You might think of Philadelphia as all about history, and it is: as America's birthplace, it does indeed boast more historic structures and institutions than any other city. But it is also about the present: a vibrant, growing city full of exciting new ideas, places to see, and things to do. You can skateboard or play ultimate Frisbee on world-class facilities or you can explore the charisma and creativity of Benjamin Franklin; you can wander down historic Boathouse Row and watch the quiet beauty of a rowing shell as it slices through the waters of the Schuylkill, or enjoy a cutting-edge art exhibit at the world-famous Institute of Contemporary Art. Whatever you choose to do, you can't avoid the charm and culture of one of the most historically-significant cities in the world.
- Over a hundred years ago, Philadelphia was viewed as the greatest brewing city in the Western hemisphere. From home-brewed meads to frothy lagers, robust stouts to fruity ales, this city's reputation for producing able-bodied, refreshing beer goes back centuries.
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- Parks, Gardens and Squares
- In keeping with Will Penn's intent to create a "greene Country Towne" – in fact, a utopia in the New World – Philadelphia has indeed met this promise in its parks and gardens.
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- Streets and Avenues
- Like their distinctive neighborhoods, Philadelphia's streets and avenues reflect the city's eclectic offerings. Stroll down Elferth's Alley for a history lesson then bike Boathouse Row to enjoy the scenery and possibly catch a rowing regatta.
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