Philadelphia Local Customs

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  • 1. Mummers

    As part of the Society of Friends (aka "Quakers"), William Penn founded this city to be a beacon of tolerance, dignity, and thoughtfulness. Ben Franklin was enraptured by such a community, and tried...

  • 2. Philly Facts

    I know Philly has a bit of a rough-around-the edges, blue collar reputation, but as long as you're not an opposing team at a professional sporting event, the locals are really friendly! They don't...

  • 3. Cheese Steaks

    I know a lot has been written about the cheese steak. I read a lot of reviews before going and thought I knew what to expect, but there was one surprise. The steak actually tastes juicy and there...

  • 4. Philadelphia Rowhomes

    First of all, I don't recommend visiting Philly during snow season -- weather here can be less than ideal. Secondly, I don't recommend using a car when visiting here. Walking and mass transit are far...

  • 5. The Philadelphia Flower Show

    This place was so crowded, I couldn't wait to get out. I heard about it for years, and always wanted to go. I will never go again. It is definately, a 'seen it been there, done that' activity. Save...

  • 6. Murals

    Philadelphia is full of art, if you look carefully, you can find wonderful murals on the sides of builds all over philadelphia. Done by local artist these great paints seem to last and can depict...

  • 7. Kimmel Center

    This is the new addition to Philly's arts district. This new building features a 2,500 seat Verison Hall designed for the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Perelman Theater that seat 650. The Kimmel...

  • 10. Dulcimer

    Animating tourist spaces is a common solution. Making it with sense and good taste a different thing. Entering the Independence visitor center, the waiting...

  • 11. The roast pork, provolone and rapini sandwich

    Everyone knows about the Philly cheese steak, but not many people know of its younger brother. This sandwich is far lkess well known and far less readily...

  • 12. Gay Rights Historical Marker

    Philadelphia has a vital glbtq community, and played a significant role in the national struggle for rights and recognition in the late 20th century....

  • 13. Philadelphia Airport as a connection

    Hi!Okay, Your Port of Entry to the US will be Philadelphia and you will definitely have to go through customs and immigration. YES - you will have to claim your...

  • 14. Parking in Philly!

    Narrow, 18th-century streets have resulted in a 21st-century challenge: parking. Your best option for the Historic District and Center City -- especially if you...

  • 15. Tipping in Philly!

    RestaurantsBartender - 10-15% of bar billHeadwaiter/Maitre d' - nothing unless special services are provided; in that case, about $5 (more for exceptional...

  • 16. A Chinatown celebration

    Philly's Chinatown comes alive during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Obviously, it's only once a year but check it out if you're in town at that time. The...

  • 17. Funerals.....

    I am not sure if this is a Philly thing or just a big city thing but the small town we come from does it differently.When we have a funeral, the person is...

  • 18. Philadelphia Fringe

    You are likely to see an amazing variety of people in Philadelphia. Many people will belong to fringe groups: punks, skaters, goths, etc. etc. It certainly...

  • 19. Philadelphia Talk

    In my experience, Philadelphians generally do not have much of an accent. Many do mispronounce "o" and for example the weather might be "cohld." It's close to a...

  • 20. Mutter Museum

    Philadelphia just may lead the nation in weird museums starting with the Mutter Museum, home of President Grover Cleveland's cancerous jawbone (in a jar), John...

  • 21. Festivals and goings on . . .

    You can always take a look in a local weekly like City Paper or just by checking on a website such as for a listing of local festivals and events....

  • 22. Cheez Whiz

    The people in this city have a thing for Cheez Whiz. I mention this because fairly often when you order something in a restaurant and ask for cheese on said...

  • 23. Fete Days

    On Elfreth's Alley, America's oldest continually occupied residential street which dates to 1702, each year during the first weekend in June residents open up...

  • 24. Flamenco in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia is one of the few cities in the United States that has a flamenco community (of which I am a part.) In Philadelphia, there are 3 major dance...

  • 25. Ordering a Lager

    When you're in the tri-state area ( SE Penn down to Newark, DE and then South Jersey) you'll come across the beer named Yuengling Lager. Now, if you go into a...

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