Things To Do In Philadelphia

InterAct Theatre Company – Up to 51% Off Plays

InterAct Theatre Company

$100 $49

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World-premiere plays set in Pennsylvania explore responsibility, family, and nationality in an increasingly globalized world

Bask in an Intimate Evening of Jazz and BYOB Drinks

Germantown

$25 $25

In his own private jazz salon, guitarist Steve Giordano and friends treat you to original compositions as you sip BYOB drinks

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

Tir Na Nog

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Up to 50% Off Admission to Philadelphia Sports & Education Expo

Pennsylvania Convention Center

$20 $10

Learn about health and wellness including sports and higher education through speakers, interactive activities, and a college planning fair

EgoPo Classic Theatre – Up to 40% Off Three Plays

EgoPo Classic Theatre

$80 $48

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Repertory theater's 2013–14 season puts provocative spins on a series of Henrik Ibsen classics

BalletFleming – Up to 52% Off

Multiple Locations

$21 $10

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Classic Brothers Grimm tale comes alive through choreography; Baroque music inspires modern dance

Hand-Roll Savory Pasta and Feast with Russet's Head Chef

Philadelphia

$85 $85

Award-winning chef Andrew Wood shows you how to hand-craft your own pasta before you taste your work in family-style, seasonal dinner

94% Off 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

52% Off Standup-Comedy Show

The Westin Philadelphia

$25 $12

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Kyle Grooms, seen on his own Comedy Central special, draws laughs with Calise Hawkins, seen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Up to 42% Off Major League Ultimate Frisbee Games

Multiple Locations

$17 $10

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In its second season as a competitor in Major League Ultimate, the Philadelphia Spinners square off against teams from across the east coast

$9 for Magic Show at South Street Magic

South Street Magic Theatre

$15 $9

Magic shop and theater host adult and family orientated shows featuring illusionists who perform card tricks and predict the future

Up to 48% Off Children's Summer Camp

Philadelphia

$325 $169

Hip hop, gymnastics, yoga & other fitness classes join science activities, pool and park time, drama classes, and field trips during camp

Up to 60% Off Exotic-Car Experience

Wells Fargo Center

$249.99 $99

Motorists take three laps around autocross course in a Ferrari or Lamborghini after receiving instruction

Up to 46% Off Guided Tour of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Germantown

$14 $8

Guides lead groups through 17-room restored Victorian mansion

51% Off Ghost or Historical Walking Tour

Outside the National Constitution Center

$35 $17

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Guides lead the way through more than 20 sites tied to ghost stories and folklore or the city’s role in the American Revolution

Up to 53% Off from Chew Philly Food Tours

Manayunk

$74 $36

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Groups taste cheesesteaks, tomato pie & other Philly specialties at six family-owned establishments & guides offer historical facts

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

O'Shea's Pub

$90 $45

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

Up to 56% Off Cruise from “The Ben Franklin Yacht”

Northern Liberties - Fishtown

$85 $40

Modern, three-deck yacht hosts narrated tours of Philadelphia harbor, departing each Sunday at 1 p.m., from April 6 through October 26

Up to 42% Off Membership to North Shore Beach Club

Northern Liberties - Fishtown

$600 $350

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

50% Off Segway Tours

Center City East

$90 $45

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

Up to 52% Off at Juniata Golf Club

Juniata Park - Feltonville

$70 $35

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18-hole course sprawls over 106 hilly acres and places premium on club selection and course management

Up to 46% Off Admission to National Liberty Museum

Center City East

$14 $8

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Museum celebrates American freedom with a collection of glass artworks, paintings, and sculptures

50% Off Adult Gymnastics Classes or Kids' Open Gym

Bella Vista - Southwark

$50 $25

Adult classes teach fundamentals and strengthen and stretch muscles; in open gym, kids can climb, jump, swing, and release loads of energy

Up to 71% Off Personal-Training Sessions

Philadelphia

$150 $49

Ballerina turned personal trainer blends elements of dance and bodybuilding into individualized fitness regimens for each client

Up to 54% Off Wine and Cheese Tasting and Tour

Multiple Locations

$35 $17

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Sample five varietals of wines paired with Di Bruno Bros. cheeses and learn about the winemaking process

Up to 56% Off Guitar or Bass Lessons at Rawk U School of Music

East Falls

$140 $69

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Rock-based music school instill ages 8+ with skills to play their favorite songs, read standard notation, and play by ear in weekly lessons

Up to 60% Off Classes at Daddis Fight Camps

Multiple Locations

$119 $49

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Self-defense and MMA classes teach students practical techniques to defend themselves, all while getting a workout

Up to 61% Off Burlesque Dance Classes or Bachelorette Party

Philadelphia

$45 $20

Ladies learn sassy, sultry burlesque moves during dance class or mobile bachelorette party; party guests can toast the bride with champagne

