Hotspots in Philadelphia, PA

Dickens Christmas Village at Macy's Center City

After taking in the sights and sounds of Macy's Holiday Light Show, make your way upstairs for Macy's Dickens Christmas Village, a Philadelphia holiday family tradition for over 20-years. From Black Friday through New Year's Eve, 6,000 square-feet of Macy's third floor are transformed to tell the tale of Charles Dickens' 1843 story, "A Christmas Carol." You'll be transported back to a 19th-century London as you pass over 100 life-size, animated figures, pulled straight from the classic holiday story. Narrow, cobblestone alleys add charm to the free exhibit, which includes animatronic appearances from Ebeneezer Scrooge, the Cratchit family and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

Brandywine Manor House

Set in beautiful Chester County, just west of Philadelphia, Brandywine Manor House is one of the best outdoor locations around and the owner, Nancy, makes the planning process a breeze. You can choose from several ceremony sites, including a garden terrace, pergola, footbridge or lakeside. The tent is a permanent structure so you don't have to worry about weather ruining your big day -- it will keep you protected from the elements and still allow you to enjoy your day worry-free. Nancy just takes this venue over-the-top -- she is helpful throughout the planning process and is a resource for brides who need ideas or who are trying to work within a budget. 


Please Touch Museum

Please Touch is a Philadelphia landmark and has become even better since they moved to their new location in Fairmount Park. An interactive experience for children of all ages, Please Touch allows your kids to work in the construction zone, check out groceries at the market, play doctor in the hospital and explore Alice’s Wonderland. The Alice in Wonderland exhibit allows for you and your child to get lost in the maze and have a tea party with the Mad Hatter.  Plan to ride the restored Carousel and get lunch in the cafeteria. The food is absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced. 


The Conwell Inn

Nestled in North Philadelphia amongst Temple University's buildings you will find The Conwell Inn. Enjoy the free wireless internet, complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, and copy of the Philadelphia Inquirer with each stay. If you want to bring along your furry friend rest assured they are welcome at The Conwell Inn. If you are driving it can be hard to find, going north on Broad Street pass the Berks Mall and turn right into the driveway, if you reach Norris Street you have gone too far. 


Nestled in the heart of Philadelphia's main line, the lush gardens and brick walkways of Villanova's Appleford Estate are an ideal place to get married. This arboretum and bird sanctuary has beautiful formal gardens along with a stream and a pond that serve as an amazing backdrop for your pictures and will leave your guests wishing they had chosen Appleford as their own venue! The slate patio is covered by a permanent tent to allow protection from the elements if the weather is less than ideal, but also allows for the sides to be open so you and your guests can enjoy being outside in perfect weather. The staff is extremely helpful -- there are rooms for both the bride and groom to get ready and most importantly the house has air conditioning for those summer weddings!

Nail Bar

Would you like some wine with that? At Nail Bar you get a glass of wine or champagne with every manicure or pedicure. Along with your drink you will get your nails done at a bar with other customers adding to the fun. Located about a half block from Rittenhouse Square it is a great place to go to when you are in the city shopping. Some other perks include a wide selection of Essie and OPI and a loyalty club that rewards you for your continued patronage. 

Old City Tans

Whether you are looking for a traditional tan or a spray tan that will last about 10 days this salon voted the best tanning in Philly is a good place to start. In addition to tanning services they also offer teeth whitening services to really get you looking your best! If you like the services you can buy weekly or monthly passes where you would pay a one time fee and tan as many times as you would like during the specified time period. If you are new to tanning or teeth whitening the staff will be able to help guide you in the right direction, like how much time to spend under the lamps the first few times. 

Water Works Restaurant

Designed in the early 1800s as a municipal water delivery system, Water Works was, and still is, an architectural masterpiece. Sitting along the Schuylkill River in Fairmont Park, right off Kelly Drive, you get great views of the Art Museum during the day and boathouse row at night. The food is out of this world and if that wasn't enough, you have several options to make your wedding unique. You can get married under the pavillion or opt for the billowy feel of the tent. Whatever you decide, you won't be disappointed and your guests will be blown away.

Please Touch Museum

With 38,000 square feet of museum space geared toward children aged seven and under, Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum sparks creativity and imagination through interactive exhibits.  Kids develop new skill sets as they run, play and explore their way through the museum's six exhibit zones, from the  Alice in Wonderland-themed maze of the Wonderland exhibit to the flying machines and hamster wheel of the Flight Fantasy exhibit.  Admission to the Please Touch Museum costs $15 for adults and children age one and over; children under one-year-old are admitted for free.  For an additional cost, your child can take a spin on the museum's Dentzel Carousel, a fully-refurbished carousel dating back to 19

Winnie's LeBus Manayunk

Within the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia's Manayunk neighborhood, you'll find Winnie's LeBus, a casual restaurant popular among young families and the twenty-something set. American comfort food with a modern twist takes the stage here, with an emphasis on home-cooking. In fact, each table receives a basket of the restaurant's popular signature LeBus bread, served with a side of mixed berry jam. Along with staples like hamburgers and turkey clubs, Winnie's LeBus offers a selection vegetarian-friendly dishes like meatless chili, a veggie burger, and a hearty-yet-healthy brown nut salad, served with hummus, pita bread and feta cheese. If the weather's nice, ask for a table outside so you can take in the atmosphere of Manayunk's charming Main Street.