Boundless fun in Philly

Deals Of The Week

August 13, 2006|By RICHARD P. CARPENTER | RICHARD P. CARPENTER,THE BOSTON GLOBE

You may know that Philadelphia is filled with history, fine dining and plenty of culture. But you may not be aware of the city's many outdoor opportunities - among them hiking, biking, rowing, fishing, sailing, running, horseback riding and even dog walking. To acquaint visitors with the possibilities, the city has launched a $1.7 million campaign called Boundless Philadelphia, with the details at gophila.com/outdoors. Such fresh-air fun adds one more reason to visit this nearby destination, where deals are easy to come by. Here are a few:

You might want to lock in a low price for the Bed, Breakfast and Prison package at the Best Western Center City Hotel. A starting price of $109 includes accommodations, continental breakfast, admission for two to the historic Eastern State Penitentiary and a voucher for a mug at the gift shop. (The penitentiary housed hoodlums such as Al Capone and "Slick Willie" Sutton.) Call 800-624-2988 or visit inde pendenceparkhotel.com. For information on the prison, visit easternstate.com.

The city will host three premier art shows for three consecutive weekends, beginning Oct. 20-22 with USArtists: American Fine Art Show at the 33rd Street Armory. From Oct. 27-29, Treasures ... From the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail will be at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. And Nov. 2-5, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's craft show will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Anyone who goes to the USArtists show gets a free ticket to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the nation's oldest art museum and school of fine arts, by showing the stub.

The Phlash Downtown Loop is a quick trolley connection between Penn's Landing and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with stops at 16 key destinations. Those 55 and older ride free except 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For transportation options, call 215-389-TOUR or visit phillytour.com and click on "Tours and Services."

Buying a Philadelphia CityPass booklet for $47 will save just about that amount because it contains adult tickets to the Franklin Institute Science Museum (including the Fels Planetarium), Philadelphia Zoo, Adventure Aquarium (just across the Delaware River in Camden, N.J.), the National Constitution Center, a two-day trolley tour with hop on and off privileges, and your choice of the Academy of Natural Sciences Museum or the Independence Seaport Museum. Visit citypass.com or call 888-330-5008.

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