Up to 58% Off Zumba Classes at Lace It Up Dance Studios

Avenue of the Arts South

$20 $9

Energetic workouts fueled by enthused instructors and Latin music blends dance and aerobic elements to tone bodies and torch calories

Up to 58% Off Yoga Classes at MotherHeart Studio

Fishtown

$55 $27

Most classes stick to classical yoga prana flow, but some focus on Vinyasa or kundalini techniques instead

Half Off Private Yoga Sessions at Emotional Yoga

Philadelphia

$120 $60

Private yoga sessions facilitate strength and flexibility while emotional yoga helps heal old emotional wounds

Up to 45% Off Children's Birthday Parties at Insectarium

Holmesburg

$120 $66

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Encounter some of nature’s smallest creatures with a party that includes tour

60% Off at Daddis Women's Fitness Bootcamp

Philadelphia

$50 $20

With a variety of fitness methods, nutrition-coaching, & women-only camaraderie, the fitness instructor helps women reach their health goals

Up to 63% Off Self-Defense Classes

Center City East

$100 $39

Unique style of self-defense that emphasizes fast, direct strikes and simultaneous blocking techniques

Half Off Historical Pedicycle Tour

Center City East

$100 $50

Riders power a pedicycle through Philadelphia's streets, seeing 10 historic sites, such as Elfreth's Alley, and stopping to visit four

Up to 55% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Mount Airy

$50 $25

Tone your abs and glutes during boot-camp classes led by a certified trainer

Up to 81% Off Kids' or Adult Martial Arts Classes

Philadelphia

$150 $29

Karate lessons teach proper form, discipline, and focus; Krav Maga classes demonstrate self-defense techniques for real-world situations

Up to 82% Off Classes at Kickboxing.com

Multiple Locations

$148 $29

Pound the stuffing out of high-quality bags at eight locations in various kickboxing regimens

Up to 58% Off Shooting-Range Package with Training

North Philadelphia East

$237 $99

NRA-certified instructors lead a 15-minute safety course before each participant fires 25 rounds at indoor lanes that are 23 yards long

Up to 63% Off Kendo or Samurai-Sword Classes

Multiple Locations

$260 $119

Instructors drill students in martial arts during cardio-heavy kendo classes and sword-wielding lessons at Grand Master Seong’s academy

Up to 61% Off Fitness Classes at RowZone

Manayunk

$75 $29

Build strength and endurance on rowing machines as instructors mix up workouts with free weights, stretches, and cross-training regimens

Up to 71% Off Dance or Fitness Classes

Fairmount - Art Museum

$70 $29

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Veteran belly dancer and yoga practitioner leads fun yoga and fitness classes; girls’ night out lets friends learn burlesque basics

52% Off Roller Rink Package for Two or Four

NE Philadelphia

$27 $13

Skate around the rink, hop on one of the amusement rides, play skee-ball at the arcade, and enjoy snacks at the cafeteria with friends

Up to 54% Off Golf Lessons

Strawberry Green Driving Range

$90 $45

Golfers fine-tune golf skills in private lessons with PGA pro Adz Kozlowski, who helps golfers refine their swings with video analysis

Up to 76% Off Classes at WC Fitness Studio

Mt. Airy

$100 $29

Group fitness classes forge stronger, slimmer bodies through easy-to-follow Zumba dance sessions, cardio kickboxing, and strength training

Up to 75% Off Fitness Classes

Park Near Rocky Statue at Waterworks Drive

$45 $19

This Navy SEAL–designed outdoor fitness program emphasizes teamwork through workouts for men and women that vary each session

Up to 56% Off Beginner Salsa Classes

Art In Motion Dance Academy

$80 $35

Instructors lead students through the foundational moves of salsa

Up to 76% Off at Raja Yoga

Graduate Hospital

$120 $45

Explore the full breadth of the Himalayan yogic tradition with stretches and breathing exercises

Up to 80% Off Yoga at Balance Health Center

Center City West

$110 $30

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Vinyasa, Kundalini, and gentle Hatha yoga are just some of the yoga styles taught at this multidisciplinary wellness center

Up to 55% Off Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Washington Square West

$28 $16

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Colorful tiles stretch across 3,000 sq. ft. work of mosaicked art that includes indoor and outdoor spaces with whimsical accents

Up to 77% Off Group Dance Classes

Multiple Locations

$72 $29

Nationally certified dancers teach students to execute salsa, hustle, ballroom, and swing moves in group classes

Up to $175 Off Yoga Classes at Nava Yoga Center at The Navy Yard

Philadelphia

$130 $45

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All levels of practitioners can participate in classes such as vinyasa, heated flow, beginners, prenatal yoga, restorative, and Yoga Wall

