5 Reasons for visiting PhiladelphiaThis summerPhotograph by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA ® Philadelphia claims to be America’s best beer-drinking city, citing its rich history of mid-19 th century brew-imbibing. This year dozens of new breweries are opening and visitors and locals alike love to tip a few back into one of the many beer gardens. Favorites include Morgan s Pier and Frankford Hall at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Mobile beer gardens also popped up. Each week beginning on May 17, Parks on Tap goes to a different city park. And Visit Philadelphia is hosting the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series with beer gardens at six different locations for 12 weeks, from June 6 to August 29. Several businesses offer brewery tours including Philly Brew Tours, offering daily tours throughout the metro area.

The first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence and George Washington’s tent where he really slept during the war are just a few items that visitors can see at the Museum of American Revolution. This new museum opens April 19 the 242 nd anniversary of the shot that began the Revolutionary War heard around the world. The museum collection dates back over 100 years when a Valley Forge minister raised money to buy George Washington’s fortunately preserved tent from family members. Recreated historical scenes and immersive gallery scenes will tell the tale of our country’s beginning. Photo by Carol DeGuiseppi The Summer Spectacle at Longwood Gardens

Once again proving it’s good to be rich Pierre S. Du Pont purchased property 30 miles outside of Philadelphia and built a 1077 acre home and 4.5 acre conservatory. That site is now Longwood Gardens which attracts visitors from around the globe to its vast array of gardens including the Italian Water Garden Meadow Garden and Flower Garden Walk. The indoor gardens are also beautiful, and the children’s garden features 17 fountains. A quiet man, Dupont, appreciated showmanship and would surely enjoy the experimental and innovative new show that is an impressionist picture that comes to life and a giant Easter egg made from water like Colvin Randall the P.S. DuPont Fellow said in the Gardens.

Free Concerts and Festivals

While in Philadelphia there is much American history to explore, other cultures are also celebrated. Head of the 2017 Peco Multicultural Festival Series celebrating cultures around the world with eight festivals from June 4 to September 17 at the Delaware River Waterfront. These include Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta 8-9 July ACANA African Festival 6 August and 17 September Brazilian Day Philadelphia. Penn s Landing hosts a series of summer concerts featuring a variety of musical styles. Most of the concerts are family friendly and free. Every Wednesday nights in June and July, a short train ride from downtown Philadelphia to the quaint Chestnut Hill neighborhood hosts the Pastorius Park Concert Series. Head to Chestnut Hill early to shop and stroll along Main Street with more than 125 independent boutiques and restaurants, and hiss a brew at the historic district’s pop-up beer garden.

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