Sightseeing in Springfield

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

O'Shea's Pub

$90 $45

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

Up to 46% Off Guided Tour of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Germantown

$14 $8

Guides lead groups through 17-room restored Victorian mansion

Up to 45% Off to Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

Fairmount Park

$29 $16

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Traditional-style Japanese house and garden features koi pond and structures, showcasing the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia

51% Off Ghost or Historical Walking Tour

The Constitutional Walking Tour

Multiple Locations

$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

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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

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Grim Philly

Center City East

$29.99 $19

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Learned historians guide three-hour tour past sites of gangster and serial murders while divulging chilling facts and stories

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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

Insectarium – Up to 47% Off Visit or Birthday

Insectarium

Holmesburg

$18 $11

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

Up to 46% Off Admission to National Liberty Museum

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

Half Off Historical Pedicycle Tour

Big Red Pedal Tours

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 Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

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 45% Off at Philadelphia History Museum

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

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Stray Boots

Online Deal

$24 $8

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Clues, trivia, and riddles lead explorers through vibrant neighborhoods via the Stray Boots iPhone or Android app

Up to 52% Off Architecture Walking Tour

Philadelphia Center for Architecture

Center City East

$30 $15

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

African American Museum in Philadelphia – Half Off

African American Museum in Philadelphia

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

Savor Regional Chinese Cuisine in a Chinatown Walking Tour

Jamie Shanker

Philadelphia

$45 $45

Try an eclectic variety of foods from various regions of China during a walking tour led by food writer Jamie Shanker

Uncover an Abandoned Gold Mine Hidden Under the City

Historical Walking Tour

Parkland

$20 $20

Urban explorer John Vidumsky leads you to a forgotten gold mine inside Philadelphia's city limits and reveals its wild history

Battleship New Jersey – Up to 51% Off Visit

Battleship New Jersey

Central Waterfront

$37 $18

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

Up to Half Off Admission to the Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Art Museum

Wilmington

$24 $12

Museum houses over 12,000 pieces of Pre-Raphaelite art, American art, and illustration, along with rotating special exhibitions

Up to 46% Off at Abington Art Center

Abington Art Center

Jenkintown

$50 $30

Individuals, duos, or families enjoy discounts on art-center classes, workshops, and shop items, as well as advance notice of special events

Glencairn Museum – Up to 50% Off Tour

Glencairn Museum

Bryn Athyn

$20 $11

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Medieval-style castle houses religious art dating from ancient Egypt to the 20th century

50% Off Wine Tasting for Two or Four

Wagonhouse Winery

South Harrison

$34 $17

Sample all 12 Wagonhouse wines during a tasting that includes souvenir glasses, Cherry Grove Farm cheeses, and truffles from Sweet Mary's

Up to 60% Off at Roebling Museum

Roebling Museum

Roebling

$30 $12

Marvel at preserved industrial artifacts such as photographs, wire ropes, and machine parts, as well as everyday life in the company town

Up to 54% Off Wine Tasting and Tour

Bellview Winery

Buena

$24 $12

This winery grows 42 acres of grapes and draws off a century of Italian family tradition, including a family-recipe dandelion wine

Up to 42% Off Historical Train Tours

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

New Hope

$37.90 $22

Tours offer narration about Bucks County and the New Hope Line

New Jersey State Museum and Planetarium – Up to 58% Off

New Jersey State Museum & Planetarium

Downtown

$14 $7

Planetarium's dome with 6,000 stars shows presentations about space and astronauts; museum houses collections on state history and art

Up to 55% Off from Mill Hill Garden Tour

Mill Hill Garden Tour

Trenton

$20 $10

Homes in a historic neighborhood open their garden gates for a walking tour that focuses on sustainability and urban farming

47% Off a Concert at Hershey Vineyard

The Vineyard at Hershey

Londonderry

$15 $8

A popular summer series featuring jazz, soul, and tribute bands, performed amid the rolling hills of this Hershey-area winery