50% Off Personal Training or Fitness Classes

Philadelphia

$70 $35

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Fitness expert who's credits include training SWAT teams and professional MMA fighters helps folks reach fitness goals

Up to 45% Off at Philadelphia History Museum

Center City East

$20 $12

Opened in 1941, the museum showcases more than 100,000 artifacts, including George Washington's writing desk and Joe Frazier's boxing gloves

Up to 65% Off Wilderness Adventures

Philadelphia

$178 $89

Explore the outdoors with an intro to rock climbing or rappelling adventure, intro to overnight backpacking trip, or guided wilderness hike

Up to 56% Off Kids' Music Lessons

Chestnut Hill

$63 $29

One-on-one music lessons are customized to each student's talents and cover a variety of instruments, including woodwinds, piano, and voice

Up to 83% Off at Steelworks CrossFit

Fairmount

$271 $49

Instructors blend techniques from Olympic weightlifting and endurance training while focusing on motions that are also useful in daily life

Up to 77% Off Classes at CrossFit Renaissance

Port Richmond

$195 $45

Cardio drills, Olympic lifts, and gymnastics techniques form ever-varied CrossFit workouts that condition bodies for functional movement

50% Off Haunted-History Walking Tour

Washington Square West

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers the creepy history of Philadelphia's most haunted areas; includes ghost-hunting equipment

Up to 88% Off Fitness Classes at Action Karate

Multiple Locations

$200 $29

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Instructors blend self-defense and fitness into kickboxing and strength-training classes for adults

Up to 52% Off Architecture Walking Tour

Center City East

$30 $15

Guides relay expertise as up to 25 guests stroll past notable architecture dating back to 1870

Up to 77% Off Boot Camp at Dan Campos Fitness

Philadelphia

$99 $25

Professional natural bodybuilder leads morning and afternoon sessions of group boot camp

African American Museum in Philadelphia – Half Off

Center City East

$56 $28

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Museum dedicated to the preservation of African American heritage through exhibits, cultural programs, and historical artifacts

Up to 65% Off Boot-Camp or Fitness Classes

Philadelphia

$60 $29

Expert instructors challenge students to push themselves in intense exercises appropriate for all levels

Up to 54% Off Day Trips from Discover Outdoors

Philadelphia

$79 $39

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Horseback riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking fill spring and summer days

Up to 75% Off Tribute Concert

Theatre of Living Arts

$40 $10

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Tribute concert series treats rock fans to replications of Eric Clapton's guitar work and the arena anthems of Bad Company

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

Field House

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Battleship New Jersey – Up to 51% Off Visit

Central Waterfront

$37 $18

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Visit a nearly 900 ft. long, 45,000-ton battleship that survived three wars

Up to 58% Off Kickboxing Classes

Victory Outreach Camden Church

$60 $29

Tae Bo–focused kickboxing classes borrow from boxing and martial arts to create a high-energy workout that builds strength and balance

49% Off Services

Collingswood

$35 $18

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

Up to 64% Off Dance Course at Universal Ballroom Dance Center

Collingswood

$95 $39

Certified professional dance trainers teach the steps and the joy of ballroom dances such as the tango, foxtrot, salsa, cha cha, and swing

79% Off Martial Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$140 $29

Burn calories and build confidence in hapkido and kickboxing self-defense classes taught by black belt instructors

Half Off Carriage Ride for Two

Glenolden

$300 $149

Pairs enjoy a scenic ride around town while comfortably seated in a historic, horse-drawn, 18th century surry

Up to 67% Off Jujitsu or Muay Thai Classes at Quintella MMA

Norwood

$150 $59

Black-belt instructors lead students in intensive Brazilian jujitsu or muay thai classes that boost strength and self-defense skills

Up to 75% Off Classes from Belly Dancing by Najia

Multiple Locations

$110 $35

After 4 or 8 weeks of body-toning belly-dancing classes, pupils connect with inner goddesses during a vegan potluck, a show, and a workshop

50% Off at Drexeline Billiards Club

Drexel Hill

$20 $10

Numerous pool tables are available for casual or competitive play

Up to 59% Off Bodycombat Fitness Classes

Havertown

$60 $29

Les Mills BODYCOMBAT classes lead students through an up-tempo, cardio-challenging series of boxing, muay thai, and tae kwon do movements

59% Off Boxing

Drexel Hill

$99 $41

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

Up to 50% Off Open-Bounce Sessions or Party

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bounce houses, boxing ring, and basketball amuse kids during open bounce; party includes pizza and cake

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The Franklin Institute brings hands-on science fun at Pennsylvania's most visited museum. Spanning three floors, the Institute gives a voice to human ingenuity—past and future—with hundreds of interactive exhibits such as The Giant Heart, Changing Earth, and Sports Challenge, as well as explosive live science shows, an indoor SkyBike ride, and the city's tallest IMAX theater,which is 5 stories high. Though now filled with a range of space-age attractions, the Institute began with single purpose.

