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Beyond Philly: The Main Line

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As someone who has yet to have kids, I wondered if the Main Line had enough going on to justify recommending it as a weekend getaway. The answer turned out to be, unequivocally, yes.

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Here they are — ten kid-friendly things you can do in and around Independence Hall in the “City of Brotherly Love.”

I Heart My City: Kids Edition

It’s time for another special edition of I Heart My City! This time we’re serving up recommendations for the best educational experiences for kids (and kids at heart) in 15 cities around the world from the people who know them best: our ever-inspirational I Heart My City community. They also happen to be fun.

When longtime Philadelphia residents Larissa and Michael Milne turned 50, they left their careers behind to travel around the world for a year (with a miniature Rocky Balboa statue) and write about their adventure for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Now that their long trip is coming to an end, here are the things they can’t wait to get back to in the “City of Brotherly Love.”

Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer and earn their keep by exploring the world and capturing its essence for the rest of us to see? I know I do.

I was lucky enough to sit in on one of Traveler’s photo seminars earlier this month, led by award-winning photographer Jim Richardson and the magazine’s senior photo editor Dan Westergren. Though Jim and Dan believe in the importance of technique, they stressed that “the secret is in how you look at the world, not in how you turn the dials on the camera.”

Here are a few of Jim and Dan’s tips on how to get into the right frame of mind when you’re making pictures.

The first official day of summer is tomorrow (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick it off right: with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 quintessential summer must-dos from past I Heart contributors all around the globe.

A Garden Fit for Fall

By Lauren Weinhold Late-summer blooms and mild breezes greeted my mother and me as we walked the grounds of Longwood Gardens, the former estate of  Pierre S. du Pont.  Thirty miles west of Philadelphia, Longwood is tucked away from the surrounding metropolitan buzz. An easily accessible day trip destination from Baltimore, Washington, and Wilmington, there…

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Today’s blog is brought to you by the letters B and P. That would be B for Bucks County and P for Philadelphia, where I spent a kid-centric Memorial Day weekend. In less than 48 hours, we got multiple hugs from Elmo and friends, fell into the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland, rode two…

Take the Silk Road to Philly

Beginning this Friday, February 18, for a very limited time, there will be an exhibit of remarkable Silk Road treasures (including some extremely well preserved and somewhat controversial mummies) making an exclusive East Coast stop at the Penn Museum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Called Secrets of the Silk Road, the exhibit will…

Over 15,000 paintings and sketches depicting scenes of life during wartime have been sitting in a basement in Washington, D.C., collecting dust. “It’s what I call the most famous collection no one has ever heard of,” said Renee Klish, Army Art Curator at the U.S. Army Center of Military Art. A sampling of this impressive…

Cleopatra’s mystique has puzzled historians for centuries, as nearly all evidence of her rule was either destroyed by Roman conquerors or pushed by earthquakes into the Mediterranean Sea. “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” a new exhibition from National Geographic opening at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute this June, documents the efforts of National…

Sara Zeglin, associate producer for National Geographic Digital Media, conducted a cheesesteak taste-off on a recent visit to Philadelphia. After the recent snowstorms hammered the D.C. area, my husband and I decided to skip town for the weekend and go to Philadelphia. If you’re anything like me, when you hear “Philadelphia” you think “cheesesteak.”  I’d…

I grew up outside Philadelphia and attended college in the City of Brotherly Love, so watching the city’s annual Mummers Parade was as much a part of my family’s New Year’s Day festivities as pork and sauerkraut. That’s why I was dismayed to learn from Joel Rose on NPR’s Morning Edition that the parade may…

Backstage at The Nutcracker

Traveler photographer Bob Krist goes backstage to shoot the making of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Nothing puts you in the mood for the holidays like seeing The Nutcracker, and I was fortunate enough to get a behind-the-scenes look at the wonderful production of Balanchine’s Nutcracker, put on by the Pennsylvania Ballet at…

Exploring Armenian Art

Kara Marston, who works for National Geographic Digital Media, has shared highlights of her native Armenia with us at Intelligent Travel. Today she looks at the latest cultural offerings from the country.  At the age when most the kids in my neighborhood were reading Where the Wild Things Are and immersing themselves in the whimsical…

Inspired by the On Foot article in our current issue about Philadelphia’s funky Northern Liberties neighborhood, my fiancé and I set out to explore writer Caroline Tiger’s route this past weekend (yes, even when we work here we still use the magazine as a guide). I have to say, I haven’t had that much fun…

If you’re looking for something slightly macabre to do in Philadelphia, check out Eastern State Penitentiary at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue. ESP, a hulking, haunting, crumbling prison turned tourist destination, will open its recently discovered and restored 1924 synagogue, probably the first built in an American prison, to the public the weekend of April…

We’ve been loving your submissions for our I Heart My City project – and today’s city comes to us via Albert Lee, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There were few people who showed as much enthusiasm for their cities as Albert, and we’ll let him explain why in his own words: I’m a proud hometown boy. Was…

Friend of IT Jeff DiNunzio is your tour guide through American’s longest-operating outdoor market in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Some blocks in Philadelphia seem invisible. They’ve been forgotten for so long that they’re simply unseen. The Italian Market is not one of those places. The 9th Street Curb Market – it’s formal name – constantly shuffles with…

Random Tea

Despite what the vernal equinox might say about spring, I’m still freezing at my desk this afternoon. So when I read this post from The Poverty Jet Set about the new Random Tea Room in Philly, which offers a wide selection of teas from around the world (and, according to PJS, also has the best…

Indulge at Philly’s Beer Week

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Oh, Philadelphia, always trying to get us drunk.* But as the place that bills itself as the “best beer-drinking city in America” and keeps a beer reporter nicknamed “Joe Sixpack” on its newspaper staff (who penned the great line “The new Miller Lite: The Kenny G of beers”), it’s not hard to see why they’re…

Finding your way to the next bar on a bar-hopping venture through any city can get difficult after a few drinks. But the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation just made our tipsy lives a little easier. Introducing Philly’s BYOB interactive map, a Google map detailing 130 of the city’s more than 200 BYOBs (bring-your-own-bottle restaurants).…