Up to 53% Off Watershed Butterfly Festival

Stony Brook - Millstone Watershed Association

Hopewell

$20 $10

Kids learn about butterflies and other insects at interactive festival that also includes nature walks, live music, and local artists

Up to 61% Off Wine Tour/Meadery Experience

The Colony Meadery

Southside

$70 $29

Each tour-goer receives one wineglass with The Colony Meadery logo as well as a tour of the brewhouse and tastings of each flagship mead

Up to 50% Off Transportation-Museum Admission

America On Wheels

1st Ward

$16 $8

Sprawling transportation museum hosts exhibits of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles

Museum of Indian Culture — Up to 55% Off Admission 

Museum of Indian Culture

Allentown

$10 $5

Museum explores the life of the Lenape tribe through historic artifacts, cultural lessons, and hands-on activities

51% Off Colors Exhibit at Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites

Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites

Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center

$40 $21

Visitors get to visit several Bethlehem sites as a part of the Colors exhibition, viewing artifacts that are known for their vivid colors

Up to 54% Off Tours at Kreider Farms

Kreider Farms

Kreider Farms

$38 $19

90-minute tour provides a close look at the farm's massive loafing barn and high-tech carousel used for milking cows

Up to 55% Off Wine and Cheese at Four Sisters Winery

Four Sisters Winery

Belvidere

$164 $79

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Following an informative wine-cellar tour, guests sample several of the winery's 25+ wine varieties paired with specially chosen cheeses

Up to 56% Off Winery Tour, Tasting, and Restaurant Fare

Renault Winery Resort & Golf

Galloway

$48 $24

Explore the vineyards & barrel rooms before tasting five estate wines; dine on Italian food, steaks, seafood & more at Joseph’s Restaurant

50% Off Living-History Experience

Tuckerton Seaport

Tuckerton

$16 $8

Attraction with people, exhibits, and activities that bring the area's maritime heritage to life; 40 acres with a boardwalk and nature trail

Up to 52% Off Cabin or Camp-Site Rental

Turtle Run Campground

Egg Harbor City

$160 $79

Campgrounds in New Jersey Pine Barrens offer rustic getaway that's still close to nearby attractions and modern conveniences

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The winner of seven consecutive Best Custom Framing awards from CityVoter users, Masterpieces Fine Art & Custom Framing stocks more than 2,300 frames, including work by industry mainstay Larson-Juhl. Its skilled framers meld function and aesthetic form to secure works of art in everything from American hardwood to 22-karat-gold-leafing frames to metal handcuffs. Aside from framing, the staff also restores faded or creased photos to their original vivid states and brings photos to life by converting them into imitation oil paintings or watercolors that look like they were born from hours of meticulous brushstrokes.

3547 W Chester Pike
Newtown Square,
PA
US

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
US

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 N 20th St.
Philadelphia,
PA
US

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,
PA
US

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,
PA
US

It's more than a collection of exhibits, galleries, and glass works—though it's all of those things, too. Above and beyond housing art, the National Liberty Museum aims to serve as a mirror to the unique kaleidoscope that is the United States. Visitors to the museum explore eight galleries, each organized to highlight a particular aspect of what it means to be American. Liberty Hall, for instance, houses a selection of White House fine china alongside medals awarded to members of the armed services, while Heroes Hall showcases glass sculptor Dale Chihuly's massive Flame of Liberty installation in celebration of brave individuals.

Regardless of how visitors tackle the museum—although they should never tackle it literally, due to the high volume of glass—they'll likely find themselves intrigued by the thought-provoking collection. When Irvin J. Borowsky founded the museum in 1995, he did so with just this intent, seeking to inspire others to pursue more peaceful lives. But Borowsky may never have envisioned the scale it would one day reach: 78 exhibits, 179 works of contemporary art, and thousands of stories vividly told.

321 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US