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Historically cool perks heat up at Visit Philly’s summertime hotel deal

The popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package returns for the summer with seasonal perks, plus its ever-valuable and convenient free hotel parking. The package is bookable now at visitphilly.com/overnight for stays from June 16 through September 3, 2018.

The restored Franklin Square, one of William Penn’s original city squares, boasts playgrounds, a carousel, miniature golf and a snack bar. At night, its walkways and fountain make it perfect for a scenic stroll.

Available at 47 participating hotels, this summer’s Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package includes free onsite hotel parking, $10 towards a Lyft ride, two tickets for the PHLASH downtown loop, $25 for use at any of CHeU Noodle Bar’s restaurants, two tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution, a miniature golf round and carousel ride for two at Franklin Square and two tickets good for roller skating and a Ferris wheel ride at Penn’s Landing’s Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.

Visitors and locals use the Phlash to get to the city’s historic and cultural attractions easily and quickly. From May until Labor Day, the big purple bus transports people every day, every 15 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Then, it runs on weekends until December 28. The Phlash is $2 per ride or $5 for an all-day pass, and its more than 20 stops are conveniently located near popular places—Independence Visitor Center, Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Penn’s Landing, Reading Terminal Market, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia Zoo and Please Touch Museum.

“There is so much going on in Philadelphia during the summer months, and we want our visitors to be able to do as much of it as possible,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. “The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Summer Getaway encourages people to experience summer in Philadelphia to the fullest.”

In the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Museum of the American Revolution is the country’s first venue dedicated solely to the exploration of the war that transformed a set of colonies into an independent nation. Among historic art, artifacts and recreations, the museum’s standout holding is George Washington’s tent, preserved from the battlefields.

Here are the package details:

Package Perks:

The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, responsible for 16,000-plus room nights in 2017, is available for a one- or two-night stay at participating hotels. It is possible to book the package for more than two nights, but it’s up to each one of the 47 participating hotels to decide if it will extend the deal to a three-or-more-night stay. The summer deal includes the following for a combined value of $253:

  • Onsite hotel parking (an up to $100 value for two nights) at Center City hotels
  • $10 credit toward Lyft rides for new and existing riders
  • Two all-day passes on the PHLASH downtown loop (a $10 value)
  • Two tickets for the Museum of the American Revolution (a $50 value)
  • Two tickets for roller skating and a Ferris wheel ride at Summerfest (a $34 value)
  • Two tickets for mini golf and two tickets for the carousel at Franklin Square (a $24 value)
  • $25 gift card to CHeU Noodle Bar restaurants (Bing Bing Dim Sum, CHeU Fishtown and CHeU Noodle Bar)

More Reasons To Book The Package:

Not-to-be-missed events & exhibitions give visitors more reasons to stay overnight in Philly:

  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square – The popular Chinese Lantern Festival returns to the square for its third year, featuring 1,500 illuminated creations and 15,000 LED lights in brilliant colors. New this year: an endangered species gallery, a Fairy Tree, a walk-through Great White Shark Tunnel and an elephant lantern that changes hues as participants pedal a bicycle. As always, visitors can watch cultural performances, purchase food and drinks throughout the square and in the Dragon Beer Garden and shop for artisan-made crafts. Through June 30. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org
  • Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music – The National Museum of American Jewish History debuts its exhibition on the life of a 20th-century American musical icon. Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music illustrates the famed conductor and composer’s life, Jewish identity and social activism through more than 100 artifacts—including Bernstein’s piano—as well as film, interactive media and sound installations. The exhibition is part of a city- and country-wide celebration of Bernstein’s centennial. Through September 2. 101 Independence Mall East, (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest – Penn’s Landing’s seasonal hotspot draws a warm-weather crowd with an outdoor roller rink, miniature golf, a Ferris wheel and midway amusements, a lodge and great food and drinks. The view of the Ben Franklin Bridge is a Snapchatter’s dream. Through September 3. 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
  • Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema – This Barnes Foundation exhibition explores the relationship between impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir and master filmmaker Jean Renoir by juxtaposing the father’s paintings and drawings with the son’s films, costumes, photos and ceramics. Through September 3. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org
  • Parks on Tap – Philly’s roving beer garden is back for year three with more parks and a longer schedule. For 23 weeks, people can enjoy food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, plus games and entertainment, while supporting Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and each of the host parks. Through September 30. (215) 568-1616, parksontap.com
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park – Hammocks, colorful lights, patio games, food, beer and cocktails and an above-water, netted suspension lounge make Spruce Street Harbor Park one of Philadelphia’s most-loved warm-weather destinations. Those who really want to get on the water can rent kayaks, canoes and foot-pedal swan boats. Through September 30. Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
  • PHS Pop Up Gardens – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society transforms two lots into lovely alfresco hangouts. South Street’s rustic yet modern garden includes food and drink favorites from Royal Tavern, Khyber Pass Pub, Triangle Tavern and Cantina Los Cabillitos. The University City location takes on the look of an urban orchard and features a menu full of Mexican eats by Jose Pistola’s. Through October 2018. 15th & South Streets and 36th & Filbert Streets, (215) 988-8800, phsonline.org/popups
  • Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped A Nation – This exhibit, created by and on display at the National Constitution Center, explores Alexander Hamilton’s fraught relationships with James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Aaron Burr through rare documents and artifacts. Items on display include a Hamilton-penned letter from 1800 that questions John Adam’s ability to be president, Hamilton’s portable writing desk and regulations for the famed duel between Hamilton and Burr. Through December 31. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6600, constitutioncenter.org
  • Summer Sounds in the Historic District – This summer, visitors to Philadelphia’s Historic District can enjoy 50+ live musical performances as part of this series of long-popular concerts and new programming curated by VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. Jazz, DJ tunes, Latin grooves and even the sweet sounds of symphony fill the parks, patios and plazas at more than a dozen locations, from FringeArts to the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent. June 1-September 7. visitphilly.com/summersounds
  • Wawa Welcome America – The best place to celebrate America’s birthday? Its birthplace. With seven days and nights of parades, concerts and fireworks, the entire city gets in on the action, and Philadelphia’s Historic District is the main location for patriotic fun. Highlights include a fireworks display over the Delaware River (June 30), an all-day block party on Independence Hall and Philly POPS concert in front of Independence Hall (July 3) and a patriotic parade and ceremony (July 4). June 28-July 4. welcomeamerica.com

 

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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