Things To Do In Philadelphia

Firearms-Safety Course, One-Year Range Membership, or Both at Philadelphia Training Academy (Up to 51% Off)

Philadelphia Training Academy

Philadelphia

Course led by NRA-certified instructor pupils to safely handle and shoot a firearm; membership includes discounts and free range time

$89 $49

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Museum Outing for Two or Four to National Constitution Center (Up to 57% Off)

National Constitution Center

Center City East

100+ permanent & temporary exhibits captivate visitors with interactive presentations & displays about our nation’s history & founders

$29 $15

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"Closer" or "Rashomon" at Luna Theater Company (Up to 44% Off)

Luna Theater Company

Luna Theater Company

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Theater company presents plays addressing topics including love and betrayal

$25 $15

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Admission for Two or Four to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (50% Off)

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fairmount - Art Museum

Get access to the museum’s many works, including the upcoming Paul Strand exhibition, the first retrospective of his work in over 40 years

$40 $20

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$17 for a Ticket to the MatzoBall Singles Mixer on Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. ($30 Value). Two Locations Available.

MatzoBall

Multiple Locations

Singles have partied together for the past 30 years

$30 $17

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5 or 10 Indoor Rowing and Fitness Classes at RowZone Indoor Rowing Studios (Up to 57% Off). Three Locations.

RowZone Indoor Rowing Studios

Multiple Locations

Indoor rowing and fitness classes offer a whole body toning workout that combines running, squatting, and lifting, but without the impact

$90 $39

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Bask in an Intimate Evening of Jazz and BYOB Drinks

Intimate BYOB Jazz Concert

Philadelphia

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

$25

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Full-Time or Weekday 2015 Membership to North Shore Beach Club (Up to 55% Off)

North Shore Beach Club

Philadelphia

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

$700 $315

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Historical Hop-On Hop-Off Tour for One, Two, or Four from Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours (Up to 37% Off)

Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours

Center City East

Continuously running double-decker buses allow tourists to hop on and off at sites such as the Franklin Institute and Penn’s Landing

$30 $19

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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Tango Buenos Aires: "Song of Eva Perón" on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Tango Buenos Aires

Temple Performing Arts Center - Lew Klein Hall

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Internationally renowned tango group tells the story of Argentinian actress, First Lady, philanthropist, and saint, Eva Perón

$39 $19

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Segway Tour for Two or Four from Philly By Segway (Up to 48% Off)

Philly By Segway

Philadelphia

Tours travel 10 miles, from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River, taking in the iconic sights that define The City of Brotherly Love

$100 $58

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Exotic-Car Ride-Along or Driving Experience from Imagine Lifestyles (Up to 67% Off). Four Options Available.

Imagine Lifestyles

Wells Fargo Center

Ride shotgun while a professional takes the wheel, or drive yourself during multiple high-speed laps in an exotic car

$249.99 $99

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

Tcore Fitness

Philadelphia

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

$250 $75

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Insectarium Visit for Two or Four or Birthday Party for Up to 10 (Up to 42% Off)

Insectarium

Holmesburg

Encounter some of nature’s smallest creatures at an insect museum full of mounted and live specimens; birthday parties include a guided tour

$18 $12

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5 or 10 Self-Defense Fitness Classes at Daddis Fight Camps (Up to 60% Off)

Daddis Fight Camps

Multiple Locations

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

$119 $49

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One Hookah for Up to Three People or Two Hookahs for Up to Six People at Infusion Lounge (50% Off)

Infusion Lounge

Philadelphia

Enjoy aromatic puffs of smoke from a hookah filled with Starbuzz Exotic flavors such as apple martini or Al Fakher flavors such as grenadine

$25 $12.50

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60-Minute Private Yoga Session or 90-Minute Private Emotional Yoga Session at Emotional Yoga (50% Off)

Emotional Yoga

Philadelphia

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

$120 $60

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5 or 10 Women's Boot-Camp Classes at Daddis Women's Fitness Bootcamp (60% Off)

Daddis Women's Fitness Bootcamp

Philadelphia

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

$50 $20

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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,
PA
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Opened on Independence Day, 2003, the National Constitution Center is more than a museum: it's an educational headquarters, a historical archive, and a town hall that functions on a national scale. Besides housing exhibits and historic artifacts, the museum is home to a national forum?it's hosted Democratic primary debates, town hall meetings on the campaign trail, and pivotal presidential speeches.

  • Size: large enough for patrons to meet each of the 42 original delegates, discover the Constitution's seven articles, learn about the 27 amendments, and read the kid's menu printed on the back of the historical document
  • Eye Catcher: the interactive theatrical productions Freedom Rising illuminates the story of the Constitution, as well as tracks the history of the nation from the Revolution to the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. A former First Lady even proclaimed, "I wanted to weep at the end of it."
  • Permanent Mainstay: along with Freedom Rising, the museum is home to two permanent exhibits?The Story of We the People, which has featured such artifacts as a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's robes, the Signers' Hall, populated by 42 bronze statues of the Founding Fathers, and Constituting Liberty, an exhibition that features rare copies of America?s three founding documents, including an original Bill of Rights.
  • Don't Miss: the rotating special exhibits, which have included examinations into the history of spycraft, sober examinations of the role slavery played in the American story, and an in-depth profile of Abraham Lincoln
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia,
PA
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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
US

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,
PA
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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
US