13 (50% Off)

Running of the Santas Mega Festival

Multiple Locations

$160 $80

The Running of the Santas pub crawl, a nationwide event, concludes with a huge North Pole party featuring 10 live bands

Full-Time or Weekday 2015 Membership to North Shore Beach Club (Up to 50% Off)

North Shore Beach Club

Philadelphia

$700 $350

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From spring to fall, members lounge by the 1,500-sq.-ft. heated pool, fire pit, or restaurant and bar

Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at TCoreFitness (70% Off)

Tcore Fitness

Philadelphia

$250 $75

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour and Franklin Footstep Tour for One or Two with Philadelphia Trolley Works (Up to 37% Off)

Philadelphia Trolley Works

Grays Ferry

$51 $32

London-styled double-decker busses rove to sites such as the Liberty Bell, the LOVE sculpture, and the Betsy Ross House

Two-Hour Party Package with Food for Up to 15, or 100 Game Tokens at University Family Fun Center (Up to 50% Off)

University Family Fun Center

University City

$20 $11

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Philadelphia's only traditional arcade hosts kids' parties complete with pizza; features pinball, skee-ball, air hockey, and video games

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Sensory overload doesn?t begin to describe Philadelphia?s Magic Gardens. A seemingly boundless compilation of colors, textures, and shapes, the labyrinthine mosaic creation spans 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The masterpiece originated in the brain of Isaiah Zagar, a Philadelphia native who grew up in New York. During his third year of art school, he stumbled upon Clarence Schmidt?s folk-art-inspired installations?assemblages of found objects and recycled materials?and the young artist?s view of the art world changed. ?I didn't know that I was looking at art,? Zagar reflects in his mission statement. Self-admittedly, Zagar has been somewhat ?copying? Schmidt?s dynamic, free-flowing style ever since.

The years after art school brought Zagar an onslaught of new opportunities. He spent time as an artist in China and India, joined the Peace Corps with his wife Julia, settled in Peru for three years, and even tried his hand at ceramics in Wisconsin. In the ?60s, he and Julia returned to his birthplace?specifically, the waning South Street neighborhood. Isaiah quickly leapt into action, renovating dilapidated buildings and often adding mosaics to formerly barren walls. Eventually, Isaiah?s imagination outgrew their projects, and in 1994 he began constructing a new piece in a vacant lot near his studio?the project would become Philadelphia?s Magic Gardens.

Isaiah spent 14 precious years, which he should have applied to Y2K preparations, scooping out tunnels, erecting multitiered walls, and splashing the entire space in colorful tile. The finished product stretches across half a block of South Street; the outside enclosure shimmering with vibrant tiles, the inside housing folk art, colored glass bottles, and countless sparkling mirrors. Now a nonprofit organization, Philadelphia?s Magic Gardens invites visitors to enjoy its visual candy with guided or self-guided tours.

1020 South St
Philadelphia,
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Breakaway Bikes grew out of a friendship between Glenn Krotick, a spinning instructor, and Joe Wentzell, a graduate of Temple University’s exercise-science master’s program. The earliest incarnation of the shop revolved around Joe’s science-based training program, which today exists in the form of RPM classes. Here, participants pedal their own bikes as a human coach and a CompuTrainer team up to help them target different training zones based on power and heart rate, ideal for those training to outrun a herd of buffalo. While fine-tuning their RPM concept, the dynamic duo delved into the racing scene. Joe, a former Division I defensive tackle, lost more than 100 pounds as he went from novice cycler to Cat 2 elite racer. Glenn applied his biking skills to triathlons, becoming the Mid-Atlantic Masters Champ for international distance in 2007. As they honed their athletic skills, they began to offer performance-enhancing services such as biometric evaluations and custom bike fittings, many of which use Retul technologies and Fit Kit methods. Throughout the years, Joe and Glenn’s inventory of bikes and accessories has grown as well. Today, their shop brims with bikes by manufacturers such as Trek, Scott, Cervélo, and Felt, plus cycling apparel, helmets, tires, and a host of accessories, from child seats to taillights. In the showroom, attentive staffers match shoppers with bikes that match their body type, riding style, and spinning bow-tie collection. Visitors can also score out-of-production parts for vintage bikes in the repair shop, where friendly technicians tend to bearings, brakes, and chains.

