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It’s often referred to as the City of Firsts, as Philadelphia is home to the first public library, the first public bank and the first public grammar school, among others. If you’ve never been to Philadelphia before or if you’re returning for another visit, the city has plenty of firsts to offer. All you have to do is start with Hyatt and the rest will be revealed.

Events in Philadelphia

Mummers Parade

January

Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA

+1 215 336 3050

There have been reports of people dressing up in outrageous costumes and parading around Philadelphia since before the American Revolution. But this parade makes the activity official.

Philly Craft Beer Festival

March

5100 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA

Gallons of delicious, cold beer flow freely at this brew-lovin' festival, but seminars are also available for hop hounds who want to know more about their frosty golden mistress.

Penn Relays

April

Franklin Field, South and 33rd Streets

Philadelphia, PA

+1 215 686 0053

With more than 300 events over the course of five days, athletes come from around the world to compete in the oldest track and field event in the United States. 

Philadelphia Film Festival

April

1412 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA

+1 267 765 9700

Filmmakers from around the world show their work at this festival, everything from documentaries to animation.

First Person Experience of Memoir and Documentary Art

June

230 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA

+1 267 402 2057

Dedicated to the first-person art form, this festival features memoir and documentary projects that allow artists to share real-life experiences with others.

World’s Largest Garden Party

June

Various Locations

Philadelphia, PA

+1 215 247 5777

Talk about flower power. Each year in order to ring in the blooming season, 30 gardens in the Philadelphia area offer a series of workshops, flower sales and guided tours.

Philly Beer Week

June

Various locations

Philadelphia, PA

+1 215 985 2106

When you consider parts of the Declaration of Independence were probably negotiated over beer drank in Philadelphia taverns, this barley-and-hops-beverage-focused festival is an easy choice.

Let Freedom Ring

July

Liberty Bell Center, Independence Mall

Philadelphia, PA

+1 215 965 2305

In the city that gave birth to freedom, there's no better place to let freedom ring on the Fourth of July. The bell ringing starts in Philadelphia and then spreads across the nation.

Philadelphia Folk Festival

August

1323 Salford Station Road

Schwenksville, PA

+1 610 287 7818

Explore your inner hippie at the longest running folk festival in the United States. In addition to the fine music, the festival provides candle making, juggling classes, and other folksy activities.

Fringe Festival

September

Philadelphia, PA

+1 215 413 1318

There's no filter for the performances at this festival, as new and emerging artists go for broke with the chance to show their work to the public.

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

October

22nd Street and Fairmont Avenue

Philadelphia, PA

+1 215 236 3300

If the walls of this prison could talk, all you'd hear were blood-curdling screams. Then again, it's probably just the actors who make this haunted house one of the most terrifying you've ever visited.

A Longwood Gardens Christmas

December

1001 Longwood Road

Kennett Square, PA

+1 610 388 1000

One of the most beautifully manicured landscapes you've ever seen shines with Christmas lights during the holiday season.

Essentials

The fifth largest city in the nation, Philadelphia boasts a population of about 1.5 million, covering nearly 143 square miles. Still, with Fairmont Park—composed of 63 neighborhood parks and covering 9,200 acres—the city has a distinctly intimate feel.

Philadelphia’s history can’t be understated, as you’ll be confronted by it at every turn. From Independence Hall to City Hall, the city certainly has an old soul. In recent years, Philadelphia has become a culinary mecca as well as a center for arts, events and music. Venture into the neighborhoods and you’ll be introduced to microcosms of the city’s history, as well as the vibrant personality of each neighborhood. Rittenhouse Square is the urban sophisticates’ hang out. Old City is where the historical sites are. Queen’s Village is a nice spot for shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Fortunately, Philadelphia has a great public transportation system, so getting where you need to go is doable.

With an old-world charm that’s all American, Philadelphia is full of fun-loving people and good times to be had. After all, in a city that celebrates freedom, people like to have plenty of options for things to do. Regardless of what you’d like to do, Hyatt Hotels in Philadelphia are there to help you explore.

Resources

Philadelphia Magazine
A sophisticated guide to what’s happening, in and around Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Weekly
It’s an alternative news source because it gives you a different take on the local Philadelphia news.

Philadelphia City Paper
A little edgy, this publication definitely knows Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
The local paper has the information you want and the information you need.

Weather
Rain, sleet, snow or sun: Boston weather is certain to change. Make sure you’re prepared.

Getting Around Philadelphia

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Located about seven miles from downtown, Philadelphia International Airport has been recently renovated, which makes arriving and departing a little easier.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority
The sixth largest transit system in the United States, SEPTA can get you where you need to go.

Taxis
A taxi costs $2.30 when the flag is dropped, then $2.10 for each additional mile. There’s also a $1.50 airport fee. A trip from the airport to the Central Philadelphia area is $25.

Rental Cars
If you’re planning on heading outside the downtown area, a rental car is a convenient option.

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