Step foot onto the lush landscaped grounds of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, and you're instantly transported to the Victorian era—a time when ladies toted lacy parasols, gentlemen sported tall silk hats, and children played with coal-powered Game Boys. Beyond the stately mansion's immaculately manicured lawns and brick façade lie 17 restored rooms, replete with lavish Rococo and Renaissance revival furnishings, elaborate ceiling designs, and Victorian-era appliances such as cast-iron stoves and gas-lit chandeliers.
This museum of Victorian architecture and culture hosts weekly tours, as well as a monthly Upstairs Downstairs tour that explores the lives and challenges of women in Victorian-era Philadelphia. The mansion also stages theater performances throughout the year, featuring the works of Victorian-era greats including Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, and Louisa May Alcott.
At the crossroads where bowling and fitness meet stands Sweat Fitness and Frames, a facility that houses both a full gym and a 10-lane bowling alley under the same roof. On the bowling side, competitors rack up points and quench their thirst thanks to the center's BYOB policy and strict ban on water fountains that dispense vinegar. Fitness professionals maintain surveillance over the gym area, where they offer up advice to exercisers using weights and cardio equipment. Group fitness classes are available throughout the week to members, who also enjoy free access to the bowling lanes.
Daniel Cullen, founder of Rawk U School of Music, is already frets ahead of most music instructors, and a living defiance of the adage that "those who can't do, teach." It's not just because he attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, or that he's toured the nation with his musical projects; Cullen rocks out in Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones cover bands when he's not instilling young players with shredding skills. Embracing the fact the best way to learn to play is by learning the songs you love, Cullen and the crew of Rawk U School of Music light the path for budding players with Rock Classes that usually culminate in public performances, giving students the confidence to play before crowds and the experience to outrun groupies like a pro.
It’s nighttime along the Schuylkill River. Philly’s skyline sparkles in the distance. You are but 1 of 400 canoeing spectators on stage for a guided history of the area. This is CONSTANTS: a performance journey in history along the Schuylkill River—just one of the many interactive theatrical events featuring song, dance, and vivid visualizations. The show comes to life thanks to the tireless work of Alie Vidich and her envelope-pushing dance company, The Brigade. Founded in 2009, The Brigade straddles the border between dance company, acting troupe, and interactive arts collective.
An elegant fusion of Old-World, small-town charm and state-of-the-art technology, Reel Cinemas theaters allow moviegoers to see box-office hits from the comfort of renovated, stadium-style seats. Many of its screens live in updated and renovated old-school theaters, giving the viewing experience a dash of class. The digital projection and sound are decidedly modern, as is a 3D system that makes films more lifelike than the sweating statues of a balmy wax museum. Moviegoers can stop by locations in Narbeth, Bala Cynwyd, and Wayne.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Be prepared to remove your shoes. Visitors should wear or bring socks to tour the Japanese House.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Feeding the koi fish in the pond.
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Visitors should be prepared to remove their shoes to enter the Japanese House. Bring or wear socks, or we can provide peds.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Shofuso is the embodiment of friendship between Japan and Philadelphia from 1876 to present day.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
Maintaining the Japanese garden to the highest standards.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have the third-ranked Japanese garden in North America, according to the Journal of Japanese Gardening.