Despite everything going on, many new attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels have opened in Philadelphia. That’s one reason why National Geographic named Philadelphia to its list of best places to visit and why there was a compelling reason to update 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia, a book written by Irene Levy Baker.

“Find out why Philadelphia was the only U.S. city to make National Geographic’s list and don’t miss out on the fun,” said Irene Levy Baker, who wrote what has become one of the best-selling books in the national travel series published by Reedy Press.

100 Things to Do in Philadelphia provides the inside scoop on the city’s newest attractions plus hidden gems that even long-time Philadelphians might not know about. Plus, it’s filled with insider’s tips on getting the most out of each experience. This updated guide includes more things to do, see, and taste, new itineraries, and updates to every page making it ideal for locals, transplants and tourists.

New book includes new & lesser-known attractions.

About the Book

For those born and raised on cheesesteaks, this book highlights under-the-radar spots, from an old fashioned rodeo to a former opera house turned modern venue for A-list performers, up 60 floors to indulge in cocktails and down a tiny alley to visit the city’s oldest tavern. This new edition also includes many things that weren’t here four years ago — parks that make ingenious use of former industrial space, a major museum in the historic district, award-winning restaurants and an interactive art gallery. First-time visitors will discover must-see attractions, including Reading Terminal Market and the Museum of the American Revolution along with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, mural tours, Spruce Street Harbor Park, and other only-in-Philadelphia sights. More than twenty percent of the 100 things described in this book were not in the first edition.

The 100 things described in the book are divided into 5 categories – Food and Drink, Music and Entertainment, Culture and History, Sports and Recreation and Shopping and Fashion. Adding to its usefulness are mini-itineraries by season as well as recommendations for young families, families with teens, dates and empty-nesters. There are also lists of free attractions, activities near the Pennsylvania Convention Center and most Instagrammable places. It includes places in Philadelphia, the surrounding counties and South Jersey.

Signed copies of the book are available online at The book is also available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble and at independent bookstores.

About the Author (and How to Hear Her!)

Irene Levy Baker is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. She moved to Philadelphia in 1991 and immediately started exploring. The new book includes tips that Baker discovered while working with five local tourist bureaus, celebrity chefs, hotels and attractions. In 2018, she wrote Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia (read more HERE) which tells the sweet and spicy stories behind 90 area restaurants. Baker is the owner of Spotlight Public Relations, a firm specializing in hospitality and restaurants. Prior to starting her public relations firm in 1998, Baker spent nearly a decade at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

She has more than a dozen upcoming virtual book talks.

Upcoming virtual book talks:
Cheltenham Adult School on Tuesday, November 10
North Penn Community Ed Program on Wednesday, December 2
Main Line School Night on Thursday, December 3

A full list can be found at

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