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22 small towns near Philly you need to visit in 2020

There's so much to see and do in Philly, but we get it: Sometimes you just need to get away. So good thing there are plenty of charming small towns scattered within two hours of this city that make for easy day trips or overnight stays.

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11 quiet Philly spots when you just need to be alone

Winter is the perfect time to take in some quiet, contemplative nature. Walk around, read a book, and most of all, be alone in these thoughtful, gorgeous locations.

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The best holiday lights around Philly, mapped

From spectacular holiday light shows to entire Philly blocks adorned in twinkling bulbs, prepare to be dazzled by these holiday lights.

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The 18 best design and furniture stores in Philly

Everyone loves having that one glorious piece of furniture to show off in their home—especially when it's one of a kind. So behold: 18 awesome furniture stores in Philadelphia that can help you find your dream couch, coffee table, bar cart, etc.

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Philly’s 11 most iconic modern buildings

With the help of Docomomo PHL, here's a starting list of the most iconic modern buildings in the city, from the PSFS building to the Moore College of Art & Design.

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17 hidden gems of Fairmount Park

From old stone tunnels to trails off the beaten path, here are some of the must-visit secrets of Fairmount Park.

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10 landmark LGBTQ sites to visit in Philly

These are 10 spots in Philly where you can soak up some LGBTQ history

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25 secret gardens, parks, and green spaces in Philly

Welcome to Curbed's map of secret gardens, parks, and green spaces throughout Philly. For the purposes of our map, the word "secret" applies to everything from tiny neighborhood gardens to some larger parks that are under-appreciated.

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The Art Deco masterpieces of Philadelphia, mapped

Philly isn’t often recognized for its Art Deco architecture. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some stunning examples of the ornamental style.

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Philly’s oldest historic buildings, mapped

Some neighborhoods are unrecognizable from five years ago, but Philly has managed to hold onto some of its oldest, most significant structures that date all the way back to the 17th century.

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11 Philly area hikes with scenic endings

From hikes lined with waterfalls to summits with epic views, these 12 hikes all offer a little something extra to keep your attention.

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Philly’s most iconic buildings, mapped

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Independence Hall, these buildings are the heart and soul of this city.

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The 16 most haunted locations in Philly

Philadelphia is steeped in history, so it may not come as a surprise that it's apparently rich in paranormal activity, too. Here, we present 16 homes, buildings, and locations that have some of the spookiest stories to tell.

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Mapping Philly's historic and notable graveyards

Philadelphia is filled with certified historic cemeteries dating back to the late 1600s, and we've rounded up 16 of them right here. Some of them are neglected and downright spooky, while others have been beautifully maintained throughout history.

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The Frank Furness work you’ll never see in Center City

From the beautiful Broad Street Station to the original Rodef Shalom Synagogue.

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The best pumpkin-picking patches near Philly

Sure, you could just grab a gourd on your way out of the grocery store, but where's the fun—and hard work—in that? We've put together some of the best pumpkin-pickin' spots within a two hour's drive of Philly.

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11 fantastic buildings by Frank Furness in Philly

Much of the architect’s work met the wrecking ball in the 20th century. But a great deal of Frank Furness’s buildings remain standing in Philly. Here are 10 works that best show off that iconic Furness flair.

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The 11 most Instagrammable places in Philly

The city is more Instagram-worthy than you think

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26 best things to do in Philly

Now is the perfect time to take in Philly’s gardens, museums, cemeteries, and outdoor art.

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The best places to see fall foliage in Philly

Who says you need to escape the city for fall leaf-peeping? Here are 12 of the best places to see fall colors without ever leaving city limits.

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Free things to do in Philly over Labor Day weekend

From boat rides on the Schuylkill to free admission to museums, there’s plenty to do and see if you’re sticking around Philly for the long weekend.

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Philly’s best parks to BBQ and picnic

Not all city folks are so lucky to have a patio or backyard to host an epic cookout. That's where this handy map can help.

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13 non-touristy places in Philly to take your out-of-town relatives

They're much less touristy than your typical spots, but still offer that typical Philly experience.

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11 ways to get out on the water in Philly this summer

We've rounded up the top spots where you can get out on the water within city limits (legally, mind you), whether you're looking for a quiet canoe trip or just to dip your toes in the water.

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Hidden gems of Independence National Historical Park

But there is a lot more to the national park than Independence Hall or the Liberty. In fact, there are 55 acres of Independence National Historical Park to explore, if you just know where to look.

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10 Philly landmarks designed by Paul Philippe Cret

From Rittenhouse Square to the Rodin Museum, many Philly landmarks are tied to the French architect

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Here’s where to watch and play bocce this summer

It may not have originated here, but bocce ball is an extremely popular Philly activity.

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Where to camp near Philly

All sites are within a one-hour drive

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Beat the heat at 13 free air-conditioned sites in Philly

Instead of staying cooped up at home without anything to do, why not explore Philly's ice-cold museums and buildings instead—for free? These free sites let you—and equally sweaty tourists—enjoy the city in cooler conditions.

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Philly's Most Beautiful Alleys

From the tree-lined, cobblestone Quince Street to the English Village on St. James Place, there are plenty of lovely alleys hidden throughout Philadelphia.

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The best places to watch July Fourth fireworks in Philly

This is the ultimate map of 4th of July Fireworks in Philly. City-dwellers have two main choices: the Parkway on the 4th, or the Delaware Waterfront on June 29, July 1 and July 4. But there are plenty of places to catch the light shows all throughout the city.

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Where to watch outdoor movies this summer in Philly

Why blow your money on popcorn and tickets when you can catch a free film and the great outdoors? You can find a park or outdoor venue showing a movie nearly every day of the week in Philly—and nearly all of them are free.

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Here's a map of places you should go splash in this summer

There are more splash pads to cool down in Philly than just pools, and Curbed Philly's put together a list of the best of them for you. So grab a towel, the kids, and head on out. It's only gonna get hotter.

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Mapping the building boom along the Delaware River

Big changes are coming to the Delaware River Waterfront. Everything from an 11-acre park at Penn’s Landing to a massive residential village in Pennsport.

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The 12 best Mid-Atlantic beach towns to visit this summer

And how great is it that Philly is located smack dab in the middle of the Jersey shore and Delaware beaches? We've picked 12 of the best beach towns to check out this month, from the picture-perfect Cape May to Delaware's lovely Bethany Beach.

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13 cool and refreshing swimming lakes and rivers near Philly

Here are 13 cool and refreshing lakes and rivers within two hours of Center City where you can (legally!) take a dip.

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The most beautiful, historic places to get married in Philly

Whether you want to go the more traditional route or go off the beaten path, these 20 venues in Philly are all beautiful and historic places to get hitched.

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9 nature-heavy bike routes in Philly

The trails with the most green spaces

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The top local plant shops and garden centers in Philly

Sure, you could always just hit up the nearest big box retailer for another succulent, but where's the fun in that? Here's a select list of local plant shops, garden centers, and nurseries in Philly.