1923 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
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Plants and flames should usually be kept apart, but when John Bartram settled on a 102-acre plot of land in 1728, he was lit with a "Botanick fire" that inspired him to create a comprehensive catalogue of local plant life. Bartram's Garden carries on his enthusiasm for making a “compleat Discovery of the Native Growth in America," collecting an array of native plants, including the oldest Ginkgo biloba in North America and the Franklinia alatamaha, which John discovered in Georgia and saved from extinction. Bartram's Garden has been a site of historic significance since 3,000 B.C., when Native Americans left behind numerous artifacts, including flakes from stone tools and fire-cracked rock. After Bartram settled on the land, it became a meeting place with his friends, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, with whom he founded the American Philosophical Society and the country's first beach-volleyball league. As King George III's royal botanist, Bartram was charged with shipping crates of precious seeds back to Britain. He helped color Britain’s gardens with new magnolias, rhododendrons, and sugar maples, none of which had been seen outside of America, and published the first nursery catalog in the United States in 1783. Today, the garden stretches more than 45 acres of parkland, wildlife habitats, tidal wetlands, and a reclaimed meadow. Visitors can wander the grounds and gaze at Bartram's austere stone cottage, or look around at the same trees and plants that Bartram discovered centuries ago. Past the manicured nursery and orchard, a recently completed mile-long trail extends to the Schuylkill riverfront and east coast greenway.

54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia ,
PA
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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) celebrates art from America's entire history. Its galleries take visitors on a chronological trip through the country's ever-changing aesthetic landscape, with special attention paid to sculptures, paintings, and paper works. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts also trains the next generation of artists, with full-time degree programs at the bachelor and masters levels.

  • Size: two buildings?The Historic Landmark Building and the contemporary Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
  • Eye Catcher: Gilbert Stuart?s 1796 painting George Washington (The Lansdowne Portrait)
  • Permanent Mainstay: Gallery 128, which showcases a rotating collection of works from current students, alumni, and faculty
  • Visiting Exhibit: Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper, which encompasses more than 90 works (through October 12, 2014)
  • Don't Miss: Highway?George Tooker's 1953 painting depicting the challenges of living in New York City
  • Pro Tip: artists can bring a sketchbook (pencil only) into the the Historic Landmark Building, provided it doesn't exceed 12? x 16? or erupt with trumpet fanfares when opened
  • Special Programs: art-history lectures, evening gallery events, and continuing-education programs in drawing, painting, sculpture, and other mediums
118 N Broad St.
Philadelphia,
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When Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating brought The Franklin Institute to life in 1824, it was to honor the life and achievements of Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin. In the decades since, the Institute has hosted further forward thinkers such as Nikola Tesla, who demonstrated wireless telegraphy in 1893, and helped advance science and technology, hosting the first public demo of an all-electronic TV system in 1934.

  • Size: three floors give voice to human ingenuity?past and future?with hundreds of interactive exhibits
  • Eye Catcher: the two-story-tall, 5,000-square-foot Giant Heart, which teaches children about cardiovascular health while they crawl through its chambers
  • Permanent Mainstay: Fels Planetarium, the second oldest planetarium in the nation, complete with a rooftop observatory and a 60-foot seamless aluminum dome
  • Hands-On Experiments: construct an interplanetary rover in the Space Command, complete an electrical circuit with your body, and launch a cannonball in Circus! Science Under the Big Top
  • Honor the Man: swing by the 20-foot-tall, 30-ton marble statue of Benjamin Franklin in the rotunda to see what the genius looked like and thank him for your bifocals
  • Don't Miss: the Maillardet Automaton, a boy-like drawing machine that inspired the film Hugo
222 North 20th St.
Philadelphia,
PA
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The National Museum of American Jewish History's core exhibition traces more than 350 years of American Jewish history, documenting their triumphs and struggles since first settling in 1654. Spread across 25,000 square feet on five floors, the exhibition's historical objects and lifelike environments cover subjects such as the late 19th-century Jewish immigration and the involvement of American Jews in the Civil Rights Movement. As the exhibition moves into the present day, visitors can share their own stories and opinions in two of the museum's interactive stations: It's Your Story and the Contemporary Issues Forum. After sharing their own journeys, guests can explore the Only in America Gallery/Hall of Fame, where multimedia displays and original artifacts highlight the lives of prominent Jewish Americans, including Irving Berlin and Est?e Lauder.

Cups of Old City Coffee, baked goods from LeBus, and vegetarian and dairy cuisine from Di Bruno Bros. reenergize museum-goers at the Pomegranates Caf?; kosher fare is also available. Additional museum programming includes educational opportunities for adults and kids, as well as live events such as lectures, discussions, and concerts.

101 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia,
PA
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