The Background

Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating established The Franklin Institute in 1824, to honor the life and achievements of Benjamin Franklin. In the following decades, the Institute hosted forward thinkers such as Nikola Tesla, who gave a demonstration on wireless telegraphy in 1893. In 1930, the board decided to expand the space into a new science museum—and raised the funds in 12 days. The museum opened to the public in 1934—and in the same year hosted the first public demonstration of an all-electronic TV system.

The Highlights

A visit to The Franklin Institute’s includes access to three floors of permanent interactive exhibits including the iconic, two story tall Giant Heart. Other exhibits include Space Command, which invites visitors to recover an unmanned space probe and examine real astronaut equipment. At Changing Earth, visitors create their own weather patterns, play with steams of water, and build structures that can stand up to earthquakes or all-elephant 5Ks.

At various daily showtimes, the Franklin Theater’s high-contrast screen displays 3D films on animals, earth ecosystems, and human history. In the recently renovated Fels Planetarium, the second oldest in the nation complete with a rooftop observatory, audiences witness projections of weather and space spread across a 60-foot seamless aluminum dome. Daily live science shows draw an enthusiastic crowd, and interactive science carts invite visitors to observe a live heart dissection or try their hand at paper-making.

222 N 20th St
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One of Philadelphia's largest bike stores, Breakaway Bikes pampers pedalers of all experience levels with an array of accessories, bikes, and services complemented by a cycle-savvy staff. Wheel-less wanderers can find a compatible cruiser amid the selection of colorful and powerful bikes, which brings together road, hybrid, mountain, and urban models from top brands. Outfit your two-wheeler with an Xlab torpedo-mount hydration station ($44.99), or outfit yourself in gloves ($19.99–$29.99) to prevent blisters and shorts ($59.99–$224.99) to prevent derriére dilapidation. A plethora of bike parts, tools, and locks ($9.99–$89.99) keep rides fully functional and safe from jealous thieves on run-down unicycles.

1923 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
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Bartram's Garden was the first botanic garden devoted to American plant life, and, at more than 280 years old, it remains the country's oldest living botanic garden. It sits on the Schuylkill River and was founded by John Bartram in 1728. The garden is stuffed with a variety of indigenous plants. You'll see the oldest ginkgo tree in North America and the extremely rare Franklinia, named for Ben Franklin, oft-overlooked inventor of the odometer and the dairy cow. The National Historic Landmark Bartram house was built in 1731 and renovated throughout the 18th century. Bartram quarried the stone for the house himself.

54th St & Lindbergh Blvd
Philadelphia,
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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 Estée 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 Café; 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,
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Owner Nancy Nagle stocks a colorful rainbow of knitting supplies in her bright and eccentric gallery, which has become a go-to outlet for the local knitting community. To meet the demand, she constantly stuffs her shelves with new styles of material, ranging from traditional yarns to luxury fibers—banana, recycled silk, and Wookiee fur—to carry-along yarns with sequins, flags, and lash. Nagle’s passion for fiber arts has introduced her to a community of artists who dye and spin some of her more than 20 brands of yarn. She uses the shop as a gallery to display the work of these local artists—including Philadelphia native John Stango—as well as share her own bold collection of woven work such as hats, shawls, and sweaters.

City Paper's A.D. Amorosi describes the two-floor Nangellini as a "doubly colorful" space as "bright and open as a bay window in Sag Harbor." Amorosi admires the gallery's art collection, and between the vibrant space's "faux-tin ceiling" and "matronly rugs," Nancy leads open and privately scheduled classes on knitting, crochet, and lace work. Classes cover all the basic techniques required for newcomers to begin creating their own woven pieces, such as scarves and felt toupees.

832 South St
Philadelphia,
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Within City Fitness Philadelphia's sprawling, warehouse-style facilities, the energetic and passionate staff motivates patrons to burn fat and build muscles to reach their fitness goals in a supportive environment. Within the open gym's vibrant walls, guests torch calories on the Star Trac cardio machines while keeping cool with built-in personal fans and staving off boredom with personal LCD TVs. For group sweat sessions, up to 12 students synchronize their workouts in small group classes, during which motivating instructors lead their wards through such regimens as as ab-chiseling routines and high-energy cardio kickboxing. Patrons pair up with a certified personal trainer for the one-on-one iTrain program, powered by MBSC Thrive, which sends them on a fitness journey focused on nutrition, cardio fitness, core strength, and functional performance training to enhance day-to-day activities such as lifting heavy boxes and protecting your young from silver wolves. After a grueling workout, guests can chug no-sugar-added fruit smoothies packed with natural proteins at the juice bar or complement a beach-ready body with a beach-ready bronze with onsite tanning services.

200 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia,
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