Led by friendly and professional guides, Independence Helicopters' skyline tours let regional natives and newbies alike see the historical city from a fresh perspective. After you crawl into the cabin of your luxurious aircraft, you'll fly down the Delaware River and over the Battleship New Jersey before getting up close and personal with the Philadelphia skyline, with a brief stop to rescue Morpheus from the Agents. Tours take place in Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, each of which is fully equipped with air conditioning, heating, bubbled windows, and the world's biggest beanie cap. Treat two of your oldest buddies to a new view of the city's brotherly love, or avoid the awkward complications of booking two dates on the same night by inviting both of your love interests to a romantic meet-and-greet in the sky.
Super Trans's spacious shuttles depart from Philadelphia up to five times a day as they escort travelers to either Newark or JFK airports. Customers in Philadelphia and some nearby suburbs can arrange for door-to-door pickup, and others can choose their boarding locations from a list of pickup points, such as the Hampton Inn Newtown, the Philadelphia Airport, and the landing strip atop City Hall. The 2.5- to 3-hour ride departs at regular intervals throughout the day, giving travelers the stress-free freedom to arrive to the airport with enough time to check in, browse the gift shops, or get lost in the hypnotic swirl of the baggage claim upon return. Every shuttle makes an average of two to four stops. Customers can see the shuttle schedule here.
Black Diamond Transportation's impeccably professional chauffeurs ferry passengers safely to their destinations in luxury and comfort. Lustrous black sedans carry travelers to the airport, haul revelers safely from bar to bar during nights on the town, or carry newly made prom kings to their lavish coronations. For some larger groups, such as those heading to corporate events, weddings, and bachelor/bachelorette parties, the staff arranges special package prices with advance notice.
All American Limo's professional drivers transport patrons to and from Philadelphia International Airport aboard luxuriously accommodated vehicles: Lincoln Town Car, Chrysler 300, or Lincoln limousine. Whichever car they choose, customers can rest and play Jenga on leather seats surrounded by sleek, wood trim. Behind tinted windows, the eight-passenger limo's mini bar and vibrant lighting create a chic preflight and postflight atmosphere.
At Champion Elite Detailing, certified and licensed staff members purge automobiles during interior and exterior detailing services. They're well versed in handling luxury vehicles, and go about their jobs with tools including paint sealant, horsehair brushes, and instruments that help eliminate unwanted window tinting, odor, and pet hair.
The second annual Philly F/M Festival culls hordes of independent films and live music, emphasizing the interplay of the two media. Thursday night hosts the event's kick-off party as Philadelphia Slick douses the crowd with waves of toe-tapping beats and games of Simon Says. The neighborhood's lights dim on Friday as the film screenings begin at 7 p.m. with Sound It Out, a phonetically precise documentary that chronicles the last vinyl record shop in Teesside, England. Meet Me on South Street, The Story of JC Dobbs (September 24 at 6:30 p.m.) delves into Philadelphia's artistic subculture and underground crocheting scene from the 1970s to 1996 through the lens of one of its signature and now defunct musical establishments.